Historic Busan Museum

busan-museumFrontal view of Busan Museum

Busan Museum

Busan Museum is a famous museum in that city that has a great collection of items that represents Busan's cultural heritage. Both locals and travelers alike admire the wealth that this museum houses for almost half a century now.

The Busan Metropolitan Government organized the establishment of the Busan Museum that was finally inaugurated in 1978.

The Busan Museum offers seven standard exhibition rooms spread over three floors in addition to the Kiln Exhibition Hall and the Outdoor Exhibition Hall.

TRIVIA: Busan Museum house around 45,000 items as recorded since the end of 2017. The collection and research are still ongoing.

Opened in 1978, the museum has taken on a leading role in preserving traditional culture in Busan by obtaining a wealth of relics from strong excavation efforts, generous donations and purchases, and by meticulous research.

The museum was renovated in 2002, along with the opening of Exhibition Hall 2. The wide array of relics ranges from the Prehistoric Age to the modern period.

Outdoor Exhibitions

The Outdoor Exhibition Hall is home to precious pagodas, Buddhist statues, and monuments.

There are over 6,000 items from excavations in Busan and the Gyeongnam area.

That number is in addition to items that have been purchased, donated, and collected. Those relics reveal the important historical and cultural heritage of Busan.

Detail Museum Program Information

This sub-section details the activities by mentioning time accessibility for different groups of people and time allocations.

Busan Museum Mission Bag
This activity is a daily effort for parents with primary school child/ren. This activity takes about an hour or two.

Museum Tour
The museum authorities offer every third weekend of the month a 4-hour tour to all visitors.

Dream Dream Museum
Every second Saturday of the month, there is an activity for two hours at the local children's centers.

Saturday Museum Class
Every fourth Saturday of the month, there is a museum class for families with primary school children. The class runs for two hours each time.

Yomijomi Museum Class
This class is for kindergarten groups. It is being held every second and fourth Friday of the month for two hours.

Tea Ceremony and Hanbok Experience
This sounds like a cultural activity especially offered to foreign visitors. This exciting activity happens daily for 40 minutes during the day. There is no age distinction to access this experience.

Busan Museum Exhibition Halls

Busan Museum organizes the items it is housing by using halls per historical period. Below are the main rooms containing in each gallery.

Dongnae Hall
Dongnae Hall holds Busan's history from the Paleolithic Period to the Goryeo Dynasty. It is where you can find the archaeological finds which reveal the excavated relics testifying to Busan and Korean people's past.

Busan Hall
Busan Hall houses the rooms, including Joseon Room, Modern History Room, Contemporary Room, and the Art Room. These rooms can tell you how Korean culture has evolved and transformed into the current development of the society.

Outdoor Exhibition Hall
The outdoor hall displays over 40 stone-carved monuments and statues. Some of the relevant monuments include Dongnae Nammun Monument, Cheokhwa Monument, Yakjojechal Monument, and Sacheoseokgyo Monument.

busan-marine-bayMarine Bay & Yacht Club

More Museum Facilities

Aside from the exhibition rooms, you can also access facilities and convenience resources while you are learning and enjoying the exhibits.

The Dongnae Hall offers the Information Center, lockers, classroom, materials room, nursing room, and exhibitions.

The Busan Hall, aside from its exhibition rooms, it has a cafeteria, gift and souvenir shop where you can slow down and take a break.

Facilities for the Handicapped

Busan Museum is a very visitor or user-friendly. It has facilities such as an elevator, restrooms, parking areas, wheelchairs for rent, baby strollers for rent, and audio guide rental service.

Pets are not allowed to get in the museum.
Inquiry: Information Desk +82-51-610-7150)

Credit Cards Accepted
Accepted in the cafeteria

Parking Fee: Free

Foreign Language Interpretation Services

  • Guided tour is available in Japanese (one Japanese guide offers guide service for foreign visitors, interpretation service, promotion of museum)
  • Audio guide is available in English, Japanese, and Chinese languages
  • Inquiry: +82-51-610-7150

Nearby Attractions

Below, you can find samples of Busan's attractions. They are located mostly at the heart of the city. Feel free to scan other pages to discover more exciting sites in Busan and its surrounding places.

UN Sculpture Park
This sculpture park is in Nam-gu (District) in Busan City. It is right to the UN Memorial Cemetery that honors the UN soldiers who offered their lives during the Korean War in 1950-53.

Busan Cultural Center (부산문화회관)
Busan Cultural Center offers venues for various cultural arts and performances for people to enjoy. It is located in Nam-gu District, Busan City. You can watch multiple art expressions, including concerts, dances, plays, and other creative cultural performances.

UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea (재한유엔기념공원)
This memorial park commemorates the death of UN soldiers from 16 countries who offered their lives during the Korean War in 1950-53. Some close relatives of the buried soldiers regularly come to pay respects to their loved ones.

Geumnyeonsan Mountain
Geumnyeonsan is a favorite mountain for regular hikers in the area. It is more colorful and attractive during the Spring and the Autumn seasons. This 415-meter high mountain is believed to have gotten its name from its somewhat lotus-like shape, while others argue with another compelling reason.

Igidae Park (Busan National Geopark of Korea)
Igidae Park is a national geopark in Busan City. It is situated by the seaside, offering fantastic views of Busan's blue ocean. It sits over the hill across a sewage treatment plant in Yongho District. Igidae is a popular tourist site in the city.

Accommodation & Hotels

If you are planning to explore Busan's tourist attractions, you will undoubtedly need a place to stay. Not just any place but comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities and offers relaxing views from its windows.

So, you can see some of the recommended accommodation below for you to check out. Feel free to search through the Search Box found on the right-hand side of this page.

Hotel Prime
Hotel Prime is a tourist hotel located close to the Busanjin Subway Station. Situated at the heart of the city, Hotel Prime offers greater access to various main touristy areas and nearby tourist attractions and sights.

Hotel Lamer
Hotel Lamer is a tourist hotel located in Dong-go District, Busan City. You can easily enjoy and access other famous places in the city. The hotel offers excellent facilities, including a cafeteria, spacious gym, and other fitness and relaxing facilities.

Dawn Beach Hotel
Dawn Beach is a tourist hotel with the best ocean views located near Gwangalli Beach. It offers 44 grand guestrooms and has facilities for your relaxation, including the sky lounge area.

Homers Hotel
Homers Hotel is a tourist hotel sitting along the beach area by the end of Wangandaegyo Bridge. The facility offers a panoramic view of Busan City while at the same time gives you the refreshing cool sea breeze.

The Park Guesthouse
The Park Guesthouse offers a homestay facility that is located in the Gwangalli Beach area, Suyeong District, Busan City. They have a living, kitchen, and an atmosphere similar to your own home.

Getting to the Busan Museum

When you are already in Busan City, you can take either a bus or subway to Busan Museum. Or call a taxi to bring you there if necessary. Public transports in Korea are quite inexpensive, including the taxi (cab).

Now, let me start with a bus by offering your various options, depending on your point of departure. Here we go...

If you take the bus, listen to the recorded bus announcement and push the stop button if you hear the museum's bus stop. Get off at "Busan Museum Station."

From Busan Station at Nampo-dong, take Bus No. 134
From Seomyeon at Gaya, take Bus No. 68
From Haeundae area, take Bus No. 139, 1001 or 1003
From Dongnae District, take Bus No. 51.

By Subway Line
Take the Busan Subway system (Line 2) and get off at Daeyeon Station. Head to Exit 3 and walk for about ten minutes to reach the museum.

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