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Busan, South Korea

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.

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Nakdong River Paths

Busan, South Korea

The multi-use trails along the Nakdong River are among the best spots for a longer, seamless off-road run in Busan. We've divided them into three distinct sections that each have their own character and scenery.
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Eulsukdo Island

Busan, South Korea

This delta island located south of Busan's city center is a popular spot for walking and birdwatching. There are numerous scenic paths with nice water views and interesting vegetation. Loop around the perimeter is 5.7 km.
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Busan Citizens Park

Busan, South Korea

An attractive urban park located in the Beomjeon-dong section of Busan. The park has over one million trees, paths along two streams, and other attractions. 1 km east-west and 0.5 km north-south.
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Gwangalli Beach

Busan, South Korea

Lovely, long beach for running, with great water, skyline, and mountain views. Run on beach or sidewalk alongside. It's 1.4 km long, with options to continue on waterside paths for another 2.5 km south.
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Igidae Coastal Walk

Busan, South Korea

Lovely, long beach for running, with great water, skyline, and mountain views. Run on beach or sidewalk alongside. It's 1.4 km long, with options to continue on waterside paths for another 2.5 km south.
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Busan Stream Run

Busan, South Korea

A run through a narrow linear park along a small stream that's a tributary of the Nakdong River. Near Dongnae Station. Paved and gravel paths, with a pleasant patch of grass in the median, heading southeast for 3 km.
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Busan Jungang Park

Busan, South Korea

In the southern part of Busan, Jungang Park and Busan Democracy Park are adjoining preserves that provide an opportunity for some hilly running, with great views of the Busan skyline from the summit.
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Nakdong River Paths

Busan, South Korea

The multi-use trails along the Nakdong River are among the best spots for a longer, seamless off-road run in Busan. We've divided them into three distinct sections that each have their own character and scenery.
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Igidae Coastal Walk

Busan, South Korea

Lovely, long beach for running, with great water, skyline, and mountain views. Run on beach or sidewalk alongside. It's 1.4 km long, with options to continue on waterside paths for another 2.5 km south.
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Busan has pretty good weather for running year-round. Summers are warm but not hot, and winters are cool but not cold. In summer, average high temperatures are in the 27C (81F) range, with warm, humid nights. In winter, highs are 7-8C (46F), with nights dipping to below freezing. About 2/3 of the 1500mm (60 inches) of annual rainfall comes during the wet months of May through September.

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RUNNING STORES

Busan has a fair number of stores where one can purchase running gear, notably outlets of Asics, Reebok, and Nike.

GROUP RUNS

OVD Running Club has group runs Saturdays at Gorilla Brewing Co.

Gorilla Running Club. Group Runs Thursday, 7:30 pm, Gorilla Brewing Co.

Run Club Busan. Group runs every Saturday or Sunday 9:50 AM