Taejongdae is located at the tip of Yeongdo-gu Island which is connected to the Nampodong/ Jagalchi area by bridge. When we arrived at the park ,we saw many people lining up to take the miniture train round the park. We decided just to walk. You can go off the main path to the right and take a boat round to the lighthouse, cliffs and rock formations. There is also a pebble beach off to the right. We did not visit either of these. The walk to the lighthouse is quite long, always uphill and with few sights. You will pass a small temple and the observatory. From the observatory you can sometimes see one of the islands of Japan. It was not clear enough to do this on our trip.
When you reach the lighthouse, you go down lots of steps. There are lovely coastal views and you can see some of the weirdly weathered rocks that line the coast. These are worth seeing. If you don't fancy the walk you can get here on the minature train.
This is a 1300 year old Buddhist temple and it is located on Mount Geumjeongsan. I found the setting of the temple very beautiful. There were lots of forest trails around it. The walk up to the temple from the bus stop takes you past lots of stone pillars, some are longevity pillars with tortoises at the bottom, others are covered with inscriptions.
The first building and the pagoda are quite beautiful but unfortunately the area they are set in doubles as a very busy car park which spoils it a great deal. Through the main gate of the temple there is a bell tower and many shrines. I liked the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil Buddha statues.
This temple is worth visiting just for its setting.
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.
This is a beautiful Buddhist temple located a bus ride away from Songjeong Beach. Apparently most Korean temples are located on mountains so this one is unusual as it is set next to the sea. When you arrive at the temple site, you will see a line of vendors' stalls. Then there is a row of statues leading up to the temple's main gate. Walk down the stairs and you will see more statues and a lucky red bridge to your left. Stand on the bridge and listen to the noise as the incoming waves throw the stones arond on the rocks below you. The main temple buildings are to the right of the stairs. As you cross the bridge to the main temple buildings, you can join the locals in trying to toss a coin into the bowls the statues are holding up in the gulley below.
There are two golden pig statues and a laughing golden Buddha as well as a statue of the goddess of mercy within the temple complex. The temples beautiful wooden buildings are decorated with paintings of dragons and Buddhas.
This is the largest fish market in Korea and it's an interesting place to spend a couple of hours. We started at the dried fish market then wandered past a row of fish vendors and had a look at the indoor parts of the market. The most interesting area was just past the indoor market. There is a long line of stalls selling just about every weird and wonderful creature found in the ocean. Get behind these stalls and you can watch the fish being unloaded from the ships and then loaded onto lorries to be taken off and sold. There was more cuttlefish than I would have believed existed being unloaded as we wandered through. This is a busy area with lots of cars and lorries.
Take a trip to the Beomeosa temple in the north of the city. The temple is pretty nice will take about 40 minutes to walk around. You can also do temple stays there, if you're into that kind of thing... and by that I mean waking up at 4am and chanting and eating rabbit food.
You can walk the fortress wall from Beomeosa temple as well... but check out my warning tip first.
To get to the temple... Take the number 1 subway north to the 2nd last stop, also called Beomeosa. Exit the station and find the number 9 bus, up a side road next to the exit. The number 9 goes right to Beomeosa. if you are 3 or 4 people, just take a taxi since it will be the same cost.
Boy, this was not too easy to find. You can see the tower in the distance so you walk towards it. Then as you get closer the view is gone because the buildings in the area are too tall. But we finally came upon the way to go up and it's a really steep climb. So, make sure to find the escalator that takes you up to the tower.
Busan's Jalgalchi fish market is an experience you'll never forget. Metal and plastic containers hold every type fish imaginable. Koreans like their seafood fresh, and all the fish are kept alive until the last possible moment before cooking or eating raw. Between 6-7 a.m. is the best time to visit .. The fishermen have just come in with their wares. Restaurant owners and private citizens want to make sure they get the best fish, so everyone shows up early. The jellyfish wiggle in their tanks, waiting to be made into the tasty jellyfish salad, and raw fish is a treat you'll be glad you tasted.
