Located on the southern coast, in Miyomyeon, between Mijo Port and Sangju Village, the once quiet Songjeong Beach is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Busan during summer. While not as famous as Haeundae Beach, most people come to this place to avoid the overly crowded Haeundae. Open since 1965, this beach is an ideal place for picnics, swimming and spending leisure time.
Stretching 1.5 kilometers and 50 meters wide, Songjeong Beach has shallow waters, perfect for children and people who are not overly fit. The white sand is made from crushed seashells and from eroded soil from Songjeong River. You can see pine trees lining the beachline, providing shade from the scorching heat of the sun as well as a nice area to relax, unwind and enjoy picnic on the available seats and tables. Besides relaxation and picnicking, the beach is also an outstanding spot for water sports. Because of the curvature of the bay, the sea usually has a wave that is ideal for windsurfing and surfing.
Surfboard rental often costs 10,000 won at Songjeong SurfClub, while windsurfing boards, wet suits, kayaks and other equipment are on hand. The beach holds several festivals such as the Harvest Full-Moon Seaweed Festival and the Songjeong Beach Festival that are celebrated every year. There are also regular activities like drag net fishing where a fishing boat throws a huge net out to the sea and the ends are pulled to the shore by two groups of willing volunteers. Upon a signal, adults and kids alike dive into the shallow water to get whatever fish they have caught in the net. Toilet blocks and three showers are available for tourists, including a small outdoor fitness area and a campsite area, which open every July to August in front of the beach.
The parking area can accommodate over 600 vehicles, engulfed by kiwi fruit trees. Throngs of souvenir shops can be seen fringing the street as well as semi-permanent eateries made of tents offering cold beers and hot meals. Some stores also offer parasols, banana boats, jet skis and rubber tubes for rent. Located at the entrance of Songjeong Beach is the Jukdo Park, which holds quality restaurants, bungalow-shaped drinking bars and raw fish centers. Furthermore, the park also offers other entertainment activities such as deep sea fishing at the northeastern tip and swimming on shallow and gentle waters.
On the left side of Songjeong inside Jukdo is Songjeong Pavilion and a deserted Japanese port, an excellent place to overlook the azure sea, the marine inlet and the lighthouse. Jukdo path (Bamboo Road) on the way to the beach is covered with bamboo and pine trees so visitors can relax themselves with the benches available along the road. While heading toward Songjeong, you can pass Dalmaji Path, which is also known as ’15 Gokdo’ as it consists of 15 winding paths. It is a wonderful course where you will be rewarded with pine trees and cherry blossom trees along the way. Outside of the peak season in May to June, then September to October, the weather remains warm and the beach turns back to its natural calm and peaceful state with only a small number of tourists feeling the cool breeze of the ocean. Most of the facilities and shops are no longer available, but the toilets and car park are available. While there’s no subway stop at Songjeong Beach, the best option is taking the bus. To get there, take the Bus No. 139, 239, 140 or 302-1. You may take the subway and exit at Haeundae, then take the Bus No. 100, 100-1, 142 or 129 near Exit 7.