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Busan, Korea - 3-day budget conscious itinerary!

Busan, Korea - 3-day budget conscious itinerary!
The hills of Busan -- as seen from Jagalchi Fish Market
  • This itinerary is the perfect introduction to Busan.
  • How to save money using public transportation
  • The best places to see from someone who has lived in Busan
  • Where to find coupons you can use to get discounts during your stay
  • Details about ATMs, Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife and more...
  • And if you have any questions, just send me an email.

Sights & places you'll see in this itinerary:

  • Haeundae Beach
  • Busan Museum
  • Gamji Coastal Path
  • Busan Aquarium
  • Seomyeon
  • Shinsegae
  • Bexco
  • Gwangalli Beach
  • Beomeosa Temple
  • Geumjeong Fortress
  • Pajeon Street
  • Dongnae Foot Bath
  • PNU
  • Taejongdae
  • Nampo-Dong

The Main Focus of this itinerary:

  1. Laying out the exact details of what to do in Busan. Including specific itineraries if you have 1, 2, or 3 days in Busan.
  2. Using public transportation to save you money.
  3. Clear and specific directions to each of the destinations. The directions are supplemented with pictures and maps as well to further reduce your chances of getting lost!

Why You Should Buy The Guide

  • Saves you money by giving specific instructions on how to use public transportation. While at the same time giving you the true local feel of Busan.
  • Saves you money by providing you great applicable coupons. The money you save with the coupons are easily greater than the cost of the itinerary.
  • Saves you time by not needing to do additional research on Busan!
  • Stop wading through all of the tourist destinations. I've seen them all and will tell you exactly which ones are worth seeing. 

What does the itinerary include?

  • 30-page PDF document
  • Numerous pictures pointing to key landmarks to help you get where you need to go, as well as maps for nearly every main area of the city.
  • Korean names are provided for nearly every location to make it easier to get around.
  • Helpful Korean phrases written in both Korean and spelled out in English so you can pronounce them as well.
  • My contact information if you need anything else or have any other questions while in Busan.

The Guide's Table of Contents

  • Getting into the city (From the airport, both bus terminals, the train station and the ferry terminal). Specific public transportation instructions to get you where you need to go without paying for an unnecessary taxi.
  • How To Use The Busan Subway (It's easy, trust me!)
  • ATMs & Credit Cards -- Best ways to get money out while in Busan
  • Restaurants -- What your experience will be like at Korean restaurants
  • Hotels -- I narrow the hundreds of hotels to just a few great one's
  • 1, 2 & 3-day itineraries -- If you only had 1, 2, or 3-days in Busan, I break down the activities with specific instructions.
  • Nightlife -- If you're not too tired, the best places to grab a drink.
  • Other Places to See -- Additional tourist destinations if you're staying beyond 3-days
  • Additional Websites for Information
  • Random Tips -- Other useful tips I picked up during my time in Busan

Sample from the itinerary

This is a sample of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.



1:30pm – 2:30pm Pajeon Street For Lunch

The subway is another 10-15 minute walk from the park. You’ll need to cross the street from the park and then essentially just head straight. Unfortunately there are no convenient buses that run from the park to the subway station. 

After the hike, you’ll surely be hungry. Head to Pajeon (파전)  Street and enjoy a delicious traditional Korean-style pancake. The pancakes are quite different than pancakes you may be accustom to in North America. First off, they’re not sweet. These are pan-fried and loaded with a ton of seafood. 

Directions: To get to Pajeon Street, from the Geumgang Park, make a right as you head out of the park, then cross the street. Continue to your right after crossing the street. You’ll see a sign board up ahead and you’ll want to make a left down that street. 

[Picture showing the direction towards the Pajeon Street]

You’ll pass Hilldes Vill Apartments on your right and a Police station on your left as you walk down the hill towards Pajeon Street. The restaurants are clustered around the Mangmiru Gate.

[Map showing directions to Pajeon street]

[Picture of Pajeon street]

All of the restaurants will be similarly priced and taste, so you can’t really go wrong. The dish you’re looking for is called Dongnae (동래) Pajeon (파전) – Dongnae is the area of town that you’re currently in. As with most Korean food, Pajeon is intended to be shared.

[Picture of a menu with the word Pajeon on it in Korean]

3:00pm – 3:30pm Dongnae Foot Bath

After lunch, if your feet are tired, do as the locals do and stop off at the Dongnae Spa Outdoor Foot Bath. 

[Picture of a map with walking directions to the foot bath & subway]

Directions: From Pajeon Street continue past the Mangmiru Gate and continue down the hill (back towards the subway). After a few minutes you’ll come to a large metal art piece on your left, walk down the walking alley connected with the art piece.


Who is this guide for?

  • The first (maybe second) time visitor to Busan
  • Someone interested in eating where Koreans eat and seeing the sights that Koreans see.
  • Active travelers -- The itinerary is written for someone who wants to see many of the amazing things Busan has to offer in a short period of time. You could sleep in and go to bed early and still follow the itinerary, but I don't think you'd get as much out of it. The itinerary also includes a couple of hikes. One of the hikes is pretty long, but I also provide a great alternative to the long hike (taking a scenic cable car up the mountain instead).

Don't Forget:

  • Have an amazing vacation, guaranteed! -- If you're not happy with the tour itinerary, Unanchor will gladly refund your money. (See below for additional details.)

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This itinerary was last updated on:
13 Jan 2012


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