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Beomeosa Temple and Markets

Busan, South Korea

Beomeosa Temple and Markets

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  • 4
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Visit an ancient Buddhist temple that dates to the Silla Dynasty before returning to Busan for a revealing glimpse into modern daily life at two bustling marketplaces. The temple is Beomeosa, a sprawling complex nestled on a mountainside surrounded by wisteria woods. Many of the buildings date from the 7th and 8th centuries, although after countless invasions they have been repeatedly reconstructed. In all likelihood, you will see the monks praying and chanting in Buddha Hall and perhaps practicing sunmudo, an ancient Korean martial art that has been steeped in secrecy until the past few decades. A glimpse into two of Busan’s most vibrant markets follows. Refugees of the Korean War started Gukje, which has grown into the country’s largest traditional market. Fresh seafood is the allure of Jagalchi Fish Market, where every imaginable fish and exotic sea creature is displayed on ice. Both markets are excellent venues for people-watching and to observe daily life.


HIGHLIGHTS:
• Explore a reconstructed Buddhist temple complex that looks like it did in the 7th century.
• Observe the monks at prayer or practicing an ancient, once-secret Korean martial art.
• Stroll the maze-like aisles in Korea’s largest traditional market.
• Browse countless stalls laden with exotic seafood in Jagalchi Fish Market.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes about two hours of moderate to strenuous walking with some uneven surfaces and about 100 steps to negotiate at the temple. The aisles at the fish market are narrow and the floor can be wet and slippery. Lines may be long. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or to those with mobility concerns. The tour sequence may vary. On winter tours when sunset is in the early afternoon, guests may visit Haedongyonggungsa Temple instead of Beomeosa Temple.

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Excursion Type:

Historical Landmarks
Shopping

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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