|Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장) is perhaps the most well-known beach in the country, transforming into a sea of red beach umbrellas in the summer months. The waters are shallow and there is little change in tide. The sand at the beach is coarse, which makes brushing yourself off at the end of the day a breeze. Since Haeundae Beach is located right in the city of Busan, it is extremely popular and is always packed with vacationers, so make sure to get there early if you want to grab a spot.
The beach is famous for its view of the sunrise and moonrise as seen from Haewoljeong Pavilion. Haeundae’s Dalmaji-gil Road, which is located between Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach, is another recommended spot for a romantic view of the moonbeams glistening off the water’s surface. Yet another attraction of the Haeundae area is its natural hot springs.
Haeundae Beach is also extremely well known for its many cultural events and festivals that are held throughout the year. The Haedoji (해돋이, Sunrise) Festival and Polar Bear Swimming Contest are held in the winter; the Haeundae Sand Festival and Haeundae Beach Festival are held in the summer; and the Busan International Film Festival is held in the autumn.