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BusanSouth Korea

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

Top hotels in Busan

Park Hyatt Busan
Park Hyatt Busan
5 out of 5
51, Marine city 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is AU$303 per night from 25 Nov. to 26 Nov.

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! (931 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Park Hyatt Busan
Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is AU$134 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

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! (2,010 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is AU$282 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

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! (1,131 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

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.

Holiday 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 AU$95 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

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

4.3/5Excellent! (57 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 10 Aug. 2020

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 AU$104 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

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 8 Jul. 2020

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
LCT Residence
LCT Residence
4 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil,, Busan, Busan
The price is AU$500 per night from 24 Nov. to 25 Nov.

This family-friendly Busan condo is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Radium Art Center, Haeundae Beach and Paradise Casino. Songjeong Beach is 1.9 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (28 reviews)

"nice view clean room very very goodddddddddddddddd"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2020

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

Top activities in Busan

Reviews of Busan

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Nov. 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

1 Nov. 2019

Great city. Just pick a good hotel !!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Oct. 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

6 Oct. 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Sep. 2019

Beautiful place!

5/5 - Excellent

Andriana

5 Sep. 2019

Nice place friendly people

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