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What to do in Haeundae

Haeundae Hotels

The Haeundae district of Busan is a stylish, upmarket area that's popular with Korean holidaymakers. Sitting on the seafront, there's a long sandy beach with clear seas, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Haeundae is a modern, high rise area of the city, full of exclusive shops, restaurants, and luxury hotels, and at night there's a lively bar scene, as well casinos and clubs that are popular with international visitors.

Things to see

Sea Life Busan Aquarium is close to the beach, and allows you to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, while staying firmly on dry land. There's a glass shark tunnel where you can see many fascinating, exotic species up close, and a glass bottomed boat where you'll see sharks circling underneath your feet. With exciting activities such as a 4D cinema and feeding times, there's plenty to entertain all the family. There are lots of places to shop in the area, but none as spectacular as Shinsegae Centum City, the world's biggest department store. Set over 9 levels it has designer shopping, an impressive food hall, upmarket dining, and even a play park on the roof, making it easy to entertain even those who don't like shopping. If you want to shop for more traditional goods, then Haeundae Market is just a short stroll from the beach and is a favourite with locals. Made up of several narrow streets, the market has permanent stalls, so it's less chaotic than many markets in Busan. Here you can haggle for local foods, handmade items, souvenirs, and much more, with tempting street food stalls where you can try Korean favourites.

Hotels in Haeundae

The majority of hotels in Haeundae are bright and modern, and most accommodation close to the beach has 4 or 5 stars. You'll enjoy plenty of luxurious facilities in these newer hotels such as outdoor pools, full service spas, free WiFi, casinos, and on-site restaurants. Many of these Haeundae hotels offer free parking, and if there's a hotel buffet you may get a complimentary breakfast as part of your room rate. Whether you spend the day shopping or relaxing on the beach, you'll want a comfortable room to come back to, and many Haeundae hotels have amenities such as cable television, minibars, bathrobes, pillow menus, and air conditioning.

Where to stay

Close to Haeundae beach you'll find the tree covered Dalmaji Hill, a steep cliff with spectacular views over Busan, and as far as Japan's Daema Island on clear days. The first full moon of the year is a big event in Korea, and Dalmaji Hill is said to be the best place to witness it, with hundreds of thousands attending the traditional, colourful Dalmaji Feast. With winding, cherry blossom lined streets, where you'll find small boutiques and cafés, it has a certain small town charm, despite being connected to the big city. Stay close to the seafront, and you'll find large, luxury hotels in Haeundae, and will be within walking distance of upmarket shops and restaurants in a more contemporary part of Busan.

How to get to Haeundae

Most visitors from abroad arrive via Gimhae International Airport, just west of Busan, and flights arrive here from all across Asia. From outside the terminal you can catch one of the many air-conditioned buses, which take you to Haeundae in 40 to 50 minutes. There's also a light rail service which takes you into central Busan, and you can then take the metro to your Haeundae hotel. If you arrive via boat, then you'll be dropped off at the international cruise centre in Busan Port. From here you can take a bus which stops at Haeundae Station, with most attractions in the area just a short walk away.

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