How To Go To Oryukdo Island

Oryukdo Island

Oryukdo Island is attached to the southern part of Busan, and depending on the day and the tide, may appear to be five islands or six islands, hence its name. Designated a Monument of Busan, Oryukdo Island is a rock island that can be said to be made purely of stones.

Of all the five islands branching out from the mainland, all of them, except the one with the lighthouse, are uninhabited. It is composed of Usakdo Island, Surido Island, Gonggotdo Island, Guldo Island and Deungdaedo (Lighthouse) Island, but because the lower part of Usakdo are divided into two segments that appear as two islands, sometimes Usakdo Island is known as Bangpaedo Island and Sol Island as well, depending on the level of the water. The name of the Usakdo Island comes from this phenomenon as well. Because many ships that come to Busan pass by Oryukdo Island, where it holds Busan’s signature cultural heritages as well.

How To Go There:

Take a ferry at Haeundae Mipo Dock.

[Subway]
From exit 3 or 5 of Haeundae station (Busan Subway Line 2), walk toward the beach.
Go 15 min further toward Haeundae Beach Hotel (takes 50 min).

[Bus]
① Gimhae Airport → Haeundae: Take city express bus (jwaseok bus) No. 307 and get off at Haeundae Beach (70 min ride)
② Busan Station → Haeundae: Take city exity express bus (jwaseok bus) No. 302 and get off at Haeundae Beach. If you take city bus No. 139 or 140 / city express bus No. 239 or 240, get off at Haeundae station and walk 10 min (takes 40 min).
③ Express Bus Terminal → Haeundae: From nearby Nopo-dong station, take Busan Subway Line 1 and get off at Dongnae (exit 2). Take city bus No. 31 or 100-1 across from Daedong Hospital and get off at Haeundae Beach (takes 50 min).
* From Haeundae Beach, walk 15 min toward Haeundae Beach Hotel.

[Taxi]
① Takes 40 min from Busan Station to Haeundae.
② Takes 50 min from Express Bus Terminal to Haeundae.
* From Haeundae Beach, walk 15 min towad Haeundae Beach Hotel.

How To Go To Songjeong Beach

Songjeong Beach

Songjeong Beach (송정해수욕장) is the ideal beach for families to swim together because of its shallow waters and fine sand. The white sandy beach stretches for 1.2 km, and covers an area of 62,150 square meters. The beach has the unique feel of the southern region, making the experience all the more fun. At the entrance of the beach is Jukdo, where you can find relaxation facilities in the evergreen groves. You can enjoy fishing as well at the northeast end of the beach. There is also a dock where you can use motorboats and take cruises in the summer. A particularly famous part of Songjeong Beach is the Songiljeong Pavilion, which offers a magnificent view of the sunrise and moonrise.

Because this beach is a bit out of the Busan area, it is quite unlike many of the other beaches in Busan. Every year the Harvest Full-Moon Seaweed Festival and the Songjeong Beach Festival are held here, and many vacationers come to enjoy the celebrations.

How To Go There:

[Subway+Bus]
From Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 8 or 10.
Take bus 1001, 1003, or 40 and get off at Songjeong Beach bus stop.
or
From Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Take Bus No. 39, 63, 100, or 181 and get off at Songjeong Beach bus stop.

How To Go To Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple

Beomeosa Temple is located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan, a famous mountain in Busan. About 1,300 years ago it was constructed by monk Ui Sang in the 18th year (678) of King Munmu (reign 661~681) of the Silla Kingdom (the kingdom mainly occupied the Gyeongsang-do Province region in 678A.D.). In the geography book ‘Donggukyeojiseungram’ the origin of Beomeosa Temple is written as follows:

“There is a well on the top of Mt. Geumjeongsan and the water of that well is gold. The golden fish in the well rode the colorful clouds and came down from the sky. This is why the mountain is named Geumsaem (gold well) and the temple is named ‘fish from heaven’.”

The original Beomeosa Temple building was lost during Imjinwaeran Invasion (Japanese Invasion of Korea in 1592) but was renovated in 1713, which remains as it now is. Daeungjeon is one of the most delicate and luxurious architectures of the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910). There is Iljumun, the three-story pagoda with four pillars, built in the 9th century, and seven royal palace wings, pavilions, three gates, and eleven hermitages. Designated as a natural monument, the wisteria woods and valleys are most beautiful in May.

