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Gwangalli Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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. 

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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Top Hotels Close to Gwangalli Beach

Hound Hotel Gwangan
Hound Hotel Gwangan
3 out of 5
12, Namcheonbada-ro 33beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
The price is CA $59 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Suyeong-Gu, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gwangalli Beach, Haeundae Beach, and Shinsegae Centum City. Busan Exhibition and Convention Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (514 reviews)
"Liked... Awesome bay view of the beach from the corner room(801, 701, etc..), Affordable. Not liked... no front beach access. Room is a somewhat dated but clean. No amenities."

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Hound Hotel Gwangan
Homers Hotel
Homers Hotel
4 out of 5
217, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $79 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Located in Suyeong-Gu, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Millak Waterfront Park and Gwangalli Beach. Haeundae ...
4/5Very Good! (894 reviews)
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"Thank you for being so accommodating!"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Homers Hotel
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 $78 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (620 reviews)
Wonderful
"The hotel is super clean, it looks in great conditions, the staff is wonderful, everybody is so kind and they helped and answered every question I had. Parking is available at the hotel. The location is awesome and the half or full ocean view are both great. It a wonderful stay. I will definitely ..."

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2021

Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington
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Busan Gwangalli Hotel Mango
Busan Gwangalli Hotel Mango
3 out of 5
90, Namcheon Badaro-ro 33beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
The price is CA $44 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Busan Gwangalli Hotel Mango
Homers Hotel
Homers Hotel
4 out of 5
217, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is CA $79 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
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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 $78 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington
Hound Hotel Gwangan
Hound Hotel Gwangan
3 out of 5
12, Namcheonbada-ro 33beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
The price is CA $59 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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2.5 out of 5
203, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
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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 $78 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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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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B612
2.5 out of 5
6F, 179, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Busan, Busan
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Busan Gwangalli Boutique Hotel Hyu
Busan Gwangalli Boutique Hotel Hyu
2.5 out of 5
Suyeong-gu, 132, Gwangnam-ro, Busan
Busan Gwangalli Boutique Hotel Hyu
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