Do you want to know about the culture and history of Busan? As Korea’s largest port city and second largest city second to Seoul, Busan has a rich culture that will definitely mesmerized you. To help you plan your trip, here is a sample Busan Cultural Itinerary that you can refer to.
Busan Cooking Class
If you are into cooking, then consider enrolling in Busan Cooking Class. Here you can learn how to cook authentic Busan cuisine under the guidance of an experienced local chef. Then you will get to enjoy the meal that you prepared with local rice wine and finish the course with local tea ceremony. Read more about it here.
Busan Modern History Museum
If you want to know about Busan’s Modern History for FREE then visit the Busan Modern History Museum. The Busan Modern History Museum lets people understand and remember the modern and contemporary history of Busan through its relics and exhibits related to the city. Learn more about it here.
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market
If you are looking for a unique shopping experience, then go to Bupyeong Kkangtong Market. It is actually one of Korea’s oldest traditional market that has a lot of history. Currently, there are about 1,600 merchants in the market selling variety of merchandise such as food, clothes and even medicines. Know more about it here.
Moreover, is you want to know more historical facts about Korea while having a stunning view of the beach, then make sure to visit Dongbaek Island. This island was once a small island in ancient times. However, due to accumulation of earth and sand carried from Jwa-dong, Jung-dong, and U-dong by the Chuncheon Stream, it eventually formed a land bridge. Thus, making the island a part of the mainland. Read more about it here.
Gamcheon Culture Village
While if you want to visit Korea’s Manchu Picchu and Santorini, then head to Gamcheon Culture Village. It is a village which is famous for its cute and colorful houses, artistic streets, steep stairs and, twisting alleys. Despite many years have passed, the village has retained its heritage and is a part of Korea’s modern history. Read more about it here.
Another traditional market on this Busan cultural itinerary is the Gukje Market. This market is actually the largest traditional market in the whole city of Busan. Gukje Market is not just a place for shopping and trading goods. Just like Bupyeong Market, it also has a cultural and historical significance. It started its operation during the Korean War in 1950 as a place for war refugees ro make a living. As Busan is Korea’s largest port city, this market used to import a lot of military supplies for the U.S. armies and other imported goods. This is the reason why it is called Gukje Market, for “gukje” means “international”. See more details about it here.
Haedong Yonggunsa Temple
If you are curious about the Buddhism in Korea, you may also go to one of the most beautiful Buddhist temple in the country, the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Because of its location, it is also known as the aquatic Buddhist sanctum. This temple is one of the 3 sacred places related to the Goddess Buddha of Korea. Learn more about it here.
Training Center of Busan Traditional Arts Center
And lastly, you can also learn how to make Korean traditional shoes in Busan. The basic form of the Korean shoe was developed as early as the Three Kingdoms Era. Know more about it here.
Other Sample Itineraries
If you are looking for simple itineraries and guides to help you plan your trip to Busan, Korea, you may refer to the sample below:
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