The beaches in Busan are a nice getaway from bustling Seoul, and each beach offers different experiences and views of Busan.
During my Busan trips, relaxing at the beaches were some of my favorite free things to do in Busan.
Plus, beaches in Busan are open 24/7 for any early risers or night owls.
Here are the 5 best beaches in Busan and what to look forward to at each beach, along with annual events to attend.
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5 Best Beaches in Busan
Here’s a map of the beaches in Busan:
1. Gwangalli Beach
Address: Gwangan 2-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
Highlights: best night views & photo ops, live music
Events to look out for: annual Busan Fireworks Festival (November or December)
Gwangali beach is probably the most popular beach in Busan, along with Haeundae beach. It’s located in the Suyeong-gu district in eastern Busan.
Gwangali Beach at night is especially beautiful with views of the Gwangan Bridge, which is lit up every night.
Things to do at Gwangali Beach:
- Watch music performances in the evening.
- Walk down the cement paths or along the beach on the sand.
- Take photos at the art installations along the beach.
- Go to one of the 300+ shops and restaurants along the beach.
Before you head to Gwangali Beach, make sure to start at Millak Waterside Park nearby, a waterside hang out with views of the bridge and sea.
Related post: Things to do at Gwangali Beach at night
2. Dadaepo Beach
Address: 680 Dadae-ro, Dadae-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
Highlights: coastal walking trails, sunset views
Events to look out for: Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams (May-October)
On the western edge of Busan in the Saha-gu district is Dadaepo Beach, and where the Nakdong River meets the sea, so the beach is quite expansive.
Things to do at Dadaepo Beach:
- Watch a colorful sunset and take a walk along the shoreline.
- Watch the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams.
- Have a picnic on the beach. Dadaepo is less crowded than other beaches in Busan.
- Explore the coastal walking trails surrounding Dadaepo Beach.
- Visit nearby attractions such as the Dadaepo Port and Dadaepo Park.
3. Haeundae Beach
Address: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Highlights: best beach for swimming, white sand, nightlife
Events to look out for: Haeundae Sand Festival (every May)
Haeundae Beach is one of Busan’s most popular destinations and beaches in Busan.
Haeundae Beach is one of my favorite beaches in Busan to visit during the day.
I visited during the Busan EXPO and seeing the large sandcastle art was quite special. There was also a special stage set up with musical performances throughout the day.
Things to do at Haeundae Beach:
- Take a swim during the summer months or put your feet in the water.
- Sunbathe on the warm white sand. While it can get crowded, there’s still long stretches of beach you can enjoy.
- Attend the annual Haeundae Sand Festival.
- Watch street performers and take photo ops at the art installations at Haeundae Square.
- Experience the nightlife along the Haeundae Beach area with bars and clubs.
4. Songdo Beach
Address: 100 Songdohaebyeon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
Highlights: great sea views, less crowded, next to Songdo Skywalk and Cable Car
Events to look out for: Songdo Beach Festival (summertime)
Songdo Beach is a man-made beach in Busan located in the southern Seo-gu district. It’s Busan’s oldest beach which opened in 1913. I did go on a gloomy day so it wasn’t crowded at all.
⛴ While there: Ride the Songdo Air Cruise Cable Car Ticket ($12 USD)
Things to do at Songdo Beach:
- Stroll along the beach’s promenade and watch the sunset.
- Walk the Songdo Skywalk next door for beautiful views of the coastline.
- Take a ride on the Songdo Marine Air Cruise Cable Car for scenic views of the beach.
- Go at night, and see the skywalk and art installations colorfully light up.
5. Songjeong Beach
Address: 62, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Highlights: Less crowded, water sports, white sand
Events to look out for: Busan Sea Festival (August, across all beaches in Busan)
Songjeong Beach is located in the eastern part of Busan and is more laid-back with a long stretch of white sand to enjoy.
Things to do at Songjeong Beach:
- Explore the scenic pine tree forest surrounding the beach.
- Attend the Busan Sea Festival.
- Enjoy water sports such as surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
- Take a nice walk along the shore or sunbathe.
- Go to nearby attractions like Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, and Jukdo Park.
What is the Best Beach in Busan?
If you’re spending more than a few days in Busan, why not go to all of these beaches in Busan? They’re located in different areas of Busan that you can experience, with many other nearby attractions to visit.
If you’re only spending one day in Busan, I recommend going to Haeundae Beach during the early morning or day, and Gwangali Beach at night.
Whichever of the beaches in Busan you go to, I hope you have a great time!