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BusanSouth Korea

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

Haeundae featuring a sunset, a skyscraper and general coastal views

Haeundae

4.5/5Wonderful!(37 area reviews)

Travelers love Haeundae for its stunning beaches, and you can see more of Busan by jumping on the metro at Jungdong Station or Jangsan Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Haeundae Beach and Paradise Casino.

Haeundae
Jung District showing a bridge, a river or creek and night scenes

Jung-gu

5/5Exceptional!(10 area reviews)

Travelers choose Jung-gu for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Jungang Station or Nampo Station and check out top sights like Gukje Market.

Jung-gu
Busanjin featuring a lake or waterhole and wild flowers

Busanjin

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Busanjin. Seven Luck Casino is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Buam Station or Gaya Station to see more of the city.

Busanjin

Top Hotels in Busan

Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $232 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Haeundae, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Radium Art Center, Haeundae Beach and Paradise Casino. Gwangalli Beach and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,099 reviews)

"A literal paradise with an amazing view and service"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2020

Paradise Hotel Busan
Ramada Encore Haeundae
Ramada Encore Haeundae
4 out of 5
9, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is CA $72 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in Haeundae, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haeundae Beach and Paradise Casino. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,315 reviews)

"Hotel is nice, comfortable. The view of the beach from my room was ok. Reasonable considering price."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 10, 2020

Ramada Encore Haeundae
Hilton Busan
Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan
The price is CA $290 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Orangdae and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Songjeong Beach. Haedong Yong-gungsa and Haedong Yonggungsa ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,221 reviews)
Worth every Penny

"It was a nice hotel. The only negative is that you have to pay to use the pool which is crazy!!! And the cost is not cheap just to swim! But other than that, great views, clean hotel and friendly/professional staff. They all spoke good English which was huge for us. I would definitely stay here again ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Hilton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Busan

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
322, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is CA $52 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (211 reviews)
Good 4th of July stay

"The hotel was great. Rooms are clean staff was friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2020

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
16-8, Jungang-daero 180beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
The price is CA $36 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Choryang, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nampodong Street, Busan Tower and Gukje Market. Jagalchi Fish Market and Lotte Department Store ...

4.4/5Excellent! (68 reviews)

"Spacious rooms, great value, steps away from Busan station."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2020

Busan Orum Residence Hotel
LCT Residence
LCT Residence
4 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil,, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $371 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

This family-friendly Busan condo is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Radium Art Center, Haeundae Beach and Paradise Casino. Songjeong Beach is 1.9 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"시설은 매우 훌륭했고 덕분에 좋은 추억 남기고 왔습니다. 다만 아쉬운 점은 로비에서 직원분 기다리는 시간이 20분 정도로 상당히 길었습니다."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 10, 2020

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.

Popular places to visit in Busan

Gwangalli Beach
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Gwangalli Beach

5/5(9 reviews)

Swim in the calm water of a sheltered bay, dine at waterfront seafood bars and see uninterrupted views of Gwangan Bridge. 

Haeundae Beach
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Haeundae Beach

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Let your cares float away while you bob on a tube just off Korea’s most famous beach, where locals and tourists come to see and be seen.

Gukje Market
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Gukje Market

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Shop for clothing, homeware and souvenirs and sample typical Korean street food at this sprawling and lively market that is popular with locals. 

Jagalchi Fish Market
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Jagalchi Fish Market

4/5(9 reviews)

Sample the fruits of the sea at this sprawling fish market, the largest in South Korea.

Shinsegae Centum City
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Shinsegae Centum City

4/5(13 reviews)

Pull on ice skates, practice your golf swing or slip into a spa at the world’s largest department store. You’ll find great shopping and dining too, of course.

BIFF Square
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BIFF Square

4/5(7 reviews)

One of Busan’s most energetic areas centers on this neighborhood that started a major international film festival. Shop, dine and view celebrity handprints.

Top things to do in Busan

Evening Tour with Night Market & Hwangnyeongsan
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Evening Tour with Night Market & Hwangnyeongsan

CA $92
Per adult
Full-Day Scenic Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
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Full-Day Scenic Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village

CA $198
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Temple, Culture Village & Markets Tour
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Private Temple, Culture Village & Markets Tour

CA $331
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Busan Night Tour with Cruise & Hwangnyeongsan Mountain
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Busan Night Tour with Cruise & Hwangnyeongsan Mountain

CA $119
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Busan Sightseeing Tour with Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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Full-Day Busan Sightseeing Tour with Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

CA $198
Per adult
Busan : Air Cruise cable car, Taejongdae, and Gamcheon Village by private van
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Busan : Air Cruise cable car, Taejongdae, and Gamcheon Village by private van

CA $412
Per adult

Reviews of Busan

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.08771929824562%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 1.7543859649122806%
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

Not friendly and user friendly for English speaking foreigner.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 9, 2019

People were very friendly and it has a lot of good places to eat and drink. Also, it has a beautiful night skylines over the ocean and bridges.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 15, 2019

Busan is beautiful. It is a gorgeous ocean port city with so many food, outing and shopping options.

5/5 - Excellent

Em

Sep 20, 2019

Friendly seaside city with something to do for everyone, and good food options. Extensive bus and subway network. Do not miss Gamcheon cultural city, Yonggusa temple, Spaland, and the food markets.

5/5 - Excellent

Jo

Aug 13, 2019

BUSAN IS GORGEOUS. WISH WE COULD'VE STAYED HERE LONGER. However, flights out to Hong Kong are specific to certain days of the week, so we have to shorten our trip versus lengthening it. I love the beach and city vibe that Busan emits.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 21, 2019

Great city to Visit. Will definitely come back to visit.

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