There are many historic, cultural and natural sites to visit in Busan including beaches, mountains, temples, food markets, art galleries and museums, plus a modern shopping district. Haeundae Beach features the Sea Life Aquarium, while Gwangalli Beach offers many bars and views of modern Diamond Bridge. Nearby is the peaceful white sand Songjeong Beach. Early April is also the time when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Busan.
Highlights near and around Busan include the Buddhist mountain temple of Beomeosa (founded in 678 A.D.) at the base of Geumjeong Mountain, which also has numerous hiking trails, the vibrant Jagalchi Fish Market, where you can find a diverse array of seafood (you can bring your fish to nearby restaurants and they will cook it for you), the Gamcheon Culture Village, a fascinating hillside enclave decorated with pastel houses, sculptures and other art installations, the Yongdusan Park where the Busan Tower offers views as far as the East Sea, and the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, built in 1376, situated next to the sea. April is the best time to visit this temple as the birth of Buddha is celebrated and the entire temple is lit up with lanterns.