Busan is known for its beaches. Every summer throngs of Korean people head to Busan to relax at the popular beaches. Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach are definitely the most popular beaches, but they are not the only beaches in Busan. Haeundae is a favorite among visitors due to the many nightclubs near the beach. Haeundae is simply a happening beach. There are ample restaurants along Haeundae, many of them serve Western-style food. During the summer months, Haeundae’s sands are covered with colorful beach umbrellas from Korean people who want to be out in the sun, but don’t want to get burned. If you are looking for a place to get a small taste of Westernized life in Busan, Heaundae in the summer is a good place to look. Gwangalli Beach is equally famous in Busan. While Gwangalli isn’t known for it’s hot nightlife, Gwangali has restaurants along the beach and a beautiful bridge that lights up the night. Just about every picture that you see that features Gwangalli, will include this bridge. Indeed, it’s a symbol of this beach. Like Haeundae, Gwagalli is crowded during the summer months, but magically, when fall comes in the crowds disappear (even on the nice days). Korean people tend to believe that there is is a certain time for everything, and summer is the time for the beach. Fall isn’t.
Because Haeundae and Gwangalli beach are the first beaches that come to mind when talking about South Korea, some tourists tend to think that they are the only beaches. That’s further from the truth. To get a sense of Busan’s sea life experienced by ordinary people, you can visit beaches that are not quite so touristy.
This beach isn’t on the subway line. You have to take a bus from the subway to get to it, but it’s a smaller beach that has a great family atmosphere. The water is shallower, so even people who are not comfortable swimming in the ocean can try wading in Songjeong Beach. Songjeong isn’t a remote beach. There are hotels and apartments near the coast. It’s just not as widely popular as Haeundae and Gwangalli, but definitely worth a visit. To get to Songjeong Beach, take the subway, line 2, and use exit number 7 out of the station. Next. take bus 100, 100-1 or 141 to the beach.
Songdo Beach is said the be the first beach that was created for resort purposes, according to Busan’s Korea Sparkling Guide. There’s a park with ample trees near this beach. The beach also has nearby parks, Annam Park and Songnim Park are nearby. Both of the parks have hiking trails. Hiking is a popular past-time in South Korea. To get to Songdo Beach, take the subway, line 1 to Jagalchi Station. Use exit 3 and take a bus, number 96 to the beach.