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Busan
Travel Guide

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

Hilton Busan
Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan
The price is NT$5,205 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,294 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
Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is NT$2,242 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Located in Haeundae, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Paradise Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$4,957 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (1,166 reviews)

"The hote is located in front of the beautiful beach."…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/13

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.
Felix by STX Hotel & Suite
Felix by STX Hotel & Suite
3.5 out of 5
620, Haeun-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is NT$1,768 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Haeundae, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Busan Aquarium, Haeundae Beach, and Paradise Casino. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (119 reviews)
Great trip idea

"Hotel worked out great! Location I easy to travel from and located close to many things. English speaking staff make it easy for foreigners. I would definitely recommend!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/20

Felix by STX Hotel & Suite
LCT Residence
LCT Residence
4 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil,, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$6,712 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)

"깔끔하고 쾌적하게 가족여행 할 수 있었네요. 엘리베이터가 수리 중이어서 불편했지만 대체적으로 만족스러웠습니다!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/15

LCT Residence
Grand LCT Residence
Grand LCT Residence
4 out of 5
Landmark-dong, 30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$7,192 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Haeundae, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Radium Art Center and Paradise Casino. Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (23 reviews)

"해운대 야경과 바다풍경과 일출이 멋져요^^"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/3

Grand 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.

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