For those who travel with kids, we recommend that you get an itinerary that would give you not only an educational experience but also an appreciation of nature’s beauty. It is only a day’s trip, but you can get them all.
UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea - National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization under Japanese Occupation - Oryukdo Islets - Gwangalli Beach / Gwangandaegyo Bridge - Dongbaek Coastal Trail - Haeundae Beach - Dalmajigil Road - Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, which is the world’s only cemetery for the UN forces, is where the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War rest. The flags of the coalition partners are flowing over the sculpture, paying respects for the unnamed, sacrificed soldiers and tombstones inscribed with the names of those killed in battle. This naturally makes visitors feel solemn. What is unique in this cemetery is the scene where visitors from all parts of the world are praying.
The UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea would remind you of the tragedy during the Korean War. Moreover, you will see the heartrending scene of painful forced mobilization in the Japanese colonial era of Korea in the National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization under the Japanese Occupation. In 2015, the museum was opened in efforts to respect and remember the pains of the sacrificed people in the era.
Not far from the museum, the Oryukdo Islets are located. The name “Oryukdo Islets” originates from its mysterious characteristic, where, depending on the day and the tide, it may appear to have five or six islands. As you walk through the transparent floor of the Skywalk hanging over the end of Sunrise Park, you’ll be thrilled and excited as if you’re flying over the emerald sea.
The Gwangalli Beach is crowded during all the four seasons with tourists full of romance. Unlike the Oryukdo Islets, this place provides a modern atmosphere of the city and beautiful night scenery. The Gwangandaegyo Bridge, boasting its splendor over the blue sea and the people enjoying a leisurely stroll, is a landmark of Busan.
After visiting the Gwangalli Beach, you can go next to the Haeundae Beach. First, you can stop by the Dongbaekseom Island located between Gwangalli and Haeundae and take a walk. Walking down Dongbaek Coastal Trail created in the forest of the island, you can also enjoy the beautiful sea to the fullest.
In the Dalmajigil Road, you will enjoy the scenery of the moon rising over the Haeundae Beach. Created along with the winding forest path leading uphill, this road is famous for its beautiful surroundings and galleries and cafés alongside. In spring, the full-blown cherry blossoms create a tunnel along the road. If you reach the Haewoljeong Pavilion located halfway up the hill, you can take a short rest and feel the blowing sea breeze.
Being the closest to the sea, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is the most-visited temple by tourists in the country. It creates a unique atmosphere where the waves breaking against the rocks are mysteriously in harmony with the calmness of the temple. You can make a wish with the presence of the emerald sea in the background. Moreover, there is a myth that the temple listens to at least one wish made by the visitors.
It is a meaningful day trip to know more about the long history of Busan and its beautiful sceneries.
If you plan to have a short trip but wish to get a strong impression from Busan, this itinerary is for you.
1UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the land remembered by people all around the world
Flowers are offered to this place in June, the Memorial Month.
The floral tribute is intended to remember the fallen soldiers and war veterans during the Korean War and express a desire for a peaceful world without war.
2National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization under Japanese Occupation embraces the painful history
After the breakout of the Sino-Japanese War, the Empire of Japan, which had enacted the National Mobilization Law, forcibly mobilized the Koreans, exploiting their labor and infringing upon their human rights. The Koreans who were taken to Japan and Manchuria under the names of coal mine workers, soldiers, and women's labor corps had to suffer from famine and labor. It is an indelible, painful history. Let’s remember and spread knowledge about the heartbreaking history with the National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization under Japanese Occupation.
3Oryukdo Islets: Stories of the sea
4Gwangalli offers a spectacular view at night.
Gwangalli Beach is a famous beach and one of Busan’s representative hot spots together with Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is the closest beach to the city center and also a trendy meeting place for Busan’s youth.
Along with its white sandy beach, Gwangalli is filled with diverse attractions such as restaurants serving delicious foods, coffee shops with an open view of the sea, exotic stores hidden in alleyways, and the Namcheon-dong Cherry Blossom Street, which shines with pink cherry blossoms in spring.
5Walk along the sea and mountain of Busan
Walk along the Haeundae Beach deep in thought while looking out at the open sea to reach the cozy Dongbaekseom Island located at the end. Formerly an island, the coastal trail is now connected to the land through years of sedimentation. The people of Busan, however, still refer to the place as Dongbaekseom Island.
6Haeundae Beach: The Busan representative
When people mention Busan, the first thing that comes to mind is the sea! Among Busan’s various beaches, Haeundae Beach is the best-known destination. Not only in summer but all year round, Haeundae Beach attracts a multitude of tourists seeking the dynamic atmosphere of Busan.
7Dalmajigil Road and Moontan Road for the sunrise and moonrise
The starting point of Haeundae Sampogil Road and the road that connects Galmaetgil Trail 1 to Galmaetgil Trail 2.
A popular driving course of Busan with beautiful a moonrise.
A road with a view of the blue ocean during the day and the moonlight at night.
If Paris has Montmartre Hill, Busan has the Dalmajigil Road.
8Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Gijang
Have you ever heard the waves from the sea of Gijang? What if the vast, endless ocean and the magnificent coastal view were spread out before your very eyes?
Let’s visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, where the wind, waves, and breathtaking views await.