Now that the social distancing requirements for COVID-19 have been lifted across Korea, domestic tourism is slowly returning to the Korean peninsula. Indeed, Busan Tourism Organization plans to resume the operation of the Busan City Tour Blue Line (Haeundae - Gijang) for the first time in 2 years. This itinerary includes beautiful seas and family-friendly tourist sites.
Busan City Tour Drive Course
- Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal (start)
- Gwangandaegyo Bridge
- Haeundae Baech (transfer)
- Moontan Road (Beach Train)
- ASEAN Culture House
- Songjeong Beach
- OSIRIA Station
- Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum)
- Ananti Cove (Hilton Busan)
- Jukdo Island (Yeonhwa-ri)
- OSIRIA Theme Park (luge)
- Lotte Premium Outlets Dongbusan (Lotte World Adventure Busan)
- Busan National Science Museum
- Songjeong Station
- Gwangandaegyo Bridge
- Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal (end)
Start from Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal - Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Busan City Tour Blue Line begins from Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal. There are 9 departures each day at 50-minute intervals, from 9:40 to 16:30 between Wednesday and Friday. The bus drives through the Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and brings the passengers to the breathtaking view of the sea.
Haeundae Beach – Moontan Road
Haeundae Beach tops the must-visit lists in Busan. Why not check it out yourself? Alongside the Blue Line bus ride to Moontan Road (Dalmajigil Road/Beach Train), one has the option of walking along the beach.
Moontan Road in spring is full of beautiful cherry blossoms, and the view of the cherry blossoms with tall green pine trees in this place is one of the symbolic views of springtime nature in Busan. You can always remember Moontan Road as one of the best cherry blossom spots in Busan!
If you're in Haeundae, you can't pass up the offer to take the Beach Train. The view from the train's expansive windows keeps one captivated until one reaches Cheongsapo Village and Songjeong.
ASEAN Culture House
ASEAN Culture House is a cultural space that hosts exhibitions and lectures dedicated to the cultural diversity of ASEAN states. These programs are offered free of charge, so the celebration of diversity and culture in ASEAN Culture House is open to anyone.
In fact, the special exhibition "Tea Time & Coffee Break", which is open to the public until June 19, explores the cultures of tea and coffee consumption and production in ASEAN countries with contemporary art. If you are interested, make sure to drop by!
Songjeong Beach, the enduring haven of surfers in Busan, is also a part of the Blue Line course. Knock on the door of the nearby surfing school if you want to try riding the waves. Another option is to walk along the beach from Jukdo Park to Gudeokpo Port.
The next stop in the tour is Gijang. Here, one follows the road from the OSIRIA Station to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Ananti Cove (Hilton Busan), Jukdo Island (Yeonhwa-ri), and returns to OSIRIA Station. One also passes by the recently-opened Lotte World Adventure Busan.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple & Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a Buddhist temple overlooking the sea on a coastal cliff, was closed to the visitors during the pandemic. Now, however, the temple is ready to welcome the visitors once more.
Some say that Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Korea, and it's not hard to see why. Indeed, it is a must-visit destination for any visitor to Busan.
When one walks along the Galmaetgil Trail next to the temple, one is brought to the Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum.
Located at the shores of Gijang, Maritime & Fisheries Science Museum is the first science museum in Korea for maritime and fisheries sciences. It is a place where children of all ages can build their sense of curiosity and wonder, so if you are traveling with kids, this is a great place to make a stop at.
Ananti Cove (Hilton Busan) & Jukdo Island (Yeonhwa-ri)
Ananti Cove (Hilton Busan), a popular destination for a luxurious stay, is also included in the itinerary. If you are planning to stay there, you can also enjoy an unparalleled access to the Blue Line.
Jukdo Island, which resembles a turtle floating on water, is the only island in Gijang. It is connected to the land via Yeonjukgyo Bridge, and many visitors go to the island to appreciate its green scenery.
OSIRIA Theme Park (luge) & Lotte Premium Outlets Dongbusan
OSIRIA Theme Park is full of things to do, from the exhilarating luge ride to the newly-opened Lotte World Adventure Busan. It is a good place to have some quality time with your children.
Once you've had a fun time in OSIRIA Theme Park, wind down with some shopping in the nearby Lotte Premium Outlets Dongbusan. This integrated shopping center combines supermarkets, shops, cinema, and other services on top of a premium outlet. Its size ensures that your shopping experience will not be interrupted by large crowds.
Busan National Science Museum
Located near OSIRIA Station, Busan National Science Museum is an exhibition space that has something for the whole family. Convergence contents offered in the museum combine holograms, media facade, virtual reality (VR), immersive media, and other advanced technology with things for the children to learn and play with.
Songjeong Station is the final stop in the Busan City Tour, before the bus returns to the Yonghoman Sightseeing Boat Terminal via the Gwangandaegyo Bridge. If one takes the 9th circuit, the last one offered for the day, one can end one's trip on a high note with the striking view of the sunset.