Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Gwangalli Beach

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

Gwangalli Beach is an urban beach well-known for its fine sand and clean, swimmable water. It sits in an attractive bay while looking out across the Sea of Japan to a famous bridge. Gwangalli Beach is a hive of activity from early in the morning until long into the night. Find traditional Korean barbecue restaurants, a fish market, amusement park and concert stage. 

The beach runs for about a mile (1.6 kilometers) and has powdery golden sand. During the mild summer months the water invites you to take an invigorating swim. Jet skis, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and windsurfers are available to rent. 

Crossing the water and running almost parallel to the beach is Gwangan Bridge (aka Diamond Bridge). As night falls the bridge becomes illuminated with hundreds of bright lights, which proceed to change color. Accompanied by the neon lights of the surrounding tower blocks it presents a stunning nighttime setting. 

Weekends are a great time to visit the beach, when local musicians put on free live shows at the stage. The stage is also a venue for the Busan Sea Festival, an event held at six city beaches in August. In October, the Busan Fireworks Festival takes over the beach. Enjoy spectacular pyrotechnic and laser-light displays.

Go for a walk along the paved beachfront promenade. Find a children’s playground and, at the northern end, a small amusement park. The opposite side of the road from the promenade is lined with barbecue restaurants, burger bars, brewpubs, coffeehouses and sushi restaurants. Don’t miss the Millak Fish Market, where you can purchase all manner of fresh fish and seafood and then take it to be cooked at the food carts. 

Located in the Suyeong District, Gwangalli Beach is easy to get to via public transportation. The nearest metro stations are Geumnyeonsan and Gwangan. You can walk to Haeundae Beach in under an hour via a continuation of the waterfront esplanade. The beach is open to the public between July and September. 


Guide to Exploring around Gwangalli Beach


Best Lodging Options Near Gwangalli Beach

See all 695 Properties near Gwangalli Beach
Hotel 1 CA $129
Hotel 1

Hotel 1

203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Haeundae Beach and Shinsegae Centum City are also within 3 miles (5 km). Geumnyeonsan Station is 11 minutes by foot and Gwangan Station is 11 minutes.

    Homers Hotel CA $84
    Homers Hotel

    Homers Hotel

    217, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Haeundae Beach and Shinsegae Centum City are also within 3 miles (5 km). Gwangan Station is 10 minutes by foot and Geumnyeonsan Station is 11 minutes.

      Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington CA $69
      Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington

      Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington

      229, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Haeundae Beach and Shinsegae Centum City are also within 3 miles (5 km). Gwangan Station is 8 minutes by foot and Geumnyeonsan Station is 14 minutes.

        Hotel Aqua Palace CA $94
        Hotel Aqua Palace

        Hotel Aqua Palace

        225, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Shinsegae Centum City and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center are also within 2 miles (3 km). Gwangan Station is 10 minutes by foot and Geumnyeonsan Station is 13 minutes.

          H Avenue Hotel Gwangalli CA $93
          H Avenue Hotel Gwangalli

          H Avenue Hotel Gwangalli

          29, Millaksubyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Busan hotel is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Gwangalli Beach and Busan Museum of Art. The Bay 101 and Haeundae Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Gwangan Station is 18 minutes by foot and Geumnyeonsan Station is 23 minutes.

            Hound Hotel Gwangan CA $63
            Hound Hotel Gwangan

            Hound Hotel Gwangan

            12, Namcheonbada-ro 33beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Suyeong-Gu, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Gwangalli Beach, Haeundae Beach and Shinsegae Centum City. Busan Exhibition and Convention Center is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Geumnyeonsan Station is 6 minutes by foot and Gwangan Station is 14 minutes.

              Paradise Hotel Busan CA $230
              Paradise Hotel Busan

              Paradise Hotel Busan

              296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                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 Busan Exhibition and Convention Center are also within 3 miles (5 km). Haeundae Station is 10 minutes by foot and Jungdong Station is 14 minutes.

                Ramada Encore Haeundae CA $72
                Ramada Encore Haeundae

                Ramada Encore Haeundae

                9, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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 are also within 3 miles (5 km). Haeundae Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jungdong Station is 14 minutes.