Beomeosa Temple and Markets
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.