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Sunday, January 20, 2019

5 Tips to 5-Star Experience at Busan Firework Festival

Watching fireworks is never the same anymore, ever since we came back from The 14th Busan Firework Festival 2018 at Gwangalli Beach. New Years Eve, was spent with some quality chit chat and chocolates in the car by the roadside instead. Just reminiscing right now as I write this makes me miss the Fireworks experience so much! AND I TOLD MYSELF I WILL GO BACK THERE AGAIN! BECAUSE IT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY AS I LOOK AT THAT 1 HOUR DISPLAY IN AWE. Honestly, photos couldn’t even do the display justice. 

The Annual Busan Firework Festival was the highlight of my 5D4N trip to Busan! Read all about on my upcoming itinerary blogpost and feel free to use the planned trip for your trip – credits to my sister and her boyfriend for the research!

The Busan Fireworks Festival is held every year and usually towards October. So perhaps you can check out Korea TourismBoard with the latest dates. And their latest updates! Though the date have not been set for 2019 yet, but I look forward! 

It was our first time so we did not had any expectation and even planned on anything, we just showed up early and hope for the best. Little did we know as we arrive at 3PM because we asked locals, they advised us to go early to get seats! They have seating prepared for a price to pay, they sell them at the entrance, around $100+.

Because we were on budget trip, and there were 5 of us, we decided to look around the beach and sit there and then. I was literally amazed balls looking at the crowd and we had so much fun waiting for the show while we picnic! The experience was amazing, bear in mind it was a huge crowd. So moving around won’t be easy. But, it’s an experience I really really REALLY recommend everyone who is in Busan during that day to go! 

So here’s 5 Tips that will make that fireworks show a 5-star experience!


  • ·         Bring a Picnic mat perfect for sandy beaches – they sell them there at about 4000KW @ RM12~ Depending on how many people is your group, the bigger the better to get comfortable for everyone. The mat will be placed on the sands so it’s best to get mats that you can brush the sands away easily and you can sit on it without getting sandy.

  • ·         Bring a warm blanket! You’d think im crazy to bring random things like I’m going to hobo or sleep by the road right? Trust me, we spent almost 6hours on the beach, with wind blowing in occasionally in a pretty much considered winter time. Yeap. If you have 10pax. Please get 10 blankets. Haha sharing might not be an option if the wind gets cold!
BONUS ** Wear Warm and bring heat packs/pads! As mentioned you’d be outdoor for the whole night, its really advisable to wear warm and the heat packs will keep your hands warm inside the pocket, because it might look weird to wear gloves cause it won’t be that cold. 

  • ·         Literally, pack a picnic that will last you atleast 2-3hrs! yay food! From the Station along the way, as you walk down to the beach, you will see stalls and shops having counters/booths outside selling Kimbap, Friend Chickens, and other snacking foods. So stock up because it will be quite a long wait.

  • ·         Go as early as 3PM to save you a strategic spot! – we were delaying since the fireworks starts at 8PM. Yes, but rest assure it was a line of activities until the spectacular 1hr. That way you’ll get a comfortable seat and area and still have time spare to go stop by to nearby convenient stores to stock up snacks.

  • ·         Powerbanks and charge up your phone/cameras! and don't forget the Tripod! For the best experience, I’d totally recommend you to have a tripod that is going to be there recording the fireworks display while you enjoy it with your own eyes. Because having to hold your phone up while the amazing display is right in front is a waste to not enjoy the moment. J 

I hope this will be helpful to people planning their Busan trip! As I will be posting my 5D4N Trip soon. Keep a lookout for upcoming posts to-do list planning! 

Until next magical day

2 comments on "5 Tips to 5-Star Experience at Busan Firework Festival"
  1. The fireworks photos are amazinggg! �� What an experience! �� Insightful post!

    1. Thanks dear! you should really plan a trip! the photos is merely 10% of the amazing view you see with the eyes. hahaha :)