Where to stay in Busan for families with kids: 3 Best areas

Hi guys, on my website, I already wrote an article about safe areas in Busan for first-timers (I will put the link to it at the end of this article). In today’s article, I will help you to find the best places to stay in Busan for families with kids.

I will share with you what I believe are the best areas to stay in Busan for families, along with a map. I’ll also share where I stayed in Busan and recommend some of the best family-friendly hotels for various budgets.

Busan is a popular tourist destination on the southeastern coast of South Korea. It’s the country’s second-largest city after Seoul and is known for its stunning sandy beaches, bustling markets, and delicious seafood. It is home to the Jagalchi Fish Market, one of the largest fish markets in South Korea.

The city also boasts several landmarks such as the picturesque Haeundae Beach, the peaceful Gwangalli Beach, the historic Beomeosa Temple, the colorful hillside Gamcheon Culture Village, and the bustling Nampodong Street.

Busan is also home to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), one of the most prestigious film festivals in Asia.

Is Busan a good place to visit with family?

Absolutely! Busan is an excellent destination for a memorable family holiday. Your family can enjoy fantastic beaches like Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach; visit historic temples like Beomeosa Temple and Yonggungsa Temple, or try seafood at the bustling Jagalchi Fish Market.

You can also explore the family-friendly Busan Aquarium, visit Gamcheon Culture Village with many art installations, go shopping at Lotte World, take a leisurely stroll through Yongdusan Park and take in panoramic views of the city from the top of Busan Tower.

Where to stay in Busan for families with kids?

The best areas to stay in Busan for families with kids include Haeundae Beach, Seomyeon, and Nampo-dong/ Busan Station. These neighborhoods provide a range of kid-friendly accommodations for all budgets and preferences.

In general, Haeundae Beach is a popular choice for families who enjoy a vibrant beach holiday. This area is famous for its sandy shores and various family-friendly activities, including water sports and nearby attractions like Dongbaek Island and the Sea Life Busan Aquarium.

Seomyeon is a bustling downtown area known for its shopping, dining, and entertainment options, making it convenient for families to find things to do together. It is centrally located and well-connected to public transportation, so your family can easily get around by train.

Nampo-dong and Busan Station area offer a mix of cultural experiences, shopping streets, and easy access to public transportation. This area is home to Jagalchi fish market, Lotte department store, and Busan tower. Great overall base for shopping and for food.

During my trip to Busan, I stayed at the Lotte Hotel Busan in Seomyeon. It was a short walk to the train station, offering easy access to major sights and beaches. My room had a good sized and stunning city view. It was close to everything, including the mall, casino, underground shopping and many eateries.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Busan for families. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Busan for families with kids
Map of the best areas to stay in Busan for families with kids

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Busan, especially for families. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Busan have been carefully selected by me from well-known and secure booking sites such as booking.com, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. 

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3 Best areas to stay in Busan with family:

1. Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach is a fantastic base in Busan for families with kids due to its vibrant beach atmosphere and numerous family-friendly attractions. It’s renowned for its beautiful sandy shores and clear waters, attracting millions of visitors each year, especially during the summer months.

Haeundae Beach itself offers a wide range of activities suitable for families, including swimming, building sandcastles, beach volleyball, and watersport activities.  

This area is home to the family-friendly Busan Aquarium. It features a diverse range of marine life exhibits, including sharks, penguins, and otters.

Your family can take leisurely strolls through the lush greenery of Dongbaek Island with scenic walking trails and beautiful coastal views. 

You can check out Busan X The Sky Observation deck for stunning views of the ocean and the city. Staying here also offers easy access to Haeundae Blueline Park – Mipo Station for the sky capsule beach train to skywalk at Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory.

Haeundae Beach is surrounded by numerous restaurants, cafes, and food stalls offering a wide variety of cuisine, including Korean seafood dishes, international fare, and kid-friendly options. 

Haeundae Beach also hosts several festivals throughout the year, such as the Haeundae Sand Festival, where your family can admire intricate sand sculptures created by artists from around the world.

Best places to stay in Busan in Haeundae Beach with kids:

Luxury ($$$): Park Hyatt Busan, 5-star family-friendly hotel located in Haeundae-gu, close to Busan Marina and Haeundae Beach. The hotel has comfortable family rooms, an indoor swimming pool, free parking, and shuttle services to the airport and train station. It is only a 10-15 mins drive to the Sea life busan aquarium and Lotte World Busan. It has amazing views of Busan bridge from the room.

Luxury ($$$): Grand Josun Busan, 5-star family-friendly hotel, welcomes children of all ages and Children 13 and above will be charged as adults. It is a short distance from the Sea life Aquarium, Main Street, and Haeundae Beach with plenty of food options nearby. The hotel has lots of kid-friendly facilities including a kids-only floo and a kids program.

