Hanging Out in Haeundae

Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By Claudine Williams on July 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Haeundae Beach

The Haeundae Beach area is an awesome first stop for newcomers to Busan. If you are crazing food from back home and want to meet up with fellow expatriots, Haenudae is the place to go. You’ll find a TGI Fridays, Burger King, Bennigans, Starbucks, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Papa Johns are all within walking distance on Haeundae Beach.

To get to the beach, take the subway, line 2, and stop at the Haeundae Exit. Then follow the exit signs to the the beach. Walk straight, and you’ll see the beach directly ahead. In the summer months, the end of July through August, you’ll see a mass of people near the vibrate beach shops, heading to and from the beach.

Haeundae is usually bursting with life in the evening hours thanks to the clubs that cater to tourists. Hang out at Thursday Party, Fuzzy Navel, the Paradise Casino, Skybar Lounge, Manila Foreigner Club, and the Rock and Roll Bar. Plan to party until the morning, but if you took the subway to Haeundae, don’t forget that the trains stop running at midnight. So take a cab home with friends or take the subway when it starts running again at 5 a.m.

The best time to visit the beach is when the temperature begins to warm in the spring. A trip in June may also be worthwhile because you will get the chance to run and play on the beach before the crowds appear. In July and August, however, the beach is so crowded with umbrellas and people that you’d be pressed to find a private spot. To some, the brightly colored umbrellas, throng of people, and upbeat atmosphere is a draw to the beach in the peak season. The crowds enhance the fun.

While at the beach, visit Busan’s aquarium. You can take a boat ride to see the coast by sea. You can also walk along the boardwalk and take in the people and the sights. When the beach is not too crowded, you may see tourists playing volleyball, or watch little children playing in the water. During the peak seasons, it appears that everyone is heading to Haeundae, so walking on the sandy beach entails navigating around people sunning on the sand.

While August is Haeundae’s season, in September the tourist visits are down to a trickle. The trick to having Haeundae to yourself (nearly) is to visit in May/June or after September. In the winter months, you’ll find that the beach is deserted.

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