First day: Yeongdodaegyo Bridge - Huinnyeoul Culture Village / Jeoryeong Coastal Trail - Taejongdae Park - Gukje Market / Kkangtong Market - Yongdusan Park
Second day: Haeundae Beach - Busan Aquarium - Dongbaek Coastal Trail (Nurimaru APEC House) - Oryukdo Skywalk - Igidae Coastal Trail - Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Your journey starts at the Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, which is a gateway to Yeongdo and became widely known as a bridge where families separated by the Korean War promised to meet again in 1950. Moreover, it is Korea’s first moveable bridge where you can watch the drawbridge in action at 2:00 p.m.
Huinnyeoul Culture Village and Jeoryeong Coastal Trail below the village are always crowded with people who are looking for spots that appeared in movies, visiting small and cozy cafés, and taking the best shots of the sea.
In Yeongdo, Taejongdae Park is also one of the must-see attractions. If you go up to the observatory on a clear day, even Tsushima Island is visible in the distance. You can take the Danubi Train to relax and witness the entire Taejongdae Park.
The Gukje Market retains the traces of the pains of the Korean War, causing it to be selected as a setting of a movie. In this market, you can buy cheap old items and imported goods, making you forget about the time and your hunger. Then, you can move to the Kkangtong Market, where inexpensive but delicious snacks and food await you.
Yongdusan Park is a 10 min walk from the Gukje Market. The Busan Tower observatory, one of Busan’s landmarks, provides the best view of the sunset. At dusk, you can also enjoy the panorama of Busanhang Port with the glow of the setting sun, Yeongdo, Nampo-dong, and Gukje Market. After sunset, you can end your day with a fantastic night view.
The second day starts at Haeundae, one of the most popular beaches in Korea. As it is the most crowded tourist attraction in the country, there are plenty of accommodation and entertainment options.
The Busan Aquarium, the top of the list of indoor activities, there are diverse marine animals on display. Moreover, you can catch exciting shows at different times of the day.
In Dongbaekseom Island, you can find the best coastal walkway alternating between the coast and the forest. You can start from the end of Haeundae Beach, pass through the Nurimaru APEC House, and reach The Bay 101. Alternatively, you can walk down in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the expensive coastal waters of Busan and the splendid Gwangandaegyo Bridge on the observatory where a white lighthouse greets you.
The Oryukdo Islets are famous as the perfect place to witness the beautiful sunset and sunrise of Busan. At the Sunrise Park and Skywalk, in particular, you can enjoy the amazing view of Busan’s emerald coastal waters. You can also walk on the transparent glass floor of Skywalk for a joyful and exciting experience.
Extending to the Igidae Coastal Trail, the Oryukdo Islets are a hiking path that rises and falls with a slight slope, which makes it worth trying for the fantastic scenery presented along with the coastline.
You can relax at Gwangalli Beach, which has a lively atmosphere and energy of the youth. Moreover, Gwangandaegyo (Diamond) Bridge, equipped with 100,000 LED lights, beautifully shimmers on the beach at night.
Taking a trip along the coastline of Busan and exploring the diverse facets of Busan will leave you with an absolutely memorable one-day, two-night trip.
1Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, a space of promises and tears
While moments spent at Yeongdo Bridge no longer remain, there are still people who tear up just by thinking about the old days.
This space was where people separated from their families during the war swore to survive and meet at Yeongdo Bridge.
Written as Yeongdodaegyo Bridge and read as Yeongdo Bridge.
2Huinnyeoul Culture Village at the end of the steep cliff
Above the steep wall of the Jeoryeong Coastal Trail is a unique view of the village, where you can see small houses clustered along the narrow alley formed by the coast at the end of the cliff. This is where the sorrowful lives of refugees began and where the current cultural village community of Huinnyeoul Culture Village has been established.
3Healing through walking, Jeoryeong Coastal Trail
Busan is known for its ocean! Have you been to many beaches? If you want to enjoy the unique charm of Busan’s sea, try the Jeoryeong Coastal Trail!
4Taejongdae Park’s 100 years of history with Yeongdo Lighthouse
This place allows you to walk along the green forest path and view the blue ocean simultaneously. The multicolored rocky coast boasts its beauty formed by years of crashing waves. We’re talking about Taejongdae Park at the southern end of Yeongdo, Busan. Taejongdae was named after King Taejong Muyeol of Silla, who used to stop by the region and practice archery as he was mesmerized by the beauty of the landscape. Taejongdae Park, where unique rocks are formed and visitors are greeted by the dense forest surrounded by the deep blue ocean, is a leading travel destination in Korea.
5Gukje Market bustling with energy
There is an expression in Busan that says, “It’s like a Dottaegi Market,” which means “a loud and bustling atmosphere,” Dottaegi, the old name of Gukje Market, is crowded and full of energy, items, and people.
6Bupyeong Kkangtong Market, the mecca of restaurants in Busan
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market is a place that attracts visitors with its delicious aroma coming from the alley’s entrance, which gets even more delightful at night.
Bupyeong Kkangtong Market is right next to Gukje Market.
Walk around Nampo-dong to go back and forth between Gukje Market and Bupyeong Kkangtong Market. The biggest difference is that Gukje Market is the kind of place that “has it all,” while the Bupyeong Kkangtong Market is a food market.
7Yongdusan Park, a reason to travel to Busan
I visit Busan because of Yongdusan Park!
That’s right. Yongdusan Park is enough reason to visit Busan these days.
If Haeundae is the hot spot of east Busan, Nampo-dong is the most popular place in central Busan. Yongdusan Park is a leading landmark of Busan frequented by those who visit the region.
8Haeundae 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.
9Busan Aquarium, where you can see, smell, hear, and feel the sea
Haeundae Beach first comes to mind when people think about Busan.
However, if you find the sun-drenched and hot white sand a bit burdensome, or if you prefer a cool breeze of an air-conditioner indoors,you can visit Busan Aquarium in Haeundae Beach, where you will surely enjoy your holiday.
Sea Life Busan Aquarium introduces you to the incredible world of more than 10,000 marine creatures with over 250 species.
It presents a spectacular sight consisting of 8 theme zones, an 80m long submarine tunnel, and 2 main aquariums.
10Walk 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.
12Igidae 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.
13Gwangalli offers a spectacular view at night.
Gwangalli Beach is a famous beach and one of Busan’s representative hot spots together with Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is the closest beach to the city center and also a trendy meeting place for Busan’s youth.
Along with its white sandy beach, Gwangalli is filled with diverse attractions such as restaurants serving delicious foods, coffee shops with an open view of the sea, exotic stores hidden in alleyways, and the Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Street, which shines with pink cherry blossoms in spring.