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BusanSouth Korea

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

Haeundae which includes general coastal views, a sunset and a coastal town

Haeundae

4.5/5Wonderful!(300 area reviews)

Travelers love Haeundae for its stunning beaches, and you can see more of Busan by jumping on the metro at Jungdong Station or Jangsan Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Haeundae Beach and Paradise Casino.

Haeundae
Busan Citizens Park featuring heritage elements, a garden and wildflowers

Seomyeon

Consider a visit to Seven Luck Casino and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Seomyeon. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Buam Station or Gaya Station.

Seomyeon
Jung District which includes a city, a river or creek and a bridge

Jung-gu

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)

Travelers choose Jung-gu for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Jungang Station or Nampo Station and check out top sights like Gukje Market.

Jung-gu
Busanjin which includes wildflowers and a lake or waterhole

Busanjin

4.5/5Wonderful!(97 area reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Busanjin. Seven Luck Casino is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Buam Station or Gaya Station to see more of the city.

Busanjin
Old and new

Sasang

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

Appreciated for its seaside views and waterfront, you might consider exploring Sasang. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Samnak Eco Park, and jump on the metro at Sasang Station or Gamjeon Station to get around the city.

Sasang
Chungnyeolsa which includes heritage elements, wildflowers and a park

Dongnae District

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Dongnae District is a destination travelers like for its spas, and you might hop aboard the metro at Dongnae Station or Myeongnyun Station to explore sights like Geumgang Park.

Dongnae District

Top Hotels in Busan

Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$4,960 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13

Located in Haeundae, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Radium Art Center, Haeundae Beach, and Paradise Casino. Gwangalli Beach and Busan ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,058 reviews)

"A literal paradise with an amazing view and service"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/16

Paradise Hotel Busan
Ramada Encore Haeundae
Ramada Encore Haeundae
4 out of 5
9, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is NT$1,409 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,269 reviews)
Father’s Day

"Took my love on a trip for Father’s Day. It was in the perfect location, clean, and quiet."…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/24

Ramada Encore Haeundae
Hilton Busan
Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan
The price is NT$6,200 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,187 reviews)
Worth every Penny

"It was a nice hotel. The only negative is that you have to pay to use the pool which is crazy!!! And the cost is not cheap just to swim! But other than that, great views, clean hotel and friendly/professional staff. They all spoke good English which was huge for us. I would definitely stay here again ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/17

Hilton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Busan

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
322, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is NT$1,403 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Haeundae, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Haeundae Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shinsegae Centum City and Gwangalli Beach. Lotte Department ...

4.3/5Excellent! (202 reviews)

"It was a great stay overall and I would recommend this hotel to others. Room condition was good and bed was comfortable. There are many dining options around and there is convenient store at 1st floor. Small kitchen is there, but no plates and cutlery."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/16

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
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$1,124 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

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! (64 reviews)

"Spacious rooms, great value, steps away from Busan station."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/14

Busan Orum Residence Hotel
LCT Residence
LCT Residence
4 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil,, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$8,341 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

This family-friendly Busan condo building is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Radium Art Center, Haeundae Beach, and Paradise Casino. Songjeong ...

4.2/5Excellent! (35 reviews)

"nice view clean room very very goodddddddddddddddd"…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/20

LCT Residence
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.

Popular places to visit in Busan

Gwangalli Beach
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Gwangalli Beach

4.5/5(102 reviews)

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

Haeundae Beach
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Haeundae Beach

4.5/5(200 reviews)

Let your cares float away while you bob on a tube just off Korea’s most famous beach, where locals and tourists come to see and be seen.

Gukje Market
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Gukje Market

4.5/5(98 reviews)

Shop for clothing, homeware and souvenirs and sample typical Korean street food at this sprawling and lively market that is popular with locals. 

Jagalchi Fish Market
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Jagalchi Fish Market

4.5/5(82 reviews)

Sample the fruits of the sea at this sprawling fish market, the largest in South Korea.

Shinsegae Centum City
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Shinsegae Centum City

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Pull on ice skates, practice your golf swing or slip into a spa at the world’s largest department store. You’ll find great shopping and dining too, of course.

Paradise Casino
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Paradise Casino

4/5(37 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Paradise Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Busan? Stroll along the beautiful beaches or visit the shops in this culturally rich area.

Reviews of Busan

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
239
5 - Excellent 58.15085158150852%
4 - Good
144
4 - Good 35.03649635036496%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 6.082725060827251%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.48661800486618007%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.24330900243309003%

5/5 - Excellent

Dennis

Jun 1, 2020

Best city in South Korea

5/5 - Excellent

Ness

May 30, 2020

A lot of great places to visit. A variety of food. It's a city surrounded by beautiful mountains and located right next to the ocean. There are plenty of nice beaches to visit, such as Songjung where you can surf as well.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

Lots of good foods, awesome options of public transportation, easy access to everything you can imagine. The city offered a nice comfortable atmosphere for travelers to find everything they want easy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

Still my favorite city in the WORLD!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

Busan offers tons of great foods in a reasonable price, super friendly people, and the area has a feel like I’m back in Seoul 20 years ago; people are still friendly and traditional markets are packed with so much foods and goods!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

So much culture. And the light festival was very pretty.

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