HAEUNDAE BEACH (
Hangul : 해운대해수욕장; RR : Haeundae
haesuyogjang) is a beach in
South Korea . Haeundae beach is 40
minutes away from Busan's main railroad station (in the Downtown
area), and less than one hour from
Gimhae International Airport
Gimhae International Airport .
Along the 12 km of coastline is Busan's most popular beach, and with
Seogwipo\'s , it is one of the most famous beaches in South Korea.
Because of its easy access from downtown Busan, the beach is busy year
round with several kinds of beach festivals. Most visitors are
domestic. Recently, the numbers of foreign visitors also have been
increasing. Dongbaekseom (Dongbaek Island), at the south end of the
beach, is a popular fishing area. Oryukdo (Oryuk Islets), a symbol of
Busan to many Koreans, can be seen in the distance from Dongbaek
Island. During the hot summer months (late July to early August when
most Koreans take their summer vacation), Haeundae beach becomes
heavily crowded into a virtual human wall with thousands of people and
parasols packed into a mile of sand. Visitors to the beach come from
South Korea as well as outside of Korea. Haeundae is home to
Busan 's expatriate population.
There are many beach-related cultural events in Haeundae. Along with
Geumjeongsan and Dalmaji (Greeting of the Moon) Gogae, Haeundae is one
of the most popular spots in
Busan to view the New Year sunrise, with
around 1000 people gathering before dawn. Also, a popular beach event
occurs in the first week of January when the temperature is around
0°C, the "Polar Bear Club ." This event has occurred annually at the
Beach Hotel since 1988. During the
2006 FIFA World Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup match
South Korea and Togo , more than 50,000 spectators filled the
beach to cheer for the Korean team on a giant projector screen. The
Nurimaru, pure Korean meaning for Nuri (World) and Maru (Peak or top)
was developed in preparation for the 17th APEC(Asia pacific Economic
Cooperation) summit on Nov 18-19 in 2005, as the conference hall for
APEC. The building is three stories high and is located at the tip of
Dongbaek Island. The ceiling of the Nurimaru is modeled after
Seokguram, a Buddhist temple in
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