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What It’s Like Exploring Marine City, Busan’s Most Affluent Residential & Commercial Area | Don's ESL Adventure!
It must be cool to be rich in Busan; well, at least that’s what I thought after exploring Marine City, the city’s most affluent residential and commercial area.
Located within Busan’s Haeundae District, it wasn’t hard to figure out why real-estate in Marine City is highly sought after by some of South Korea’s wealthiest residents; after all, it was riddled with high-rise apartments, luxury hotels, high-end stores, upscale restaurants, yacht clubs and was surrounded by Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, the beautiful Gwangan Bridge, and Shinsegae Department Store, the world’s largest department store.
My trip to Marine City started off with a visit to Haeundae Beach. I had just arrived in Busan in the evening after a 3-hour train ride from Seoul, checked into a hostel 5min. from the beach, and proceeded to explore the surrounding area.
Since it was Autumn in Busan the sky became pitch black around 6:30pm. I snapped a few photos of Haeundae Beach that I could with plans to return the next morning and walked down to the nearest lively attraction—the Westin Chosun Hotel—situated at one end of the beach.
Afterwards I followed a path on Dongbaek Island that led me directly to the Bay 101 Yacht Club, which, lying directly across from Marine City, offered some spectacular views of the luxurious and towering skyscrapers clustered in the ritzy district.
Gazing up at buildings I couldn’t help but think of all of the other wealthy residential and commercial communities I had visited across Southeast Asia—trust me, there were plenty—and how awesome it must feel to be well off in this part of the world.
I thought about Shanghai’s Lujiazui District, Hong Kong Island’s Causeway Bay, and Macau’s Cotai Strip, just to name a few. These regions were brimming with rich culture and history, fine cuisine, tourist attractions, beautiful land and cityscapes, and gorgeous women at every turn. Being able to live luxuriously in that type of environment was surely a fantastic way to exist in this world.
Furthermore, after walking along a road that wrapped around Marine City I stumbled upon Busan’s Gwangan Bridge, a 7,420-meter long, 24-meter wide, eight-lane suspension bridge. It was only fitting that such a remarkable engineering fit lie within reach of Busan’s most well off area.
Marine City is an excellent place to visit for an upscale experience and beautiful views of Busan’s southern coastline.
Directions to Marine City in Busan: Hop on Subway Line 2 to Dongbaek Station.