Gwangalli Beach

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Gwangalli Beach showing a skyscraper, general coastal views and a coastal town

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.

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Hotel Aqua Palace
Hotel Aqua Palace
4 out of 5
225, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Haeundae Beach and Shinsegae ...
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Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
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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"

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Shilla Stay Haeundae
Hotel 1
Hotel 1
2.5 out of 5
203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Haeundae Beach and Shinsegae Centum City are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (279 reviews)
"It took about 8 - 10 mins from MRT. Room is find with a sea view. But I'm unsure is there any problem with the air-condition, it's a bit hot and air flow is not very well. Most of staffs could not speak English. But it's not a big deal. At least, they try to speak with us in Korea. The rest is ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2019

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Hound Hotel Gwangan
Hound Hotel Gwangan
3 out of 5
12, Namcheonbada-ro 33beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
The price is CA $53 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Shilla Stay Haeundae
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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
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Hotel Aqua Palace
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4 out of 5
225, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $89 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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2.5 out of 5
203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
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Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington
Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington
3.5 out of 5
229, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
The price is CA $65 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Homers Hotel
Homers Hotel
4 out of 5
217, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $95 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Busan Gwangalli Hotel Mango
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3 out of 5
Suyeong-gu, 90, Namcheon Badaro-ro 33beon-gil, Busan
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Gwangan Beach Blue Moon Motel
Gwangan Beach Blue Moon Motel
2.5 out of 5
38, Gwangan-ro 62beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
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2.5 out of 5
6F, 179, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Busan, Busan
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