Some people say that it’s the sea’s job to create waves. However, what matters is that we’re able to wipe all our worries away just by watching the sea work its magic. Unlike summer, the winter sea exemplifies tranquility and respite by itself. People, who once filled the shores last summer have disappeared like the ebbing tide. The days of the hustle and bustle are gone, and the beach has now reclaimed its serenity. This is the best time to enjoy the charms of the sea to the fullest.
With the salty scent dance with the sea breeze, the wide beach beckons at a distance like a golden carpet. Walk up to the shore, where the waves crumble and slink away far and wide. Then, when you find yourself missing them, take a few steps toward the sea, and let the waves crash against your feet. Haeundae Beach is filled with people who dance with the waves, their steps closing in yet skipping away like the days when they meet their first love for the very first time. Also, the beach’s strong wind keeps the seagulls at bay. When you stand next to these birds at a distance, you find yourself running after them, breathless in pursuit of these seabirds. With seagulls flying over the beach, with their wings spread out, replacing the sound of the waves, another curve is added to the horizon beyond the beach.
People can’t completely enjoy these sights by simply looking at them. That’s because the tranquil sight of the beach takes on a sentimental moment with lovers, playful spiritedness with friends, and quiet comfort with families. They stare out into the distance, trying to capture the flow of the waves in their memories. The final ceremony in Haeundae is to express these memories through the photographs as many have done before.
After they have the fill of the beach, they can look elsewhere. What makes Haeundae so special is how easy it is to enjoy the sea in multiple directions. People are free to take whichever path they wish to take. Going to the Dongbaekseom Island takes them to the red blooming fields, standing as the first heralds of spring, while the shore to the north takes them to the most dramatic hidden places in Busan. Only the uninformed or the uncaring uses Haeundae as the final stop on their trip.
Next to the skyscrapers of Haeundae lies the homely Mipo Port, the starting point of the remaining railroad connecting Mipo with Cheongsapo and Gudeokpo Ports after the closing of the Donghae Nambu Line. The roads follow the railroads behind the coastal cliffs, inviting the visitors into the scenery right out of a postcard. The sea rumbles below, seemingly ready to catch everything that the world has to offer in its bosom. Sunlight catching on the waves of a slow afternoon creates silverly reflections, punctuated by a distant sight of a ship that anchors one to the spot.
Once you leave the breathtaking scenery, you’ll be by the roads once again. Shortly after that, you’ll arrive at Cheognsapo Port, where the pure white and passionate red lighthouses stand side by side. Many fishers have already picked out their spots. With many rocks jutting out to the sea, Cheongsapo Port is a highly popular fishing spot throughout the year. When the mackerel season comes around in fall, the area becomes the gathering point of many fishers from all over the country.
Nestled across the alleyways of Cheongsapo port town are quirky cafés highly recognized as date spots with many murals that adorn the village walls. Upon walking along these narrow alleys, people find hidden yet intimate pictures of fishing villages. The gates are open without any fear of the unknown, the warmth of the people’s lives unfold between the doors, and the neighborhood puppy stares at the outlander with curious eyes.
Outside Cheongsapo Port lies Daritdol Observatory. This elevated platform has people’s knees tremble at the sight of transparent floors, 20 m above sea level. As you take a few steps, you’ll see the crashing waves far below. You’ll realize that the sturdiness of the platform keeps you safe and that the experience is like walking on air.
As the breeze from the south sweeps across your face, the wind passes by your ears and goes upward. Turn to Cheongsapo Port and Haeundae, and find the curtain of light falling that you saw from a distance.
1Haeundae Beach: The Busan representative
When people mention Busan, the first thing that comes to mind is the sea! Among Busan’s various beaches, Haeundae Beach is the best-known destination. Not only in summer but all year round, Haeundae Beach attracts a multitude of tourists seeking the dynamic atmosphere of Busan.
2Cheongsapo Port and Mipo Port: Small sea villages in the center of city?
Explore around a rural sea village even when traveling to the center of a city in Busan. Head to Cheongsapo Port and Mipo Port and enjoy the magnificent view of nature.
Cheongsa, which means “blue sand” in Korean, is a name that evokes a fresh and pleasant image. Begin your trip from Jangsan Station on Busan Metro, and go over the hill to pass through the cross, entering the small sea village named Cheongsapo. As soon as you reach the hill overlooking the village, you’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful view of Cheongsapo.