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The first stop I made after arriving in Busan was to Haeundae Beach, which is renown as one of South Korea’s most popular beaches. I absolutely love hitting the beach--Los Angeles’ Venice Beach is my favorite place to hang out!—and I had read that the Haeundae’s affluent beachfront area included everything from high-rise apartments, 5-star hotels, hostels, and restaurants to shopping centers, entertainment facilities, and bustling nightlife venues. With that, I ended up booking a hostel in the area during my 2.5 days touring Busan.
It was Day 2 in Busan and in the late morning when I hit Haeundae Beach for a stroll along its 1.5km sandy shore. Despite the light rain I caught wind of tourists, families, photographers, and couples partaking in everything from swimming, sunbathing, and kite flying to surfing, playing volleyball, and taking leisurely strolls along its scenic boardwalk.
It didn’t take long for me to plant myself dead center on the beach and stick my feet into its vast body of blueish-green water stretching all the way into the horizon.
In the far distance to the left sat Damaji Hill, a densely crowded hill loaded with expensive looking apartments and buildings overlooking Haeundae Beach.
It was definitely one of the most remarkable backdrops I’ve ever seen added to a beach.
To the right lied a picturesque stretch of towering buildings and hotels belonging to Marine City, Busan’s most affluent residential and commercial community.
I had visited Busan during the autumn season so it wasn’t very crowded. During the summer, however, an expat explained that Haeundae Beach was usually “standing room only”; that you could find an endless collection of umbrellas, deck chairs, and beach beds perched onto the sand along with hundreds of beachgoers on any day. It was too bad that I had just missed that scene!
Later in the night I’d come to find out that Haeundae Beach was also a popular location to shop and experience Busan’s nightlife. Not too far from Haeundae Beach, for instance, lied Shinsegae Department Store, the world’s largest department store, and there were plenty of bars and clubs riddled along the boardwalk to amuse any and everyone looking to get down to some jamming tunes.
What’s more, there were numerous hostels and hotels scattered around the area in case you needed a place to crash in after a wild night out.
I’d say that if you’re visiting Busan, Haeundae Beach is a fun stop that you won’t want to miss.
Learn more at the Haeundae Tourism website!
Directions to Haeundae Beach in Busan: Hop on Busan Subway Line 2 to Haeundae Station. Exit 3 or 5 and walk about 10 minutes.