Along with the most popular Busan beach, Haeundae has several interesting places to see that you will enjoy on your trip to South Korea.
Haeundae is the modern name for the modern district located in the 2nd largest city in South Korea, Busan. The district also goes by the name Haeundae-gu. The district is also frequently a setting or filming location in South Korean media, making the place even more worth the visit. As the district is located along the seaside, this place has the most well-known beaches in Korea, plush hotels, the newest stores, and luxurious residences. If you believe it or not, the name of this district literally means “Sea and Clouds.”
The Silla scholar and poet Choi Chi-won reportedly loved the view from the beach and constructed a pavilion close by. His calligraphy is said to be there engraved on a rock. His literal name was Haeun, and that’s how this district’s name came to be.
The modern Haeundae district came to be as a district in 1980 after it became a part/division of the Busan Metropolitan city in 1976. With 423,000 residents, Haeundae is the most populated district in Busan, accounting for 11.6% of the city’s total population, which is a very high number according to the statistics. It is located in the east of the city, spanning an area of 51.44 square kilometers.
Places to See Around Haeundae
As this place is located along the seaside, the main thing that comes to a person’s mind is beaches. Yes, Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in all of Busan, and this place is worth the visit. This beach is often the country’s most prominent and well-liked. And this beach is located in the famed Haeundae district. All year long, several festivals are hosted at the beach, which is free to the public.
A well-known beach event named “Polar Bear Club” has taken place in January every year since 1988, and the participants take a dip in water that is nearly 0 degrees. Various e-sports ar near the beach, and sometimes they also promote Blizzard games, including StarCraft.
Next, we go on to the Dongbaekseom, which is a small island located on the west end of Haeundae beach. This island is located almost very close to the Western Chosun Beach Hotel. This place came to be known as Busan’s 46th Monument on March 9, 1999. This is a great place to take a walk or a job along the seaside, and the woods, the boardwalk and the coastal park on the island are must-visit places.
SEALIFE Busan Aquarium
The SEALIFE Busan Aquarium is an amazing place to experience the underwater world. This life-sized aquarium is located on Haeundae beach, South Korea. This beautiful place was opened to the public on November 7, 2001, and is the house for almost 250 species making up a vast number of 35,000 animals. During the weekends the hours might differ, but on weekdays the timings are the same. This place is completely family-friendly, and they also offer play areas for the kids and group packages accordingly.
Other places to visit around Haeundae are the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory which is an Observatory deck that gives you an amazing 72.5 m long ocean observation that almost forms the shape of a blue dragon, and it also gives you the view of the several beach lighthouses and many villages present.
Haeundae Blue Line Park
The Haeundae Blue Line Park is a famous tourist attraction spot in Haeundae, Busan. This is a 4.8 km small but long railroad pathway along the beachside.
You also can’t miss the Moontan road, an Observation deck located on Dalmaji-gil Road. These are all the most famous places to visit around Haeundae for a good sightseeing experience along the seaside district, Haeundae.
Other places to visit
The other places to see are present amidst the district, which are also fantastic places to spend the day. The good places in the district to visit are the Busan Museum of Art, SPA LAND Centum City, Centum city area, Busan X the SKY, Haeundae Market, GoEun Museum of Photography, and many more the wonderful modern district has to offer.
How to reach?
As most of the places to see are located in or around Haeundae beach. The best way to reach the beach is via Busan station. With a car, the road distance is 14.2 km; without a car, you can take the bus line number 1003 from the Busan station, which is approximately a 34 min ride to the beach and costs around 1,300-2,000 KRW.
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