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

SOLARIA NISHITETSU HOTEL Busan
SOLARIA NISHITETSU HOTEL Busan
3.5 out of 5
20, Seomyeon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan, 47289
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,415 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Good location. Nice breakfast."

Reviewed on 2022/7/29

SOLARIA NISHITETSU HOTEL Busan
Lotte Hotel Busan
Lotte Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Busan, 614-030
The price is NT$3,411 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,273 reviews)
"Ultra-kind-staff/services, clean, easy access to subway for travel, a lot of options to shop and dine"

Reviewed on 2022/7/16

Lotte Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan, 612-010
The price is NT$5,535 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,259 reviews)
"All the staff were very nice"

Reviewed on 2022/7/13

Paradise Hotel 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, 48822
The price is NT$1,274 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (211 reviews)

Reviewed on 2022/5/17

Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Grand LCT Residence
Grand LCT Residence
4 out of 5
Landmark-dong, 30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan, 48099
The price is NT$9,226 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star condo in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach are located ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (153 reviews)
"The ocean view from the suite was amazing! The suite was spacious and clean. The only downside is there wasn’t a phone connecting directly to the front desk from the suite."

Reviewed on 2021/7/21

Grand LCT Residence
Daylight Lagomar Pension
Daylight Lagomar Pension
3 out of 5
13-13, Hangni-gil, Busan, Busan, 46045
The price is NT$2,306 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star condo in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Songjeong Beach and Ilgwang Beach are located nearby. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (17 reviews)
"Pension is on the outskirts of Busan, so quieter & less populated area. The hotel & room were clean and our room had a nice view of the ocean/beach. One negative is that it can get a little loud if there are guests singing karaoke at night. Also appreciate that it is pet-friendly. We tend to travel ..."

Reviewed on 2022/5/9

Daylight Lagomar Pension
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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