Things to do near Haeundae beach Busan South Korea
When leaving Fukuoka Japan for Busan by ferry in the summer; I had high hopes of exploring this interesting seaport.
Unfortunately, my plans fell flat as I succumbed to weapons grade tonsillitis. I spent most of the week laid out in bed after receiving the best healthcare a backpacker could hope for. Despite this setback, I did manage to make it out of the apartment to enjoy a few of the sights & food that Busan has to offer.
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264 Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
Since my willingness to explore Busan was marred by the fact that my health was in shambles I decided to take the safe option when going to the beach.
Haeundae beach is a local and tourist favourite. All major transportation lines go to this beach and overall; for a city beach it’s not too shabby. Walking down the beachfront you will come across some larger than life sand sculptures. They change all the time and some of them are truly spectacular.
Rent out a beach umbrella for only a few thousand won (₩) and take half a day at the beach. The water was calm and there were opportunities to hire floating tubes among other things. Haeundae is the perfect beach to take the family in Busan.
If swimming is not your thing then stay put under your umbrella and wait for the smorgasbord of fried chicken walk past you. The hawkers are in full force at Haeundae beach, carrying bags full of freshly cooked Korean fried chicken. YUM!
OPS HAEUNDAE BOULANGERIE PATISSERIE
31 Jungdong 1-ro, Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
I was introduced to this beautiful bakery by a friend back in Brisbane. James and his wife Sue had travelled to Busan to visit family a few months before I arrived. Thinking about Ops Haeundae bakery has me salivating at the mouth. All of their breads look as good as they taste.
I had a fresh custard bun with a mountain of blueberries on top and a creme brulee pastry (half of each! C’mon I can never choose just one!).
They had loads of samples and I’m not going to lie about the fact that I ate their entire chocolate brownie display while walking around. If you’re at Haeundae beach take a walk up to this bakery. You won’t be disappointed!
HAEUNDAE FOOD MARKET
8-1 Gunam-ro 41beon-gil, Jung-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
On your way to the above mentioned bakery during your visit to Haeundae beach I’d highly recommend walking through Haeundae food market.
This market runs along some of the side streets on the right hand side of Gunam-ro. Gunam-ro is the main drag that runs all the way down to Haeundae station from the beachfront.
The street food market plays host to some truly delicious and unique foods. There is of course an abundance of seafood at this market but there are other Korean snacks to choose and try. My favourite being mandu (Korean dumpling).
Prefer a sit down meal? Have a spicy red chilli soup at one of the many restaurants that dot between the hawker stalls. This is the prime time to grab a cheeky second round of Korean fried chicken (trust me — once you try it you’ll be hooked).
South Korea, Busan, Haeundae, Jung-dong, Jungdong 2-ro, 중동 16 해운대 온천 센터 1 층
Blackup coffee is only just down the road from the OPS patisserie so you can pair your sweet treat with a aromatic coffee. Have a seat in store or take it to the waterfront — it’s coffee time! Blackup has an extensive list of beverages as well as some pretty knowledgeable staff. Coffee here is made with consideration and a calmness.