Busan, South Korea for Day at Gwangalli Beach

If you have even seen those images of a beach somewhere in Asia that’s absolutely crammed with people, then you have probably come across a picture of Busan, most likely the Haeundae beach. And yes, even though it is the nicest and longest beach in the city, it can get pretty overwhelming, especially during the summer months.

For a slightly more bearable alternative, this warm June Saturday we decided to visit the Gwangalli beach – a bit smaller in size, but definitely less visited then it’s Haeundae counterpart. It overlooks the awe-inspiring Gwangandaegyo bridge, which becomes all pretty and lit up at night time. And even though it’s not even officially summer, the shallow water was perfectly fine and warm enough to swim in. The area around the beach is packed with bars, cafes and convenient stores, so in case we needed any extra drinks or snacks, we could just hop off across the road to get it. Once the day of volleyball, frisbee and other beach stuff was over, we decided to go to Slice of Life, a newly opened pizzeria just on the seafront. The pizza was excellent and it was quite a rarity to find a good Western-style one, as opposed to sweet potatoes/kimchi/bulgogi ones they usually serve in Korea. All in all great choice for a summer day in the city!

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