Day 4 in Busan (부산) started with our Expedition to Taejongdae Resort Park (태종대 유원지).
One is able to take the Bus 88 / 101 from Busan Station (부산역) to Taejongdae Resort Park (태종대 유원지) by getting off at Taejongdae Cliff Bus Stop. We however took the cab from Busan Station (부산역) to save time. The almost 25 minutes journey only cost us an average of KRW10,300.
Taejongdae (태종대) is a natural park of Busan Station (부산역) with magnificent cliffs facing the open sea. It has a dense evergreen trees with facilities like observatory, a light house and a cruise ship terminal.
Taejongdae Resort Park (태종대 유원지) has been designated as the 28 Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island. Taejongdae (태종대) was named after the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-AD 935), King Taejong Mu-Yeol (604-661) whom love this place the most among all the places that he visited.
We took the Danubi Train Course to go around the area which covers the following:
Platform→ Taejongsa Temple → Yeongdo Lighthouse → Observatory → Gumyeongsa Temple → Taewon Jagal Madang → Platform
Note: For the adventurous ones, you can also choose to explore the area on foot.
Our first stop was the Observatory Deck. Unfortunately, it was closed for renovation so we could only take some shots of the Mother and Children statue outside of the Observatory Deck.
Our next stop is the highlight of Taejongdae Resort Park (태종대 유원지), Yeongdo Lighthouse (영도 등대). Established back in December 1906, Yeongdo Lighthouse (영도 등대) provids a guiding beacon of light to ships around Busan Port for over 100 years. The old lighthouse was replaced with a new one in 2004 and facilities were developed, making the site a maritime tourist attraction.
Under Yeongdo Lighthouse (영도 등대) is a rock called Sinseon Rock, named after the myth that gods and goddesses came down here to relax. A figure called Mangbuseok is available on Sinseon Rock. Mangbuseok is the name of a woman who waited for her husband who had been taken to Japan. Taejongdae (태종대) is also famous for the ritual of praying for rain, performed when there are droughts, and rain on the 10th day of the fifth lunar month is called the “Taejong Rain.” On days with clear skies you can see Japan’s Tsushima Island from the observatory.
It was a long walk down to Yeongdo Lighthouse (영도 등대) but it was worth the effort. Beautiful scenery are seen around the surrounding. Wished I had the energy to head further down to Sinseon Rock, however the strong wind and hot sun was differing me from that (excuses, right?)
We took a stop at Tea & Toast Cafe located on the deck for some snacks. It was indeed the right choice as it was indeed beautiful sitting by the window, enjoying a sandwich with a cup of ice-cold orange juice.
After the rest, we head back up, climbing all the way up before taking the Danubi Train to Platform where we head back to Busan Station (부산역) by cab.
After delicious Korean lunch, we head back to the hotel for a short rest before heading out for our final exploration before we end this 1st leg of our South Korea Summer Vacation.