“Igidae” refers to the beautiful bedrocks consisting of delicate rocks
in the eastern sea that the Jangsanbong Peak of Yongho-dong, Nam-gu, faces.
The name “Igidae” stands for the two gisaeng (female professional entertainers in Korean) from the Suyeong district who sacrificed their lives.
During the Japanese invasion in Korea, when Japan conquered Suyeongseong Fortress and held a feast to celebrate their victory, two gisaeng, who are taken to the feast, grabbed a drunken Japanese commander and jumped into the sea.
The Igidae area was once closed for military operation reasons, but since 1993, it has been open to the public. At present, it contains dense forests that are difficult to meet in urban areas and is kept clean to serve as habitats for wildlife. Because of its clear water, the place is perfect for fishing.
The Igidae Trail, built along with the coastline, offers a gorgeous seashore scenery, which has been loved by many people since it opened. Walking on the trail that extends to the ring road and the Oryukdo Islets, you can enjoy every facet of Busan’s landmark.
The Igidae Coastal Trail, one of the hiking tracks of Nam-gu, is 4.7 km long, stretching from Dongsaengmal Trail - Global Gathering - Nongbawi Rock - Eoulmadang - Oryukdo Quay (2.5 hr walk). The hiking track starts from the bottom of Igidae View and continues along with the coastal cliffs, providing a dramatic scenery that embraces Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Busan Yacht Mooring Area, Marine City, Dongbaekseom Island, Nurimaru APEC House, and Haeundae Beach beyond the sea.
The Igidae Coastal Trail is part of the two famous trails, the Galmaetgil Trails and Haeparang Trail (Oryukdo Islets to Goseong). There, you can find diverse signposts on the walkway.
After passing through the Dongsaengmal Trail, you’ll be walking on the overbridge reaching the Global Gathering. This place, where many tourists stop by, offers a perfect sunset view and is famous for appearing on the background of the movie “Haeundae.”
Walking along the coastline, you can witness the exotic scenery made by coastal cliffs and the wave-built terrace. This place is the Busan National Geopark area that preserves rich geo-heritages, such as sea caves and potholes (marine potholes). The rocks with unique shapes have their own names, providing entertainment as you guess which is called what.
Once you go over the hill following the trail, you will reach Oryukdo Sunrise Park, a famous place to enjoy both sunset and sunrise. The skywalk in this park is built with glass, providing you a thrilling experience.
Anywhere on the Igidae Coastal Trail, you can pause to feel the breeze blowing from the ocean.
All your worries will disappear, with only the scenery of the blue ocean occupying your mind.
This is what we call a “good walkway.”
As the trail takes long to complete with some uphill parts, pause once in a while, and come prepared with some snacks.
The behavior of depreciation action to the marine sanctuary in the area prohibited.