Suyeong is a beach side district in the east of Busan, often better known as Gwangalli. Although not as upmarket as its famous neighbor, Haeundae, it still attracts a large crowd in summer on the beach and on weekends for parties. It is locally famous for its night views of the Gwangan Bridge. It is also relatively close to the center and old town areas of Busan. If you are looking to experience the 'real' Busan and not spend too much, then staying on Gwanganlli beach may be the perfect choice.
The closest metro station to Gwangalli beach is 1 Gwangan Station (subway line number 2, exit 3 or 5) and walk 5 minutes.
To take a bus from Busan Station, take city bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwangalli Beach.
- 1 Gwangalli Beach. Best experienced at night when the impressive Gwangan Grand Bridge is illuminated. The area is similar to Haeundae but smaller and less up scale. There are plenty of local restaurants, bars and shops in the area. In summer the crowds are slightly less than in Haeundae Beach.
- Gwangalli Hoe Festival (Outdoor stage on Gwangalli Beach near Millak Raw Fish Street .), ☏ . A raw fish festival running every year at the beginning of October. You can try making hoe bibimbop and sushi.
- Busan Fireworks Festival. The Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every October along Gwangalli Beach.
- Millak Town Raw Fish Center (Gwangalli Beach.). Busan is famous for raw fish ('회 Hway'), which the Koreans eat in the same style as bulgogi, namely topped with kimchi and gochujang and wrapped in a lettuce leaf. One of the best places to sample this is in a large brown building at the northern end of Gwangalli Beach. The first floor is the actual fish market and the floors above are packed with nothing but restaurants serving it up. This can get expensive, so order a set or specify your budget to avoid surprises.
- Four Season Raw Fish (Sakyeocheol Hoetjip) (Millak Raw Fish Center 2F.). The owner, Mr. Jun, speaks English, and ordering here is easy: it's either set A, B or C at ₩30,000/40,000/50000 per head. Even Set A is huge, while C is extremely large. Be warned: this is as real as it gets and dishes will include still-moving octopus tentacles and other stuff most Westerners would not be familiar with.
- 1 Samho Fish Restaurant.
- 1 Galmegi Brewery, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 6pm - Midnight. ‘The Brewery’ is Busan’s first American-style craft beer microbrewery and brewpub. Opened in May, 2014, and set one street back from Gwangalli Beach. ₩6,000+.
- Thursday Party. Gwangalli classic on the beach. On a good night the foosball table area becomes a dance floor and in summer the party spills onto the beach.
- Idea/Adela (Hair Cafe), Idea/Adela 2nd floor, 831-15 Mang-Mi 1Dong, Su-Young Gu. If you are sick of Starbucks coffee and bad "Americano" Coffee from Paris Baguette then you can come to this cosy, little European style cafe situated in a residential area in Mangmidong. This place has great coffee in Busan and some self-made patisseries. The place got a nice atmosphere so you can kick-back and enjoy your time there. The place is situated on the first level.
- Actor & Tourist Guest-house (Choose exit (2) when exiting the Namcheon subway station, go up the stairs and walk for 75 meters, the Guesthouse will be on the left. There will be a small yellow sign (in the shape of a fish) pointing to a courtyard which is the entrance to the Guesthouse. Go to the 4th floor to check-in.), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Free internet, free tea, a spacious kitchen, travel books, photo albums, western toilets, two clean showers and one bath. There is also a very large balcony with tables and chairs that overlook the city. It's ten minutes walk to Gwangalli Beach. ₩20,000.