Parks & Hiking

The Hike to Songjeong Beach


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At the far northeastern end of Busan, Songjeong Beach is a more beautiful and far less popular stretch of sand than the city beaches of Haeundae or Gwangalli. Although you can get there with bus or taxi, the best way to arrive is over a gorgeous three-km hike through the woods.


Suyeong Park


Open-Air Foot Spa in Oncheon


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Walking around the Oncheon neighborhood toward the north of Busan, we happened upon this curious little pond where a bunch of older Koreans were soaking their feet. A dragon’s head was mounted on the wall of this open-air foot spa, like the prize of some mythical hunter.


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Return to Mt. Geumjeongsan


On our first visit to the top of Mt. Geumjeongsan, we had ascended in a cable car and hiked from the South to East Gate. It was an all-day excursion, but we were only able to see a fraction of the gigantic mountain fortress which extends across the summit. So we vowed to return. Our second trip up this incredible mountain would start at the Northern Gate, bring us to Godangbong Peak and end with a well-deserved feast in the village of Sanseong.


Songdo Beach and Amnan Park


A Day in Buk-Gu, Northern Busan


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Buk-Gu, whose name translates to “Northern District” is one of the fifteen administrative zones which make up Busan. We spent a morning wandering around the area, checking out some of its touristic sights: the Fishing Village Folk Museum, a riverside park, and the Gupowaeseong Japanese Fortress.


Hiking through Igidae Park


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The mountains and hills of Busan are easily its best feature, both helping to confine the city’s sprawl and offering parks and natural refuges for residents to escape the stress of everyday life. Among Busan’s wide range of nature walks, the one spanning Igidae Park is among the most popular. We hiked along its 5.2 kilometer coastal trail on a recent sunny afternoon.


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