The guides they selected were very good and, in three cases (Seoul, Hoi An/Hue, and Angkor Wat) simply outstanding.
Depending on the direction of your travel, Busan, formerly Pusan, is either the end of your journey or the beginning of an adventure. Home to some of Korea's finest beaches, nature reserves, and hot springs, Busan is a bustling port city with international appeal. From Busan, travelers can proceed on to Jeju Island, or ride the KTX high-speed rail all the way to Seoul, the capital.
Highlights of Busan include the Nakdong Sanctuary, which serves as a winter refuge for over a hundred rare bird species; the regal Beomeo-sa Temple, one of Korean's great cultural treasures; and the fun, vibrant Haeundae, a lively beach area that ranks as one of Korea's best.
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Take a private, guided tour of the ancient Beomeo-sa Buddhist Temple. One of Korea’s “Five Great Temples,” the complex dates to 678 and is home to many of the country’s priceless national artifacts.
Immerse yourself in the steaming, mineral-rich waters of the Dongnae Spa, Korea’s oldest natural hot spring--reputedly frequented by the Silla Dynasty’s Queen Seondeok during the seventh century.
Jagalchi Fish Market
Explore the atmospheric Jagalchi Fish Market, South Korea’s most interesting wet market and one of the most iconic experiences of Busan. We recommend an early-morning visit, followed by breakfast in one of the many restaurants within the seven-story building.
Spend a day taking in the sights of Haeundae Beach, South Korea’s equivalent to South Beach, Miami; charter a private yacht for a day of water activities around Busan Bay and also visit the Busan Aquarium.
Yonggungsa Buddhist Temple
Explore the Yonggungsa Buddhist temple, dramatically situated on a cliff overlooking the sea. Built in 1376 under the auspices of the Goryeo Dynasty, it’s a popular place of pilgrimage for South Koreans as they pray for the upcoming New Year.
Seomyeon Medical Street
Discover Seomyeon Medical Street, with over 100 clinics specializing in cosmetic surgery, dentistry, optometry, orthopedics and much more. Contrast this experience with a check-up at a center for traditional Korean medicine.
Nakdonggang Bird Sanctuary
From October to March, take a chartered boat ride through the Nakdong River Estuary and around Eulsukdo Island, which collectively comprise the the Nakdonggang Bird Sanctuary. Eulsukdo is visited by such rare species as White-naped Cranes, Blackfaced Spoonbills, and White-tailed Eagles, all of whom migrate here to spend the winter.
Discover the best that South Korea has to offer on this fascinating 9-day luxury tour of the country’s must-see destinations. You’ll stay in some of the country’s best hotels as you visit ancient temples and palaces in Seoul, explore Gyeongju National Park, learn to make kimchi in Busan, and hike volcanic craters.
Once a singular, unified country, North and South Korea are now vastly different cultures. This 17-day itinerary takes you on an extensive historical tour as you visit the DMZ and see where much of the conflict took place with your own eyes, explore an inactive volcanic island, and observe complete political devotion.
Dive into the unique and energetic nightlife of Busan and Seoul, two of Korea’s most thrilling cities. This tour focuses on an exploration of an authentic Korean night out, complete with cuisine, cocktails, and experiences. Split between the beach-laden Busan and bustling mega-city Seoul, you will get a taste a night life...
Gain deep insight into the culture and history of the two Koreas on this fascinating 14-day luxury journey. You’ll step inside age-old palaces and temples, visit the famous Demilitarized Zone, roam the world’s largest shopping complex in Busan, and relax on the UNESCO-listed island of Jeju in luxury.
This internationally acclaimed brand hotel is located in central Busan next to Busan Marina, and provides a superb luxury base from which to explore this exciting city. The hotel is conveniently located near to landmark sites such as Dongbaek Station, Nurimaru APEC House and Dongbaek island. The hotelâ€™s world-class facilities range from a sky-lobby on the 30th floor, spa, sauna, indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center to a bar and a choice of two delicious restaurants. The spacious rooms feature large comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms with bathtubs, bathrobes, complimentary bottled water, safety deposit boxes, 46-inch flat-screen cable TVs and free Wi-Fi. The rooms, over looking views of the city and Marinara, are decorated with warm neutral tones, woods and rich textiles.
The Westin Chosun, built in 1978, was Busan's first luxury hotel. Situated in the western end of the popular Haeundae Beach resort, the newly renovated rooms boast superb views of the ocean, Gwangalli bridge or the forest. Rooms are spacious and confortable designed in a contemporary classic style. Traditional Korean ondol rooms, with under floor heating and a floor level bed are also available. The hotel is located in a prime location for business travelers within walking distance of the Nurimaru APEC house, just five minutes away from the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, and only 30 minutes from downtown. Hotels facilities include a superior 24-hour full-service business center, a natural mineral spring and indoor heated pool. Onsite dining options range from a sophisticated beachside restaurant with a magnificent ocean view, a traditional Japanese teppanyaki eatery to regional Korean specialties and an Irish pub and sports bar.