The most famous beach of South Korea, Haeundae Beach, is 1.5 kilometres long, up to 50 metres wide, and located just to the east of the city of Busan. The area is renowned for hosting cultural events and festivals, at Folk Square visitors can enjoy spectating many traditional Korean games such as tug of war and wrestling. The beach is busiest from June to August when locals head to the beach for fun and relaxation with friends and family.
The Haeundae Beach area has many things to see and do, including the popular Sea Life Busan Aquarium which contains over 35,000 species of marine life. The aquarium is located on 3 underground levels with a glass tunnel experience and a theme park, plus many exhibits and restaurants to enjoy. For those who enjoy sampling local cuisine, head to Haeundae Market, home to many seafood restaurants, street food, snack bars, and gift stalls. The market is close to the beach and is the ideal place to pick up some lunchtime treats. Admirers of contemporary art will enjoy the works at Radium Art Centre, a local gallery showcasing upcoming artists and their creative talents. Dongbaekseom Island or the “Island of Camellias” is nestled at one end of Haeundae Beach, and still referred to as an island by locals even though it is now connected to the mainland. There’s a fascinating walk around the island with several noteworthy monuments and statues, offering incredible views of the Busan coastline towards Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Dalmaji Hill, and Mipo. To see the pretty camellias in full bloom, the best time to visit is from winter to spring.
Getting to Haeundae Beach from central Busan is easy via the metro service. Disembark at Haeundae Station which brings visitors closest to the beach. Buses from Gimhae International Airport and the centre of Busan also run directly to the beach, and taxis are readily available and reasonably priced.
Haeundae Beach was named after a scholar from the Silla Kingdom. It is said he was fascinated by the island and etched the words “HaeUnDae” onto a stone wall there. Haeundae Beach is newer and more cosmopolitan than other areas but historic sites are also well catered for in nearby Busan. If travellers are looking for a popular beach resort with shops, restaurants, and family-friendly fun, then Haeundae Beach is the place to be.