Busan/Haeundae

Haeundae is a district in the east of Busan that is known as the main tourist destination of the city and home to the nationally renowned Haeundae Beach.

Haeundae and surrounding areas

Understand

Haeundae is a district in the east of Busan and is famous as one of the country's main tourist destinations. It offers Korea's most famous beach, upmarket hotels, the newest shops and luxury apartments. Due to the relative recent state of the area's development, it does lack the tradition and history that can be found in the rest of the city.

Many Koreans have happy memories of traveling to Busan to specifically spend a hot summer's day on the packed beach in Haeundae.

Although a little distance away to the east, the Songjeong area with its impressive beach is also part of the Haeundae-gu district.

Get in

By metro

The easiest way into Haeundae from central Busan is via metro line 2. The Haeundae area starts at the   Centum City station, stops by the beach at   Haeundae Station and ends at   Jangsan station. Haeundae Station will bring you closest to the action on the beach (The train will even play seagull sounds on arrival).

By bus

There is a direct limousine bus from Gimhae International Airport that will stop at most of the major hotels in the Haeundae area. There are also a number of municipal buses that go to Haeundae.

By taxi

A taxi into Haeundae from most parts of Busan will cost between ₩7,000 to ₩15,000.

By car

By car, you can drive east over the famous (at least for Koreans) Gwangalli bridge in order to get to the Haeundae area. Do note that parking in Haeundae is not easy to find, and parking near the beach on a hot summer's day will be a huge challenge.

By train

The mainline train connections through the Haeundae area are now closed. Busan Station itself is about 40 minutes away from the area and is directly connected by metro line 2.

See

Haeundae Beach in Summer
Haeundae Beach and Gwangali Bridge as seen from the MoonTan road
Surfing on Songjeong Beach in the Fall
Bridge to Yonggungsa
Cheongsapo fishing village

Do

BEXCO Conference Center
View of Busan, from the top of Jangsan mountain
Walk along the disused rail track

Biking

Buy

Shinsegae Busan - The largest department store in the world!

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Cafes


Drink

Most of the bars that appeal to westerners are on the main street (Gunam-ro) between Heundae subway station (exit 5) and the beach. Below is a small selection.

Sleep

Budget

The streets behind the western side of Haeundae beach are completely full of   cheap love motels.

The following listings are for traveler friendly hostel style accommodation:

Mid Range

Splurge

Most of Busan's luxury hotels are along Haeundae Beach. The hotels listed below all offer ocean view and city view rooms, but be prepared to pay extra for the ocean view. Weekend rates are always more expensive than weekday rates, and rates go sky high during the summer peak season (varies by hotel, but roughly July to August). Rates can also go up during special events (e.g. Busan International Film Festival).

The Novotel on the beach in Haeundae

Stay safe

Tsunami warning sign on Haeundae beach

Haeundae is, like Busan and South Korea in general, very safe. Refer to the Busan article for details.

There is a Tsunami warning system and signs on the beaches, although the risk of a Tsunami is far less than in nearby Japan. In the unlikely event a tsunami warning is issued for Busan or the South Korean coastline, head for the top of a tall building or higher ground. (Higher ground not being easily accessible from Haeundae Beach)

Every summer the local press gets very concerned about foreigners behaving badly on Busan beaches, usually by photographing Korean girls wearing bikinis. (Interestingly, the same press has no problem publishing corresponding photos of foreign women on Busan beaches) Since it can be a police matter, be careful what pictures you take on the beach.

Connect

Along the beachfront there is government provided free wifi, although it isn't particularly fast or reliable. Sit on the benches in front of the hotels to use free guest wifi or use any of the many coffee shops around the area.

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