Haeundae Beach & Busan X The SKY
South Korea’s most famous and most visited beach lies along the east side of Busan. Haeundae beach has been the place for visitors to Busan for a long time, and the recent addition of Busan X The Sky at LCT Tower has made the place even more attractive.
Location of Haeundae Beach
264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
> Take Busan Metro (Subway) Line 2 (Green Line) and get off at Haeundae Station (해운대/209), Exit 3 or 5 > Walk to Haeundae Beach about 550 meters (1,800 feet).
> Take bus No. 139, 307, or 1003, and take off at Haeundae Beach (해운대 해수욕장) bus station.
> Paid parking lot available
Admission (Entrance Fee)
Website: Haeundae District Office Site
South Korea’s Most Visited Beach, Haeundae Beach
Once considered one of the eight most beautiful places in the Korean Peninsula during Joseon Dynasty, Haeundae Beach has been always the place to visit not only in Busan but in South Korea. Every year, the beach attracts more than 10 million visitors, especially during the summer season.
The beach hosts several festivals throughout the year: In January, The Polar Bear Club event challenges a large group of daredevils to swim in the freezing winter ocean. From May to June, Haeundae Sand Festival pleases visitors with awe-inspiring sand artworks by sand artists from all over the world. In July, The Busan Sea Festival is another event where all participants enjoy music and exciting activities. And, finally, at the end of the year, Haeundae Light Festival fills the white sand beach and Gunam-ro street with seasonal lights.
At the western end of the beach, Haeundae Pojangmachchon (해운대 포장마차촌/ Food Stall Town) offers fresh seasonal seafood and an upbeat atmosphere for having a drink with good company. Visitors can enjoy a variety of busking and other performances on Gunamro street on weekends. By simply making a turn from Gunamro, Haeundae Jeontongsijang (해운대 전통시장/ Haeundae Traditional Market) welcomes visitors with a full list of retail shops and local restaurants.
The City of Busan installed two breakwater constructures under the sea one near Mipo port and the other near Dongbaekseom Island. To guide boats to avoid crashing into these breakwaters, the city put special marks with artwork by Min Gwangsik (one in the picture above.)
Busan X The SKY & LCT
Location of Busan X The SKY
LCT Landmark Tower, Floor 98 – 100, 30, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
> Take Busan Metro (Subway) Line 2 (Green Line) and get off at Jung-dong Station (중동/208), Exit 7 > Walk about 1.2km (0.75miles).
> Take bus No. 39, 100, 139, 141, 200, or 1003, and take off at Mipo. Moontan Road Ipgu (미포.문탠로드 입구) bus station. > Walk about 450m (1,500 feet)
> Paid parking lot available (2 hours free parking with observation deck ticket)
Seniors (65+): ₩24,000
Youth (3-12): ₩24,000
Children under 35 months are free.
When you buy meal packages from SKY 99 Grill & Pasta, the restaurant located on the 99th floor, you can get some discounts. I would suggest making reservations for this.
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
LCT is the tallest landmark in Busan and the second highest in South Korea after Lotte Tower in Seoul. It consists of three skyscrapers: 101 stories The Landmark Tower (411.6m or 1350 feet) and two 85 stories residential buildings.
Busan X the SKY is an observation deck located from the 98th floor to the 100th floor at the Landmark Tower.
If you are an avid Korean drama fan, you would recognize this place from the 2021 Korean drama, ‘Now, we are breaking up,‘ featuring Song Hye-kyo. [Find more filming locations of Korean TV Dramas and Movies.]
The view of the westside would be probably the main point of this observation deck. It spreads out the major destinations in front of you including Haeundae Beach, Dongbaekseom Island, Marine City, Gwangan Bridge, Oryukdo Islands, and more.
On the east side of the tower, you can look over the whole Dalmaji Hill area and a little bit of Cheongsapo port. Since Dalmaji Hill is higher than other parts of Haeundae, it was a rare chance to see the whole area from above.
Throughout the observation deck, original artworks catch your attention as well. The management seems to change the artwork regularly.
On the 99th floor, you can find Starbucks, which is the highest Starbucks in the world. On the ceiling, it’s SKY Wave, a media panel with changing images.
SKY 99 Grill & Pasta at Busan X the SKY
Location of SKY 99 Grill & Pasta
99th Floor at Busan X the SKY
Phone: +82-51-731-0098 or 0099
Website: SKY 99 Grill & Pasta Menu
SKY 99 is a restaurant located on the 99th floor (of course) of Busan X the SKY. It is obviously the highest restaurant in Busan and you can enjoy the wide-open view while you are having a meal.
I would suggest that you make a reservation for a window-side table in advance. Or, if you plan to visit the restaurant with your significant other, they have two tables specifically for a couple. SKY 99 has specific time periods for meals (like 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. for lunch) so plan ahead when you make a reservation.
Things To Do Near Haeundae Beach
If you want to more than a walk on the beautiful Haeundae Beach or on the transparent glass bridge on the 100th floor at Busan X the SKY, no worries. It has more to offer. On the opposite side of Haeundae Beach from Busan X the SKY lies Dongbaekseom Island, a perfect place to stroll while enjoying the view of Gwangan Bridge. Although it has “island” in its name, you can walk to the place from the beach. It’s also home to Nurimaru, a place to host APEC Summit in 2005.
In case the weather is not perfect to enjoy the blue sky and sandy beach, visit Busan Sea Life Aquarium. Haeundae Beach is also home to Busan’s top-tier hotels and restaurants. You can find luxury dining here more than anywhere else in Busan (for example, restaurants in Paradise Hotel Busan). Or, if you want to try a good burger, you can find one right across from Paradise Hotel Busan.
Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City, the world’s largest department store, and Dalmaji Hill are reachable with a short drive or a simple ride of public transportation. Here is a post to review restaurants at Shinsegae Department Store.