What is the best area to stay in Busan?
Modern and cosmopolitan Busan is South Korea’s first port city, located in the southeast of the Korean peninsula.Its incredible beaches with crystal-clear water, historical and cultural icons, and extensive shopping area make this city one of the most popular destinations for travelers in the world. During your visit, you can mingle with the locals at the bustling Jagalchi fish market or catch the city’s vibrant rhythm at Haeundae or Gwangalli beaches.If you want to immerse yourself in the history of the city, you can visit the Beomeosa Temple, admire the Gwangano Bridge and visit the Youngdusan Park, famous for its 120 meter tower with the best views of Busan.
Although none of the areas with good accommodation are within a short distance of the main attractions, the best area to stay in Busan is Seomyeon ,because of the easy access and transportation options to the main tourist spots such as Jagalchi market, Beomeosay temple and Haeundae beach.Seomyeon is a place where you can experience authentic Korean style with its noisy streets, busy shops, and lively nightlife. It is one of the busiest areas of Busan due to its large shopping area, and it also offers numerous accommodation options.
If you are interested in knowing where to stay in Busan , you may also be interested in knowing where to stay in Seoul.
Seomyeon, the best area to stay in Busan
Due to the immense size of Busan, we recommend that you stay in an area that is easily accessible and with transportation to the city’s tourist attractions. For this reason, Seomyeon is the best area to stay in Busan.From Seomyeon, you will be able to access all of the major sights and attractions, as well as experience the vibrant Korean shopping and nightlife that attracts so many tourists from around the world. In Seomyeon, you will find the two main lines of the Busan Metro (Line 1 and Line 2, the orange and green lines), which means that you can quickly access such important sites in Busan as Nampo-dong, Jagalchi, Haeundae Beach, and Gwangalli Beach, without having to transfer or change lines.
The streets are packed with shopping malls, food stalls, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs to give you a lively Busan atmosphere from the busiest area.
Hotels in Seomyeon
Other areas to stay in Busan
In the Haeundae district, located in the east of the city, is Busan’s most popular beach, Haeundae Beach.This area offers a delightful mix of city and sea, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, lively restaurants and nightlife venues, and one of the most popular beach resorts in Seoul.From Haeundae Beach you can also reach Dongbaekseom Island (Camellia Island), with a natural wooded reserve and breathtaking views of the Busan coast.
If you want to captivate your palate with local food, you should visit the Haeundae Market, a pedestrian street full of restaurants, the perfect place to try one of the most famous dishes in Korea, Gukbap, a pork soup with rice or the Dongnae Pajeon, an omelet with onions, meat and seafood.Near the hotel you can also take a walk along Dalmajigil Avenue (Dalmajigil road), which goes up to Dalmajiy hill where you can find many cafes for a break.
Hotels in Haeundae
Like Haeundae, Gwangalli is also a mix of soft golden sand, water sports, restaurants and nightlife.In the evening, local and international restaurants are full of visitors, and the symbol of the area is the famous Busan Suspension Bridge, Gwangan Bridge, which is the second longest bridge in the country after Incheon Bridge and connects Haeundae-gu to Suyeong-gu.
Gwangalli Beach is famous for its crystal-clear water with a length of 1.4 km.
Hotels in Gwangalli
Nampodong is an important shopping and commercial area, located in the Jung district in the south center of the city, bordering the river.It is a shopping paradise, an area of great attraction for both visitors and residents and consists mainly of a long street from north to south, with an area of shops, cafes, restaurants, food stalls and exhibitions.Nampodong attracts a cosmopolitan crowd of Japanese, Russian and Western tourists and parking in this area is difficult, so it is best to move around by bus or subway and is well connected to the main tourist spots in Busan by public transport.
In this area, you can also visit the frenetic Jagalchi fish market, one of the most outstanding attractions of Busan, a paradise for fish lovers.
There are many stalls where you can buy the seafood of your choice and if you wish, they can cook it for you right away.It is famous for its 120 meter high tower, and we highly recommend you to go there at sunset and admire the stunning panoramic view of the city.