Golden Beach Hotel

646-9, Woo 1-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
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bar update request

by tkdsimes


Can anyone give me directions from the Lotte hotel to the PNU bar area? I could get the subway there (need clear directions from the subway station, though, as my sense of direction is terrible). Depending on what time the subway closes, I'd probably need to get a taxi back.

Are there any other bar areas or individual expat bars near the Lotte? I'm interested in bars with cheap drink, good music and the opportunity to meet expats and English-speaking locals. I'm not interested in clubs/discos or dance music.



Re: bar update request

by DSwede

The best thing to do is take Subway #1 to the PNU station. Exit the station through door #3.

There is no specific "bar street", but all the bars are situated in this area. Walk down the small street immediately outside of door #3.

For example, "Soul Trane" is at the end of the street, take a right, then ~2 blocks and left, basement level (under a martini bar called Moe's). Another block behind that is "Basement".

Best to get in the area and just ask around.

Re: bar update request

by tkdsimes

Great. Thanks.

Re: bar update request

by tkdsimes


I went one night to the PNU area but was unable to find anything (forgot to take the instructions). I did ask around, but nobody knew. Hopped back on the subway and went back to the nice bars I find around Seomyeon.

Re: bar update request

by DSwede

Try looking up the directions on

Or just buddy up with another foreigner who's been in the area any length of time. When you get into the PNU area, local Koreans probably will not know those bars because they will not go to them. Ask foreigners and they will be your best bet.

I was at Soul Trane and Basement about 3 weeks ago, so I know they are there and still kicking.

Travel Tips for Busan

Busan: Pet Kitsch Pt. 1

by Intrepidduck

Doggies in boots, pink eared poodles, winter pet fashion for Busan what next. Sadly here cats are either running wild or if had as a pets their whole life is on a string, on a sidewalk with the traffic fumes and grit. Some people don't understand the true value of a pet.

Seoul to Busan: 45 minutes

by Vita500

Korean Air and Asiana Airlines offer almost 40 flights per day (!) from Seoul's Gimpo airport to Busan's Gimhae airport and vice versa. Flight time is only about 45 minutes and you will have some good views onto the Korean peninsula as the entire flight goes right across the country.

As compared to traveling by train, it must be said that Gimhae airport is situated at a slightly remote location about an hours drive (by bus) from the inner city. If you would like to speed things up a little, I recommend to take one of Busan's taxis (please refer to the next tip for details).

Ticket fares vary by season but start at around 60,000 KRW.

The Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park

by Intrepidduck

This tower was built in the late 1970s and stands on top of Yongdusan Hill in Nampo-dong. There is a large open square below the tower where much of the Busan community gathers on week ends. Plenty of old men playing Ba-duk, the Korean game of chess. On Saturday afternoons one also finds open air traditional folk dancing here. There has been rumours that this tower is to be either demolished or refubished as in several years it will be dwarfed by the horrendous 100+ level Lotte Tower which is currently under construction in Nampo-dong on reclaimed land near to the harbour.

Busan Aquarium

by iwys

Busan aquarium opened in 2001. It cost $30 million to build. On the two levels there are more than 35,000 fish and other forms of sealife, including sharks, giant turtles, electric eels and penguins.

Admission: Adults 15,000 won. Discounts for children and seniors.

The Southern tip of Korea

by Vita500

"Dynamic Busan"

Busan is the second largest city of Korea with a population of around 3.7 million. It's also the city with Korea's largest container port as well as largest (and probably most crowded) beach: Haeundae.

Busan's government is continously promoting the city's attractiveness for tourists. The newly developed slogan "Dynamic Busan" (close to the slogan of "Dynamic Korea" used by the Korea Tourism Organization) emphasizes Busan's manifoldness. They also created a list of Busan's top tourist attractions, known as the 10 prides and 100 amenities (see below).

Especially since the introduction of Korea's express train KTX, travelling time from Seoul to Busan has been reduced to 2 hrs 40 mins and enables people to visit Busan without the need of spending a night in one of the costly hotels.

"Busan at a glance"

Area: 763 sq km
Population: 3.7 million (2004)

Latitude (approx.): 35 North
Longitude (approx.): 128 East

- Third largest container port in the world
- Host of the annual APEC summit in November 2005
- Venue of the Busan International Motor Show (since 2001)

"10 Prides of Korea"

The 10 Prides of Korea is a list of Busan's top ten sight-seeing spots:

1. Beomeo Temple (Beomeosa) - Busan's most popular Buddhist temple
2. UN Memorial Cemetery - cemetery of the warriors of the Korean War
3. Chungnyeol Shrine - dedicated to the Korean fighters who died during the Japanese invasion from 1592 - 1599
4. Taejongdae Resort - unique rocky coastline and scenery
5. Haeundae Beach Resort - Korea's largest beach is considered as one of the eight scenic wonders of Korea
6. Mt. Geumjeong Fortress - Korea's largest fortress is 17 km long
7. Dongnae Yaryu - Korean Folklore Masquerade
8. Oryul Islets - the "Five and Six Islets" has long been the symbol of Busan
9. Jagalchi Market - Korea's largest fish market in Nampo-Dong
10. Eulsuk Island - a treasure island for bird watchers and nature-lovers


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