Seoul + Busan Itinerary Day 6: Haeundae Beach, Gukbap Alley, Gwangali Beach+Diamond Bridge, Nampodong Street

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Haeundae Beach is located in the east of Busan. It is also probably the most popular and well know beach in South Korea. There are a lot of nice cafes, pubs, luxurious hotels and buildings along the beach.
Haeundae beach is 1.5 km long and about 30 – 5o metres wide with golden sand. The beach is packed with people every summer. Some google images I saw show that the beach is packed to the brim with no spaces in between at all. On August 2nd, 2008 Haeundae Beach made an Official Record for the Guinness Book of Records for the most parasols on a beach!
We love the beach so much. It is a great place to sit down and watch parents play with kids and people jog along the beach riding the cold wind past these windowed city towers.


Haeunde Beach

Getting Here:
From Busan station walk 172m straight and take bus(# 1003) (31 min travel time). Get off at Haeundae Beach stop and walk 169m to Haeundae Beach.
Take line 2 to Haeundae Station and leave exit 5. Head straight and you will arrive at Haeundae Beach.
No visit to Busan is complete without eating Busan’s signature dish of dwaeji gukbap, or pork soup. From Haeundae Beach, we took a 4 minutes walk towards Haeundae Market’s Gukbap Alley to try out this signature dish of Busan.

The whole alley is filled with gukbap specialty restaurants. The two most famous shop is Kim Hee-dae Halmae Wonjo Gamasot Gukbap (Granny Kim Hee-dae’s Original Cauldron Gukbap), under a yellow sign at the end of the row and 48-nyeon Jeontong Haeundae Wonjo Halmae Gukbap (The Original 48-year-old Traditional Haeundae Granny Gukbap) just next door under the red sign. They all claim to be original and serve the best gukbap so just simply pick one.
gukbap in the making
banchan and yakult?
A lot of local celebrities endorse this as their regular eatery; as seen from the restaurant’s wall.
Our comforting bowl of rice doused in spicy broth arrived in a short while. Pork slices and bean sprout is poured over warm rice with clear soup. The concoction is then topped with red seasonings and abundant minced green onions.
This soup’s a real belly-warmer!

Gukbap Alley
48-nyeon Jeontong Haeundae Wonjo Halmae Gukbap (The Original 48-year-old Traditional Haeundae Granny Gukbap):
612-2 U-1-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산 해운대구 우1동 612-12)
+82 51 746 0387
Post dinner, we took a cab to Gwangali Beach, Busan’s second-most popular beach.

When the sun sets, the Busan-ers will grab an ice cream and sit on Gwangalli Beach, to look at Korea’s second-longest suspension bridge. The lights of the bridge change color and reflect beautifully in the water.
There’s no better way to wind down by enjoying the beautiful view of Diamond Bridge while taking in the cool and pleasant sea breeze.

Gwangalli Beach
Getting Here:
From Busan Station, take city bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwanganlli Beach (runs frequently)
From Express Bus Terminal, take city bus No. 131, 131-1
Take subway line no. 1 from Busan Subway Station and transfer from subway line no. 1 to Seomyeon Station. Get off at Gwangan Station(subway line no. 2, exit 3 or 5) and walk 5 minutes.
Nampo-dong is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Busan. It’s mainly known for shopping and for good reasons.
However we were there really late; most of the shops have closed.
The streets were still fairly happening with pubs, bars, karaokes and discos.
Nampodong (shopping area) & PIFF Square
Getting Here:
Nampo-dong Station (Busan Subway Line 1).

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