Art and sea are within reach at the beach
Wide Busan: Sea Art Festival
A majestic sculpture watches over Dadaepo Beach during a previous Sea Art Festival.
The expansive sands of Dadaepo Beach transform into an art gallery starting Sept. 16 at Busan's biennial sea art festival. The beautiful seaside will provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon jaunt to this beachside exhibition, which is free and open to all.
■ 2017 Sea Art Festival
This artistic event returns after two years from Sept. 16 through Oct. 15 on Dadaepo Beach in Saha-gu (district) under the theme of "Ars Ludens," which means "playful art." To that end, this year's edition of the sea art festival is aimed at making the exhibition enjoyable for an even wider audience, focusing on playful attributes to art.
About 40 participating artists will transform the sandy beach into a super art space, which will be divided into an "Art Zone" and "Fun Zone."
There will be other events during the festival, including academic conferences, education programs, docent-guided tours of the area, art markets, and "Channel B," a program that showcases local artist performances.
- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 4. Walk toward the beach.
- Information: busanbiennale.org/english/main, @busanbiennale on Instagram.
■ Nearby attractions
Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams
This huge fountain, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its impressive size, shoots water columns as high as 55 meters in the air. Those looking to cool off can splash in the water in the afternoon before the fountain becomes a musical fountain at night. Then, jump back into the water after the music ends!
- The fountain operates from April to October. Experiential fountain is at 11 a.m. and at the top of the hour from 1 to 5 p.m. Musical fountain shows are at 7:30 p.m. in April, September and October and 8 p.m. May through August. There is an additional show one hour later on weekends and holidays. Closed Mondays.
Dadaepo Beach Park
The pathway past the Sunset Fountain of Dreams that leads to Dadaepo Beach has been transformed into an expansive, beautiful park over the last several years. Trails on both sides of an artificial stream at the center are a great place for a calm evening stroll. The park meets the beach on a lovely wooden walkway nearby, as well as a small, young wooded walking area. The wetland where river and sea waters meet is a natural habitat for various flora.
Located at the southern tip of Amisan Mountain, the observatory is an ideal place to take in the scenic beauty of the surroundings including sand islands, panoramic skylines and a preserved ecosystem for over 100,000 migratory birds. The ecological exploration road leading to Dadaepo Beach from the observatory is a vantage point for what many consider the nicest sunsets seen throughout the city.
- Admission: Free
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry until 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach Station (Metro line 1), exit 3. Walk 15 minutes toward Molundae Cathedral.