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Galmaetgil Trails 갈매길


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The Galmaetgil trails span across Busan, about half of them wind along the extensive coastline, giving them the name “Seagull Path” in Hangeul. They explore all the best that this wonderful city of ours has to offer, the whole shebang covers around 270km, so where to start? Here’s your super awesome and helpful guide to help you out in this tricky conundrum.

Course Two: The most popular course among the locals, and the most ‘famous’ according to Busanites.

The shortest course end to end.

Galmaetgil Course Two: Part 2 –Gwangalli Beach to Oryukdo


By Laura Teague

imageThis is definitely a walk to test your hamstrings and calves. It’s a nice flat 3km away from Gwangalli beach around the coast, and then a grueling 5km of stairs up and down all the way to Oryukdo Cruise Wharf.

Continuing on from where Part 1 finished, this walk starts on Gwangalli Beach.

The Hike from Songjeong Beach to Haedong Yonggungsa Water Temple

Songjeong Beach, Busan

The Galmaetgil 갈맷길 trails are one of the best ideas Busan has ever had. They are hiking trails that span all over the city and take you to all the best views and sights that this varied city has to offer. The only catch is that they are pretty tricky to find, and so far the only maps provided (for trails 2 and 3) are vague at best.

Hongbeopsa Temple (the one with the BIG BUDDHA on the roof)


This is Hongbeopsa Temple and the statue of the Colossal Buddah on the roof. The temple is VERY different in many ways, mostly because it is built on the theme of Hear no evil, see no evil,  speak no evil- complete with three glittering Buddah statues depicting this theme in the main prayer hall.

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