GWANGALLI is Busan’s City Beach. You have the beach, yet unlike Haeundae and the other beaches, you still feel that you’re IN the city. Perhaps best known for the Diamond Bridge, Gwangalli (and the bridge) is at its most magnificent at night. Have some dinner, launch off some bottle rockets/roman candles, and then keep partying on the beach or one of the many bars just across the street.
FEEL: A little more raw and less-refined than Haeundae
GOOD FOR: Launching fireworks, Drinking with a view, Beach picnics, Taking pictures
BAD FOR: Getting ‘hello-bombed’ by middle- and high-schoolers during the day
CHECK OUT: The Millak-dong raw fish/seafood/crab restaurants and amusement park area to the north of the beach
MUST DO: Launch bottle-rockets/roman candles from the beach
*Gwangalli (much like any place) has tons of chains – 700 beer, Wa-Bar, Burger Pasta, Thursday Party, Breeze Burn’s, Donenu, Yukane, Angelina’s, Starbucks, etc. We only listed a couple cool non-chains here.*
Bars and hofs:
Bong G (Wine cocktails to go; also coffee)
Nearby things to do:
Shimhae Acupuncture Clinic (Eastern Medicine)
“Gwangalli Land” fun-park (Rides & Games) COMING SOON
Gwangalli walking/running/biking path (Exercise!) COMING SOON
How to get to Gwangalli:
For the northeast end of the beach (and a longer walk): Metro line 2 (green line) to Gwangan, exit 5. About-face once you go up the stairs of the exit, and turn right down the street. You’ll have to walk about 7 blocks to the beach.
For the Southeast end of the beach (and a shorter walk): Metro line 2 (green line) to Geumyeonsan, exit 1 or 3. About-face once you go up the stairs of the exit, and turn down the street going towards the beach (in the opposite direction from the big hospital across the street). Walk a couple blocks and you’re there.
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