After the hot morning / noon exploration of Busan Station (부산역) & China Town (상해문), our next exploration is, Yongdusan Park (용두산 공원). To get there, we took the train to Nampo-dong. Then we took the walk over. The step up to Yongdusan Park (용두산 공원) was indeed very tiring but a worthwhile one.
Yongdusan Park (용두산 공원) is one of the most popular mountains in Busan. Located in the downtown of Busan (부산), the name Yongdusan (용두산 ) was changed from its original name, Songhyusan. The name Yongdusan (용두산 ) came from its shape which is similar to the dragon head. People of Busan (부산) thought that the dragon head has a spirit to defend the enemies coming over the sea.
As per the history of Yongdusan Park (용두산 공원), the Japanese during the colonial era, built shrine on the mountain. Now, Cheokhwabi Monument that represent the stone monument to the exclusion of foreigners from the country), Chunghontap (memorial tower for the Korean war victims), the statue of General Lee Sunsin (one of the great commander in Joseon Dynasty period) and the beautiful Busan Tower (부산타워) are some of the beautiful sight found on the mountain.
It is said that during the Korean War, houses built on the top were destroyed when big fires happen, making the mountain bald. Fierce subsequent efforts to plan trees have created the beautiful park of Yongusan (용두산 ) today.
Busan Tower (부산타워) stood a 118-meter high was built in 1973 for entertainment purpose only, setting it apart from the other towers. The deck of Busan Tower (부산타워) features panoramic view of the area. Definitely one of the popular tourist place to visit when one is visiting Busan (부산).
Entrance Fees are applicable for Busan Tower (부산타워)
- Age 3 – 15 years : 3,500 won
- Age 16 years and above : 4,000 won
At the foot of Busan Tower (부산타워) stood the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je.
It was a gloomy afternoon therefore there were not much photos that we could take. So we left Yongusan (용두산 ) and took shelter from the hot sun for a quick yet refreshing afternoon tea at the cafe.
Stay tune for our next adventure which is truly an exciting one for us.