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The best views come straight from the top

Themed Tour 3: Rooftop places


The best views come straight from the top


The terrace at Haeundae Ok Rooftop (above) has gained popularity among Instagram users in love with its lush nighttime views. 

There is a certain charm and romance to rooftop entertaining, among the stars on a clear, warm summer night.

Businesses offering rooftop destinations, especially those with open views of the ocean, are quickly gaining traction as a hot trend among the city's Instagram tastemakers.

This issue of Dynamic Busan features a pair of rooftop locations you'll want to check out, whether you have an Instagram profile to post your photos on or not.


■ Haeundae Ok Roof top

"When can I see you again in Busan?" gained popularity when it was sung by Choi Baek-ho in the classic "부산에 가면 (If I go to Busan)." More recently, the lyrics, reborn in nighttime neon, have become popular among Instagram posters taking pictures at this trendy Haeundae hotspot.

Located in Mipo, Haeundae Ok Rooftop has gained popularity with its bright lights and unique interior design. But, what it's really known for is its stunning ocean view.

"Oktop (옥탑)" in Korean means a rooftop house. The cafe, housed in a four-story build-ing, is divided into indoor and outdoor spaces. The interior, packed with many small and large plants, gives off an exotic atmosphere while the outdoor rooftop terrace is filled with tables. Take in the scenery created by the ocean and Haeundae's many modern skyscrapers over a cup of coffee or a cold beer. Other refreshments, barbecue, fish and chips are also available.


- Hours: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends

- How to get there: Haeundae Station (Metro line 2), exit 3 or 5. Walk toward the beach. Ok Rooftop is on the fourth floor of Hotel Darak located at the eastern end of Haeundae Beach.

Information: @haeundae_rooftop on Instagram


 Sinki Cafe

Take in a grand view of Busan Harbor Bridge on the Sinki Cafe rooftop in Yeongdo.

Opened in December, Sinki Cafe has become known for its beautiful view, which earned it a loyal following soon after its debut.

Sinki Industry, a stationery maker, renovated its old factory here, transforming it into a cafe and office. Its industrial container box exterior clashes artistically with an interior that features subtle, minimalist black and white tones. Besides the cafe on the second and third floors and a fourth-floor office, a stationery store for Sinki Industry products is also located in the building.

The highlight of the building (and its reason for inclusion here) is its lovely rooftop. Located high up Bongnaesan Mountain, Sinki's top floor overlooks Busan Harbor Bridge and the sea off Yeongdo. Busan Port, with docked ships and sunlight reflecting off the water, is a picture waiting to be captured.


- Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed every second and fourth Monday.

- How to get there: Nampo Station (Metro line 1), exit 6. Take bus 9 near the exit and get off at the Lotte Nakcheondae bus stop.

Information: @sinki_industry on Instagram