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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

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$4,897 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 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! (1,130 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/8/16

Paradise Hotel Busan
Hilton Busan
Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan
The price is NT$5,800 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

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! (1,243 reviews)
Excellent coastline resort-style hotel

"The outdoor pool ("Infinity Pool") is included with your stay and it is gorgeous. It has a perfect view of the ocean. There are two indoor pools you can use for swimming, but they require a fee to enter. The strip of coastline in front of the hotel is also good for a stroll. It looks really nice ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/19

Hilton Busan
Park Hyatt Busan
Park Hyatt Busan
5 out of 5
51, Marine city 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$5,774 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Haeundae, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Busan Yachting Center and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Shinsegae Centum City are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (929 reviews)

"Great staffs, clean facilities and will definitely come back."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/17

Park Hyatt 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

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$1,804 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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

4.3/5Excellent! (64 reviews)

"Nice views of the ocean / mountains at the higher floors. Clean apartment style stay. Wall paper job could have been done better."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/10

Felix by STX Hotel & Suite
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
322, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is NT$1,988 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

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! (218 reviews)
Good 4th of July stay

"The hotel was great. Rooms are clean staff was friendly."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/8

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
LCT Residence
LCT Residence
4 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil,, Busan, Busan
The price is NT$9,553 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

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

Reviews of Busan

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.15085158150852%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.03649635036496%
3 - Okay
25
3 - Okay 6.082725060827251%
2 - Disappointing
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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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