Haeundae Sand Festival in Busan

Haeundae Sand Festival in Busan

This weekend we were among the thousands of people to attend the sand sculpture festival in Busan. Artists from all over the world came to create amazing sculptures out of the beautiful sand from Haeundae Beach.

The detail of the sculptures was really incredible!

There were also a lot of hands on activities at the festival, including a whole area for people to create their own sand sculptures.

And there was even a giant mound of sand for people to climb on! I just loved watching all of the kiddos having the time of their lives up there. And the families joining hands to make it up the steep hill together was heartwarming.

If you’re looking for things to do in Busan, the annual Haeundae Sand Festival is a great activity for people of all ages. Be sure to add it to your Korea Bucket List!

Like most festivals in Korea, it’s best to arrive early. The beach gets extremely crowded as the time ticks by… and parking and traffic become a huge nightmare!

And don’t forget your sunblock!

29 thoughts on “Haeundae Sand Festival in Busan

  1. The festival is certainly one of the more interesting in Korea. I love the sand carvings each year. As cool as they are, what I really like are the ssireum events. Give me some good old fashion wrestling any day.

    I also haven’t quite got the Korean “beach culture.” not enough fun in the surf for me.

    • It was a really cool festival, Nana. We really enjoyed it. Dave got a lot of attention when he was flying his quadcopter (a helicopter with 4 propellers and a camera attached). We also met a really cool Korean guy who had an octocopter that takes professional videos. Fun day!

  2. I didn’t make it this year or last, but saw the sand festival three years ago. It was awesome! Some great performances on the stage as well. You got some great shots, I really like the birds’ eye view you captured.

    Great post!

  3. Wow great place for a quadcopter!! haha I’d like to see more of those pics sometime. We’ve gone to this festival the past couple years but skipped this year. It’s a shame cause this year it looks a lot more artful than the last! 😀 You captured some great pictures as always.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Aw it looks so cool! I was sick so I couldn’t go but some of those are really amazing. We used to have some homeless guy in Santa Barbara who would create really elaborate sand sculptures on the beach for money, I should tell him to come to Busan! haha

    • I was so impressed by all of the detail. I love that Korea has all of these festivals. I spoke to the Italian artists and said that the scale of the Busan festival was much larger than one they had done in California, which surprised me. Haeundae Beach is really great.

  6. That looks amazing! I can’t believe the detail.

    I’m glad I stumbled onto your page, following now. I look forward to reading more in the future. 🙂

  7. Hi Meagan, just wondering what kind of drone you have! Do you use a GoPro with it? Thinking of getting one for the boyfriend but don’t really know about different models or anything!

  8. Awesome, I’ve never seen it, but I’m so putting that on the calendar now!
    I suggest that you also try the Mud Festival in Boryeong City.

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