This past Saturday we took a day trip from Gyeongsan down to Busan to take our beach-loving child to Haeundae Beach. It was a fantastic day-trip. This is why you should take your kid.
Haeundae Market. It is far from the grandest market in Korea, but it’ll do. You can find a bucket and shovel for the kids and anything else you might need for the beach. We loaded up on food (gimbap, cashews, clementines) and made the short walk to the beach. There is also plenty of street food for sale and enough fish in tanks to pacify an expensive trip to the aquarium.
The Beach. I don’t recommend Haeundae Beach during swimming season (July-August) but any other time and it is a charming urban beach. On an unseasonably warm day in March there were just enough people out there to make it interesting, but still enough space to spread out and feel like you had a tiny piece of beach to yourself. It’s clean and easily accessible.
Hiking. For nap time, I put my boy in a carrier and went for a hike up the base of Jangsun. We accessed it just two subway stops away at Dongbaek station and hit a trail head just behind the apartments there. I could still feel the sand in my toes as my son snored on my back. Two hours on the beach and two hours on the mountain. Not a bad afternoon.