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A beach in Haeundae-gu, Busan. Along with Gwangan Bridge, it is the two most famous landmarks in Busan for foreigners.

It is characterized by being a beach located in the city center. It is ranked as one of the best summer vacation destinations in Korea every year, and for this reason, it is famous as the busiest beach with tourists from all over the country during the peak season of July and August. It is truly a symbol of domestic beaches. In addition, the German public broadcaster ZDF has a very high level of recognition from abroad to the extent that it is evaluated as one of the world’s three largest beaches, so it is visited by many foreign tourists.

Haeundae Beach, a sandy beach, was created thousands of years ago by depositing sand created by the erosion of the hills of Dongbaek Island and the Middle East by waves. It is recorded that Haeundae Beach has been a sandy beach for quite some time, and even in the Joseon Dynasty, there are records that nearby residents disembarked their boats to go out to sea for fishing.

Haeundae Beach began to function as a resort in 1876, when Busan Port was opened by the Treaty of Ganghwa Island, and Japanese people came to this beach to enjoy bathing and to use it as a resort. And after the Japanese colonial period, teachers in nearby schools trained here for physical training and swimming education for students. He cut down all the pine trees nearby and even enjoyed swimming in this place. After the war, it was officially opened under the name of ‘Haeundae Beach’ in 1965, establishing itself as today’s Haeundae Beach. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening in 2015, the width of the sandy beach was restored to the width it was when it was opened 50 years ago.