How To Go There:

[Subway + Bus]
Beomeosa Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), Exit 5 or 7.
– Walk between the two exits along the road for about 5 minutes.
– You will reach the Samsin bus stop.
– Take bus 90 and you will arrive at Beomeosa Temple Ticket Office.
– Take bus 37, 47, 48, 49-1, 50, 50-1, 80-1, 147, 148, 247, or 301.
– Get off at the last stop and take bus 90.

[Taxi]
Taxi takes 5~10 min.

How To Go To Dongbaekseom Island

Dongbaekseom Island

There are many islands named Dongbaekseom Island (동백섬) in the South Sea where dongbaek trees thrive. Among them, the Dongbaekseom Island in Busan used to be an island, but is now part of the mainland. Dongbaekseom Island is a very small, and many dongbaek trees and evergreens thrive there. At the top of the island, there is a statue and a monument of Choe Chi-Won, a scholar and writer during the Silla Kingdom (BC 59 ~ AD 932). The Busan Tourism Organization has declared Dongbaekseom Island Tourist Site No.46. The island also has Dongbaek Park (동백공원) and a 2.5 m high statue of a mermaid near the beach which many tourists can easily visit on their way to the beach.

How To Go There:

From Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Terminal(subway line # 2, 3, 7, 9) take bus to Busan Bus Terminal ( 06:00 to 21:30 / 3 hr 30 min travel time) >>From Busan Bus Terminal take subway from Nopo Station (subway line #1) and transfer to line #2 at Seomyeon Station (subway lines #1 and #2) take line #2 to Dongbaek Station (subway line #2) (50 min travel time) >> Use exit #1 and walk 700m straight

How To Go To Nakdonggang Bird Sanctuary

Nakdonggang Bird Sanctuary

The Lower Nakdonggang River Seasonal Bird Migration Site was designated as a natural monument on July 13th, 1966, and it has a large river-mouth, sand dunes, delta, Ilungdo Island, Eulsukdo Island and other surrounding islands. The snipes and waterfowls stop by when they pass Korea during the fall and spring, and the ducks and geese find their way here in the winter.

This area, where the Nakdonggang River (낙동강) and the South Sea meet, has over 150 species of birds, which visit between October and March. You’re most likely to see swans, and even raptorial species like eagles and white-tailed eagles. It is a large area with thick groves of reeds, which make it hard to approach by land. In order to watch migratory birds, you should take a boat from Myeongji-dong harbor and get a local guide to help you. The ideal time for bird watching is between 9am and 4pm.

Eulsukdo Island (을숙도) is one of the places you absolutely cannot miss. It is a delta island, and is well known as a paradise for over a hundred thousand birds. It is an amazing sight to see some ultra-rare species of birds like the white-naped cranes, the blackfaced spoonbills, and the white-tailed eagles, as they arrive and spend the winter.

How To Go There:

-Subway + Bus(30 minute ride) : At Hadan Station (Busan Subway 1) Exit No.5, take bus No.58, 58-1 or 300 from downtown Busan. Then get off at Eulsukdo Rest Stop and walk for a while.(Buses run every 20 minutes.)
-Taxi : From Gimhae Internation Airport it is 20-minute ride.

How To Go To Gwangalli Beach

Gwangalli Beach

Gwangalli Beach (광안리해수욕장) is 1.4 km long, 64m wide, and is famous for its fine sand. This area has undergone a water cleaning program, and as a result, the water of the beach is pristine. The clean waters of this area also attract many fishermen. You can prepare raw fish dishes on the spot, right after you have caught the fish. For those looking for some action, there is the Olympic Yacht Rental where you can rent yachts. You can also enjoy water-skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and other exciting water sports. On the beach there is an outer concert stage where the Busan Ocean Festival and other various events are held. The area has a cultural center, a museum, theaters for plays and movies, an art gallery, TV station, and famous Korean and non-Korean fashion brand name shops. It is a popular gathering place for young people in their 20s and 30s.

How To Go There:

[Bus]
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take a bus to Busan Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal, take city bus No. 131, 131-1 and get off at Gwangalli Beach bus stop.

[Train + Bus]
Take a train from Seoul Station to Busan Station.
From Busan Station, take city Bus No. 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139 and get off at Gwangalli Beach bus stop.

[Train + Subway]
Take a train from Seoul Station to Busan Station.
From Busan Station, proceed to take the subway at Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), get off at Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2) and exit 3 or 5. Walk for about 5-minutes to arrive at the beach.

