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16 Best Things to Do in Busan in Winter 2024 (+ Interactive Map!)

Get ready to dive into my list of the 16 Best Things to Do in Busan in Winter.

When I first visited Busan, I instantly fell in love with this cool coastal city. And there is just so much to do, even during the chilly season!

From festive markets to cozy indoor spots and everything in between, Busan is a spot you need to include on your South Korea itinerary.

Whether you’re keen on adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this stunning city sitting between the mountains and the sea.

Busan Travel Essentials

  • Grab the Visit Busan Pass exclusively available for international travelers, and save money! Enjoy free access to 40+ attractions, tour buses/trams, and discounts for tours & restaurants. 
  • Now, staying connected is a must, right? Pick up a 4G SIM card with unlimited data (KT) or 4G SIM (SKT) at Seoul or Busan airport. But if you prefer to connect multiple devices, rent a 4G Pocket WiFi. Reserve in advance to save time!
  • Grab your T Money Card from the airport to make getting around South Korea a breeze. Your T Money card is your ticket to Korea’s subways, buses, and taxis. Easily top up your card at the subway station machines. 
  • Buy a discounted KTX pass for unlimited high-speed train rides. It’ll whisk you from Seoul to Busan in under 2.5 hours. Now, that’s the way to travel!
  • Book your airport pickup in advance for a more cost-effective journey. Gimhae Airport is far from the city center and Uber’s aren’t available, plus a taxi will cost you big bucks. 
  • Google MapsRome 2 Rio and Kakao Maps will be your best friends for getting around South Korea

Winter Temperature In Busan

Ah, winter in Busan! Let me paint you a picture of what it’s like.

Expect chilly breezes, cozy scarves, and fewer crowds at the main attractions.

The temperatures usually range from around 0 to 10 degrees Celsius (32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit), so it’s not exactly frostbite territory, but it’s enough to make you want to snuggle up with a hot chocolate.

Make sure to pack your gloves and scarves; it can get pretty chilly here, although not as freezing as in Seoul in winter.

Jagalachi Fish Markets is one of the best things to do in Busan in winter

16 Best Things to Do in Busan in Winter

Here are my top recommendations on the best things to do in Busan in winter!

From escaping the chill indoors to soaking up a little vitamin D by the beach, there is a whole range of fun things to do in winter in Busan!

1. Explore the Bustling Jagalchi Fish Market

Easily one of my favorite spots in Busan! Wander around both the inside and outside market stalls brimming with freshly caught fish and colorful marine life.

Sample delicious seafood dishes, or simply soak in the lively atmosphere.

Gamcheon Culture village is one of the top activities in Busan in winter

2. Get Lost In Gamcheon Culture Village

Lose yourself in the maze of colorful streets of Gamcheon Culture Village – the Santorini of Busan!

With whimsical murals, quaint cafes, and art installations each corner tells a different story of the village’s past, it is truly such a unique experience any time of year.

3. Marvel at Marine Life in Busan Sea Life Aquarium

Escape the cold outdoors with a visit to Sea Life. See a diverse range of marine creatures, from colorful tropical fish to sharks and sea turtles.

Immerse yourself in interactive exhibits, educational presentations, and iconic underwater tunnels.

4. Hit the Slopes at Eden Ski Resort

Escape the city for a day or perhaps a few nights to hit the slopes!

Whether you’re keen to get your adrenaline-pumping skiing or snowboarding or just looking for some cozy relaxation in the resort’s chalets and hot springs, Eden should be added to your Busan winter itinerary!

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5. Relax at Spa Land

Treat yourself to a day of pampering and relaxation at Spa Land.

Unwind in a variety of therapeutic hot springs, saunas, and steam rooms, each offering benefits for the mind, body, and soul.

Sounds heavenly right?!

6. Shop ’til You Drop at Shinsegae Centum City Department Store

Enjoy a little retail therapy at Shinsegae Centum City Department Store, the largest shopping complex in the world with a HUGE array of fashion boutiques, luxury brands, and specialty stores.

