First day: Taejongdae Park - Songdo Beach - Gamcheon Culture Village - Gukje Market/Kkangtong Market - Yongdusan Park
Second day: Gwangandaegyo Bridge - Haeundae Beach - Dongbaek Coastal Trail (Nurimaru APEC House) - Dalmaji Pass - Songjeong Beach - Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Taejongdae Park is a beautiful place located at the end of the southern part of Yeongdo and harmonized with the dense forest, cliffs, and the ocean. Take the bumpy Danubi Train to roam around the entire park, or ride the maritime cruise to enjoy the rolling waves and watch the park.
Not far from the Yeongdo, you can find Songdo Beach where you can feel the sky, earth, and ocean at once. If you want a thrilling experience, take Songdo Overwater Cable Car to feel as if you’re flying over the ocean or walking on Cloud Trails made with transparent glass.
The Gamcheon Culture Village branded as Korea’s Machu Picchu exhibits unique scenery that embraces the terraced fields for houses and maze-like alleyways. Originally formed as a base for refugees, the village is now a famous place where life and art coexist. Moreover, there are installations and photo zones around the area. You can enjoy the diverse works of local artists or make your own at ateliers with them.
The Gukje Market and the Kkangtong Market, the two most famous markets with a long history in Jung-gu, Busan, are also must-visit attractions.
In the Gukje Market, the gourmand alley and vintage alley are particularly interesting. Moreover, cultural performances are held in the 609 zones of the market. Meanwhile, the Kkangtong Market of Bupyeong will introduce you to the true taste of local dishes and offer diverse international food and performances.
In Yongdusan Park, located near the market, you can find the Busan Tower, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. At the observatory of Busan Tower, you can gaze down the city and harbor. Watching Busan’s sunset is a good way to end the day.
The second day of your itinerary would start at Gwangalli Beach. Various cafés lined along the beach are waiting for visitors and people who are enjoying their relaxing time with the view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is the perfect place ‧to go on a romantic date for lovers and capture life’s precious moments with family and friends.
In Busan, Haeundae is ranked top for its most famous beaches with Gwangalli. Haeundae Beach, with its fine, white sand, and Dongbaekseom Island, which is located at the end of the beach, are the two must-visit attractions.
The Dongbaek Coastal Trail, along with its coastline and its harmonized atmosphere between the forest and ocean, is the most beautiful spot for watching the ocean, where the Nurimaru APEC House is located.
On top of Dalmajigil Road, which means “greeting the moon” in Korean, you can find the Haewoljeong Pavilion, famous for its sunset view. The coastal trail extends from the pavilion to the Moontan Road and reaches to Mipo, Cheongsapo, and Gudeokpo villages of the Sampho Coastal Trail.
Songjeong Beach became a mecca of surfing in Korea. It is the ideal place to rest and enjoy leisure at the same time. The beach is busy with all the marine sports shops while also enjoyable because of the view of surfers playing with the waves.
The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, exhibiting the beautiful scenery over the ocean, is a starting point of the coastal trail that extends to the Daebyeonhang Port. The eastern blue sea could be witnessed everywhere in this temple. Moreover, it is widely believed that if a visitor eagerly prays, at least one of his or her wishes will come true.
*** The Mipo Railroad along the Sampho Coastal Trail introduced in the original article is closed for construction until June 2020. ***
1Taejongdae 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.
2The reborn of Songdo Beach after 100 years
The elderly’s beach destination back in the day is transformed into a hot spot for the youth!
Let’s check out Songdo Beach, the trending hot spot on social media.
Opened in 1913, Songdo Beach is the first beach in Korea. After its golden period in the 1960s and 1970s, the beach became deserted. Those who wished to bring it back to its former beauty joined forces to repair the abandoned beach, making it even more breathtaking than it was in its heyday. With its spotless sandy beach, clear water, cloud trails, and an overwater cable car, Songdo Beach is once again a popular tourist destination receiving over five million visitors per year.
3Gamcheon Culture Village, the Machu Picchu of Korea
Colorful roofs that seem to touch the sky,
A warmth that covers the whole village.
Gamcheon Culture Village is the Machu Picchu of Korea.
4Gukje 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.
5Bupyeong 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.
6Yongdusan 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.
7Gwangalli 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.
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.
9Walk 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.
10Dalmajigil 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.