Busan – a bustling port city of South Korea, where you can either dance in the moonlight at the beach or passing by to pray at the sacred temples. The city has its own imprint and not the same as any city in South Korea with one side is the beaches, mountains, and the largest fish market in South Korea but on another side, it’s a hill with a lot of colorful houses or the town is affectionately dubbed as the Santorini of South Korea. If you are planning to travel to South Korea with your kids and choose Busan for your destination. This would be a great idea since Busan has many exciting things to do for family and kids.
Overview, Busan has temperate weather, it’s quite advantaged for traveling. However, the best time to visit Busan is from May to September. These can be considered as the peak season for visiting Busan. January also a good time but the weather quite hard if you want to come with your kids at this time since snow may affect some activities and because of the new year celebrations, people do flock the place. However, If you prefer the shoulder season in Busan, that should be in April, spring brings color to the city of Busan as the flowers bloom, and the official cherry blossom season starts. Summer rolls in May and lasts till mid-October, the weather gets hot and sunny, this is not the best time for outdoor activities but quite an excellent time for beach activities and nightlife.
Well then, keep scrolling down to explore more things to do with your kids in Busan.
1. SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium
If you are visiting Busan with your family, you shouldn’t skip SEA LIFE Busan Aquarium (SEA LIFE 부산아쿠아리움), this state-of-the-art facility is one of Korea’s top aquariums. The aquarium covers an area of 36,000 m2 and is spread over 3 underground levels with different sections divided into special themes. The tunnel experience resembles a walk along the ocean floor with various sea creatures swimming above, serving as a popular attraction within the aquarium sure to amaze visitors. Almost the parents will bring their kids here and let them explore how magical the ocean. You should come here early to have time to attend all the feeding show for Penguin, Otter, Shark, and more.
E-World is a theme park built around Woobang Tower. The area around the tower was remodeled as a European-style park and opened to the public in March 1995. It features a waterfall, fountains, lighting displays, and flowers, as well as rides, exhibition and performance halls, and restaurants. Your kids can enjoy not only the theme park with exciting rides, exhibition and performance halls, illumination displays but also can go up to E-World Tower’s 83rd floor for the 83 Tower experience with the incredible aerial view of Daegu. Your family should not miss the Skyway Cable Car round trip journey, ideal for families looking for a thrilling adventure and pure relaxation over the holiday.
3. Busan Air Cruise Cable Car
Busan is a bustling port city and the experience to pass through the sea in a cable car is one of the most exciting things that your family shouldn’t skip on your trip. From Songlim Park east of Songdo Beach to Amnam Park west of Songdo Beach, you can enjoy the thrill of being in the middle of the sea, as well as Songdo Beach, Busan Yeongdo and Namhang Bridge, Songdo Coastal Dulle Road, and the surfacing cliffs. If your kids prefer the thrilling, your family can try the crystal cabin where you’ll savor a scenic journey with the clear sea under your feet. However, you should not try this attraction on the bad weather day since the scenic is not great for enjoying, and that is not safe too.
4. Gamcheon Culture Village
Art is an integral part of the spiritual life of the Busan people. They are really creation and talent even though in life or other fields. You should visit the Gamcheon Culture Village where is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname “Machu Picchu of Busan.” Many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents. Your family will have the best photos together in this colorful village. The kids will like to sit beside the Little Prince with blond hair and see all the views of the village and let you take some photos for them.
5. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Busan has a long beach, the mountainous and the big Buddhism cultural. It will be an omission when you visit Busan and haven’t visited any temple here to explore their culture. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is one of the famous temples in Busan and one of Korea’s most scenic spots. This temple is quite unique not just in Busan but all over South Korea due to its location as it is located along the shore, contrary to most temples built in mountains. Besides the breathtaking views and a ton of interesting monuments like pagodas and Buddha statues, your family also will have a chance to explore the history behind it (built-in 1376, destroyed in the 1930s, then rebuilt in 1974). The temple open from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm and the best time to visit should be in the morning and afternoon. This is perfect for a relaxing day when you can entry free and pray for your luck. If you are afraid to find a way to come here, you can book a tour for more convenience.
