Seven bridges and beaches development project
▲ Gwangandaegyo Bridge
▲ Left to right: Busasnhangdaegyo Bridge, Namhangdaegyo Bridge(source: Busan Ilbo)
▲ Left to right: Sinhodaegyo Bridge(source: Kookje Newspaper), Gadeokdaegyo Bridge(source: Kookje Newspaper), Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, Eulsukdaegyo Bridge)
As Korea's international tourism city, Busan promotes the "Seven Bridges and Beaches Brand Development Plan," which aims to enhance both features. With the help of this project, an influx of domestic and foreign tourists is expected and will lay the groundwork for tourism growth. By 2024, the city plans to implement development projects and invest up to 1.5 billion won to ensure that the city's bridges and beaches are positioned as specialized resources and tourist destinations.
Bridges of Busan
The country's most well-known maritime city boasts a long coastline with not only seven beaches but seven beautiful bridges, as well. From Yeongdodaegyo Bridge, which played a part in the Korean War, to Busanhangdaegyo Bridge, which connects the East Sea and the South Sea, each features various shapes, construction methods and charm. Take a tour of these majestic bridges with Dynamic Busan.
■ Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Also known as the Diamond Bridge, the Gwangandaegyo Bridge opened in 2003 and is one of the most famous landmarks in Busan. Each year people flock to this 7,420-meter-long suspension bridge, the nearby shores, mountain peaks and rooftops, to watch the famed firework festival set against the backdrop of the bridge's LED lights.
■ Busanhangdaegyo Bridge
Busanhangdaegyo Bridge, the newest and one of the most prominent bridges in the city, is commonly known as the Busan Harbor Bridge because of the dynamic view of the port. The 3,330-meter-long suspension bridge links Yongdang-dong, Nam-gu to Cheonghak-dong, Yeongdo-gu and the two diamond-shaped towers illuminate the area when the sun goes down.
■ Namhangdaegyo Bridge
In 2008 with the opening of Namhangdaegyo Bridge, Seo-gu and Yeongdo-gu merged. The specially designed 1,941-meter-long bridge lights up Busan Namhang every night and hosts a 3-meter-wide walkway so that anyone can promenade along the entire Namhang area.
■ Sinhodaegyo Bridge
The 840-meter-long Sinhodaegyo Bridge, built to increase accessibility to Myeongji, was completed on the last day of 1997. Made where salt and fresh water combine to form brackish water, this red bridge is ideal for fishing. So, most weekends, the area is crowded with hopeful beginners and skilled hobbyists casting their hooks into the estuary.
■ Gadeokdaegyo Bridge
The Gadeokdaegyo Bridge, which connects Gadeok Island, the westernmost island of Busan, with the mainland, opened in December 2010. This 1,120-meter-long bridge is uniquely built of steel. Those traversing the bridge can see the mountains and maybe glimpse the budding Busan New Port.
■ Yeongdodaegyo Bridge
The Yeongdodaegyo bridge, built during the Japanese colonial period in 1934, is Korea's first and only drawbridge. In November 2013, the bridge was restored to show the value of this historic and culturally significant meeting point. Every day at 2 p.m., for 15 minutes, the bridge opens as a way to commemorate the part it played in Korea's history.
■ Eulsukdodaegyo Bridge
The Eulsukdodaegyo Bridge, completed in 2010, symbolizes the coexistence of nature and humanity. It was designed in a curved shape and built slowly to protect the island, the largest migratory bird sanctuary in the East. On both sides of the 5,205-meter-long bridge lies a thriving ecosystem.