Busan cruise

Kimchi, the national dish

The big Gukje market

The spirituality of the Beomeosa Temple

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A kaleidoscopic city

Second to Seoul, Busan is the most populated city in South Korea. On an MSC cruise you will discover the most interesting attractions of this city of three and a half million inhabitants overlooking the Strait of Korea; an economic, cultural and educational reference point for the whole country.

The city offers many leisure opportunities. An authentic dining experience is a must, you can taste kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage dish. Shopping lovers can’t miss the Shinsegae Centum City Department Store, the largest shopping complex in the world and the Gukje market, one of the largest in Korea: every road is crowded with stalls, where it's easy to find local handicrafts.
On an excursion you can visit Gamcheon, a quiet and peaceful village of narrow lanes and colourful houses, the place of residence for many Korean artists.
There are over 35,000 specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians and algae at the Busan Aquarium, which you can visit on an excursion. Located in Haeundae Beach, the complex is a state of the art marine life centre where you can interact with cute seals or walk through an underground tunnel where dreaded sharks swim.
An emotional plunge into Buddhist spirituality can be experienced at the temple of Beomeosa, acknowledged for being one of Republic of Korea's national treasures. Built in the 14th century, the place of worship is immersed in the Mt. Geumjeongsan forest, north of Busan.

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    Republic of Korea

    The Home of the Hibiscus
    The Home of the Hibiscus

    Technology and craftsmanship. Innovation and tradition. Republic of Korea is a country to love, its skyscrapers challenge the sky and its lush vegetation is just moments away from the city.

    An MSC cruise will take you to the south of this dynamic nation that occupies half of the peninsula of the same name, on the coast facing Japan. 
    The Koreans always have a smile at the ready and they have a keen sense of the future. They have become leaders in numerous technological fields, from cars to television sets in the second half of the 20th century, but they also have an ancient history and the first human settlements in Korea date back to the Paleolithic era. Megalithic sites, Buddhist temples and elegant and imposing medieval palaces remind visitors of the glorious Korean past. Taekwondo is the national sport and the martial art of which Korea is ambassador all over the world. The country's culinary traditions are yet to leave the national boundaries: rice, vegetables and meat are its main ingredients. A very popular and unique dish is kimchi, made from fermented vegetables.
    On an MSC cruise this charming country will steal your heart. On a visit to Busan, the second largest city in all of Republic of Korea, after the capital Seoul, you can learn all about places of great historical interest such as the Beomeosa Temple in the forests of Mt. Geumjeongsan, but also enjoy a shopping spree in Shinsegae Centum City Department Store, the largest shopping complex in the world.