6. Songdo Sky Walk
If you do not dare to try the Songdo cable car but still want to see the view of Songdo beach, you can consider about Songdo Sky Walk to see the Songdo beach & Songdo marine cable car that bring you to Songnim Park. You should walk until the end of the bridge and take photos with the mermaid. There are a few photo spots and your family should make some shots since you are here. Actually, the Songdo Sky Walk is not far from Gamcheon Culture Villiage, you can combine these two places in one day. You can come here by take the MRT line 1 to Jagalchi Station exit 2 and take bus number 7, 9, 26, 30, 71 or 96, then alight at Songdo Beach. Once you arrived at Songdo beach keep walking till you see the bridge to walk on the Songdo Skywalk. You also can book a tour combines Gamcheon Culture Villiage and Songdo Beach if the way to come here is quite complicated with your family.
7. Hanbok rental
When you are visiting South Korea, why do not try Hanbok, their traditional costume for an unforgettable experience with your loved ones? Take more photos with some of the landmarks in Busan and spend a day with this unique experience. You can choose over 500 beautifully-made Hanboks that include both traditional and drama-themed designs and get to rent one set for 1.5 hours to 1 whole day – just select the package that suits you best! They also have some hanbok for kids and your family can take some family photos with the famous Busan Tower or Haedong Yonggungsa Temple nearby there. One tip that you should know is to ask the staff to help you wear this costume since it is quite complicated to wear.
8. Yeongdo Seaside Park at night
What should we do at night in Busan? Why not try to make a trip to Yeongdo Seaside Park at night to see the twinkling lights of Busan and take some rest after a full day exploring wonderful things. Be with your kids when your family step into some of Busan’s most popular and impressive landmarks enhanced by the brightly colored illuminations. Be amazed by the spectacular Gwangan suspension bridge lit up at night and stretch your legs by taking a relaxing stroll along Gwangalli sandy beach. Take this chance to take some photos of Busan’s glittering skyline! Your kids will have a different experience compared with anything they were seen in the daytime.
9. Oedo Island
Since you are in Busan, why don’t you make a trip to Oedo Island, the idyllic island world, famous for its European atmosphere and marine botanical garden? If your family is a green-lover, you will like this Oedo Botania Island on the first glance. When you arrive in this island, you will see the marine botanical garden, and climb the steps called “Stairway to Heaven”, which gives you a breathtaking view of the terrace, and beyond it, the blue ocean. This is quite familiar with Korean drama fans. All over Oedo Island are a myriad of ornamental flowers, particularly richly-colored camellias, making it a romantic photo destination. It’s the perfect chance to get beautiful photographs among the blooms before you head back to Busan. There are no hotels on Oedo Island, and it’s open from sunrise to sunset – so you should plan a day to visit this place and leave here before it becomes dark. However, if you travel with kids, better you should book a tour to come here will be more convenient than since you need to hop on a ferry and almost the people may not familiar with English.
10. 3D Trick Eye Museum in Busan
Looking back at your plan to Busan, almost the places are outdoor activities and you prefer to find some of the indoor activities for your kids. You can think about 3D Trick Eye Museum. The 3D museums in the world are not the same between any places, even though your family has been to any of 3D museum before, you also can consider this place in Busan with over 100 optical illusions in this interactive museum. With many hand-painted optical illusions on display on the walls, floors, and ceilings of the museum, you could feel, touch, and interact with the artworks as much as you please! Let’s your kids to extend their imagination in this 3D museum and take many of magical photos for the funniest day.
Busan has many things to do for a family trip with your kids. From the most famous scenic of Gamcheon Culture Village to Songdo beach, you also can explore more about their culture with Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. The most advantage of this city is the weather is quite good for a visit in the whole year, so, you can plan to travel here anytime that convenience for your kids. Let’s think about your trip to Busan, South Korea when you want to find a city that quite friendly with the family.