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Busan
Travel Guide

Dongpirang Village featuring general coastal views, a house and a bay or harbor

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

Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$5,193 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Haeundae, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,245 reviews)
"Great view of the city and access to the beach. Rooms were clean. Decent wifi."

Reviewed on 2021/5/31

Paradise Hotel Busan
Hilton Busan
Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan
The price is NT$7,155 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,295 reviews)
"Definitively one of the best hotels I ever visited in Korea. The distinctive architecture and very refined interior decoration, giving such a relaxing yet luxurious atmosphere. The location is also great: facing the sea, right on the shore, at a walking distance from Haedong Yonggung temple. The ..."

Reviewed on 2021/1/31

Hilton Busan
SIGNIEL BUSAN
SIGNIEL BUSAN
5 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$6,708 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
This family-friendly Busan hotel is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. Songjeong Beach and Busan Exhibition and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (203 reviews)
"Tastefully decorated rooms, lovely rooms, excellent service, and the buffets were wonderful! Located right in front of the beach."

Reviewed on 2021/5/18

SIGNIEL 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.
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
16-8, Jungang-daero 180beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
The price is NT$976 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
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! (120 reviews)
cheap and new hotel.
"I checked in at 6pm and they gave me room that is still being cleaned and asked me to wait for 10 minutes. Other than this, everything is good. cheap and new hotel, close to busan station and many restaurant."

Reviewed on 2020/11/25

Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Haeundae H Stay Hotel
Haeundae H Stay Hotel
2.5 out of 5
620, Haeun-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is NT$1,549 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
Located in Haeundae, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center ...
3.5/5Good! (2 reviews)
추천해요
"언제나 그렇지만 깔끔하고 편했어요! 위치도 너무 좋구요"

Reviewed on 2021/5/26

Haeundae H Stay Hotel
Kaive
Kaive
3.5 out of 5
15, Songjeonggwangeogol-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Haeundae
Located in Haeundae, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Songjeong Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Haeundae Beach. Lotte Premium Outlet Dongbu-Pusan ...
Kaive
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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