If you are planning to go to Busan, make sure to visit the city’s most famous beach – the Heaundae Beach!
About Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장) is famous among locals and tourists for its beautiful coastline. It is also a perfect beach if you want to swim in the summer time. During that season, you can see rows of parasols filling the beach seaside. These parasols add color to this nice and long beach that young and adults can enjoy. Moreover, Haeundae Beach is also famous for holding various cultural events and festivals all throughout the year.
According to history, the beach was named by a great Korean poet of the late Unified Silla period, Choi Chi Won. While wandering around Dongbaekseom Island one day, he is said to have been so enamored with the beautiful view of beach. With that, he engraved one of his pen names, Haeun, on a rock at Dongbaek Island. It is a peninsula that is just a walking distance from the beach. It used to be an island in the ancient times but was connected to the mainland due to accumulation of earth and sand carried from Jwa-dong, Jung-dong, and U-dong by the Chuncheon Stream.
Furthermore, you can find various accommodation where you can stay near the beach. It varies from luxury hotels to private guesthouses so you can definitely find a place that will fit your budget.
- 09:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Open all year round
Available (Free parking lot, public paid parking lot, private parking lot)
- Shower booth
- Changing room
- Drinking fountain
- Small beach library
- Summer police office (July-August)
- 119 water rescue team
How to get there
264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
By Subway: Take Busan Subway Line 2 and get off at Haeundae Station, Exit 5 or 7. Walk for approximately 500 meters.
By Bus: Take Bus #1003 from the bus stop in front of Busan Station and get off at Haeundae Beach. Estimated travel time is 45 minutes.
In addition to the beach, you can also find a 490-meter long and 30-meter wide four-lane road nearby called the Haeundae Square [구남로해운대문화광장]. This road sits between Haeundae metro station and Haeundae Beach.
It’s original name was Gunam-ro Cultural Plaza. And in 2017, it was transformed into a two-lane road with a central 30-meter wide pedestrian-orientated cultural plaza. This space is now use for street performances, art market, free events for the Busan International Film Festival and the Busan One Asia Festival.
Additionally, there are also water fountains at the Haeundae Square. These water fountains embedded in the ground were built in 2018. The fountains are operated daily from Tuesday to Sunday.
How to get there
Gunam-ro, Haeundae Beach, Jung-dong, Busan, South Korea
By Subway: Take Busan Metro Line 2 and get off at Haeundae Station, Exit 5.
By Bus: Take Bus #1003 and get off at ‘Haeundae Beach Event Square Bus Stop’ [해운대해수욕장입구] (Bus Stop no. 09112)
Kdrama Filmed at Haeundae Square
Busan is the filming location of the Kdrama “The King: Eternal Monarch”. In the fictional Kingdom of Corea, Busan was the country’s capital. Moreover, it is also where the character of The King Lee Gon (Lee Minho) lives. In the episode 9 and 10 of the drama, King Lee Gon sets up a “New Year’s Moonlit Walk With The King” at the Haeundae Square to lure his traitor uncle Lee Lim (Lee Jung-Jin) from his hiding place.
Do you want to explore more places in Busan? Check out this 1-day Busan itinerary.
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