Haeundae Beach

Coordinates: 35°09′31″N 129°09′38″E / 35.15855°N 129.16053°E / 35.15855; 129.16053
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Haeundae Beach
The beach (2009)
The beach (2009)
Coordinates: 35°09′31″N 129°09′38″E / 35.15855°N 129.16053°E / 35.15855; 129.16053
LocationBusan, South Korea
Offshore water bodiesSea of Japan
 • Length1.46 km (0.91 mi)
 • Width0.04 km (0.02 mi)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHaeundae haesuyokjang
McCune–ReischauerHaeundae haesuyokchang

Haeundae Beach (Korean해운대해수욕장) is an urban beach in Busan, South Korea, located in the eponymous Haeundae District.[1]


The beach first opened in 1965, and was the largest beach in the country at the time.[2] The sandy portion of the beach is 1.46 kilometres (0.91 mi) long and 40 m (130 ft) wide.[3][4] It has a parking lot that is handicap accessible.[4]

Haeundae Beach is still considered one of the most famous beaches in Korea, attracting over 10 million visitors every season.[5] The beach is open year-round. Various festivals are held there throughout the year, including the Polar Bear Club, held annually in January since 1988, in which participants bathe in near-freezing water.[6] There is also Haeundae Sand Festival, the only sand-related eco-festival in Korea, which features beautiful sand creations and exciting programs for visitors. [7]

Haeundae is associated with cinema, due to the Busan International Film Festival and the 2009 disaster film Tidal Wave.[8]

The beach has hosted e-sports events for games like StarCraft.[9]

Haeundae Beach is a popular place to stay in Busan, catering to all types of budgets. Along the waterfront, you will find many 5-star hotels, such as Signiel Busan and Grand Josun Busan, as well as less expensive ones, such as Shilla Stay. [10]


Haeundae Sand Festival

The Haeundae Sand Festival, which takes place on the white sand beach of Haeundae, is held under a different theme every year.[11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "해운대해수욕장". korean.visitkorea.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  2. ^ "해운대해수욕장(海雲臺海水浴場)". Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  3. ^ "해운대해수욕장". khoa.go.kr. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  4. ^ a b "해운대해수욕장 > 상세 | 명소 | 열린관광 모두의 여행". access.visitkorea.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  5. ^ "Haeundae Beach: The Busan representative". Visit Busan. Retrieved 20 April 2024.
  6. ^ 민, 소영. "[제31회 해운대 북극곰 수영축제] 만 2세부터 83세까지… 4500명 겨울 바다 달군다". Busan Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  7. ^ "Haeundae Sand Festival (해운대 모래축제)".
  8. ^ "「해운대」" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  9. ^ "오렌지캬라멜이 온다! 히어로즈 슈퍼리그 개막전, 9일 해운대서 개최". 디스이즈게임 (in Korean). Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  10. ^ "Best Beaches in Busan (With Videos)". 4 December 2023.
  11. ^ "An artistic transformation of sand at the Haeundae Sand Festival". Visit Busan.