All Time Favorite Spots You Haven't Heard About - Busan's Monorails

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All Time Favorite Spots You Haven't Heard About - Busan's Monorails
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In Busan, which has mountains, seas, and rivers, many places have preserved old traces related to the mountains, and the most representative of them is probably 'mountainside roads.' On mountainside roads, travelers naturally follow the traces of time as they walk along steep hillsides and winding alleyways, where various monorails welcome travelers.

Let me introduce you to 5 monorail spots in Busan that are popular not only for relieving traffic congestion but also for charmingphoto opportunities. So enjoy the specialness of a trip to mountainside roads, where the real story of Busan is hidden, along with a cute monorail.

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168 Stair Monorail

The 168 stairs along 2 Bagu Trail served as a shortcut to the mountainside road and Busan Port, and as the name suggests, the number of steps is 168. Although the slope is rather steep, the red monorail that stands out from a distance is operated free of charge, so travelers can easily climb to the top. Taking photos on the stairs before riding the monorail is a must for travelers to Bagu Trail 2. When you climb up to the monorail, you can't take your eyes off the city and the seascape that slowly unfolds. Enjoy the panoramic view of Busan Port from the observatory at the summit.

Irwon, 8-1, Yeongcho-gil 191beon-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
Operating Hours: 07:00-20:00
A 12-minute walk from Exit 5 of Busan station on Busan Metro Line 1


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The Busan Port Opening Road Monorail

The Busan Port Opening Road, which preserves the traces of Busan's modern and contemporary history from the opening of Busan Port to the Japanese colonial period, has historically preserved attractions such as Jeonggongdan Altar, Busanjin Ilsin Girls’ School, and Busanjin Church along the way.

Two inclined elevators have also been installed for residents living on the steep mountainside road. The elevators make it easy to get to and from the stairway that looks far away, so it's reassuring. The outdoor terrace of the An Yong-bok Memorial Busan Port Opening Cultural Center across from the elevator is also a great place to enjoy a break in the city. It is a course where you can enjoy a special experience as there is an observatory installed at each elevator stop.Jeungsan Park, a pleasant place for a walk, is also connected.

Irwon, 99, Jeungsan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:00
A 6-minute walk from Exits 5 and 7 of Jwacheon station on Busan Metro Line


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Yeongju-dong Trail Monorail

Tourists and residents of the highlands around Yeongju-dong can use the 8-person passenger elevator monorail installed in the alley of the steep stairs in Yeongju-dong for free. It runs a relatively short distance of about 70m, but it is enough to relieve the inconvenience of people going up and down the steep stairway.

Along with the monorail, the trail in the nearby Minju Park is connected, so it is also a perfect walking course to enjoy the pleasures of everyday life. It is a walking trail where the gallery zone, which depicts the past of Jung-gu on the wall of the stairs next to the monorail, draws attention, and where you can visit the Park Gi-jong Memorial Hall in which you can enjoy the panoramic view of the history of Busan Railway and mountainside roads.

17, Yeongju-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
Operating Hours: 07:00-20:00
Exit 7 of Jungang station on Busan Metro Line 1 → Transfer to Bus 86 or 186 at Standard Chartered Korea bus stop → Get off at Busan Digital High School bus stop and walk for 2 minutes


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Stairs of Wishes Monorail

It is a monorail installed on the Stairs of Wishes that connects the mountainside road Mangyang-ro to Junganggongwon-ro above. Cute 2-person passenger cabins are in operation, and you can climb 192 steps in 6 minutes if you use it.

Various photo spots attract attention from the Stairs of Wishes and the monorail entrance. All of them are beautifully decorated, so it is the best place to take pictures. In the evening, the night lights are on so you can enjoy the night view. If you like an evening walk, start from the Stairs of Wishes, walk to Jungang Park, where Chunghontap Tower is located, and enjoy the fantastic night view of the mountainside road.

87-5, Dongdaesindong2-ga, Seo-gu, Busan
Operating hours: 07:30-20:00 on weekdays, 10:00-17:30 on holidays
Exit 3 of Dongdaesin station on Busan Metro Line 1 → Transfer to Town Shuttle Bus Jung-gu 1 at the Dongdaesin Station bus stop → Get off at the Hanguk Villa bus stop and walk for 3 minutes


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Nambumin 1-dong Monorail

It is a place where you can take the inclined elevator that goes up the cliff and the vertical elevator that overlooks Yeongdo and Namhangdaegyo Bridge at the same time. Looking at the steep slope, you can't even imagine how difficult it must have been to go up and down before the elevator was installed.

If you take the inclined elevator along the steep cliff, you will reach Dongcheon House. Enjoy the panoramic view of Yeongdo and Namhangdaegyo Bridge from there. Dongcheon House built in a stair style, is also amazing. Have pleasant memories with the panoramic view of the city and the sea in the background.

176, Cheonma-ro, Seo-gu, Busan
Operating hours: open 24 hours
Exit 1 of Jagalchi station on Busan Metro Line 1 → Transfer to Bus 16, 61, 161, 17, or 9 at the Jagalchi Station/Chungmu-dong Intersection bus stop → Get off at the Nambumin Market bus stop and walk for 3 minutes

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