BusanSouth Korea

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Visit South Korea’s most popular summer destination to relax in a luxurious spa complex, discover peaceful forests and stroll along scenic beaches.

Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea but contrasts with the country’s metropolitan capital, Seoul, because it is mostly populated with resorts. Visit this scenic city to enjoy its wide beaches, lush parks and convenient proximity to the islands and coast of Hallyeohaesang National Park.Busan’s beaches are best during the warmer months.

Visit Haeundae Beach to find the country’s most famous strip of coastline. In summer, the long beach is populated with masses of beachgoers relaxing under brightly coloured sun umbrellas. For a little more seclusion, head west to reach Gwangalli Beach. This beach generally attracts fewer people and features clear views of South Korea’s longest bridge, Gwangan Bridge.

Enjoy diverse shopping at Shinsegae Centum City, the largest department store in the world, with 14 floors. Explore Shinsegae Centum City’s numerous stores, boutiques and cafés before winding down with a bit of golf at the indoor driving range or skating at the ice rink.

To experience South Korea’s famous seafood, visit Ja-galchi Market, Busan’s expansive fish market. Head to the dock and wander around the multilevel warehouse to experience the largest seafood market in South Korea.

Busan is becoming a popular destination for cosmetic surgery and medical tourism. Indulge in a luxurious facial treatment or get a full facelift at one of 160 clinics on Seomyeon Medical Street in Busan’s city centre. Book ahead to secure your spot at the Shinsegae Centrum City Spaland and treat yourself at one of 22 spas and 13 saunas.

Catch a ferry or a bus to nearby Tongyeong, a busy port town located on an island just off Busan’s southwest coast. Enjoy your Tongyeong daytrip with a visit to the Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car and see magnificent views of the mainland. Take a stroll through the fascinating streets of Dongpirang Village, a historic town that had been condemned to demolition before villagers turned it into an outdoor art gallery.

Busan does have a city metro system, but most destinations are easily reached with bus, car or ferry.

Where to stay in Busan

Haeundae showing a sunset, a city and general coastal views

Haeundae

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Haeundae
Busanjin featuring wild flowers and a lake or waterhole

Busanjin

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area reviews)

Busanjin
Jung District showing a river or creek, a bridge and a city

Jung-gu

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area reviews)

Jung-gu

Top hotels in Busan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
AU$272
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,332 reviews)

"5 star hotel. Bedroom clean and nice view of the beach. Convenient store just opp the hotel and Resturants are just 5 mins walk. Execellent"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Paradise Hotel Busan
Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
AU$124
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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 miles (5 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,744 reviews)

"clean and spacious room, close to the beach, emart"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Ramada Encore Haeundae
Ramada Encore Haeundae
4 out of 5
9, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
AU$101
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

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! (1,023 reviews)

"Everything is convenient around the hotel especially the subway. Its just minutes away from the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2020

Ramada Encore Haeundae

Popular activities in Busan

Gwangalli Beach
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Gwangalli Beach

4/5(6 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(7 reviews)

Relax on an inflatable tube or sit back under a beach umbrella at South Korea’s most popular beach, where the usual South Korean rules don’t apply.

Gukje Market
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Gukje Market

4/5(6 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(7 reviews)

Try fresh delicacies from the ocean prepared by expert fishmongers at the largest seafood market in South Korea.

Shinsegae Centum City
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Shinsegae Centum City

4/5(8 reviews)

Experience the world’s biggest department store, complete with big brand shops, boutique stores, a diverse food hall, spa complex and golf driving range.

Songjeong Beach
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Songjeong Beach

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy swimming, surfing and live music events during the warm summer months at this quiet beach situated on Busan’s east coast. 

Top activities in Busan

Full-Day Busan City Tour
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Full-Day Busan City Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$63
Per adult
Evening Tour with Night Market & Hwangnyeongsan
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Evening Tour with Night Market & Hwangnyeongsan

AU$104
Per adult
Special Oedo Island Day Trip from Busan
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Special Oedo Island Day Trip from Busan

AU$127
Per adult
Full-Day Scenic Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village
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Full-Day Scenic Busan Tour with Gamcheon Culture Village

100% of travellers recommend
AU$223
Per adult
2-Day Busan City Tour from Seoul
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2-Day Busan City Tour from Seoul

AU$574
Per adult
Busan : Beautiful ocean panoramic view at signature attractions by private van
Image for Busan : Beautiful ocean panoramic view at signature attractions by private van

Busan : Beautiful ocean panoramic view at signature attractions by private van

AU$109
Per adult

Reviews of Busan

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 42.10526315789474%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 47.36842105263158%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.2631578947368425%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 3, 2019

The beach opposite the hotel was lovely. Lots of food choices. Roselands in Gwangalli is well worth visiting for eating drinking and decor. The owner, she is beautiful

4/5 - Good

D

Nov 1, 2019

Great city. Just pick a good hotel !!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 23, 2019

It’s nice city a bit more relaxing than Seoul I like walking and hiking it’s good for out door activities not just shopping I wish I could stay longer than 2 days

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 6, 2019

Some great places to see. My teenage daughter doesn’t like Seoul but loves Busan.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 25, 2019

Beautiful place!

5/5 - Excellent

Andriana

Sep 5, 2019

Nice place friendly people

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