How To Go To Amnam Park

Amnam Park

The magnificent cliffs and tree-lined seaside views of Amnam Park bring the harmony of the bluish-green waters and the forested landscape together. Made into a protected area, entrance was not permitted until its opening to the public in 1996, when visitors could first experience the untouched landscape. In the park one can fish, visit an observatory, and enjoy the walking path and elevated bridge. The abundance of pine trees along the walking path makes for a pleasant stroll; going up to the observatory, this well-forested area offers great views. If it is fishing that you want, here you can fish on the ocean as well as off the fantastically shaped rocks. There is a famous road from Songdo Beach to Amnam Park that is popular for leisurely drives. This drive is about 5 minutes, but for those who want to walk it’s about 20 minutes.

How To Go There:

Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Turn left at the corner, and cross the road, go for 70m to arrive at the bus stop.
Take bus 7, 9 or 71, and get off at Amnam Park.

How To Go To Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb find of a tourist spot and temple offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line. Most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 by the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty. Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (enclosed in a cave), and a three-story pagoda with four lions can all be seen looking out over the ocean.

The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures. On the right-hand side, inside the a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while situated just in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with four lions. The four lions are symbolizing joy, anger, sadness, and happiness. Other special sites at the temple are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down the 108 steps, one will be delighted with the beauty of the temple. Midway down the 108 steps one can stop and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves, and view the majestic sunrise.

Many people often come to this spot on New Year’s Day to make a wish for the new year as they watch the sun come up. April is an especially beautiful time of year with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated in April (following the lunar calendar) and offers a spectacular night view as the temple area is aglow with electrically lit lanterns.

How To Go There:

Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 7.
Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple (용궁사).

How To Go To UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea

UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea

The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea honors UN soldiers from 16 countries that were killed in battle during the Korean War from 1950-1953. This serene park spreads across a grassy plain area of 135,000 m2. Some of the sites and memorials include: Memorial Service Hall, Memorabilia Hall, 2 Turkish Monuments, Greek Monument, Australian Monument, British Common Wealth Monument and 2 ponds. The Memorial Service Hall and the Memorabilia Hall were constructed in 1964 and 1968 respectively. The citizens of Busan dedicated the Main Gate in 1966. There are many annual events held here, some of the key events include: April’s Tributary Ceremony of the Veterans of the Korean War, May’s American Memorial Day, June’s Korean Memorial Day, and October’s UN Ceremony Day.

How To Go There:

[Express / Intercity Bus]
Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Busan Bus Terminal.
Homepage: http://www.kobus.co.kr

[Train]
Seoul Station / Miryang Station (KTX, ITX, Mugunghwa) ↔ Busan Station
Suncheon Station (Mugunghwa) ↔ Haeundae Station

Homepage: http://www.letskorail.com
Inquiry: +82-1544-7788, +82-1588-7788

[Local Bus]
1) From Seomyeon, take Bus 68 and get off at UN Park Bus Stop.
2) From Busan Station, take Bus 134 (bound for Yongdang-dong) and get off at UN Park Bus Stop.

[Subway]
Daeyeon Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3.
Walk 15 minutes to reach the park.

How To Go To Yongdusan Park

Yongdusan Park

Yongdusan in downtown Busan, is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan. Its old name is Songhyunsan, which means a mountain has a view of the sea through the dense fine tree forest. Later the name has changed into Yongdusan. It came from its shape, which is similar to dragon head and people thought it has a spirit to defeat enemies coming over the sea.

On the mountain were shrine built by Japanese people during Japanese colonial role, but now are Cheokhwabi monument (the stone monument to the exclusion of foreigners from the country), Chunghontap (memorial tower for Korean war victims), 4.19 Revolution monument (the student’s anti-government revolt), the statue of General Lee Sunsin(the great commander in Joseon Dynasty period(1392-1910)) and Busan tower.

During Korea war, displaced people built houses on it even on the top, but 2 times of big fires took all them away making it bald mountain. Since then, fierce efforts to plant trees have created such beautiful park. The name of the park was once Unam park in the time of the Liberal Party’s ruling but it went back to Yungdosan park after April revolution (1960). It is a place with beautiful scenery. Especially the night landscape from Busan tower is magnificent.

How To Go There:

1. Subway
Busan station(On Busan Subway Line no. 1), get off at Nampo-dong Station. (5 min ride) Go out Exit 1 of Nampo-dong Station, walk 10 minutes.
2. Bus
Express Bus Terminal : Take a bus at Nopo-dong Station and get off at Nampo-dong Station. (50 min ride) Go out No. 1 of Nampo-dong Station, walk 10 minutes.
Gimhae international Airport : Take bus #310 and get off at Gumi Cultural Center in Daecheong-dong, walk 10 minutes. (1-hour ride).

※ From Jung-gu Gwangbok-dong Fashion Street, take the escalator to the park.