Haeparang Trail, spaning 770 km from Oryukdo Sunrise Park in Busan to Goseong Unification Observatory in Gangwon-do, consists of 10 sections and 50 destinations. Meanwhile, the Haeparang Trail Busan Section called Buparang Trail comprises three sections. Let’s set off for Buparang Traill, which runs from Oryukdo Islets to Haeundae, from Mipo to Daebyeonhang Port in Gijang, and from Daebyeonhang Port to Imnang Beach.
Haeparang Trail Busan Section
Course 1(17.8 km / 6 hr)
Oryukdo Sunrise Park - Igidae Coastal Trail - Gwangalli Beach - Dongbaek Coastal Trail - Mipo Port
Course 2(16.3 km / 5 hr)
Mipo Port - Dalmajigil Road - Moontan Road - Cheongsapo Port - Songjeong Beach - Haedong Yonggungsa Temple - Daebyeonhang Port
Course 3(16.9 km / 6 hr)
Daebyeonhang Port - Ilgwang Beach - Chiramhang Port - Imnang Beach
Route 1 begins from Oryukdo Islets and leads to Igidae Coastal Trail, where one side is full of a lush green forest, while the other side faces cliffs, white waves, and the blue sea. You can follow the wood deck path through the rough cliffs. Moreover, Gwangandaegyo Bridge, a symbol of Busan, looks different depending on your viewing positions. As you turn your steps, you can appreciate various views of the bridge from different angles. In no time, you’ll see other coastal cliffs and wood deck paths again. Now, you are on Dongbaekseom Coastal Trail, which is much less rough than Igidae Coastal Trail. Walking along the trail, you will see more people and buildings. Meanwhile, as you move toward the end of Haeundae, you will complete Route 1.
Route 2 begins from Mipo in Haeundae, the final destination of Route 1. Let’s head toward Dalmaji Pass through Mipo, a simple port in contrast with gorgeous Haeundae. By walking on Moontan Road filled with a thick scent of pine trees, you will experience the healing power of nature. Moreover, Haewoljeong Pavilion, located on top of the pass, allows you to enjoy the sea and the forest. Why not take pictures at the moon-shaped photo zone while resting? You can also follow the trail downhill, and you will see the Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory stretching long over the blue ocean. Then, the route leads to Songjeong Beach and Jukdo Park, both of which retain the energy of the East Sea, followed by Haedong Yonggungsa Temple uniquely located along the shore. Can you see the strange formation, Orangdae, which rises above the sea? On top of it is the Yongwangdan Altar that used to serve as a venue for praying for fishermen’s safety. In addition, Daebyeonhang Port is the final destination of Route 2.
For Route 3, the starting point is Daebyeonhang Port, which is famous for anchovies. You can head toward the forest trail, passing by dried fish shops and raw fish restaurants lined up along the port. After walking along the mountain trails and village paths, you will soon reach a crescent-shaped beach called Ilgwang Beach. It has plenty of restaurants and cafés, which will serve as places to relax. Then, you can see a small park equipped with sailboats stretching out toward the sea. This is Sinpyeong Small Park. Why not pose at the end of the boat? You will surely feel excited like a sailor. The next spot is Chiramhang Port that features three lighthouses side by side along with the breakwater. The white lighthouse wears a black baseball helmet, with a baseball ball and a glove standing on either side of it. Furthermore, Route 3 of the Haeparang Trail Busan Section is called a lighthouse course because of the lighthouses of various shapes. The last destination is the Imnang Beach in Imnang, a serene and small seaside village.
1Oryukdo Islets: Stories of the sea
2Igidae Coastal Trail the best hiking trail in Busan
“Igidae” refers to the beautiful bedrocks consisting of delicate rocks
in the eastern sea that the Jangsanbong Peak of Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, faces.
The name “Igidae” stands for the two gisaeng (female professional entertainers in Korean) from the Suyeong district who sacrificed their lives.
During the Japanese invasion in Korea, when Japan conquered Suyeongseong Fortress and held a feast to celebrate their victory, two gisaeng, who are taken to the feast, grabbed a drunken Japanese commander and jumped into the sea.
The Igidae area was once closed for military operation reasons, but since 1993, it has been open to the public. At present, it contains dense forests that are difficult to meet in urban areas and is kept clean to serve as habitats for wildlife. Because of its clear water, the place is perfect for fishing.
3Walk along the sea and mountain of Busan
Walk along the Haeundae Beach deep in thought while looking out at the open sea to reach the cozy Dongbaekseom Island located at the end. Formerly an island, the coastal trail is now connected to the land through years of sedimentation. The people of Busan, however, still refer to the place as Dongbaekseom Island.
4Dalmajigil Road and Moontan Road for the sunrise and moonrise
The starting point of Haeundae Sampogil Road and the road that connects Galmaetgil Trail 1 to Galmaetgil Trail 2.
A popular driving course of Busan with beautiful a moonrise.
A road with a view of the blue ocean during the day and the moonlight at night.
If Paris has Montmartre Hill, Busan has the Dalmajigil Road.
5Cheongsapo 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.
6Songjeong Beach: Preserving nature
Pass by Haeundae by walking down along the Dalmajigil Road to see the wide and long stretch of the sandy Songjeong Beach, the beach loved by surfers.
7Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Gijang
Have you ever heard the waves from the sea of Gijang? What if the vast, endless ocean and the magnificent coastal view were spread out before your very eyes?
Let’s visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, where the wind, waves, and breathtaking views await.
8Orangdae Park: Wishing for the sea’s well-being
In Orangdae Park, the sound of sea waves crashing against the seashore’s rocks brings a peaceful state of mind.
9Ilgwang Beach, the past and present of the Busan Sea
Ilgwang Beach loved by the people of Busan.
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.”
10Imnang Beach, The Beach that only I want to know
Summer is the sea, and the sea is Busan, but this beach is not known to outsiders yet.
Imnang Beach is the beach loved by the people of Busan and considered to be one of the two top beaches of Gijang-gun.