The Haeundae Beach in Korea is one of the most popular beaches in the country. There are several features in the beach that have helped keep the tourists coming in.
The beach can be found at the southeast of Busan. Coming from the Seoul station #1 or 4 subway line, take the KTX to Busan station. This ride will last for 2 and 1/2 hours. When you get off from the Busan station, walk about 170 meters. Get on bus #1003. When you are dropped off, walk another 170 m or so to get to the beach.
What to See
The Haeundae Beach in Korea is best known for its exquisite white sand. The pristine waters in the beach have made it one of the most ideal spots to go swimming. There are also several palm trees where you can relax.
The views from the beach is spectacular during the day. But the view and atmosphere during the evening is equally stunning. The beach itself is 30 to 50m wide and 1.5 km long. There are also many shells by the beach.
The peninsula had been inhabited since the Lower Paleolithic era, around 700,000 years ago. There are potteries dating back to 8000 BC. The Neolithic period actually commenced c. 6000 BC. One of the oldest kingdoms in the country was the Gojoseon (Old Joseon) kingdom. This was around 2333 BC.
The Jin state appeared in South Korea sometime in the 3rd century BC. In the first century BC, the Han dynasty invaded Gojosen. In the year 698, Dae Jo-yeong set up the Balhae kingdom. During the 9th century, the Three Kingdoms would appear in Korea. By this time, civil laws were being enacted.
A 7 or 8 day tour of South Korea will cost around 2000 USD or so. There are many different packages, so be certain you compare the prices first.
Aside from the sheer beauty of the beach, the place is known for the festivals and cultural events that are held there regularly. The Folk Square is close by. Here you can take part in traditional games like tug-of-war, yutnori, Korean wrestling and arrow throwing.
The Haeundae Beach in Korea can be visited anytime, but the most ideal is between July and August. This is when many of the cultural activities take place. The place has a capacity of 120,000 people. There is also a huge parking space.