If you have already visited all the must-see attractions in Busan, how about the Gijang-gun county?
We recommend Gijang Coastal Trail for you to witness the brand-new Busan.
Gongsu Village - Haedong Yonggungsa Temple - Fisheries Science Museum - Ananti Cove - Orangdae Park - Yeonhwa-ri - Daebyeonhang Port
Resembling a horse’s hoof, Gongsu Village is a small but beautiful and peaceful fishing village in the coastal zone. It is widely known for cultivating seaweed, and in spring, you will see a unique custom, where freshly harvested seaweed is hanged up to dry. Moreover, the panoramic view of the pine tree hills beyond the projecting rock, facing the breakwater’s red lighthouse, arouses a mysterious feeling inside you. The rocks on the seashore connected to the village are known as the “heaven” for anglers and seabirds.
Now, pick up the pace as you follow the trail surrounded by pine trees and bamboo groves, heading to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. It is one of the few temples in Korea that show the emerald ocean. People do not simply pass by the temple; they believe in the legend that at least one of your wishes will be answered here. Make a wish with reverence, and head back to the trail that leads to Fisheries Science Museum.
Fisheries Science Museum is located in the area nearest to the ocean. In this museum, you can learn about marine resources and future marine technologies. In particular, you will find a breathtaking aerial view on the observatory, which provides a great resting place for hikers traveling Gijang Coastal Trail.
Gijang-gun is also the place where Ananti Cove (Hilton Busan) is located. Famous for the vast blue ocean view of Gijang, it is more like a town, not just a hotel, as a complex for cluster and leisure; hence, the name Ananti Cove Town. This place is highly recommended when you want to eat food during your trip.
Fishing villages in Gijang are all small and cute. Pass by Dongam Port, and head to Orangdae Park, a unique park with the Yongwangdan Altar installed on top of a unique rock formation that wishes the fishers’ safe seaway. Walk slowly following the bumpy and rocky road to reach up to the Yongwangdan Altar, where you can hear the sound of ocean waves crashing against the rocks on the shore.
Here lies the end of the coastal trail. From a distance, the lighthouses called Mazinger Z and Taekwon V appear as interesting infrastructures. Once you pass them, you are close to Yeonhwa-ri in Gijiang-gun. This small village is famous for fresh seafood that a haenyeo (female diver) freshly cultivates and its warm Jeonbok-juk (abalone rice porridge), a beloved Yeonhwa-ri specialty.
Anchovies and seaweed cultivated in Daebyeonhang Port are well known nationwide. Every spring, the port holds the Anchovy Festival, where you can see fishers shaking off anchovies from a net. Take a relaxing time, strolling around the peaceful port with boats on the berth. Both sides are lined with stalls that mostly sell anchovies, salted anchovies, and seaweed products. You will not miss the opportunity to buy a bag of them. Choose anchovy or seaweed, or simply buy both of them.
You may prefer a relaxing trip to take a stroll and enjoy the ocean in Busan from a closed-packed schedule in the center. If so, Gijang Coastal Trail is here for you!