Gwangalli Beach is one of the best and famous beaches in Busan City, the second most coveted cities in South Korea. The beach itself is located right at the beautiful central part of Busan.
Gwangalli Beach is a 1.4-kilometer long and a 25-110-meter wide recreation resort. It is famous for its delicate and soft sand. The beach is undergoing a water cleaning program.
The local authority who is responsible for maintaining this particular leisure area ensures that the water of the beach is pristine and its sand well-kept. With such efforts, the beach is drawing lots of young tourists and families from within and outside Busan.
In addition to the beachfront, the Gwangalli Beach area is being surrounded by romantic restaurants and coffee shops, as well as stores selling popular fashion brands.
The beach is not only amazing during the daytime but also in the evening time. Around the area, you can enjoy various facilities, entertainment facilities, relaxation areas, and the mesmerizing lights of Gwangandaegyo Bridge.
The Gwangalli Beach (광안리 해수욕장) or Gwangan Beach (광안 해수욕장) are both names they call this leisure and summertime destination.
It is located at Gwangan 2(i)-dong (formerly in Gwangan-ri), Suyeong-gu, Busan Metropolitan City, west of Haeundae Beach (the top beach attraction in Busan City).
It sits inside a cove spanned by the Gwangan Bridge and covers 82,000 square meters over a length of 1.4 km and a width of 25 to 110 meters, in a curved in a half-moon shape with great sand.
Adjacent are streets with restaurants, coffeehouses, and nightclubs. City authorities are pressing for enhancing water quality around the beaches because of its appeal.
The beach is near the Busan Yachting Center utilized for the cruising occasions of the 1988 Summer Olympics.
If you have seen the movie Black Panther (2018) and have been to this area, you will be excited to remember the car chasing scene. That scene needed over 150 cars and 700 people to produce that intense action, which was shot near the Gwangalli Beach.
I know that my words are not enough to describe this beach or anything attractive and amazing. You need to see for yourself and judge according to our standards.
Nearby Gwangalli, you can also find various accommodation facilities, including hotels, resorts, guest houses, bed and breakfast (B&B), and other facilities. Below are some of them.
Hotel Aqua Palace
Hotel Aqua Palace is a cozy and comfortable hotel with a great night view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge and beautiful Gwangalli Beach.
It is located Suyeong-gu Busan. As a tourist hotel, it sits along the beach at the end of a beautiful Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is offering not only a cool coastal breeze but also a picturesque view of Busan City.
The Park Guesthouse
This guest house is located in Suyeong-gu. The Park Guesthouse is a homestay accommodation located in Gwangalli Beach. The living room and kitchen are just like those of an ordinary home, and guests can freely move around and feel at home.
Dawn Beach Hotel (돈비치관광호텔)
Dawn Beach Hotel, located next to Gwangalli Beach, is a tourist hotel with great ocean views. The hotel has 44 guestrooms. The facilities are significant enough to satisfy and enjoy your holiday.
Utopia Tourist Hotel (유토피아관광호텔)
This tourist hotel is located between Busan's famous Haeundae and Gwanganli beaches. Utopia Tourist Hotel is an ideal accommodation for the beach-goers.
The beach is available to all guests from 9 AM up until 6 PM only. However, during summertime (July to August), the beach area is open from 9 AM until 6:30 in the evening.
The maximum number of beachgoers is estimated at up to 100,000. I know that it is vast, but you cannot complain as it is accessible, and everyone craves a beach and such a happy and festive atmosphere.
There are parking areas near the beach and some (paid per hour) nearby. Usually, the parking area near the beach is full.
219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
부산광역시 수영구 광안해변로 219 (광안동)
Aside from driving your car (or motorbike or bicycle), you can quickly get there via three public modes of transport. Here they are...
If you are coming from other cities or provinces in the Peninsula, you can go to the nearest express bus or intercity bus and buy your ticket for Busan City.
For those who are coming from the Seoul area, here's how you can go...
By Express/Intercity Bus
Take a bus from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal to Busan Bus Terminal.
Take a train from Seoul Station to Busan Station.
By Subway in Busan City
Head to Geumryeon Station (Busan Subway Line 2) and then alight from Exit 1 or 3. Then make a U-turn and turn on the first street toward the beach. If you head towards the open and blue sea, you won't miss your direction.
From your location, you should search (or ask any locals or shop keepers) with the following bus numbers...
Bus No. 1, 38, 41, 62, 83, 83-1, 108
You should get off at Gwangalli Beach Bus Stop. Since each stop will be announced, you don't need to worry about getting off on the wrong stop. Besides, you can also use your smartphone to track your destination.
Now, if you are really excited to visit Busan and Gwangalli, better start planning your break.
Thanks for reading!