Gwangalli Beach, Haeundae Beach, and Hwamyeong Ecological Park

Gwangalli Beach
IMG_2111Gwangalli Beach was the very first place we went to after arriving in Busan.IMG_2123 It was such an amazing place. The bridge was lit up in the background and our footprints made their marks on the soft sands on the beach. The smell of the sea and the sea breeze was refreshing after a 14-hour long flight to get to South Korea and a 3-hour train ride to get to Busan. The sound of the waves crashing onto shore was soothing. There was gentle acoustic music from a performer on the beach and there was also contrasting loud disco music from a DJ a few yards away. There was the sound of laughter and happiness from children and their families, and sweet quiet conversations from the many couples out on a date. Fireworks, purchased from a convenience from store across the street, occasionally scattered the night sky, making the evening all the more beautiful.
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Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach is another popular spot among tourists. There were live performers on the beach, a fire performance, and other entertainments in the area. The avenue leading to the beach is lined with restaurants, cafes, and street food vendors.

As the sun was setting, it casted beautiful colors in the sky contrasting the blue water. High rises lined the beach and families and children filled the sandy beach. People climbed the small mound of sand to observed the calm water and ships in the distant. There were people admiring and taking photos with the structures set out waiting to be put in place for the Busan International Film Festival.
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Hwamyeong Ecological Park
If you’re looking for a quiet getaway from the bustling of Busan, this ecological park would be perfect. It is located in a quiet area and there were few people taking strolls, cycling, or taking pictures with the beautiful flowers.  IMG_2179IMG_2153IMG_2145

Busan is filled with so many beautiful places. Enjoy!

-Thao

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