Busan

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Dongpirang Village featuring general coastal views, a house and a bay or harbor

Unwind on long beaches, relax in a multistory spa and explore the breathtaking coastal forests of Korea’s most popular summer destination.

Busan is South Korea’s second-largest city, but unlike the massive metropolis of Seoul, Busan is a resort town. Travel here for expansive beaches, forested parks and easy access to the islands and dramatic coastline of Hallyeohaesang National Park.

Come to Busan during the summer to experience the beaches at their best, the views at their clearest and industrious South Koreans at their most relaxed. The long Haeundae Beach is the most famous in the country; on hot summer days it is lined with record-breaking numbers of colorful umbrellas and masses of people. If you prefer a little more space, head west to Gwangalli Beach, which is generally less crowded and offers great views of the Gwangan Bridge, the longest in South Korea.

Discover Busan’s world-class shopping at the 14-story Shinsegae Centum City, the largest department store in the world. After exploring the many stores, boutiques and cafés, practice your golf swing at the indoor driving range, then lace up your skates for a few laps on the ice rink.

Seafood lovers should head to Jagalchi Market, Busan’s massive fish market. Occupying a wide stretch of dock and several stories of a huge warehouse, Jagalchi is the largest seafood market in South Korea.

Busan has recently become a global center for cosmetic surgery and medical tourism. Exfoliate your pores or treat yourself to a full facelift at one of the 160 clinics on Seomyeon Medical Street in central Busan. Or, reserve a spot at the Shinsegae Centum City Spaland to spend an evening relaxing in one of the 22 spas and 13 saunas.

Just a ferry or bus ride away is Tongyeong, a bustling port town situated on an island to the southwest of Busan. From Tongyeong, ride the Hallyeo Waterway Observation Cable Car for stunning views back to the mainland. After enjoying the views, wander through the charming streets of Dongpirang Village, which was destined for demolition until villagers transformed the streets into an outdoor art gallery.

Busan has a metro system, but most destinations are best reached by bus, car or ferry.

Where to stay in Busan

Lotte Hotel Busan
Lotte Hotel Busan
5 out of 5
772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Busan, 614-030
The price is ¥15,714 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,271 reviews)
"Convenient location"

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Lotte Hotel Busan
Signiel Busan
Signiel Busan
5 out of 5
30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan, 48099
The price is ¥28,636 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (545 reviews)
"great location leftend of haeundae beach"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Signiel Busan
Ananti Hilton Busan
Ananti Hilton Busan
5 out of 5
268-32, Gijanghaean-ro Gijang-eup, Busan, 46083
The price is ¥25,621 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Busan. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,299 reviews)
"It's a recommendable hotel."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Ananti Hilton Busan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Busan Orum Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
16-8, Jungang-daero 180beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan, 48822
The price is ¥5,549 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (189 reviews)
Great to explore Busan
"This property was perfect for my friend and I to relax, explore Busan and enjoy our weekend. It was extremely close to Busan station, which made it easy to jump on the KTX. The breakfast was well worth the 5000 won that we paid."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Busan Orum Residence Hotel
Grand LCT Residence
Grand LCT Residence
4 out of 5
Landmark-dong, 30, Dalmaji-gil, Busan, Busan, 48099
The price is ¥40,190 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 4-star condo in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (117 reviews)
"The ocean view from the suite was amazing! The suite was spacious and clean. The only downside is there wasn’t a phone connecting directly to the front desk from the suite."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Grand LCT Residence
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
322, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, 48099
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Busan. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (294 reviews)
"The location was really convenient, and the fact that the hotel had a styler, laundry machine and a stove top was definitely a plus. However, the bed was one of the most uncomfortable thing ever. The bedding was nice, but sleeping on the mattress was worse than sleeping on the floor. Plus, the room ..."

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

Golden Tulip Haeundae Hotel & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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