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Make plans for big August outdoor events

Be sure to mark your calendars in advance for two of the city's biggest festivals returning in August. Cool off from summer's brutal heat with the 23rd Sea Festival at the beginning of the month. Then, build up a sweat rocking out at the Busan International Rock Festival later in August.  


Busan International Rock Festival


The Busan International Rock Festival brings the masses. 


The always-free Busan International Rock Festival returns for its 19th year 3 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10 through 12 at Samnak Ecological Park in Sasang-gu (district). 

Korean and international bands, both professional as well as amateur, will descend upon multiple stages, including early announced bands YB, Romantic Punch, Han-Chul Lee, Galaxy Express and Say Sue Me. Many more will be announced prior to show time at 



 Aug. 10 ​(Fri)

Aug. 11 (Sat)

Aug. 12 (Sun) 

4 p.m.

Space Shuttle Side Mirror 

4 p.m. 

Seoulsanggyung Music Band  

3:30 p.m. 

Say Sue Me

4:50 p.m.

April 2nd 

4:50 p.m.

9 and the Numbers

4:20 p.m. 


5:40 p.m.


5:40 p.m. 

Lee Han-chul

5:10 p.m. 

Bye Bye Sea

6:20 p.m.

Break Time 

6:20 p.m. 

Break Time

5:50 p.m. 

Break Time

6:50 p.m.


6:50 p.m. 


6:10 p.m.

Galaxy Express

7:50 p.m.

Harry Big Button

7:50 p.m. 


7:10 p.m.


8:50 p.m.

Glen Check 

8:50 p.m.

Wouter Hamel

8:10 p.m.


Romantic Punch

9:30 p.m.

Break Time

9:40 p.m. 

Break Time

8:50 p.m.

Break Time

10 p.m.

No Brain 

10:10 p.m.

Crying Nut

9:10 p.m.



-How to get there: Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit), exit 1. Cross the bridge connecting the station to Samnak Ecological Park.




Busan Sea Festival

■ Haeundae Beach 



Visitors to the sea festival can enjoy in the makeshift pools on Haeundae Beach.


 The annual Busan Sea Festival kicks off Aug. 1 with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Dance music and more will be performed, while makeshift pools and sprinklers will be set up to cool off. A fireworks show will also be held opening night. Additional music performances will include dance on Aug. 2 and ska/reggae on Aug. 3. 

 A water carnival will make things wetter and better starting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 3. Both adults and children can cool off with water pistols, tubes and water balls that be rented on the beach. Other music performances are also planned.

-How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exits 3 or 5. Walk toward the beach.


■ Gwangalli Beach 

Foreign DJs will be in the spotlight when BeFM, the city's official English launguage radio station, once again hosts its DJ contest on Aug. 2.

Any expat DJs residing in Korea can participate. Five finalists will be chosen and will participate in a final round. The event is always a crowd pleaser. Check for more information.

Gwangalli Beach will also be the site of a dance party from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3 through 5. Salsa, tango, zumba, swing and more will participate, and audience members can join in, as well. Additionally, a jazz performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, and indie musicians will participate at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

-How to get there: Gwangan Station (Metro line 2), exits 3 or 5. Make a u-turn and walk down the road toward the beach. 


■ Dadaepo Beach

Busan's westernmost beach will host a band festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4. Middle school student bands will perform on Aug. 3. Local bands, including Rose Motel and Ska Wakers, will perform on Aug. 4.

-How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. The beach park complex is on the right.