Last weekend (October 28th) I attended the Busan Fireworks Festival. I had planned on going two weeks prior, but I still wasn’t well prepared for what would be one of the most amazing festivals since I arrived in Korea.
The Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every October in Gwangan Beach. It is arguably one of the most well-attended events in Busan.
My day started slowly. My friends and I had decided to meet at 5 pm; which was three hours before the fireworks start, so we can get a spot to chill before it gets crowded. I’m always late for everything, so I woke up at 1 pm so I can prepare and get there in time.
We arrived there precisely at 5 pm, and it was already very crowded, but we still managed to squeeze ourselves close enough to the beach.
The weather was terrible, we feared it would rain, but it didn’t although there were dense clouds. I do however think the heavy clouds contributed to the overall fantastic and romantic atmosphere at the event.
Because of my unpreparedness which has the potential to ruin the event for me, I decided to write this blog post for future attendees to be well prepared when they attend.
How to get there:
The best way to get there is to use the subway. To avoid a long walk to get to the beach get off at the Geumyeonsan Station (Line 2), use exit 3.
You can also get off at Gwangan Station (Line) exit 3 or 5 but it will take you a little longer to get to the beach.
What to pack:
The Fireworks take places in fall which is already a bit cold, so here is a list of things you need to pack to have a fantastic time:
- A picnic blanket (To sit on)
- Food (as you would if you were having a picnic. Shops get crowded, and lines are long.
- Portable cushion mats
- Board games to pass the time while you wait.
- Portable speakers to play music
- Small Fleece blanket (trust me you will need it)
- Tripod (if you’re into photography
- Your partner, if you’re in a relationship, then the event will make an excellent date.
Alternative Busan Fireworks views:
- Hwangnyeongsan Beacon Mounds
- How to get there: Get off at Geumnyeongsan Station (Line 2) and take a taxi.
- Millak Waterfront Park
- How to get there: Suyeong Station (Line 2) exit 5. Take bus 210 and get off at the Milak Waterfront Park bus stop.
- Marine City’s coastal road
- How to get there: Get off AT Dongbaek Station (Line 2), exit 1 or 3 and walk towards the beach.
- Jangsan Mountain (best of photography)
- How to get there: Jangsan Station (Line 2), exit ten walks for 20 minutes to find the mountain trail entrance.