Beaches in Busan
Haeundae Beach © TravelingOtter
Although Busan is home to a number of excellent tourist sights, its stand-out attraction must be its beaches, which are famous throughout Korea and draw tens of thousands of vacationers to the busy port city every year. A word of warning for travellers: Busan's beaches are best experienced in spring, autumn and winter, as between mid-June and the end of August (Korea's official beach season) they can become unpleasantly overcrowded. Busan's main beach is Haeundae, which sports a good amount of fine golden sand and good swimming conditions. The area surrounding Haeundae Beach is also full of trendy bars and restaurants, a wealth of shopping opportunities and lots of accommodation options, making it the perfect base for a weekend getaway in Busan. The next beach down the pecking-order is Gwangalli, which has a great view of the Gwangan Grand Bridge, and on any given day will play host to a number of informal volleyball games. Slightly more remote beaches - which might not suffer too much from overcrowding - include Songjeong, which boasts cleaner waters and bigger waves (ideal for surfing); and Dadaepo, located in a river estuary about five miles (8km) from downtown Busan, and featuring shallow waters and outstanding natural scenery.