From designer fashion and cosmetics to gourmet food and home furnishings, Shinsegae offers a top-notch shopping experience.

Plus the cold weather is the perfect excuse for getting indoors!

Views from Busan Tower and some of the best in the city

7. Soak in City Views from Busan Tower

Take in panoramic views of the city skyline and coastline from the observation deck of Busan Tower.

You can see the colorful Gamecheon Culture Village and the iconic South Korean apartment buildings in all its uniformity.

I can’t recommend Busan Tower enough! It is one of the most unique views from a sky tower I’ve seen!

8. Take in the Stunning Views at the Oryukdo Skywalk

Up next on the list of the best things to do in Busan in winter is Oryukdo Skywalk!

Pop on your sneakers and get ready for a unique Busan adventure as you walk along the transparent glass floor, suspended high above the rugged cliffs overlooking the sea.

Take in the gorgeous views of the surrounding coastline and distant islands.

And don’t forget your camera!

9. Wander Around Busan Christmas Market

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of the Busan Christmas Market. Admire the twinkling lights, festive decorations, and seasonal music.

Browse through charming wooden stalls selling handcrafted gifts, traditional treats, and mulled wine, or enjoy the performances and various activities.

It is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit here in Busan!

Haeunde beach is a must visit in winter
Haeunde Beach

10. Soak Up the Sun at Haeunde Beach

Escape the winter chill and bask in the warm sun on the sands of Haeunde Beach.

Whether you’re strolling along the boardwalk, dining at one of the beachfront cafes or simply soaking in that vitamin D, Haeunde is a must all year round.

11. Go Skating at Busan Ice Skating Rink

Lace up your skates, it’s time to glide across the smooth ice at Shinsegae Centumcity Ice Rink.

The rink offers a festive atmosphere complete with twinkling lights, festive music, and hot cocoa to warm you up after a day on the ice.

Talk about a quintessential winter experience in Busan!

12. Find Serenity at Beomeosa Temple

Seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life at Beomeosa Temple, located in the scenic mountains.

Explore the temple’s ornate halls, towering pagodas, and lush gardens, where centuries-old traditions and spiritual practices are carried on.

Join a traditional temple stay program to immerse yourself in the daily life of the monks and experience Buddhist meditation and mindfulness.

13. Enjoy Nature at Taejongdae Resort Park

Head out to Taejongdae Resort Park, where you can enjoy rugged cliffs, lush forests, and panoramic coastal views.

Unfortunately, I ran out of time to explore Taejongdae Resort Park but it is on the top of my list for when I return!

Here you can hike along winding trails to discover hidden caves, beaches, and dramatic rock formations, or simply take a stroll through the park’s botanical gardens and coastal promenades.

14. Explore Culture and Cuisine at Biff Square

Now I must admit, when I first visited Biff Square, it was a little underwhelming.

But..

It all depends on when you visit! At night it is definitely better than early in the morning!

And in the wintertime, it is pure magic, decked out in Christmas decorations.

You’ll find plenty of entertainment, shopping, and dining here in the heart of Busan’s historic district.

From street food stalls serving up savory snacks and sweet treats to cozy cafes and gourmet restaurants offering a taste of Korean cuisine – there is plenty to eat here.

Allow yourself a couple of hours to explore the square’s eclectic mix of shops, cinemas, and cultural attractions.

15. Indulge in Retail Therapy in Seomyeon

Treat yourself to a shopping spree in Seomyeon! It is nearly Christmas after all!

Wander around the trendy boutiques, department stores, and fashion-forward malls.

Explore the latest Korean fashion trends, cosmetics, and accessories at iconic shopping destinations like Lotte Department Store and NC Department Store, or browse through the eclectic mix of local boutiques and international brands lining the streets of this vibrant neighborhood.

Whether you’re hunting for designer labels, unique souvenirs, or simply window shopping like me, Seomyeon is the place to be for a shopping spree!

