Besides Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach, one famous white sand beach in Busan is Gwangalli. After an extensive water-cleaning program, the beach water returns to its previous clear and pristine state, which then attracts many fishermen and tourists. Gwangalli Beach can be reached via 35 minutes of driving from the Busan subway. People wanting to escape the crowd in Haeundae may opt to try this beach, as it is much quieter with a lower number of people swimming around.
The beach is 1.3 kilometers long and 64 meters wide, with an average water temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. It also provides a good view of Gwangan Bridge, the 7.4-kilometer bridge traversing Haeundae to Suyeong-gu. Gwangalli Beach is a safe beach as the water is only one meter deep 25 meters from the shoreline. Because of the clean water, many locals flock this beach for fishing, particularly at Sooyoung River near the beach and gathering shellfish.
It also offers a variety of facilities including hotels and accommodations near the beach. Large and small-scale seafood restaurants in addition to live fish markets provide both tourists and locals numerous opportunities to sample different seafood items. You can also buy freshly caught fish in the market and bring it to the restaurants or pick the fish directly at the restaurant and let them prepare it for you together with some hot and tasty sauce.
For people searching for some water adventure, Olympic Yacht Rental offers yachts for rent, while other shops provide water sport equipments to enjoy jet-skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing and other water sports. At the beach, a concert stage is constructed to hold various entertainment concerts and other events. During summer, tourists can enjoy the numerous performances and festivals including the Busan Sea Festival.
Namcheon-dong, located at the south, holds a Cherry Blossom Tress Festival every year. During the festival, visitors can participate in different Korean traditional games such as sirum or Korean traditional wrestling, archery and Yut. Other fun competitions are singing and children’s drawing contests. Exhibition of traditional products such as traditional food, local Korean products and cherry blossom images are also displayed for visitors. Sometimes called CafeTown, it gains its other name from the throngs of cafes that are being set up during summer on the beachfront, adorned with varying designs and styles plus colorful bright lights, which lure in more visitors day and night.
Even during winter, people can still enjoy another form of fun, enjoying a romantic atmosphere or sitting down while watching the brightly lit Diamond Bridge. Getting to Gwangalli Beach is easy. If you take public transport, take the Bus No. 41, 42, 139, 140, 239 or 240 from the Bus Station and get down at the beach. Another option is to take Bus No. 131 or 131-1 from the Express Bus Terminal. If you take the subway, take the Line 2 until you reach Geumyeonsan exit 3 where you will turn right. Walk down around three blocks to reach the south side of the beach. Or, take the Line 2 until you reach Gwangan exit 5, then turn right. Walk around six blocks until you reach the north side of the beach.