Busan

Travel Guide
Dongpirang Village showing a house, a bay or harbour and general coastal views

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

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Shilla Stay Haeundae
4 out of 5
46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is S$154 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Haeundae, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Busan Aquarium and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,041 reviews)
"It is good in all"

Reviewed on 22 Nov,2021

Shilla Stay Haeundae
Lotte Hotel Busan
Lotte Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is S$189 per night from 28 Dec to 28 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Busanjin, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Nampodong Street, Gukje Market and Gwangalli Beach. Busan Exhibition and Convention Center and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,402 reviews)
"Located next to Lotte Store and Cinema"

Reviewed on 31 Oct,2021

Lotte Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
Paradise Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
The price is S$306 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Haeundae, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,286 reviews)
"Oceanfront property. Rooms in the main building have small balconies with chairs and a table. The ocean is great for swimming even in early October. The boardwalk out front connects with a small park that is very well maintained. Restaurants of all sorts are a short walk away across the main street. ..."

Reviewed on 3 Oct,2021

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.
Plea De Blanc
Plea De Blanc
3 out of 5
29, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 298beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is S$74 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Haeundae, this beach aparthotel is steps away from Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. The Bay 101 and Dalmaji Hill are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"Centrally located. 3 minute walk to the beach. Private rooms."

Reviewed on 19 Jul,2021

Plea De Blanc
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
322, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
The price is S$89 per night from 5 Dec to 5 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (255 reviews)
"I mean it’s a great idea that they really make an effort to be eco-friendly. Love that part. But the hotel room is small for to be considered a 4-stars. Worst when you can hear all the street noises in the middle of the night. The hotel didn’t do anything about it either."

Reviewed on 25 Jun,2021

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Grand LCT Residence
Grand LCT Residence
4 out of 5
Landmark-dong, 30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan
The price is S$414 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Haeundae, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Radium Art Center and Haeundae Beach. Dalmaji Hill and The Bay 101 are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (75 reviews)
"The ocean view from the suite was amazing! The suite was spacious and clean. The only downside is there wasn’t a phone connecting directly to the front desk from the suite."

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2021

Grand 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.

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