Haeundae District is a district (gu) in eastern Busan, South Korea. It
has an area of 51.44 km², and a population of about 423,000, or
11.6% of the population in Busan. It became a division of
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 Subway Line 2 and train stations on the
Donghae Nambu railway line.
2.1 Haeundae Dalmaji Hill
2.2 Haeundae Beach
3 Film and television
4 Food of Haeundae
5 Administrative divisions
6 City Scape
7 Sister Cities Of Haeundae
8 Notable alumni
9 See also
11 External links
APEC House and Guangan Bridge
Haeundae takes its name from the ninth century
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
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
Haeundae has been a regular host of the annual
Film Festival (BIFF). Haeundae's Dongbaek Island was the location for
Haeundae New Town (해운대 신시가지, 海雲臺 新市街地,
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, has been ongoing since early 2000 and is now a major feature of
Busan. Its BEXCO (
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.
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.[tone] Also, Haeundae’s Dalmaji (greet the Moon)
Hill is touted as one of the eight attractions of Busan.[citation
Busan introduces visitors to the best locale in the
city from which to catch a view of the moon as Korea’s traditional
Lunar New Year’s Day and Full Moon Day (Daeboreum)
holidays. Dalmaji Hill in Haeundae is one of
Korea’s most scenic areas[original research?] and has been loved for
generations. For example,
Choe Chi-won (857-10th
century), an official and poet from the late Unified
(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.[original research?] Some even say that Dalmaji
Hill is Busan’s answer to Montmartre.[who?] The hill, lined with old
cherry blossom trees and flanked by the alluring ocean, boasts an
enduring beauty regardless of the season.[tone]
Marine City on a Cloudy Day
Busan Cinema Center
Haeundae beach is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in
South Korea.[original research?] 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
Film and television
The district was the setting of the movie Haeundae, a South Korean
disaster movie based on the relativaly unlikely scenario of an
immense tsunami hitting the city of Busan.
As home to South Korea's most famous beach, it does feature in
The beach and Dongbaekseom Island was used as a filming location for
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; and the
couple takes a walk on the beach.
KBS2 broadcast a drama, Haeundae Lovers, using
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.
Busan Cinema Center (영화의 전당)
Every year, one of famous cinema academy
Busan International Film
Festival is held in
Busan Cinema Center.
Busan Cinema Center have 5
inside theater and 1 outside theater.
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.
Haeundae has a relatively large expatriate population (in Busan) and
foreign cuisines are relatively popular, including Indian, Brazilian,
and American. High-end cuisine can be found in many of Haeundae's
hotels, as well as in
Centum City and on Dalmaji Hill.
Lighthouse at 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)
Banyeo-dong (4 administrative dong)
Bansong-dong (3 administrative dong)
Jaesong-dong (2 administrative dong)
Sister Cities Of Haeundae
Parañaque City, Philippines
Jeung Eun-ji (Singer)
An Jae Mo (Actor)
Kang Seung-yoon (Singer)
Busan International Film Festival
List of Korea-related topics
Geography of South Korea
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Haeundae-gu website (in English)
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Haeundae.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Haeundae-gu, Busan.
Districts of Busan
Coordinates: 35°09′43″N 129°09′50″E / 35.16194°N
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