Upon arrival at Busan Airport, you are met & greeted with English-speaking guide; transfer to your hotel.
Afternoon visit of Dongbaek Island to admire the sea and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge; then followed by visiting the APEC House, an international meeting place (closed every 1st Monday of the month). Check in at Busan Hotel The Mark or similar for 4 nights.
Start your day with the Busan Gamcheon Culture Village, formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan." The many alleys cutting through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures. You will then discover the Jagalchi Fish Market, Korea's largest seafood market (selling both live and dried fish) and the International Market (Gukje Market). Lunch is served at the fish markets - Korean vegetable and seafood pancake (Raw fish specialty - Sashimi, fish selection on site for an intact freshness, accompanied by live octopus for the show).
Do shopping at Centum City Department Store, registered in the Guinness World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. Free time to relax at Haeundae Beach.
Depart for Gyeongju (about 1h drive). The Gyeongju Historic Area, registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage on November 2000, is an area that embodies the time-honored history and culture of Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom (57-935). In the morning visit Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Cave, the remaining jewels of Gyeongju which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The beauty of this temple and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known worldwide. Located on the slopes of Mt. Tohamsan, Seokguram Cave is a stone temple representative of Korea. These two form an ensemble of religious architecture of an exceptional value.
You will then discover the Royal Tumuli Park, where large ancient tombs of the kings and the nobility of the Silla Dynasty can be visited. You will also discover Gyeongju National Museum, where approximately 30,000 artifacts have been excavated and Cheomseongdae Observatory, the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. To end the day, discover Anapji Pond during sunset, when it’s the most beautiful. Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond were the secondary palace site which were used for the palace of the Crown Prince along with other subsidiary buildings and it also was the banquet room for important national event and important visitors.
Dinner is served at a local restaurant then drive back and overnight in Busan.
Discover Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (about 1h drive): This superb attraction offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line; most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 during the Goryeo Dynasty.
Other special sites at the temple are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down the 108 steps, one will be delighted with the beauty of the temple. Midway down the 108 steps one can stop and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves, and view the majestic sunrise.
Come back to Busan and walk around Yongdusan Park. The park is located on top of a hill in the middle of the city center, so it’s a nice walk to admire the scenery and visit the many attractions in the area. You will also enjoy the panoramic view from Busan Tower, and discover various monuments like the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-sin, the Bell of the Citizens.
Coming down the hill from Yongdusan Park, we walk towards BIFF Square, the shopping and entertainment area. Lined with movie theaters, shops and entertainment facilities, the area was developed as a cultural tourist attraction for the Busan International Film Festival. During the film festival, the long street comes to life with performances and other festivities.
Look out for the plaques with hand prints of famous celebrities at the square.