Taejongdae: A Must See in Busan
Taejongdae (태종대), named after the 29th King of the Silla Dynasty, King TaeJong, who enjoyed shooting arrows off the cliffs, is a must see for anyone traveling to Busan, Korea.
The southernmost tip of Yeongdo-gu offers beautiful views of the ocean, cliffs and on clear days people can even spot Daema, or Tsushima, Island of Japan. This is one of the top tourist spots in Busan and it’s worth the trip it takes to get out there. Whether it’s sunny, rainy, spring, summer, winter, or autumn, the views are gorgeous and the walk around the tip of the island fun and energizing.
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The trip to get there doesn’t have to be difficult. If you don’t have a car, book a tour there that picks up from some of the subway stations in Busan. Admission to the park is free but many visitors to the cliffs opt to purchase a W1,500 ticket to hop aboard a small “train” that will take them around the park and stop at designated locations for people to disembark and embark at their leisure. Trains leave every 20 to 30 minutes and make a loop through the park. Walking the cliffs is not out of the question though, and many people take to the area by foot. Just plan on wearing comfortable shoes. The walk is at an incline, so expect to get your blood pumping just a bit.
If you’re headed here in the heat of the summer months, I’d recommend getting tickets for the train just in case. They’re not that expensive and you might just want that ride at some point. The humidity can be pretty intense at certain times during the year. The rest of the year, the walk is really quite nice. Take your time and take in those magnificent views.
If you’re headed to Busan, make sure you see the best sights, know what to do, where to go and what to try! There is a ton, but if you plan ahead, you can definitely do a ton.
Pine trees and other vegetation blanket the sides of the road that winds through the park and placards direct people to step off the main road onto paths that head to certain spots along the rocky cliffs for clear views of the ocean. Visitors can find temples, an observatory, a lighthouse, and plenty of rocky cliffs to visit and enjoy, there are even dinosaur tracks to see. There are food tents on the edge of the rocks at one point for people wanting to stop and have a bite half way around and of course as it is right on the ocean, expect fishy delights for the belly. There is a dock and people can take a mini cruise ship trip around the cliffs and see them from the water as well.
Visitors can spend anywhere from 2 hours to a whole day enjoying the views with friends, family or lovers.
Not all of the cliffs and paths have railings so if you have little ones, be vigilant on the lookout at all times. Or, if you’re a clumsy person… be on the lookout as well. Much of the paths are safe and lead to awesome points with dinosaur tracks and overlooks. To get to the overlooks, you’ll have to follow steps down from the main road. The aren’t all that long and take less than ten minutes to get down, but can obviously take a bit longer to get back up. Take your time.
There’s a cafe and a spot to get snacks at a convenience store on the main road. Stop here if you want drinks or anything because when you get down to the cliffs, there won’t be anything to buy unless you want to sit on the edges of the rocks to eat seafood and fish that the fishermen have brought in.
Busan has some amazing sights including a seaside temple with spectacular views, Jagalchi Fish Market and Let’s Eat Alley. Don’t miss them and definitely hit up the beaches too. If you join the great tour that Klook has, you’ll be able to see Taejongdae, the seaside temple and more all in one day! Def check it out for a great rate and the ease that comes with a tour bus.
Know Where To Stay!
Kent Hotel has a great location near Gwangan Subway Station and my favorite beach in Busan. If you want to be near the coast and have a great view of the ocean, this will be a great spot for you. Check out the rooftop and head down the street to get some delicious cod soup, or daegutang.
If you want to stay down in the Haeundae Beach area, check out Hotel Foret Premier. There’s a ton to do in the area and you’ll be steps away from the ocean and plenty of night life.
부산광역시 영도구 동삼2동 산 29-1
29-1 San Dongsam 2-dong Yeongdo-gu, Busan, Korea
Directions: Depart from subway line No. 1, Nampo-dong Station, exit number 6. Take bus 8, 30 or 113. From Busan Station, take Bus 88 or 101. The Busan City Tour Bus also makes a stop here, this bus costs W10,000 for a whole day pass.
Hours: 4AM – 12AM
Amenities: Train, bathrooms, restaurant/cafe.
*Train inside the park costs W1,500 per person. Operates from 9AM – 10PM from April to October and 10AM – 6PM from November to March and departs every 20 to 30 minutes. Expect long lines, but they do move pretty quickly.