To find a field of lovely flowers in the heat of high summer

Written and Photographed by Travel Writer Jung Ho-yoon

To find a field of lovely flowers in the heat of high summer
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To commemorate the long-awaited summer, we've visited some places where we could meet the verdant beauty of nature. The weather has been a bit too erratic for our tastes, but one thing is for sure: We can't escape from the heat. If that is the case, why not make an effort to enjoy the view of summer in a healing place? Here are some of the places in Busan city center that one can meet the beauty of summer, hopefully away from the heat.

Walking with wildflowers in a cypress forest: Herb and Wildflowers

This botanical garden, located at the foot of the Geumjeongsan Mountain, is a place where you can rest in a beautiful forest or a nice cafe. It is a place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Geumjeongsan Mountain, as well as the cypress forest, gardens, and wildflowers.
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Herb and Wildflowers was built over more than 30 years, each tree and flower planted and cared for with love. It is a place designed to be enjoyed slowly, so places to sit are located throughout the area.

The greenhouse is full of interesting plants, and the walking trail proves that even a short walk is enough to heal one's weary heart if it is garnished with lovely wildflowers.
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The cypress forest and the wildflower trails both offer exquisite beauty that can only be enjoyed in summer. Don't miss the opportunity to sit in the shade of the tall cypress trees, and letting the cooling forest breeze wash over you.

A cafe is slated to open in July, so if things get too hot, drop in and enjoy some cold beverage there.


Flowers and the Nakdonggang River, Gamjeon Wildflower Garden

Located near the Samnak Eco Park, Gamjeon Wildflower Garden is situated on the side of the Nakdonggang River where Dadaehang Road meets the Nakdongdaegyo Bridge. As the largest colony of wildflowers and aquatic plants in Busan, it is one of the best places to meet the wildflowers of Busan in summer.
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Here, one can meet the green fields and summer flowers just by taking a leisurely walk along the trail. Walking in the Gamjeon Wildflower Garden is a quiet and peaceful affair, punctuated by beautiful colors of wildflowers.

The walking trails, in fact, double as photo zones strategically placed between flowerbeds. Make sure to take a camera along, for some photo op with summer flowers.
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Once you've had your fill of the wildflower garden, take the riverside road and stroll along the Nakdonggang River with the breeze. The unassuming river presents an intimate view of nature that, while not flashy nor extravagant, soothes one's heart.


A green refuge within the city, Busan Citizens Park

Any discussion of places of refuge in Busan summer cannot leave out the blue skies, green nature, and the cooling sound of water in Busan Citizens Park.
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In addition to expansive grass fields, the park is home to colorful flower beds and unknown wildflowers.

At the end of the pine forest trail lies the book cafe "Forest." This cafe provides a cool refuge where you can read books in peace.
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Jeonpocheon Stream flows next to the park, and its sand beach offers a trip to the beach without the crowds that come with popular beaches. The water fountains and beautiful lotus flowers are other sights that cannot be missed.

The grass field in the center of the park is a great place for a picnic. There are places around the park that rent out picnic sets, so you don't have to worry about getting up early to prepare your set.

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    Herb and Wildflowers : 73, Bungmun-ro, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
    Gamjeon Wildflower Garden : 873, Gamjeon-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan
    Busan Citizens Park: 73, Simingongwon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan
  • Closing Dates

    Herb and Wildflowers: Monday
    Gamjeon Wildflower Garden, Busan Citizen Park : Open all year round
  • Hours

    Herb and Wildflowers: Weekdays 10:00 - 17:30 (final entrance at 16:30) / Weekend, holidays 10:00 - 18:30 (final entrance at 17:30)
    Gamjeon Wildflower Garden: At all times
    Busan Citizen Park: 05:00-24:00
  • Service Fees

    Herb and Wildflowers : Entry fee KRW 5,000
    Gamjeon Wildflower Garden, Busan Citizen Park: Free
  • Traffic Information

    Herb and Wildflowers
    Exit 5, Oncheonjang Station, Metro Line 1 → Transfer to Bus 203 at Oncheonjang Station Entrance→ disembark at Village Association Building, 12 minutes by walking

    Gamjeon Wildflower Garden
    Exit 2, Gamjeon Station, Metro Line 2 → Transfer to Bus 138-1 at North Busan Tax Office / Gamjeon Station → disembark at Gamjeon-dong Floodgate, 10 minutes by walking
    Parking P11 Parking Lot at Samnak Eco Park

    Busan Citizens Park
    Exit 7, Bujeon Station, Subway Line 1 → 5-minute walk
    Bus 179, 44, 506, 63, or 33 → Busan Citizen Park Bus Stop → 1-minute walk
    Parking: Busan Citizen Park Parking Lot (fees apply)
  • Remarks

    Busan Citizen Park:
    Wheelchair accessible; wheelchair rental; disabled restrooms; fast charging for electric-powered assisting devices; elevator available
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