Galmaetgil Trails, containing the charms of the ocean, river, mountain, and hot springs of Busan, are pleasant roads that feature the history, culture, and festivals of Busan. Walk on the nine courses, including the coastal trail, forest trail, riverside trail, and urban trail, to learn all about Busan.
Section 1-1, 12.2 km / 4 hr: Imnang Beach – Gijang-gun OfficeSection 1-2, 21.4 km / 6 hr: Gijang-gun Office – Moontan Road
Section 2-1, 5.7 km / 2 hr: Moontan Road – Millakgyo BridgeSection 2-2, 12.6 km / 4 hr: Millakgyo Bridge – Oryukdo Ferry Dock
Section 3-1, 11.5 km / 4 hr: Oryukdo Ferry Dock – Busanjin MarketSection 3-2, 15.8 km / 5 hr: Busanjin Market – Namhangdaegyo BridgeSection 3-3, 13.7 km / 5 hr: Namhangdaegyo Bridge – Dongsam Innovation District
Galmaetgil Course 1 is 33.6 km long from Imrang Beach to Moontan Road. Walk along the East Sea to have the best view of the ocean.
At the beginning of Course 1, Ilgwang Beach is a crescent moon–shaped beach that is quiet and secluded, yet it has a wide array of facilities, making it a great spot to stay at. The waves are mild, perfect for enjoying safe playtime in the water.
Moontan Road is a path under the Dalmaji Hill has been known for the beautiful moonlight. Unlike the flamboyant Haeundae area, this road is great to take a leisurely stroll while admiring the ocean along the modest forest path during the day or night.
Galmaetgil Course 2, which passes through Busan’s leading beaches of Haeundae and Gwangalli, is 18.3 km long from Moontan Road to Oryukdo Ferry Dock.
What more can I say? Walk from Busan to the famous Haeundae Beach up to Dongbaekseom Island. You will also see Marine City and The bay 101, which are known for their exotic night view.
When you see Gwangandaegyo Bridge, it means you are near the beach. Next to Gwangalli Beach is Millak Waterside Park, a hot spot for young people and Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Street that offers an endless cherry blossom tunnel in spring. Next, you can view the vast ocean at the Dongsaengmal Observatory of Idigae Cliff, where you can see both Haeundae and Gwangandaegyo Bridge.
Galmaetgil Course 3, a total of 41 km long from Oryukdo Ferry Dock to Dongsam Innovation District, is a place where you will see many things unique in Busan.
UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the only UN cemetery in the world, awaits visitors in a neat and well-established space. Once you enter, express your gratitude to the people who sacrificed their lives to help a far-away country.
The Gukje Market, which became famous thanks to a movie by the same title, is where you will find any type of item. Unlike in the scenes from a movie, the market is clean and renovated. The bustling noise and excitement, however, remain the same.
Experience the grand scenery of the ocean where huge ships float on the ocean at Yeongdo Jeoryeong Coastal Trail. The trail starts from Huinnyeoul Culture Village, which became famous as the filming site of the movie “The Attorney,” connecting to Taejongdae Park, a mecca of coastal trekking that features walking along the coastal line. Take a break here from your Galmaetgil journey while you enjoy the oddly shaped rocks and vast ocean at Taejongdae Park at the end of Yeongdo.
1Ilgwang 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.”
2Dalmajigil 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.
3Haeundae 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.
4Gwangalli 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.
5UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the land remembered by people all around the world
Flowers are offered to this place in June, the Memorial Month.
The floral tribute is intended to remember the fallen soldiers and war veterans during the Korean War and express a desire for a peaceful world without war.
6Gukje 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.
7Healing 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!
8Taejongdae 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.