Among the city's seven beaches, Gwangan is the best option for access and quality (the other beaches are Haeundae, Dadaepo, Songdo, Songjeong, Ilgwang and Imnang). Although the wall of commercial development behind the beach diminishes the daytime experience, Gwangan shines at night. The multicoloured light show illuminating the Diamond Bridge is grand.

Outside the metro station, rotate 180 degrees and turn right at the corner. Or take line 2 to Gwangan station, exit 3 or 5.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Busan attractions

1. Busan Museum of Art


A modest gallery – hardly a must-see – but an interesting diversion on a rainy day. Houses works by local Busan artists, plus a handful of international…

2. Nurimaru APEC House

1.97 MILES

Located on Dongbaekseom Island, the grounds of this contemporary memorial and conference hall offers great sea views and are a nice place for a stroll.

3. UN Cemetery

2.06 MILES

This is the only United Nations cemetery in the world and is the final resting place of 2300 men from 11 nations, including the UK, Turkey, Canada and…

4. Haeundae


Haeundae is the country’s most famous beach. During the peak August travel season, umbrellas mushroom across the 2km-long beach while frolickers fill the…

5. Igidae

2.55 MILES

If the trails of Geumjeong Fortress seem more like work than pleasure, there are opportunities to explore Busan’s natural beauty at a more leisurely pace…

6. Busan Citizens Park

3.67 MILES

Built on a former US army base, this pleasant city park features nearly one million trees and shrubs of 97 different species. Its paths stretch past…

7. Geumgang Park Cable Car

5.36 MILES

Add this cable car to your list of must-do activities. The panoramic view of development coursing through valleys of verdant mountains is breathtaking. On…

8. Busan Museum of Movies


The museum opened in July 2017 as the first film exhibition and experience in South Korea. Inside, visitors can pose with statues of their favourite…