As Korea’s second-largest city and most important port, Busan has always maintained close ties with the sea, so visiting this stunning coastal city often means a day at the beach. For sun, sand, and sea, these are some of Busan’s best beaches.
Busan’s most famous beach, Haeundae is often packed with Korean and international tourists during the summer months, making it an excellent option for people watching. Hotels, restaurants, and high-end shopping centers back the amenity-filled beach.
Second to Haeundae in popularity, Gwangalli Beach sits just off Busan’s main drag and affords stellar views of Diamond Bridge (Gwangandaegyo). Numerous restaurants, craft breweries, and coffee shops in the area mean you won’t have to venture far from the sand to find refreshment.
In the southern part of Busan, Songdo Beach offers a convenient sandy escape within steps of the Nampo and Jagalchi shopping areas. Climb up the rocks on the northeast end of the beach for the best photo ops.
Situated at the eastern end of Busan, the relatively secluded Songjeong Beach is perfect for a quiet day at the shore. This stretch of white sand also attracts surfers, as well as foodies who come for the fresh seafood.
Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path beach day will be rewarded with seclusion after making the trek to Dadaepo Beach. Popular with locals, this beach (along with many other Busan beaches) is at its liveliest on New Year’s morning, when celebrants gather to watch the sunrise.