Find yourself pressed for time but still want to pay a visit to Busan? While not as popular to tourists as Seoul and Jeju island, Busan still has its own unique sights, such as the renowned Busan beaches and the seafood markets. Here's the essential classic itinerary on things to do in Busan, without missing any of Busan's famous attractions.
Day 11: Beautiful Sea and IslandsBesides the Busan City Tour Bus (BUTI), there is another tour bus company called Busan Jumbo Bus Tour. BUTI doesn't go to Taejongdae Park, so we had to take this hop on and hop off tour bus instead. It is a big red bus with an elephant mascot on it. It costs 15,000 won too, and starts at the same time and at the same bus stop as BUTI. You can also buy tickets for this tour when you board. My husband and I felt that this tour was more concise. BUTI was more value for money as the tour goes to many more places than the Jumbo Bus Tour for the same price. But the Jumbo Bus Tour just focused on the more interesting places.Huiyinyeol Culture Village is located just by the sea. It was so quaint and peaceful. We spent about half an hour walking around and admiring the views.
Day 9: Bus to BusanThere is no direct KTX from Jeonju to Busan. You'd have to take the KTX northwards to an interchange station almost halfway back to Seoul, then change trains and go down back south again to Busan. We figured taking a bus would be easier and we're glad we did. The bus was comfortable, fully reclinable, and it left on time. We bought the bus tickets at the Jeonju Express Bus Terminal. The buses came every 50 minutes starting from 6.40am. Bus schedule here.Busan felt like it was stuck in the 1990s, and lots of buildings looked like they needed a fresh coat of paint. But who cares about that when the views of the blue blue ocean were gorgeous, and the drives along the road so refreshing. I understand now why my Korean friend recommended getting around Busan via car. It helped that the weather was quite warm whilst we were here. We saw a lot of residential flats with logos and names of the big Korean conglomerates on them. They looked old though, but had amenities like restaurants and convenience stores.We took the Busan City Tour Bus, also known as BUTI (website here). For 15,000 won, we could hop on and off the bus visiting many places around Busan. You buy tickets for the bus when you board, and the starting point is at Busan Train Station. When you come out the main entrance of Busan Train Station, with your back towards the station, head left, and you'll see the tour bus stop. The first tour is at 9am, and subsequent buses come by every half an hour. Don't be late because the buses leave on time. You can get off at any stop you like, and just catch the next bus to continue your journey. We found this very convenient as the bus stopped right in front of the places we wanted to go to. Since Google Maps did not seem to work well for us in Korea, we didn't want to use it to get directions.What we liked a lot about the tour was that it brought us through the Busan Harbour Bridge, which was magnificent! It was built in 2014 and was quite thrilling to ride up. To get up the main part of the bridge, the highway makes a very sharp round turn. Imagine sitting on the top of a double decker bus and a single lane road goes around and upwards, and there's nothing at the side and just the sea below you.