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple Busan is one of the best places to visit in winter
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

16. Find Peace at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Explore this temple’s ancient architecture, ornate pagodas, and serene meditation halls, where centuries-old traditions and spiritual practices continue to thrive.

Take in views of the sea and surrounding landscape from the cliffside temple. It is easily one of the most gorgeous templates I’ve ever been to!

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Busan Winter Attractions Map

To help you plan your Busan itinerary, bookmark the below map with all the best things to do in Busan in winter!

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Festivals In Busan In Winter

In Busan, winter isn’t just about bundling up; it’s about embracing the festive spirit and all the fun events happening around the city. 

Here are some festivals in winter to check out. 

Busan Christmas Tree Festival

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as the city lights up with Christmas trees, decorations, and festive performances.

Stroll through the streets in and around Nampo-Dong taking in the twinkling lights and the contagious atmosphere.

Haeunde Light Festival

From illuminated sculptures to immersive light tunnels, this festival makes for a great night out in Busan in winter.

New Year’s Bell Ringing Ceremony

Welcome the new year with a traditional Korean ceremony at Yongdusan Park, where locals and visitors gather to ring the massive bell and make wishes for the year ahead.

Haeundae Polar Swim Festival

Brave the cold waters of Haeundae Beach and take part in this exhilarating tradition of plunging into the icy sea on New Year’s Day.

Join fellow daredevils for a refreshing dip or simply cheer from the sidelines as participants kick off the year with a splash.

Considering taking a day trip from Seoul to Busan? Read this guide first!

Shire Hotel Seomyeon is where I stayed in Busan
Shire Hotel Seomyeon

Where to Stay in Busan

Choosing between Haeundae and Seomyeon in Busan was a tough call.

Ultimately, I went for Seomyeon due to its central location and easy access to both Lines 1 & 2 on the metro.

If you’re into jam-packed itineraries like me, Seomyeon is ideal.

The city really surprised me in the end with its trendy spots, restaurants, and shops around every corner. I was very glad I stayed here!

However, if beach strolls or sunset cocktails are more your style, Haeundae might suit you better.

Check out my top recommended stays below!

Top 3 Recommended Stays in Busan

Views of Gamcheon Culture Village In Winter
Gamcheon Culture Village

FAQ’s: What to do in Busan in Winter

Moving onto a few commonly asked questions about the best things to do in Busan in winter. As always if you have any more questions, feel free to pop them in the comments below.

Is it worth going to Busan in winter?

Absolutely! Busan is totally worth visiting in winter, it’s like a whole new experience with fewer crowds, stunning coastal views, and seasonal activities like the Busan Christmas Tree Festival and Haeundae Polar Bear Plunge.

Plus, you can warm up with piping hot street food and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Is 3 days in Busan enough?

Three days in Busan can give you a taste of the city’s highlights, from exploring its vibrant markets and historical sites to indulging in its renowned cuisine and relaxing on its beautiful beaches.

While you may not see everything, it’s just enough time to see the highlights. I personally spent 4 days in Busan and would have loved an extra day or 2!

Which month is best for Busan?

Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to visit Busan as there are mild temperatures and gorgeous landscapes, ideal for outdoor activities and jam-packing your days with sightseeing.

Summer (July to August) attracts beachgoers with its warm weather, while winter (December to February) presents a quieter atmosphere and the chance to experience unique seasonal events.

How cold does Busan get in winter?

Winter temperatures in Busan can range from mild to chilly, with average lows between 0°C to 5°C (32°F to 41°F).

While it’s not as cold as other parts of South Korea, you’ll still want to bundle up.

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The Wrap-Up: Best Things to Do in Busan in Winter

So there you have it, my rundown of the 16 Best Things to Do in Busan in Winter!

Just like you will, I fell head over heels for this cool coastal city, and I hope this list has sparked some serious excitement for your next adventure.

With its vibrant markets, cozy hideouts, and stunning landscapes, Busan truly shines even in the chillier months.

So don’t miss out on adding this gem to your South Korea itinerary.

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