Busan

Travel Guide

Unwind on long beaches, relax in a multistory spa and explore the breathtaking coastal forests of Korea’s most popular summer destination.

Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city, but unlike the massive metropolis of Seoul, Busan is a resort town. Travel here for expansive beaches, forested parks and easy access to the islands and dramatic coastline of Hallyeohaesang National Park.

Come to Busan during the summer to experience the beaches at their best, the views at their clearest and industrious South Koreans at their most relaxed. The long Haeundae Beach is the most famous in the country; on hot summer days it is lined with record-breaking numbers of colorful umbrellas and masses of people. If you prefer a little more space, head west to Gwangalli Beach, which is generally less crowded and offers great views of the Gwangan Bridge, the longest in South Korea.

Discover Busan’s world-class shopping at the 14-story Shinsegae Centum City, the largest department store in the world. After exploring the many stores, boutiques and cafés, practice your golf swing at the indoor driving range, then lace up your skates for a few laps on the ice rink.

Seafood lovers should head to Jagalchi Market, Busan’s massive fish market. Occupying a wide stretch of dock and several stories of a huge warehouse, Jagalchi is the largest seafood market in South Korea.

Busan has recently become a global center for cosmetic surgery and medical tourism. Exfoliate your pores or treat yourself to a full facelift at one of the 160 clinics on Seomyeon Medical Street in central Busan. Or, reserve a spot at the Shinsegae Centum City Spaland to spend an evening relaxing in one of the 22 spas and 13 saunas.

Just a ferry or bus ride away is Tongyeong, a bustling port town situated on an island to the southwest of Busan. From Tongyeong, ride the Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car for stunning views back to the mainland. After enjoying the views, wander through the charming streets of Dongpirang Village, which was destined for demolition until villagers transformed the streets into an outdoor art gallery.

Busan has a metro system, but most destinations are best reached by bus, car or ferry.

Where to stay in Busan

Ramada Encore Haeundae
Ramada Encore Haeundae
4 out of 5
9, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is CA $73 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Located in Haeundae, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haeundae Traditional Market and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also within 2 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,283 reviews)
"Polite and kind staffs"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2021

Ramada Encore Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is CA $136 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Located in Haeundae, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also within 2 mi (3 km). Haeundae ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,007 reviews)
"Location and staff excellent"

Reviewed on Dec. 23, 2021

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $231 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Located in Haeundae, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,258 reviews)
"It's close to everything you want to see in Busan with the best rooms / facilities BY FAR, especially in the annex"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2022

Paradise Hotel Busan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Plea De Blanc
Plea De Blanc
3 out of 5
29, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is CA $61 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Haeundae, this beach aparthotel is steps from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also within 2 mi (3 km). Jungdong ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (117 reviews)
"Centrally located. 3 minute walk to the beach. Private rooms."

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2021

Plea De Blanc
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
322, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is CA $74 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Haeundae, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Haeundae Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shinsegae Centum City and Gwangalli Beach. Lotte Department ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (265 reviews)
"The location was really convenient, and the fact that the hotel had a styler, laundry machine and a stove top was definitely a plus. However, the bed was one of the most uncomfortable thing ever. The bedding was nice, but sleeping on the mattress was worse than sleeping on the floor. Plus, the room ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 17, 2021

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Grand LCT Residence
Grand LCT Residence
4 out of 5
Landmark-dong, 30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $325 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Haeundae, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. Dalmaji Hill and The Bay 101 are also within 2 mi ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (86 reviews)
"The ocean view from the suite was amazing! The suite was spacious and clean. The only downside is there wasn’t a phone connecting directly to the front desk from the suite."

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Grand LCT Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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