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Haeundae Beach

Let your cares float away while you bob on a tube just off Korea’s most famous beach, where locals and tourists come to see and be seen.

On sunny days in July and August, Haeundae Beach is the most popular spot in Busan. Fields of colorful umbrellas line the entire 0.9-mile (1.5-kilometer) stretch. Masses of visitors float on bright yellow tubes. Regularly, more than 100,000 people come here each day during the summer. On particularly hot days, the beach has hosted up to a million sun worshipers, making it as much a place to people-watch as a place to swim. 

Watch for women wearing high heels; this type of footwear is prevalent despite the sand. Also, public displays of affection, which are typically frowned upon in South Korea, are common here. Gaze toward the horizon for some of the most beautiful views in the city. Look east along the curving beach to see the forested Dalmaji Hill. Look west to see the futuristic towers of Busan’s main skyline. On a clear day, look out to sea and you might even make out the Japanese island of Tsushima.

When you get hungry, order from one of Busan’s pizza places and ask them to deliver to your umbrella. Thirsty? Open a beer. It’s perfectly legal to drink alcohol on the beach. In spite of the many visitors and the relaxed food and drink regulations, Busan’s city government keeps Haeundae Beach very tidy. Notice the team of employees scouring the beach to clean up after beach-goers.

If you don’t like crowds, come early in the morning. Crowds start to arrive by 9 or 10 a.m. When you tire of the beach, explore the attractions that surround it. The Busan Aquarium, the largest in South Korea, looks out over the beach, as do many great restaurants. 

Access to Haeundae Beach is free. Tubes and beach umbrellas can be rented at stands and automated machines along the beach. Don’t bring your own gear; vendors are known to harangue those who bring their own umbrellas or tubes.

Haeundae Beach has a large parking lot, but you’ll need to arrive early to get a spot. The beach is accessible by bus directly from the main Busan train station.

Popular Activities at Haeundae Beach

Ensure you have plenty of time at Haeundae Beach. Below are some of the top activities:

For even more things to do, examine our Busan things to do page.


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Shilla Stay Haeundae $111
Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019
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Shilla Stay Haeundae

Shilla Stay Haeundae

46, Haeun-daero 570beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I like it very much. In particular, service from managers was great

    Paradise Hotel Busan $169
    Reviewed on May 2, 2019
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    Paradise Hotel Busan

    Paradise Hotel Busan

    296, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
       
      4.5 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      THE LOCATION ONLY. PROPERTY VERY WELL MAINTANCE . BREAKFAST IS OK. WELCOME DRINK WAS POOR.

      Ramada Encore Haeundae $104
      Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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      Ramada Encore Haeundae

      Ramada Encore Haeundae

      9, Gunam-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great and good location , a lot of late night food

        Haeundae Grand Hotel $100
        Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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        Haeundae Grand Hotel

        Haeundae Grand Hotel

        217, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-Gu, Busan, Busan
           
          4.2 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great staff and service! We appreciated the hotel management sending a bottle of red and a cheese plate for acknowledgement of long stay.

          MS Hotel $44
          Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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          MS Hotel

          MS Hotel

          271, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Busan
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Clean & can see beach from comfort of bed. Polite staff.

            The Westin Chosun Busan $128
            Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019
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            The Westin Chosun Busan

            The Westin Chosun Busan

            67 DongBaek-Ro, Haeundae-Gu, Busan, Busan
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The setting of the hotel is fabulous, right on Haeundae beach. We treated ourselves to afternoon tea in the lounge overlooking the beach which was fabulous. There was plenty to see within walking distance of the hotel, also a subway station nearby so it was easy to get around the city. Rooms were ...

              ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae $53
              Reviewed on May 26, 2019
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              ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae

              ibis Ambassador Busan Haeundae

              12, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro 237beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
                 
                4.1 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                very helpful staffs and great location.. i would definitely come back to stay again.

                Best Western Haeundae Hotel $51
                Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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                Best Western Haeundae Hotel

                Best Western Haeundae Hotel

                42, Gunam-ro Haeundae-gu, Busan
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Food was great, clean and less greasy Chef has excellent nutritional quality knowing healthy preparation of food. May not appealing to some, but great taste , less salty and less fat and maintaining natural flavor.