Gwangalli beach is Busan’s second-most popular beach (second to Haeundae). It has a distinctively more ‘city beach’ feel to it than its more-popular counterpart does. It’s a solid ‘7’ by day, but a ’10’ by night, where you can gaze at the iconic Diamond bridge, buy some fireworks, and drink to your heart’s desire.
If you go during the day, Beach umbrellas are 5,000 won. Sit at one and an attendant will come to collect. Tubes for the water are 7,000-10,000 to rent, but you should get some deposit money back at the end.
BY SUBWAY: Line 2 (green line) to Geumyeonsan exit 3. Do an about-face and turn right and walk down about 3 blocks to the beach (for the South side of the beach); OR Line 2 to Gwangan exit 5. Do an about-face and turn right and walk about 6 blocks down to the beach (for the North side of the beach). All other things being equal, I would recommend getting off at Geumyeonsan for a closer walk to the beach.
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