June 23, 2015


Haeundae is a trendy area in Busan, we have it on good authority that it’s famous in Korea and when Jesus found out that we weren’t planning to go there he was insistent that we should.

Haeundae beach lines the shore of this area. Golden, soft, fine sand stretching back about 50m to a promenade walkway.


We went there in the early evening and lot of people were out socialising and playing on the beach, walking up and down and talking.

As it turns out, the day that we were at Haeundae was the closing ceremony of the Busan International Dance Festival 2015, you can see the tents on the left of the picture above. We sat down for a couple of hours to watch a number of dances including some really nice traditional dances from Singapore, and Japan. We stayed until things got a bit avante garde and weird with the French performance. They had three people on stage doing random things with no cohesion between each other. One of them was doing hip hop moves, the other had a BMX bike that he was flinging around his head in a circle and the third guy was doing parkour moves on a metal scaffolding rig.


We both think that these moments are amazing when you’re travelling, totally unexpected.

At the western end of the beach, where we were initially dropped off, there is a forested hilly area with lots of statues and pathways and a lookout platform so you can see back over the bay. You can see why the area is renowned for fog, the weather was really close, wet heat. Pretty sure they are sea frets as they are quite localised and they look to be developing further out in the sea.


There’s also a selfie machine for you to get that perfect shot of you and your friends with the bay of Busan in the background. This woman decided she wanted an inception selfie, and so took a selfie whilst she was having a selfie.


Totally understand that one. Sometimes you just need a selfie of a selfie.

On the other side of the hill, the rather imposing and sensational sight of Marine City looms over you with it’s bright neon lit skyscrapers, all huddled together on every last square inch of land so it looks as if they’re peering precariously into the water that they might topple into at any moment. There’s also a great view of Diamond Bridge from here. It’s like a mini Hongkong.


The lights on the water are always mesmerising, and so they’ve built a nice little complex on the other side where you can admire them on benches and eat fish and chips of all things. The fish and chip restaurant was called ‘fingers and chat’. We just thought that was funny because it’s not good grammar but it kind of makes sense in an abstract way.


We had fun with some long exposure photos here.