Busan Tower is located in Yandusan Park in Nampodong. It was built in 1973 and stands 120 meters above the Pusan landscape. On a clear day, you can see most of the metropolitan area and beyond.It gives a beautiful sight over Busan harbour, the sea and the adjoining parts of greater Busan.
Haeundae Beach is Korea's most famous beach and an area with good nightlife. The beach is a one km-long, gently-curving stretch of sand. There is a wide variety of nightlife covering bars, noraebang (karaoke), dance clubs, and even a "red light district." Haeundae also has a wide variety of hotels from 5-star attractions like the Marriott to 2-star "love hotels" and even low-budget Yeogwans.
On my first visit to Haeundae we swung by at night because we heard the nightlife was good here, but all we found was the red light district and some odd clubs. My second visit to Haeundae beach, was better because had a hotel here, which happened to be one of the ubiquitous love hotels. We spent most of out time in the city of Busan, but we did get to spend some time at the beach on a cold windy day.
Jagalchi Fish Market covers a huge area of Busan along the water south of the Nampo shopping area. In Jagalchi, you can wander among the boats unloading their catch, shop for live fish, or stroll through the stores selling dried fish and seaweed. This is considered to be Korea's largest fish market.
Once a year Koreans can indulge their love of fish, at the Busan Jagalchi Festival in the fish market. This huge festival is held each year in October.
I never ate here, but I have eaten at similar restaurant throughout Korea. Most are huge warehouses with hundreds of seafood vendors. Each of them has tanks full of various live fish. When you go, wander until you see the fish you like. The vendor will pull if from the water, smack it on the head to kill it, then skin and slice it in front of you. Take your fresh fish to the back of the warehouse where there are dozens of restaurants waiting to prepare your dinner. Your total price, depending on what fish you order, will be 20,000-40,000 won per person.
1.300-year old temple and many cultural treasures and historical remains such as Bomeo Samcheung Seoktap (three-stories stone tower) and Daeungjeon (the main hall). Its surrounding scenery is splendorous in harmony with dense wisterias, a natural monument. Beomeo Temple offers a calm atmosphere and beautiful scenery with a wisteria forest that has been designated a National Natural Monument.
Busan Aquarium is Korea's biggest, high tech under water aquarium. Is located at the Haeundae Beach and it is the Korea’s largest-scale aquariums with the 1 floor above the ground and three floor under the ground. It is developed by many system which allow to experience real under water creature's life.
Gwangalli is one of many famous tourist places in the city where celebrates various festival all year around. Many young people gather around to enjoy exotic restaurants and cafes standing along the coast and a seaside park that was at first used as a bank protecting facility. Gwangalli Beach is a delightful place to spend a day.
Gwangan Grand Bridge long double-layered bridge offer romantic view Busan has over.
How to get to Gwangalli Beach
Busan Railway Station : Take Subway Line No. 1 and transfer at SeomyeonTake Subway Line No. 2 and get off at Gwangan (Exit 3)
Busan Central Bus Terminal : Take Subway Line No. 1 and transfer at Yeonsan-dongTake Subway Line No. 3 and transfer at SuyeongTake Subway Line No. 2 and get off at Gwangan (Exit 3)
Subway : Take Subway Line No. 2 and get off at Gwangan (Exit 3)Walk 5 minutes.
Is the number one tourist spot in Busan with shoal beachfront and a convenient transportation system. With a broad beach and splendid buildings nearby, Haeundae Beach is a modern resort located in the city-center. But it offers diverse scenes including a small fishing port with a touch of the countryside, coastal scenic wonders and an esplanade overlooking the beach. Thousand of tourists come to Haeundae Beach for the beautiful white surf and wonderful night vistas. This is the only place people can enjoy both a day at the beach and relaxing dip in a hot spring.