The laid-back beach town of Busan is host to a treasure trove of natural and cultural attractions. Those who visit this city that is often overshadowed by Seoul rarely leave disappointed. If you’re planning a trip to Busan, it’s wise to pick a neighbourhood based on your unique preferences – be it the location or area characteristics – before you rush into booking a place to stay in Busan. To ease your research, here are the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Busan during your explorations and the top Busan hotels in each neighbourhood.Find cheap flights to Busan
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Seomyeon is undoubtedly one of the most favourite areas to stay in Busan amongst travellers. With a centralised location at an intersection of two metro lines (Line 1 and Line 2), this transportation hub offers easy connection to every corner of the city.
Staying in this area also puts you right smack in the middle of departmental stores, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and bars, so you don’t have to travel far to be immersed in all the action. Some must-visits in Seomyeon include the Lotte Department Store, Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center and Jeonpo Cafe Street.
Recommended Busan hotel in Seomyeon: Lotte Hotel Busan
A short five-minute walk from Seomyeon Station, Lotte Hotel Busan is fully deserving of its five-star label. This upscale hotel offers direct access to the Lotte Department Store and the Lotte Duty Free Shop with over 200 luxury brand offerings. Apart from its excellent location and shopping perks, Lotte Hotel Busan entices with its spacious and well-appointed rooms, some of which boast magnificent views of the city and its surrounding mountains.
Popular attractions around Lotte Hotel Busan: Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center, Lotte Department Store and Seomyeon First Street
Address: 772, Gaya-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan, 614-030, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM738 per night
Recommended Busan hostel in Seomyeon: Uniqstay Bed & Breakfast
A more wallet-friendly choice would be Uniqstay Bed & Breakfast, a homely accommodation with a personal touch. Here, the friendly staff will shower you with the warmth of Korean hospitality. While the rooms are simple, they are spotlessly clean and comfortable. On top of that, the breakfast, which is prepared fresh each morning, is never the same on two days!
Popular attractions around Uniqstay Bed & Breakfast: Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center, Lotte Department Store and Seomyeon First Street
Address: 59, Bujeon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan, 47284, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM250 per night
Chances are, you’ll end up in Nampo-dong while sightseeing around Busan… so why not just stay there? You’ll find plenty of saliva-inducing street food and a wide range of shopping options, be it for books, cameras or vintage clothes. Be sure to drop by the famous Jagalchi Market when you get hungry for fresh seafood, and then burn the calories by strolling to Yongdusan Park. Scale the Busan Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city while you’re at it. Nampo-dong is also a great hop-off point to Taejongdae and Gamcheon Cultural Village.
Recommended Busan Hotel in Nampo-dong: Aventree Hotel Busan
Tucked atop a shopping mall, Aventree Hotel Busan has a fantastic location within Nampo-dong. BIFF Square, along with its array of shops and eateries, is just steps away, but if you can’t find what you need, try perusing through the massive Gukje Market which has been operating since 1948. Aventree Hotel Busan offers deluxe and premier rooms as well as suites suitable for couples, friends and families. The free coffee and tea at the reception area adds a nice touch too!
Popular attractions around Aventree Hotel Busan: Jagalchi Fish Market, BIFF Square, Yongdusan Park, Busan Tower and Gukje Market
Address: 12-1, Changseon-dong 1-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, 48947, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM251 per night
Recommended budget Busan Hotel in Nampo-dong: Elysee Hotel
Elysee Hotel right next to Yongdusan Park has what you need for a comfortable stay in the city. This three-star hotel is close to the tourist attractions in Nampo-dong and it provides spacious and modern rooms for travellers to retreat to each night. Its deluxe rooms come with a jacuzzi bath and sauna function in the bathroom – perfect for unwinding. Additional perks include complimentary breakfast and free usage of the washing machine.
Popular attractions around Elysee Hotel: Jagalchi Fish Market, BIFF Square, Yongdusan Park, Busan Tower and Gukje Market
Address: 22, Daecheong-ro 126beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan, 600023, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM182 per night
3. Busan Station
If you are taking the train to Busan from Seoul, you’ll roll straight into Busan Station. While the area is not as vibrant as those mentioned above, it’s a convenient base especially if you’re planning to stay for just a night before hopping back on the train. This way, you don’t have to lug your luggage around the city. From Busan Station, Nampo Station and Seomyeon Station are just two and six stops away respectively.
Recommended Busan Hotel near Busan Station: Almond Hotel Busan Station
The dull facade of Almond Hotel hides the gem that lies within: polished rooms with a unique layout, and luxurious bathrooms with huge bathtubs. The speedy wifi is just the cream on the cake! Almond Busan Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Busan Station. While you’ll have to take the metro for sightseeing, food is never too far away as there are convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, tented food stalls (known as pojangmacha) as well as a Chinatown in the vicinity.
Popular attractions around Almond Hotel Busan Station: Busan Station and Busan China Town
Address: 12-5, Jungang-daero 196beon-gil, Busan, 48821, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM224 per night
The number one reason to stay in Haeundae, which is located at the eastern side of Busan, is Haeundae Beach. By basing yourself here, you can curl your toes in the sand and lap up the seaside views. A plethora of eateries serving both traditional and foreign cuisines pepper the area but if you’re looking for something light to munch on, step into Haeundae Market to sample tteokbokki (stir-fry rice cakes), hotteok (sweet pancakes), fritters and skewers. After that, head up Dalmaji Hill for a taste of the Korean cafe culture in one of the many coffee shops.
Recommended Busan budget hotel near Haeundae: Good Day Mate
This lovely little guesthouse just minutes away from Haeundae Station is brimming with character. The common areas and rooms are decked out in warehouse-industrial style. Aesthetics aside, it’s clear that thought has been put into the little details – from the floor heating to the hearty breakfast and free wifi and water – to ensure that guests have a complaint-free stay.
Popular attractions around Good Day Mate: Haeundae Beach, Haeundae Market, Busan Aquarium and Gunam Cultural Plaza Street
Address: 9-22, Gunam-ro 21beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, 48095, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM200 per night
Like Haeundae, Gwangalli boasts a splendid beach. However, Gwangalli comes with an added bonus: it’s located closer to the city and its main attractions than Haeundae. Gwangalli Beach is a 1.4-kilometre stretch of powdery sands caressed by gentle waves. It’s most magical at night when the Gwangandaegyo Bridge, which stretches over the ocean, lights up in its full glory. If you manage to pry yourself from the beach, go ahead and visit the nearby Millak Waterfront Park and Suyeong Historical Park.
Recommended hotel near Gwangalli Beach: Homers Hotel
Want to be greeted by an endless horizon each morning? Opt for Homers Hotel. Its deluxe rooms with ocean views are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows which allow plenty of light to flood in. This hotel has bars, restaurants and also the beach right at its doorstep. While you’ll no doubt spend plenty of hours outdoors, take some time to check out the on-site sauna and fitness facilities too.
Popular attractions around Homers Hotel: Gwangalli Beach
Address: 217, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan, 613-805, South Korea
Room rates start at: RM298 per night
Now that you know the best areas to stay in Busan, which Busan hotel will be your choice? If you need more help, get some inspiration from our 9D8N Korea itinerary to help your Busan trip planning.