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Busan
Travel Guide

Dongpirang Village which includes general coastal views, a house and a bay or harbour

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

Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is £150 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in Haeundae, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,203 reviews)
"The partial ocean view was actually quite nice. Because of Covid, the casino was reduced to one floor."

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2021

Paradise Hotel Busan
Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Free cancellation
The price is £61 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Located in Haeundae, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,931 reviews)
"An excellent ocean view. Cose to the beach. Quick check-in & out."

Reviewed on 24 Apr 2021

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Hilton Busan
Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan
The price is £178 per night from 11 May to 11 May
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! (1,299 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 31 Jan 2021

Hilton 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.
Plea De Blanc
Plea De Blanc
3 out of 5
29, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is £41 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in Haeundae, this beach aparthotel is steps away from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. Busan Exhibition and Convention Center and Songjeong Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (101 reviews)
Worth staying here
"This hotel is great! Located right across the street from the beach and multiple restaurants!"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Plea De Blanc
Haeundae H Stay Hotel
Haeundae H Stay Hotel
2.5 out of 5
620, Haeun-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is £40 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in Haeundae, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach. Gwangalli Beach and Busan Exhibition and Convention Center ...
Haeundae H Stay Hotel
Aratrium Hotel
Aratrium Hotel
3.5 out of 5
127, Marine city 1-ro, Busan, Haeundae
Located in Haeundae, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of The Bay 101 and Haeundae Beach. Shinsegae Centum City and Busan Exhibition and Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"전부 바다뷰에 해운대를 옆에서 보는거라 해운대가 더 아름답게 보였어요 호텔보다 훨신 넖고 5명이 아주 만족하게 사용하고 왔습니다."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

Aratrium Hotel
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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Reviews of Busan

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Argy

3 Nov 2019

It is a really beautiful city to visit. Less crowded than Seoul, and it has many attractions for visitors! Highly recommended.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

Busan is easy to get around,plenty of places to eat. A much different vibe than Seoul,quite hilly so you'll get a good workout. Spoilt for choice beach wise...all easy to get to and well kept. Overall a place to explo

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Oct 2019

Great city worth visiting for 4-5 days

5/5 - Excellent

Nopnara

22 Jul 2019

One time is not enough

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jul 2019

Nice and good food tastes

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jul 2019

I really like it.

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