There are plenty of things to do in Busan if you are travelling with your family starting from the museums, aquariums, parks, temples and so on. Therefore, your choice will be difficult to choose from all those attractions on what to explore, but we suggest you to take a look at our list of top things to do with the family in Busan and add a few attractions that seem best to your itinerary! (also, you can book flights online through Cathay Pacific by clicking on this link).
Busan Science Museum
Busan Science Museum is just the place to be if you and your kids have curious minds. It will be an amazing experience as you will be discovering scientific terms, science theories and phenomenon through interactive activities of various colours and shapes. There are permanent exhibitions, the observatory and the Children’s Hall. You will have to pay separate admission fees for each of these sections. You will be able to walk on Mars, walk on walls, have a 4D theatre experience and much more! The opening hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.
Sea Life Busan Aquarium is located in Haeundae Beach and therefore, you can easily reach it by bus, just get off at the International Terminal’s Haeundae Beach stop. There are many activities for you to enjoy along with the 35,000 marine creatures in the Busan Aquarium. There are 40 exhibits which include marine creatures like penguins, jellyfish, sharks etc! There are many shows too; Otter Feeding, Penguin Feeding, Shark Feeding, Pirarucu Feeding etc. You can also experience a thrilling activity with sharks, this is known as the Transparent Boating Experience for Sharks, yes it is how it sounds where you get to see sharks under you while the tour guides explain interesting tales about them. Also, those who are too anxious to get on this experience can try out the VR ZONE where you will be swimming with countless fish, turtles, whales, jellyfish etc in virtual reality.
Beomeosa Temple, which is also known as the Temple of the Nirvana Fish is one of the must-visit places in Busan if you want to teach your kid about Korean culture. It is +one of the most famous temples being a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. There is an interesting story on how the name came upon the Beomeosa Temple. It is said that in the well that never dries up at the rock summit near Beomeosa lives a golden fish with magical powers who has come from Nirvana, the non-suffering state in Buddhism. It was founded in the 18th year of King Munmu by monk Uisang in 678. However, the original foundations are not to be found as it was destroyed in the Imjin War. The scenery is beautiful and gives a peaceful vibe to its visits. The main highlights of the Beomeosa Temple are Three-Story Stone Pagoda which dates back to the Shilla era, Daeungjeon which is the main temple hall and Iljumun which is the first gate of the temple also known as the “One Pillar Gate” signifying the path of enlightenment in Buddhism.
Busan Art Museum
Interested in history and art? Pay a visit to Busan Art Museum. The museum is great with a nicely designed concourse and artistic seats for visitors to rest on. It holds lots and lots of different kinds of galleries which change by every 6 months according to themes. After appreciating the galleries, you can eat in its lovely restaurant. This is a perfect destination to add some cultural knowledge to your kids through a flawless art exhibition.
Songdo Marine Cable Car Ride
It is almost a refreshing ride above the Songdo beach with great picture opportunities all around. The fantastic view under the feet and over the glass windows inside the crystal cabin worth the money you pay. One end of the ride is a pretty big park with walking paths and animatronic dinosaurs which is liked by kids and some cool food options as well. I suggest this as a must-try for a family in South Korea on a day with fine weather!
A beautiful and peaceful park in a bustling city next to the Busan Tower. Get down here from the escalators that lead from the district’s main shopping street. Sit under the shades of trees, let your kids run around and inhale the fresh air to drive away from the tiredness! A night visit to the park is also interesting with lanterns everywhere. The parks boast a nice shrine, some statues, some shops with arts and porcelain items and long rows of benches under the trees.
A great spot to hang out with children in the evening. Enjoy the sunset while roaming on the beach for some street food! As you may wear swimming suits on the beach, have you done your hair removal treatment yet? If not, how about putting it on your agenda? The beach takes different appearances in each of the four seasons. Your kids will surely love to swim in its crystal clear waters. It’s such a perfect spot in the city to spend some quality hours with your family. There is also an aquarium right on the beach. I find Christmas season as the best time to visit Haeundae Beach with lit up trees and fireworks everywhere.
Gwangbokdong Food Street
Can you say no to a foot long waffle stacked ice-cream with sprinkled chocolates? To taste such delicious food check into Gwangbokdong Food Street. It’s a famous food destination for a whole family that comes alive especially in the evening with more than 20 food stalls. The street is narrow but crowded with locals as well as tourists. I suggest you try some street foods without going directly into the big restaurants here. Also try some Kimbap, O’sulloc tea cake and Abalone porridge. If any tourist wants to get a local Korean experience, this is the right place to be!