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.
(This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a certain percentage of a sale if you purchase after clicking. These funds go to maintain the site. Thank you for your support.)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 as well. 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 rest of the year, the walk is really quite nice.
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. On a clear day this is definitely an amazing area to take a break and enjoy the veiws. Take your time and just take in these amazing picturesque views of the ocean.
If you’ll be visiting Busan, check out the Aria Nampo Boutique Hotel in the hip and fun Nampo-dong also near the popular Jagalchi Fish Market. Another great spot to stay near the beach where the swimming is nice is Kent Hotel by Kensington on Gwangalli Beach.
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.