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Haeundae Beach is famous within Korea. Its long soft sandy stretches bring hundreds and thousands every year to this little corner of Korea. During the peak weekends of summer, the beach will be completely full, parking (if you have a car) will be next to impossible and accommodation will be more difficult.
However there are some things to know about the beach.
First: the vast majority of Koreans who come to the beach do so to enjoy the beach, but hide from the sun. From a distance, the beach will look like a collage of umbrellas with large sections completely blocked from the sun.
Second: the vast majority of Koreans only visit the beach during "summer". To westerners, the beach is good for any fair-weather day. However the official "summer" is July and August.
Third: during "summer" you cannot go in the water past knee-deep after ~4pm. There are patrols and beach police that will enforce this. As it was explained to me, only surfers with full wetsuits can be in after ~4pm.
However any other time of the year, the beach is open for business and you can go in the water 24hr a day as you wish, with no patrols.
Written Apr 6, 2011
Address: Haeundae Beach
Most people consider Haeundae to be part of Busan. But saying that, most people do not venture past the beach when they visit Haeundae.
If you get that far, continue up the road along the cliff-line. You can drive or walk if you care for a bit of exercise. The walk to the vantage point that I took my opening-page photo is only about 15 minutes.
If you get to the top of Dalmaji Hill, there is a small pavilion up some stairs that give a nice place to have a picnic and view over Busan's beaches and waterways.
A little farther and you will find many restaurants (like "Alexander") that offer good food with a fantastic view.
Updated Apr 21, 2009