With a number of major ports and seas surrounding the country on three sides, Korea is fast emerging as Asia’s must-see destination for cruise travellers. Korea has an ideal natural environment for cruising and its 11 ports can offer tourists the opportunity to explore 11 different attractions. We highlight Korea’s ports and the excursions you must not miss.


Home to Incheon Sea Port and Incheon International Airport; Incheon is the first gateway to Korea and located only one hour from Seoul. Excursions not to miss:

  • Jeondeungsa Temple: built in the 4th century when Buddhism first spread to Korea
  • Songdo International City: while Korea can offer historical treasures such as Jeondeungsa Temple and a number of world heritage sites, the country is also looking to the future. Songdo is a new international city expected to be completed by 2015


Developed in 1876, Busan was Korea’s first port and is a main gateway to Japan. Busan is the second largest city and the top trade port in the country (and the world's 5th largest deepsea port). Excursions not to miss:

  • Haeundae Beach: the number one summer holiday destination in Korea
  • Centum City: a haven for shopaholics
  • For further ideas and places to visit in Busan click here: Tour Busan


Located on Jeju Island, the number one destination for Koreans, this port offers tourists access not only to the island itself, but also acts as a gateway to some of Korea’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Excursions not to miss:

  • Hallasan National Park;
  • Geomunoreum lava tubes,
  • the Jeju Olle Trail and the famous ‘Hanyeo’ or diving ladies of the Island.


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