Accommodations in Busan range from high-end beach resorts and rental condos to small yeogwan and love motels.
Although most of the high-end resorts are in Haeundae, there are a variety of motels and midpriced lodgings throughout the city. Make sure you specify that you want a room with a bed (chimdae bahng); otherwise, you'll end up with a Korean-style ondol room where you sleep on the floor on padded blankets (the floors are heated in the winter). Unless otherwise indicated, a 10% VAT will usually be added to prices quoted for high-end hotels. Lower-end yeogwan and love motels quote flat fees that you pay upfront when you check in. High season in Busan is from mid-July to August, when the kids are out of school and the water becomes a comfortable temperature for swimming. Be sure to reserve a room in advance if planning a trip during that time, but usually it's not difficult to just walk in and get a room in town.
Other than the accommodations listed here, two of Busan's temples offer overnight stays with an opportunity to meditate and participate in temple life. Spending a night at Beomeosa (tel. 051/508-3122) costs W50,000 to W80,000 per night, which includes dinner and breakfast. The smaller, less famous Hongbeopsa (tel. 051/508-0345) offers a cheaper stay at W20,000 per night. They ask that you make reservations at least 10 days in advance.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.