Don’t Miss This Free Busan Observatory Deck at Lotte Mall

Also called the Observation Deck, this free Busan rooftop observatory at the Lotte Department Store in Busan is not super well known to tourists, and I’m SO GLAD I came across it while researching things to do in Busan.

I didn’t have enough time to include the nearby Busan Tower in my two short nights in Busan, so I chose to go to Lotte Mall in Busan instead.

And I nearly teared up when I reached the top.

This Busan observatory deck was so worth it!

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View of a white stairs leading to garden on an Observatory Deck in Lotte Mall Busan

How to Get to the Lotte Mall in Gwangbok

Address: 2 Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

NOTE: there are two Lotte Department Stores in Busan. The other Lotte Mall in Busan is on Gaya street and does not have the free Busan observatory.

Only the Lotte Department Store Gwangbok has the observatory, so make sure you visit the right one!

Front entrance of Lotte Mall Department Store in Gwangbok Busan with large gray panels

I didn’t find an official visitor’s page nor Google Map page for the observation deck, but there are many Google reviews recommending visiting the rooftop.

I personally walked to the Lotte Mall in Busan after visiting BIFF Square and Bosu Book Street, which took around 20-30 minutes.

Once inside the mall, take the elevator (or multiple escalators) to level 13.

By Train

The closest train station to the Lotte Department Store is the Nampo station and is just a quick few minutes walk after exit 8.

By Bus

Depending on where you’re coming from, there are plenty of buses that stop near Lotte Department Store and are a few minutes walk away. Use Google Maps or Kakao Map to find buses closer to you.

While Google Maps provides bus + walking routes for Busan, it does not give just walking routes.

By Taxi

You can also take a taxi to the Lotte Department Store. Uber works in Busan if you don’t have the Kakao Taxi app, or don’t want to hail a taxi. Don’t rely on Uber however, as it’s not always widely-available in Busan.

Again, make sure to go to the Lotte Department Store in Gwangbok.

🎫 If you are visiting Busan Tower, you can buy tickets online to skip the lines

Things to Do at the Lotte Mall Busan Observatory

Large rainbow painting on wooden deck on an Observatory Deck in Lotte Mall Busan with mountains in the background

The rooftop has several levels and different viewpoints, including a garden near the lower level. At the very top observation deck, you’ll see the floor painted in a beautiful rainbow.

At each level you’ll see clear views of Busan, the harbor, Busan bridge, and the Diamond, or Busan Tower. There’s also lots of benches to sit on.

Observation deck with garden and weenie dog statue with mountains and water views

Cost to Visit the Lotte Mall Busan Observatory

Visiting is free. Note that the mall opens at 10:30am.

From Friday to Sunday it closes at 8:30pm, and 8pm on weekdays.

Best Time to Visit

A garden deck with green grass and a red heart statue with Korean flag in background

I visited during the hot summer month of July. It was bearable, especially being near the water, but bring a hat! Thankfully it didn’t rain when I was in Busan, as it did in Seoul.

I went around 1pm and was one of the only few people there, including staff patrolling or cleaning. This would also be beautiful to visit at night or right at sunset!

If you can, try to avoid rainy and cloudy days for clear views.

Is it Really Worth Visiting?

View through glass window of sea in Busan with buildings and ships

The Lotte Department Store in Gwangbok Observation Deck is a great alternative and addition to the Busan Tower, and is much less crowded.

The Lotte Mall in Gwangbok itself is huge and you can take some time to wander around there as well.

I highly recommend visiting! It was probably my favorite place to visit after the Gamcheon Culture Village.

🎫 BUT if you do visit Busan Tower, you can buy prebook your ticket online to skip the lines

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