Dalmajigil Road, the reason one loves Haeundae in the fall
Written and Photographed by Travel Writer Mun Cheol-jin
Dalmaji Eoul MadangSituated a bit away from Haeundae Beach, one can feel a totally different atmosphere in the air. One is embraced by the tranquil, peaceful energy, breaking away from the tense energy of skyscrapers. The road along the beach leads one to a trail through a thick forest. The moonlight guides one to the romantic trail along Moontan Road.
It is nice to take a walk along Moontan Road to Dalmaji Eoul Madang, where today’s trip begins, but it is better to go by public transportation or car to adjust your pace. Dalmaji Eoul Madang, which is not very far from Dalmaji Hill, where Haewoljeong Pavilion is located, has a fantastic stage with a view of the blue East Sea and an auditorium matched in harmony with the surrounding forest. It is just like a small island floating peacefully on the sea. One cannot look away from the amphitheater that blends in perfectly with nature and makes one feel at home. Various cultural events are regularly held at Dalmaji Eoul Madang like the “Dalmaji Humanities Festival,” and the “Dalmaji Concert.” See the full moon lit over Dalmaji Eoul Madang, which becomes a magically beautiful place at night.
Path Through of SpeculationAfter going down to Dalmaji Eoul Madang and walking around the stage and the auditorium, you can go back to Dalmajigil Road. Walk right into the Trail of Speculation, passing by a sign that looks like a round full moon. Unlike Dalmajigil Road, which is crowded with lines of cars and people, the path is tranquil and quiet as if you were alone in the world. The path is only about ten meters away from Dalmajigil Road but is a totally different place.
The path is only used by those exercising or taking a walk. Few tourists are likely to pass you by on this path. The true Damajigil Road starts here, where locals visit. The festival of green greets you as soon as you enter the path. You are surrounded by the color green. The flora around the path lets out phytoncide, which flows through your body when you inhale and exhale the fresh air. Feeling like you are in a deep forest, you have to look around to remind yourself of reality.
Few people know there is such a wonderful forest path near Haeundae Beach. The path is flat enough for everyone, and lights along the road make the path safe at night. The road to Cheongsapo appears when the path ends, although you find yourself wanting to stay on the cozy path. Now it is time to head toward Haemaru, going back to Dalmajigil Road.
Dalmajigil RoadTurning back from the Haewoljeongsa Temple Bus Stop, go back to the crossroad in front of Cheongsapo to join Dalmajigil Road again. Standing on the bridge across the crossroad you will find Cheongsapo in front of you with two lighthouses facing each other and the blue sea beneath your feet. The fascinating and stunning view would make anyone stop and stare. Cooling yourself with the breeze from the sea, walk toward Songjeong.
Cars continue to pass you by along the wavy Dalmajigil Road. Dalmajigil Road is well-known as the best road for driving in Busan. In spring, the entire Dalmajigil Road is transformed to a tunnel of cherry blossoms thanks to the cherry trees lined along the road. The night with cherry blossom petals on the wind. It is inevitable to feel romantic when you drive along Dalmajigil Road.
The sun sets slowly down to the west, turning pale and dim. You arrive in front of Haemaru. The warm and soft sunlight starts to dye the world with a golden hue. Dalmajigil Road turns golden. The wooden stairs lead you to Haemaru, today’s final destination. The angle of the sun reveals a slightly different view at every step on the stairs.
Haeundae HaemaruHaemaru has the best view on Dalmajigil Road, with its meaning of “the top of the mountain that greets the sunrise first.” In remembrance of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting hosted in Busan, Haemaru was constructed in 2005 as a two-story observatory with a traditional pavilion. The view from here covers Dalmaji Hill, Cheongsapo, and Haeundae, as well as Oryukdo Islets. You can also see Tsushima Island if the weather allows.
Upon arriving at Haemaru, the sun has fallen to the top of Dalmaji Hill. The round sun slowly sets down, drawing an arc to the downtown area, and soon disappears. With the light of the sun gone, Dalmajigil Road prepares for the night to come by turning on its roadside lights. It is stunning to see the panoramic view of Dalmaji from the pavilion. The view almost tastes sweet and pleasurable, although not being as splendid as Marine City. One cannot help but wonder what the night on Dalmaji Hill would be like under a full moon.
AddressDalmajigil Road 190, Dalmaji-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan (Dalmajigil Tourist Information Center)
Dalmaji Eoul Madang 670-1, Jung-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Cheongsapo 25, Cheongsapo-ro 128beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Haeundae Haemaru San 87-22, Songjeong-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Closing DatesOpen all year round
Operating Days and HoursAlways open
Service FeesFree of charge (fees apply for parking)
Traffic InformationDalmajigil Road
Exit 1, Haeundae Station, Subway Line 2 → Transfer at Haeundae Telephone Office to town bus Haeundae-gu 2 or Haeundae-gu 10 → Disembark at Haewoljeong Pavilion‧Hill Side Supermarket, 5-minute walk
Bus 100, 139, 141, 200, 39, 1003, 141(Late-night) Disembark at Mipo‧Moontan Road, 10-minute walk
Take Busan City Tour Bus Blue Line at Haeundae Beach → Disembark at Moontan Road
Parking Haewoljeong Public Parking Lot
Exit 7, Jangsan Station, Subway Line 2 → Transfer at Jangsan Station to town bus Haeundae-gu 10 → Disembark at Supermarket Front, 3-minute walk
Parking Cheongsapo Public Parking Lot
Exit 7, Jangsan Station, Subway Line 2 → Transfer at Jangsan Station to town bus Haeundae-gu 10 → Disembark at Supermarket Front, 20-minute walk
Parking Haemaru Parking Lot (narrow space / maximum 7 to 8 cars)