Situated on the southern side of Yeongdo Island in front of the coastline, Taejongdae Park is one of the most popular recreational parks in Busan, boasting a spectacular view of the landscape, dramatic mountain cliffs and evergreen forest that inspired artists, poets and calligraphers in the past. The white Yeongdo lighthouse can be found overlooking the beautiful emerald sea.
During clear days from the observation tower, you can view Tsushima (Daema in Korean), a Japanese island 56 kilometers away from Yeongdo Island. Known to represent Busan, it is especially recognized for its rock beach. Taejong Island got its name from King Taejong Muyeol (654 – 661), the 29th king of the ancient dynasty of Silla. The king traveled to different parts of Korea but he specifically favored this place for playing archery after unifying the Three Kingdoms. King Taejong frequented this island for recreation and leisure during the Joseon Period while the Dongnae Magistrate travels here to perform a religious ritual to bring rain in times of drought.
The seashore is adorned with amusing rock formations, with some noteworthy sights such as Sinseonbawi (Rock of the Mountain God), Mangbuseok (Legendary Rock of the Faithful Woman), Dinosaur’s Footprint, Shinsundae, and the intriguing Suicide Rock, known for people jumping off the cliff to commit suicide. Sinseonbawi can be found under the lighthouse, which was named after a popular myth of the gods and goddesses coming down to relax in this place. Mangbuseok stands at the Taoist hermit’s rock. It got its name after a story of a faithful wife who waited for her husband who had been brought to Japan until she turned into stone. Well preserved around the Mangboseok and Sinseon Rocks, you can take a closer look on the hundreds of actual dinosaur footprints from the late Cretaceous era. The alleged footprints are believed to come from four-legged vegetarian dinosaurs.
This ancient site of natural splendor offers various recreational facilities. Local and foreign tourists gather here and enjoy the saltwater pool, snack stores, souvenir shops and beautiful scenery of rocky cliffs. At the park entrance, a monument was erected in honor of the five neutral nations that offered medical support during the Korean War. Getting around Taejongdae, you can spot a number of interesting places including Taejong Dayoo Land, Gamji coast, Taejong Jeolyeong coastal path, Taejong hot spring and more. Taejong Dayoo Land is an exciting place situated at the front gate of Taejongdae. Established since 1988, this amusement park has a seawater swimming pool, haunted house and so on.
Furthermore, there are restaurants, birdhouses and resting area. Gamji Coastal Walk is a 3-kilometer long coastline along Gamji Coast at Taejongdae. You can see noteworthy coastal sceneries, with 24,000 exotic Korean plant varieties from 10 species that include Aster Koraiensis planted along the path. This serves as a great ecological learning center for students. Sport facilities and a resting pavilion have been built to provide comfort and fun. On the other hand, the Taejong Jeolyeong Coastal Path consists of nearly three kilometers of a pastoral view of the ocean and the lively suburbs of Songdo. If you want to escape the bustling Busan city’s center, treat yourself to a bit of relaxation here in Taejongdae, a place filled with natural richness and coastal paths to walk around and a clean pristine beach for swimming or diving. You can also sample fresh fish at seafood eateries found on rocky shore or go on a boat trip to reach Olyuk Islets.