Taejeongdae Park/Recreation Area (태종대유원지)

Designated as a Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island, Taejongdae represents Busan, and is especially famous for its rock beach. Featuring its highest peak at 250 meters, there are forests of pine trees and 200 other varieties of trees. Taejongdae was named after the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-AD 935), King Taejong Mu-Yeol (604-661). King Taejong traveled to many places but this was the place he enjoyed shooting arrows the most. Under the lighthouse of this resort is a rock called Sinseon Rock, named after the myth that gods and goddesses came down here to relax. At this rock is a figure called Mangbuseok, named after the story of a woman who waited for her husband who had been taken to Japan. Taejongdae is also famous for the ritual of praying for rain, performed when there are droughts, and rain on the 10th day of the fifth lunar month is called the "Taejong Rain." On days with clear skies you can see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory. In 2005, Taejeongdae park was conferred the title of National Scenic Spot No.17

Reference: VisitKorea website

1. Getting There

Public Transport: From Busan station (line 1 exit 9) you can take bus No. 66, 88 or 101 and get off at Taejongdae Park. The bus journey is around 40 minutes and the bus should come every 10 minutes. When returning you can use the same bus.

By City Tour Bus: There are a few places in Busan which would take close to an hour to get there. Taejeongdae Park being one of them. If you are all for sightseeing and markets in Busan, I highly recommend the Busan Jumbo Bus, which would get you to many of these places. You can board at Busan station or any of the locations in the map below.

You can click on the link in the picture to access the bus schedule by location. (Serviced by Jumbo City Bus Website)

I have added a picture of the bus schedule- the brochure is given out with a pamphlet when you purchase the ticket. The venues are indicated in Korean, but you can infer it with the course route indicated :

A day ticket costs 20000KW, which is reasonable as long as you go to 2 or more destinations. Do note that as with any city transport, it can be affected by traffic jams during peak hours. So you may wish to take this into consideration when planning your routes.

2. Park Map

Key destination: (16) South Port View Point (15) Observatory Deck (11,12,13) Areas around Yeongdo Lighthouse.

You can view some these key destinations below:

3. Moving Around

Entering the park requires you to overcome a gradual and consistent slope. While I do see alot of children and ajummas walking up the track, visitors moving with prams and ladies on heels should probably reconsider. Should you wish to avoid the up slope to save your weak knees, ankles or muscles, you can take a Danubi train. (Danubi means admiring the scenery in Korean).

Taking the Dunabi Train: You need to walk about 20 min (strolling speed) to reach the Danubi Train platform.

The Danubi Train which runs a circular route of 4.3 km along the Taejongdae coastal road.

  • Danubi Train Operating Hours: March-October: 09:30-20:00

  • Ticket Adults: 1,500 won

  • Course schedule: Danubi Train Course Platform→ Taejongsa Temple → Yeongdo Lighthouse → Observatory → Gumyeongsa Temple → Taewon Jagal Madang → Platform

Walk and hike: Great choice! Anytime you feel sorry for not taking the Danubi train, stop to check out the coastal view and take in a whiff of coastal breeze. What keeps you going will be just that. In case you are wondering if the hike is really tough, well no. But for someone like me who has a knee injury, I need that extra to reason with my knees why I am not letting it rest.

4. Meal Options

The airconditioned food center offers Korean and western food at a decent price. Should you have less to spend, there is a convenience store where you can get some quick fix meals or-ready-to-go meals.

If you walk up on foot, I would recommend sitting down to take lunch. By the time you reach the observation deck, you would have covered almost half of the looped route. While there is just a short distance left to the main attraction, (Yeongdo Lighthouse) the distance from the observation deck to the Yeongdo lighthouse consists of a flights of stairs, from the highest point at the lighthouse, to the lowest points at the pebble beach. So be good to your knees-- sit down for a good meal before you climb.

Another reason to sit and eat is that you can get a 180 view of the coastal area through the glass window at the observatory. You can enjoy our lunch and view the Tea Kettle Island from your dining table. Coastal breeze can be quite chill even in early May, so viewing in the comfort behind glass windows may be good choice for some visitors.

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