Esplanades of Busan
You can find some nice esplanades in the reservoirs and coast of Busan City which have 6 beaches easy to access from downtown.
Songiljeong Pavilion :
East Tip of Songjeong Beach, Haewundae-Gu
Dongbaek Park :
West Tip of Haewundae Beach, Haewundae-Gu
Taejongdae Coast :
South Tip of Taejongdae Park, Yeongdo-Gu
The 2nd Songdo :
Near Mokjangwon Restaurant, West Side of Yeongdo-Gu
Amnam Park :
South Tip of Songdo Beach, Jung-Gu
Molundae Coast :
East Tip of Dadaepo Beach, Saha-Gu
Seongjigok Pond :
North Tip of Children's Park, Busanjin-Gu
Hoedong Reservoir :
Near Korean Martyr Memorial Hall, Geumjeong-Gu
Street Map of Busan
This is a good interactive map for Busan. The link below takes you to Dynamic Busan site and in the middle of the page you will see Busan Tourism Maps. Click on view of Busan City Tourist Map.
Your hotel will also provide you some excellent street maps of Busan.
We took an hour long cruise to the Oryukdo Islets from Haeundae beach. The trip is at 18000 won per person but it's fun. As the boat sets sail, it is surrounded by hungry seagulls as passengers frequently feed these birds. Some parts of the trip were a bit like starring in a Hitchcock movie. On the trip you'll get good views across Haeundae Beach, Dongbaekdo island at the end of Haeundae Beach, Diamond Bridge at Gwangalli Beach and the Oryukdo Islets. There are 5 or 6 islets depending on the tide. They are large lumps of rock sticking out of the sea. They are uninhabited but popular with people fishing. One island has a lighthouse.
The World in BUSAN
"The 4th Busan TAFISA World Sport for All Games"
In September 2008 more than 10,000 participants from 100 countries came to BUSAN to attend the TreX Games 2008, along with Jacques Rogge, President of IOC (International Olympic Committee) and its members, and other world renowned personalities in sport. It will be the largest game for public, which could be illustrated as the olympic games for common people, not for elite sportsmen.
TreX Games Busan 2008 was hosted by TAFISA, and sponsored by IOC, KOC, SOSFO and many other international sports organisations and societies. It will be in a sense, a movement to respect the olympic spirits to realize world peace through sports beyond age and the boundary line.
This a world wide cultural festival through sports, to enjoy a varied moments of cultural based world traditional / ethnic sports such as THE 2nd WORLD TRADITIONAL ARCHERY FESTIVAL, World Traditional Wrestling Games, Chinese Wushu, Gigong, Russian Sambo, Pancrashon as an ancient Greek olympic game, Southern American Tango, and so on. It even includes E-Sports and X-Sports that mondern young people enjoyed. Therefore, the TreX Games Busan 2008 was a newly innovated style of sport and cultural festival.
"The 2nd World Traditional Archery Festival"
Opening Message from Mr. Seung Jo Yang
The 2nd World Traditional Archery Festival is a global festival for all people who love to exchange information of world traditional archery. In doing so, sustain and upgrade the cultural legacy of humanity. In particular, the Festival will be essentially meaningful for all participants who will be dedicated to bringing peace to the world in feeling brotherhood and sistership with one another through such precious moments.
Archery has been with the beginning of human culture and civilization. Without it, the human being could be survive in the prehistoric period wherethe law of jungle predominated nature. It was one of the primary tools with which they built up society, and now has become one of the most historic and oldest cultural inheritances.
However, although the traditional archery has been widely recognized with its validity since there has not been a moment of global exchange, it is an undeniable fact that the traditional archery is disappearing in the world. Therefore we must open the World Traditional Archery Festival to invigorate the activities of the traditional archery. I am very pleased to meet over 190 of you from 28 countries. You are representing your nations for this festival.
Finally, I would like to say that the World Traditional Archery Festival will be the largest festival of the world of archers as long as all of us cooperate with each other for its development and properity through our global exchange and continuous efforts. And I would like to give my most gratefulness and respect to all of you who gather for WTAF 2008 in Busan, the largest harbour city with a beautiful ocean view. Thank you.
September 27, 2008
of The National Association of Archery for All
"City of Tomorrow"
When the invitation appeared in my mailbox, I was very surprised. After all, I have not been practising archery for very long and would consider myself a beginner. I was very hesitate to accept it, but the invitation was so sincere and so generous that I couldn't reject it either....
After a weekend seminar where I met the President of the Bowhunting Organisation (www.tjbd.de) of which I am a member (I am NOT a hunter). Spontanously, I asked him whether he would like to join me on a trip to Korea, and handed him the informations that I have printed out and have been carrying it around with me for weeks.
To my surprise, after three days of consideration, he decided that both of us should make this trip together! Without his presence, I would not have the courage to accept this invitation. So from then on, we were just looking forward to this trip - a trip full of adventure, a trip to the unkown, a trip that put the world together.
Our attendance was honoured with a certificate, a diploma and a medal.
This trip taught me a lot about traditional archery from different countries and its historical analysis. Thanks to many very professional devoted archers, bowyers and fletchers. I am so honoured to have been there!
Friends asked me after I returned from Busan whether I have won any gold medals, my answer was:
"No, but I won something even better - I won a lot of friends! Friends all over the world!"
Pictures can be found here: www.picasaweb.google.com/YonHwaAm
Urban Buses running in Busan
"Unique Tour of Urban Buses"
Bus (No.8) Tour :
Taejongdae Park - Korea Maritime Univ. - YeongdoGu Office - Yeongdo Bridge - NampoDong - DongdaesinDong - Gudeok Turnel - Gamjeon Market - Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal
Attractions: Taejongdae Park, Inner Harbor and Piff Square
Bus (No.63) Tour:
Haewundae Station - Busan Art Museum & Bexco - Suyeong Intersection - YeonjeGu Office - Jeongmmyosa Shrine - US Camp Hialeah - Children's Park - Seomyeon - Jungang Market
Attraction: Haewundae Beach, Bexco, Sunjigok Pond
Bus (No.86) Tour:
Yeonsan Intersection - Busan City Hall - Seomyeon - Seongbuk Pass - GumsuSa Temple - Daecheng Park - Int'l Ferry Terminal - Jagalchi Fish Market - Gudeok Stadium
Attraction: Oncheon Riverside Park, Busan City Hall, Democracy Park
Bus fare is 700 Won.
You cand find subway station when you are on board most of intra-city buses.