Where to go and what to see on a Busan walking tour
▷ The night view from Dalmaji's Haewoljeong Pavilion.
Autumn is a magical time in Busan, with its colorful leaves and perfect weather. Sandwiched in between seasons that are too hot or too cold for enjoying a walk, there's no better time to go for a stroll than in November. Busan is replete with walking paths, thanks to its mountains and the invaluable Galmaetgil walking trail that winds throughout it. Of course, you can always walk along the beaches, but there are many more places you can explore on foot that are less visited. So, put on your favorite sneakers as we explore the best places to take full advantage of this amazing weather!
Marine City → Dongbaekseom Island → Haeundae → Dalmaji Hill or Mipo Railway → Cheongsapo
(Haeundae Cine Road) (Nurimaru APEC House) (Moontan Road)
▷Santorini Plaza is a great first stop along the tour.
Haeundae Cine Road
The journey begins in Marine City, in Haeundae. Cine Road, an 800meter coastal walkway that stretches from Park Hyatt Busan to POSCO the Sharp Adelis, can be accessed by walking down to the shore from Dongbaek Station (metro line 2, exit 3). The path features a plaza reminiscent of Santorini, Greece, statues, sculptures and movie posters. Along the way, you'll see threedimensional trickeye paintings on the ground for you and your friends to have fun taking pictures with. There is also a stunning view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge.
If at this point you want to take a break before moving on, you're in luck; there are plenty of terraced restaurants and cafes that provide great refreshments and lovely views of the city. But, whenever you're ready to carry on, the remainder of the trail awaits.
Continuing along the water, you'll eventually reach Dongbaekseom Island. Despite its name, Dongbaekseom Island isn't actually an island. Whatever island that once existed was connected to the mainland by a land bridge long ago. Regardless, Dongbaekseom Island is a beautiful coastal area that is perfect for an autumn walk. Named after the camelia flowers that bloom there during the winter, the Busan landmark is famous for its views of the sea and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge. It is especially popular with walkers, photographers and those watching the yearly fireworks festival.
The paths of Dongbaekseom Island are more easily accessible than most. In contrast to the trail at Igidae Park, which features many inclines, Dongbaekseom Island's walkways are relatively flat. There are some stairs here and there, but the boardwalks are comfortable to walk on and are well maintained.
Follow the boardwalk to the Nurimaru APEC House, Dongbaekseom Island's most famous site. In 2005, it was the venue for the APEC South Korea conference. This year, it is the host of the upcoming MekongROK Summit.
Nurimaru is the combination of two purely Korean words nuri, meaning "world" and maru, meaning "summit;" a fitting name for a venue of such importance. While at Nurimaru APEC House, you'll be able to see the Oryukdo Islands, Marine City and more.
▷ See where world leaders gather inside the Nurimaru APEC House.
From Dongbaekseom Island, you'll have no problem reaching Haeundae Beach. On the eastern side of the beach is the Mipo railway, a scenic portion of the closed Donghae Nambu train line. A beautiful walk in the day or evening, it's easy to get a full glimpse of the vast East Sea from here.
As you walk farther, you'll come across a skywalk and a tunnel, which both make for fabulous photo zones. The Mipo railroad is a road less traveled than others in Busan, and is worth the trip if you have never taken a stroll along its coastal path.
▷ The Mipo railway is closed for trains but open for people.
Dalmaji Hill's Moontan Road
Alternatively, if you prefer a more wooded and shaded area, Dalmaji Hill may be your walking destination. While it's possible to get up the hill on Dalmaji Road, the real highlight is Moontan Road, an inclined path right in the middle of nature. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the middle of the forest as you take in the view of all the trees and the sounds of innumerable birds.
Once at the top of Dalmaji Hill, you can walk to Haewoljeong Pavilion, a traditional structure and favorite destination of many citizens and residents. Traditionally, Busan citizens visit the pavilion to make a wish on the first full moon of the lunar year. The top of Dalmaji Hill is also a splendid place to see the sunrise and sunset. If you need another break, there are plenty of refreshing cafes and delicious restaurants eager for your business.
▷ Ditch the urban Dalmaji Road for the natural Moontan Road.
Whether you walk along the tracks of the Mipo railway or the trees of Moontan Road, you'll eventually reach your destination the charming Cheongsapo. Originally a fishing village, Cheongsapo is a spot for some of the city's best seafood, coastal views and walking trails.
One of the area's highlights is the Daritdol Skywalk, which opened in August 2017 with much fanfare. The 72.5meterlong and 20meterhigh glass observatory was designed to resemble a fabled blue dragon which once protected Cheongsapo. It now provides visitors with an amazing view of the East Sea in front and, thanks to the skywalk's glass, below them.
Following your time at the skywalk, you can visit the neighborhood's red and white lighthouses, look at the murals that adorn the village and enjoy some excellent seafood. The village is particularly known for its eel.
If you're lucky, you may even spot a haenyeo gathering marine products. The haenyeo are divers, usually elderly women, who gather things like sea cucumbers and sea squirts to sell at a market. Cheongsapo has a haenyeo market in its vicinity, so add it to the list!
▷ Visitors clamor to see the view from Cheongsapo's Daritdol Skywalk.