Luxury ($$$): Paradise Hotel Busan, 5-star kid-friendly hotel located near the sandy Haeundae Beach, within walking distance to many restaurants, shops, a metro subway, and a local market. The hotel has a kid play area,  BMW car track, a PlayStation room, and children’s coloring room.  

Mid-range ($$): Best Western Haeundae Hotel, 4-star family-friendly hotel located close to the popular Haeundae Beach, featuring a 24-hour front desk, family rooms, and laundry services. There are a lot of restaurants and shops nearby. Within walking distance from the train station and the market. 

Mid-range ($$): Felix by STX Hotel & Suite, 4-star children-friendly hotel located in Haeundae Special Tourist Zone, easy access to the Haeundae Metro Station, amd major attractions like Haeundae Beach, Dongbaek Park, Shinsegae Department Store, and Bexco. It has free parking, good breakfast, and comfortable rooms for families.

Budget ($): MAMA Guesthouse Haeundae, 3-star family-friendly good value for money guest house, close to Haeundae Beach, Haeundae Station, the street food alley, and Dalmaji Hill. Easy access to the bus number 100 to get to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Luge, and Lotte Mall. Rooms are compact, you can book two rooms for families of 4.


2. Seomyeon

Seomyeon is a convenient area to stay in Busan for families, especially for those who want a vibrant urban experience with convenient access to shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Seomyeon is known as one of Busan’s main shopping districts, with numerous malls, department stores, and boutiques. Families can enjoy buying clothing, accessories, toys, and souvenirs.

Seomyeon offers a diverse array of dining options, including Korean cuisine, international dishes, and fast food outlets. Families can enjoy sampling various foods and flavors from around the world, catering to different tastes and dietary preferences.

As a central transportation hub, Seomyeon provides easy access to other parts of Busan via subway, buses, and taxis. This makes it convenient for families to explore the city without having to travel far.

Best places to stay in Busan in Seomyeon with family:

Luxury ($$$): Lotte Hotel Busan, 5-star family-friendly hotel in downtown Busan, 5 mins walk from Seomyeon Subway Station  Line 1 and 2. Your family can shop at the hotel’s on-site duty-free store, relax at the pools, or exercise at the fitness center. Many restaurants and convenience facilities are nearby. 

Mid-range ($$): Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Busan, 4-star family-friendly hotel, conveniently located on Seomyeon 1st Avenue, where you can find lots of shops, restaurants and bars. 10 mins walk to Seomyeon and Beomnaegol subway stations.

Budget ($):  Lion Hotel, 3-star family-friendly hotel located close to Seomyeon Subway Station. Short distance from Seomyeon Market, Lotte Mall, and Gwangalli Beach. Many eateries options nearby, great for foodies. The laundry is free to use.

Budget ($): Arban Hotel, popular 3-star hotel in central Busan, featuring family rooms, an onsite restaurant/bar, and good breakfast. Easy access to a subway station that can get you everywhere in Busan. Rooms are spacious and comfortable for families of 3.


3. Nampo-dong/Busan Station

Nampo-dong and the area around Busan Station are great locations for easy access to transportation, to enjoy shopping and dining. 

Your family can visit the bustling Jagalchi Fish Market, where kids can see a variety of seafood and experience the vibrant atmosphere of a traditional Korean market. Nearby, you’ll also find attractions like Gukje Market and Yongdusan Park, home to the iconic Busan Tower.

You can explore the numerous shops selling everything from fashion to souvenirs, as well as enjoy a wide variety of street food and local delicacies. The area is also known for its trendy cafes and restaurants, providing plenty of options for family dining.

Busan Station serves as a major transportation hub, offering connections to various destinations across the country, including Seoul, Daegu, and Gwangju, making it a crucial transportation link in South Korea’s rail network.

Best places to stay in Busan in Nampo-dong with children:

Mid-range ($$): ASTI Hotel Busan Station, popular 4-star hotel conveniently located close to Busan Train Station, a short ride from Gukje Market, Jagalchi Fish Market, and Busan China Town. It has family rooms, a fitness center, and 24-hour front desk.

Budget ($): K-Guesthouse Premium Nampo 1, 3-star family-friendly accommodation in Nampo-gil,  easy walk to Nampo Subway Station (Busan Line 1) and Jagalchi Market. The hotel has free laundry facilities , a luggage storage, shared kitchen, and excellent breakfast.

Budget ($): Dante House, good value for money family-friendly hotel located near Choryang Ibagu-gil, KTX Busan Train Station, and Busan China Town. Easy access to Busan International Ferry Terminal and Busan Port. It features rooms for families of 4, 5, and 6.


In conclusion, Haeundae, Seomyeon, and Nampo-dong/ Busan Station are the best places to stay in Busan for families with kids. These areas are popular locations for visitors to book their accommodation, offering easy access to tourist amenities and public transportation.

You can continue reading about Busan and other destinations in South Korea in these articles:

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas and neighborhoods that you can stay during your family trip to Busan. I hope you enjoyed my article and find it both informative and helpful.

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