Ilgwang Beach, the past and present of the Busan Sea
From trendy maritime sports to old landscape
Ilgwang Beach, considered one of the Eight Sights of Gijang, used to have the old pine forest along the coastline. It was one of the magnificent sights viewed by famous people, including Jeong Mong-ju, since the Goryeo period.
Ilgwang Beach is located in Samseong-ri, Ilgwang-myeon. The name of Samseong-ri originated from Samseongdae, which comes from the old word “saemseokdae,” a combination of the words “mineral spring” and “the place where ships are docked.” Today, the middle mound of the sandy beach is referred to as the “samseongdae.”
The novel Gaenmaeul and its movie left meaningful traces in the town, turning the place into the site of the coastal festival since 1995. The “Gijang Village of an Estuary Performance Festival,” based on the novel and the movie, is held each summer. This is the only sea culture festival in the nation that centers on the theme of women divers. During the festival, visitors may also experience the trot concert, women diver training, and traditional dragnet training.
Swimming, dumping, cooking, and camping prohibited except for designated locations and hours.
Smoking and sand collecting prohibited on the sandy beach.
Address17, Samseong 3-gil, Ilgwang-myeon, Gijang-gun, Busan
Operating Days and HoursOpen Period: July 1–August 31 each year
09:00–18:00 (swimming hours)
Traffic InformationHaeundae Station on Busan Metro Line 2 → Transfer to Bus 1006 or 180 → Get off at the Entrance to Ilgwang Beach
Get off the Bus 188, 180, or 1006 at the Entrance to Ilgwang Beach
Get off Village Bus Gijang-gun 2, Gijang-gun 8-1, Gijang-gun 9, Gijang-gun 3 or Gijang-gun 8 at the Entrance to Ilgwang Beach
RemarksBraille block; disabled parking; disabled restrooms