Busan with Twinkling Lights

Written and Photographed by Travel Writer Shin KyungMin

Busan with Twinkling Lights
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Regardless of the season, Busan, which has many enjoyable travel destinations, shines even brighter at the end of the year.
The festival of lights that warmly illuminates the cold winter night is in full swing.

It is where you can have the most beautiful memories at the end of the year. It lights up the dark night sea with joy and adds warmth to the quiet city center. So have a happy year-end in Busan, where the lights shine.

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Gamcheon Culture Village

Gamcheon Culture Village, which is usually only visited during the day, turns into a place to be visited at night when the cold season comes. The reason is the ‘Gamcheon House Lights’ hanging throughout the village. Thanks to the soft lights, it hanges into a charming place to take a walk and enjoy the night view. The entire village is filled with warmth as Gamcheon House Lights run along every alleyway that retains the traditional look of old stair-style houses.

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Stroll quietly along the alley. If you have only visited there during the day, it would be good to go at night and fully experience the different Gamcheon Culture Village with Gamcheon House Lights, which greet travelers with their bright lights.

The display of Gamcheon House Lights, which started on November 13, will unfortunately only run until December 25. The lighting hours are from 18:30 to 21:00, but residents actually live there, so be careful not to make too much noise when visiting.


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Haeundae Light Festival

Haeundae's representative winter festival, the Light Festival, which was held for the 9th time this year, is growing in scale every year. This year's Haeundae Light Festival is held under the theme of 'Sea of ​​Light,' and is about twice the size of last year. Colorful sculptures are installed not only in Haeundae Beach and Gunam-ro Square, but also in Haeundae Market and Hot Spring Street.

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It is crowded until late at night with citizens and tourists who have cometo see the huge tree and beautiful sculptures towering in the center of Gunam-ro. The media exhibition on the sandy beach spreads like a white wave. The exhibition, which proceeds in time with the music, boasts its splendor. The constantly moving lights and the night view of the skyscrapers harmonize to present an enchanting evening in Haeundae.

The Haeundae Light Festival runs until January 24, 2023, and you can enjoy the light festival for quite a long time as the operation hours are from 18:00 to 24:00.


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Gwangbok-ro Winter Light Tree Festival

The ‘Busan Christmas Tree Culture Festival,’ which is the festival where you can feel the Christmas atmosphere best in downtown Busan, is being held after changing its name to the ‘Gwangbok-ro Winter Light Tree Festival.’ Gwangbok-ro and the Nampo-dong area raise their splendid curtains and brightly illuminate the streets with trees and lights of various sizes.

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The festival, which started on December 18, will continue until January 29, 2023. The Gwangbok-ro area, centered around the large tree decorated with lights on the main stage, is filled with a beautiful array of lights. Many people are busy making good memories everywhere in the streets colored by the lights. There are also many cute animal-shaped lights, so both children and adults can enjoy some quality time at the festival. Yongdusan Park, directly connected to Gwangbok-ro, is also waiting for you in various splendid ways, so let's enjoy it together.

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    Haeundae Lighting Festival: 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
    Gwangbok-ro Winter Light Tree Festival: 49, Gwangbok-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Busan
    Gamcheon Culture Village: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan
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    Haeundae Lighting Festival
    Walk for 8 min from Exit 5 of Haeundae Station on Busan Metro Line 2
    Parking: Haeundae Beach Parking Lot

    Gwangbok-ro Winter Light Tree Festival
    Walk for 4 min from Exit 3 of Nampo Station on Busan Metro Line 1

    Gamcheon Culture Village
    Exit 6 of Toseong Station on Busan Metro Line 1 → Transfer to Village Bus Saha 1-1, Seo-gu 2 or Seo-gu 2-2
    → Get off at Gamjeong Elementary School and walk for 5 minParking: Gamjung Elementary School Public Parking Lot
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