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Busan, South Korea-port

Located on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula just two-and-a-half hours from Seoul, Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city. With its deep harbor, it’s also one of the largest commercial ports in the world. Often referred to as “the summer capital of South Korea,” Busan is known for its exceptional beaches, scenic cliffs and ancient temples high in the mountains.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Beomeosa Temple and Markets
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Busan Full Day Car
    Regent Choice
  • Cultural Performance & Busan City
    Seated Tour
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Haedong Yunggungsa Temple & City Tour
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Highlights of Gyeongju & Busan
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal

Beomeosa Temple and Markets

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: BSN-007

Visit an ancient Buddhist temple that dates to the Silla Dynasty, before returning to Busan for a revealing glimpse into modern daily life at two bustling marketplaces.

After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive inland to the magnificent Beomeosa Temple, a sprawling Buddhist temple nestled on a mountainside surrounded by wisteria woods. Many of the buildings date from the 7th and 8th centuries, although after countless invasions they have been repeatedly reconstructed. Even so, the three-level temple complex is historically and spiritually important.

It offers a rare look into monastic life over the centuries, and Buddhist monks still reside here. In all likelihood, you will see them praying and chanting in Buddha Hall or perhaps practicing “sunmudo,” an ancient Korean martial art that has been steeped in secrecy until the past few decades.

Following an enlightening tour of the temple, you will drive to the Gukje Market in downtown Busan. Begun by refugees after the Korean War, it has grown into the country’s largest traditional market. While strolling the labyrinthine alleyways, you will find a staggering array of merchandise that includes clothing, jewelry and ceramics.

Before returning to the pier, you’ll stop at the Jagalchi Fish Market, Korea's largest seafood market. A favorite of locals, the fish market offers a wonderful glimpse into daily life and the bounty of the sea, as everything from sea squirts to sun-dried squid are displayed.

Please note: This tour includes just over 2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking that includes some uneven surfaces and approximately 100 steps to negotiate at the temple. The aisles at the fish market are narrow and the flooring can be wet and slippery. Lines may be long. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.