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HAEUNDAE DISTRICT is a gu in eastern Busan
Busan
, South Korea
South Korea
. It has an area of 51.44 km², and a population of about 423,000. This represents about 11.6% of the population in Busan. It became a division of Busan in 1976 and attained the status of gu in 1980.

Haeundae is an affluent beach front community that attracts tens of thousands of tourists during summer. It has been subject to considerable commercial development in recent decades.

The beach is linked to Busan
Busan
Subway Line 2 and train stations on the Donghae Nambu railway line .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Geography

* 2.1 Haeundae Dalmaji Hill * 2.2 Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach

* 3 Film and Television * 4 Food of Haeundae * 5 Administrative divisions * 6 City Scape * 7 Sister Cities Of Haeundae * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links

HISTORY

APEC
APEC
House and Guangan Bridge

Haeundae takes its name from the ninth century Silla
Silla
scholar and poet Choi Chi-won (literary name Haeun, or "Sea and Clouds"), who, according to a historical account, admired the view from the beach and built a pavilion nearby. A piece of Choi's calligraphy, which he engraved on a rock at Haeundae, still exists.

Haeundae used to be isolated from the large communities in Busan
Busan
and Busanjin. It remained undeveloped until the late 1970s and early 1980s. A small number of luxury hotels were constructed after the 1988 Seoul Olympics. More hotels and other tourist facilities have been constructed on the beach-front area since the mid-1990s, and shopping malls and movie theatre complexes have been built in the 'centre' of Haeundae: an area between Haeundae Station and the beach. The area has continued to grow, apart from during the Asian financial crisis of 1997.

Haeundae has been a regular host of the annual Busan
Busan
International Film Festival (BIFF). Haeundae's Dongbaek Island was the location for the 2005 APEC
APEC
Conference.

Haeundae New Town (해운대 신시가지-Haeundae Sinsigaji), a major commercial and residential redevelopment project begun in 1990, is located in the Jwa-dong area. This area lies in the southern shadow of Jangsan mountain to the north, and is bounded in the south by Haeundae Station on the Dalmaji Gogae line of the Korean National Railroad . Another development project, Centum City
Centum City
, has been ongoing since early 2000 and is now a major feature of Busan
Busan
. Its BEXCO ( Busan
Busan
Exhibition and Convention Center) has become a popular venue for international conventions and exhibitions. Marine City , located nearby, is constructed on land reclaimed from the sea, and has several huge, high-rise apartment blocks. Additional apartment blocks are under construction, with water resorts and related facilities, for use by the public, also planned for Marine City.

GEOGRAPHY

Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach

HAEUNDAE DALMAJI HILL

Haeundae’s Dalmaji Hill is touted as Korea’s best area to greet the moon. Busan’s citizens and tourists visiting the place bask in moonlight-drenched scenery while praying for their wishes to come true. Also, Haeundae’s Dalmaji (greet the Moon) Hill is touted as one of the eight attractions of Busan. Dynamic Busan
Busan
introduces you to the best locale in the city where you can catch a view of the moon as Korea’s traditional Lunar New Year’s Day and Full Moon Day (Daeboreum) holidays are just around the corner. Dalmaji Hill in Haeundae boasts spectacular scenery. It is one of Korea’s most scenic areas and has been loved by our ancestors for generations. For example, Choe Chi-won (857-10th century), an official and poet from the late Unified Silla
Silla
Dynasty (668-935), was so struck by its beauty that he decided to extend his stay there. The hill’s winding trail that juxtaposes with the ocean is truly awe-inspiring. Some even say that Dalmaji Hill is Busan’s answer to Montmartre. The hill, lined with old cherry blossom trees and flanked by the alluring ocean, boasts an enduring beauty regardless of the season.

HAEUNDAE BEACH

Marine City on a Cloudy Day

Haeundae beach is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in South Korea. Many events, such as religious events, BIFF movie talks, and company promotions, are held here throughout the year. Also, it is famous that the beach itself is very close to the residency place(for example, apartments and houses near the beach) and very near to a lot of commercial cites. Thus, Haeundae beach has to most developed nearby sites. Main article: Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach

FILM AND TELEVISION

The district was the setting of the movie Haeundae , a South Korean disaster movie based on the somewhat unlikely scenario of an immense tsunami hitting the city of Busan
Busan
(considering that Japan sometimes faces severe earthquakes, it's not implausible).

The beach and Dongbaekseom Island was used as a filming location for Seoul Broadcasting System
Seoul Broadcasting System
's 2008 drama Star\'s Lover . The island was the location for the scene where Lee Ma-ri, played by Choi Ji-woo confesses her love for Kim Chul Soo, played by Yoo Ji-tae
Yoo Ji-tae
; and the couple takes a walk on the beach.

In 2012, KBS2 broadcast a drama, Haeundae Lovers , using Busan
Busan
and the district as a backdrop. Much of the story takes place in Cheongsapo, a coastal community in the district east of Haeundae Beach.

As stated above, Haeundae beach helds a lot of movie-related events.

FOOD OF HAEUNDAE

Haeundae is also a popular culinary destination, boasting both traditional and foreign cuisines. Many restaurants sell dwaejigukbab (pork rice soup), one of Busan's signature dishes. The market has a wide array of seafood available, notably eel. Gumsu-Bukkuk, South Korea's most famous puffer fish stew restaurant, has its original location in Haeundae. Additionally, visitors can buy seafood from food trucks that line the beachfront.

Because Haeundae is a popular international tourist destination, foreign cuisines are plentiful (particularly Indian, Brazilian, and American). High-end cuisine can be found easily in many of Haeundae's hotels, as well as in Centum City
Centum City
and on Dalmaji Hill.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Administrative divisions Lighthouse at Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Beach

Haeundae-gu is divided into 7 legal dong, which altogether comprise 18 administrative dong, as follows:

* U-dong (2 administrative dong) * Jung-dong (2 administrative dong) * Jwa-dong (4 administrative dong) * Songjeong-dong * Banyeo-dong (4 administrative dong) * Bansong-dong (3 administrative dong) * Jaesong-dong (2 administrative dong)

CITY SCAPE

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Dalmaji Hill *

Marine City

SISTER CITIES OF HAEUNDAE

* Parañaque City
Parañaque City
, Philippines
Philippines

SEE ALSO

* Busan
Busan
* Busan
Busan
International Film Festival * Centum City
Centum City
* List of Korea-related topics * Geography of South Korea
South Korea

REFERENCES

* ^ 국제비지니스관광의 중심 "해운대"로 오세요! * ^ 매력있는 세계일류도시 "해운대"로 오세요! * ^ Haeundae-gu Office * ^ "A Star\'s Lover". Korean TV Drama. Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 30 May 2012.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Haeundae-gu website (in English)

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for HAEUNDAE .

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