Located on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Busan is South Korea’s second largest city. As one of the world’s largest ports, Busan is also known for its beaches, mountains, and temples. Busan has a unique geography, with the developed sections situated in narrow valleys between the Nakdong and the Suyeong Rivers, and mountains all around. Due to the city’s traffic, unique geography, and the fact that many streets don’t have sidewalks, the situation for running in Busan requires one to head to particular particular locations — generally along the water. Most of our routes are accessed via public transport.
The best places to run in Busan center on the city’s multiple waterfront options. There are many km of paths along the Nakdong River, which we’ve divided into three digestible sections. There’s also good running along Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach, with a path connecting them. Songjeong Beach and Gwangalli Beach are also good for running. Near Gwangalli, the Igidae Coastal Walk is among the most scenic spots in Busan. For parks, the Citizens Park is the most popular for running, while Busan Jungang Park has hilly paths and stairs leading to great views of the city. There are also extensive trail running options just outside the city in the surrounding mountains.