Boat Trip around T'aejongdae
Take the opportunity to make a boat trip around T'aejongdae. I can't remember the price but we had awesome weather and then the price didn't matter at all.
The Tour has some comments in Korean only. But mainly they just explain about the islands in this area.
The boat is kinda crappy and small. If you get boatsick easily you might not wanna do that.....
Nampo-dong Food Vendor Alley
"Food vendor alley" in central Nampo-dong is known locally as called Mokja Golmok or "Let's Eat Alley" and is a good place to grab a snack while shopping and sightseeing. Sure, the old lady ("ajuma") never washes her hands and lines the bowls with plastic bags so they never have to be washed either, but where else can you get traditional food at rock-bottom prices?
The aquarium was definitely the most interesting thing I saw during our visit to Busan. How would you like to see sharks and sea turtles swimming around in a SIX MILLION litre tank? Amazing. Just amazing. They've all kinds of fish and sea creatures there, including a large chamber for about a dozen playful penguins, and a darkened tank simulating deep-sea caves where you can watch fish glowing deep blue flitting to and fro.
It can be pretty crowded, full of little children and flashing digital cameras (including my own), and the price of admission wasn't cheap, but it's certainly worth seeing despite all this.
a vibrant international port
busan is sometimes called pusan and the names are interchanged by foreigners but officially it is called busan. the city is situated at the southeastern tip of the korean peninsula and is the second largest city in korea. busan is a seaport first and foremost so expect some cold weather and lots of seafood!
OEDO PARADISE ISLAND
Oedo Island became popular when the last scene of a popular Korean drama, Winter Sonata, was filmed there. The island’s beautiful botanical garden and European style houses make you feel like you are in the best resort in the world. The view of the Haegeumgang and Oedo Island from the island’s observatory is breathtaking. During one and a half hour walk around the island, you would feel like it’s a scene out of a fairy tale. After visiting the island, the ferry ride will take you to a magnificent view of Haegeumgang.
Busan Station go to Busan International Ferry Terminal and take Geojedo / Jangseungpo bound ferry.
Get off at Jangseungpo and go 5 min by taxi toward the ferry cruise dock.
"A True Paradise"
Nestled in Hallyeo Maritime National Park is the European-like island of Oedo. The gardens on Oedo are the fruits of labor of one couple with a dream. With a land area stretching over 132 square kilometers, there are approximately 3,000 kinds of plants and numerous quaint houses which look as if they have been taken right out of a fairytale. No other gardens in Korea can match the splendor of the ones found here.
The well-manicured landscape has been the backdrop for many movies, TV miniseries and commercials. The demand of tourists to see the spots where their favorite shows and movies were filmed led to the opening of the southern part of the island for tourism.
"Things you must know about Oedo Paradise Island."
Try to avoid visiting during the summer months of July and August. This is the peak season and the island will most likely be mobbed with visitors. April through June would the ideal time to visit.
The waters can be rough on the way to Oedo. For those that suffer from seasickness, be sure to take some medicine before getting on the ferry! The ferry ride is approximately one hour.
There are no lodging facilities on the island, so be sure to get back to your ferry on time!
Brochures are available in English and Japanese at the entrance where admission fees are paid. Be sure to pick up one of these brochures because all of the signs on the island are written in Korean.
Based on gardens at Versailles, Venus Garden captures the essence of European style. Twelve statues line the garden adding to its overall beauty. The house at the foot of the gardens is where the popular TV miniseries Gyeoul Yeonga (Winter Sonata) was filmed. Paradise Lounge is located near the garden area where coffee and other beverages can be purchased.
The quaint white house with a crimson-red roof looking over Venus Garden is occupied by the owners of the island. Adding to picturesque atmosphere are flower boxes placed under each window. Many fans of Gyeoul Yeonga enjoy taking pictures at the spot where part of the last episode of the TV miniseries was filmed. Entrance into the house is not permitted, so fans must take pictures from outside.
There are approximately 50 species of cactuses found in this garden. The abundance of species is a visual delight to visitors. Don’t miss the chance to see the contrast of the Cactus Garden against the ocean view –unforgettable!
The vista from Castle Oedo is one of the best on the island. Views of Haegeumgamg (naturally formed rock sculptures and mountain-like rock islands in the ocean) fade off into the horizon.
Stairway to Heaven
This grand stairway, made of wood, is lined with fantastic gardens on both sides. The flower beds change with each season, giving visitors a view that is certainly heavenly. Sadly, many trees and other vegetation were destroyed during Typhoon Maemi which struck the island in 2003. Much of the vegetation has been replanted.
The final part of the tour leads back to where visitors first arrived by ferry and to the Seaside Observatory. Before getting back on the ferry, many enjoy hiking up the curved stairway for a final spectacular view of the ocean.
Following the stairway down from the Seaside Observatory is the Friendship Gate. The crimson-red roof on the white structure creates a romantic mood. This last spot before boarding the ferry is the perfect place to take a picture.
Busan Coastal Passenger Terminal
You can take a ferry to Geojedo Island at Busan Coastal Passenger Terminal located in downtown Busan. Passengers are required to write down their name, country, passport number, and contact number before getting on board.
Subway line 1 Jungangdong Station exit 8
Jangseungpo Passenger Terminal is the ferry destination departing from Busan. The terminal is also used as a meeting place for those joining a tour program. You can also pick up your rental car here, or join a tour program run by a travel agency in the terminal. The terminal also has a ferry that returns to Busan, operating from 8 am to 6 pm.
Jangseungpo Ferry Terminal runs a ferry ride to Oedo Island, Haegeumgang, Maemuldo Island, and Hongdo Island. Tickets for the ferry cruise to Oedo Island and Haegeumgang can be purchased here. Entrance fees for Oedo Island are not included in the ferry ticket price. Individual travelers have to buy a ticket at the terminal. They cannot make a reservation for the ferry ride. Ferries to Oedo Island are often canceled when weather conditions are bad. Thus, be sure to check the weather by making a phone call to the terminal before getting on board.
Take a ferry cruise to Oedo Island