To attain an excellent panoramic view of the entire Busan City, perhaps,the best way is to reach the peak of the mountains Geumjeong, Jang or Hwangyeong. However, there is one other place where you can enjoy the view of Busan city center in a way pretty similar to what you would get with the said mountains.
It is no less than Busan’s iconic landmark Busan Tower, an observation tower situated above Mt. Yongdu Park. Built in 1974, this 120-meter tall tower has served as a famous setting of photography for countless travelers and tourists visiting Busan. Tourists rarely forget to visit the tower and create their memento, which is the reason why Busan Tower is practically present in almost all photos when introducing the city of Busan. Even until now, with figures such as the Gwangan Grand Bridge that have come to symbolize Busan, the tower still stands tall among the rest, serving as Busan’s most famous landmark.
Upon enjoying the remarkable bird’s eye view of the entire Busan at the observatory (patterned after the baldaquin of Dabo-tap Pagoda at Bulguksa Temple), you can experience and feel the present life of Busan. With Yongdusan Park just below, Busan port and the ocean opposite Yeongdo can be seen in the east while the Haeundae and Seomyen areas can be viewed in the north. Daesindong and Gukje Market are seen in the west and Gamcheon Port as well as the wide sea of Songdo looks neat in the south.
While using the available telescope, these places feel as if you can reach and touch them with your hands. During evening, downtown Busan become a colorful city of lights, making it a wonderful sight. At the bottom part of the tower is a souvenir shop selling various Korean traditional handicrafts such as chains, masks, wallets, dolls, pottery, pearl fans, etc. In addition, several rest areas are available as well as a cultural relic exhibit hall and musical instrument museum at the vicinity of the tower. Located in the center of downtown Busan, Yongdusan Park, for which Busan Tower stands, gets its name from the thought that the hill park looks like a dragon head, which is referred to as Yongdu in Korean.
During the Japanese occupation period, a Japanese shrine was constructed on this particular site but is now changed, with statues and towers standing as a tribute to Korean War Victims, the 4.19 Revolution Movement and Peace in Korea. As one of the well-known tourist spots in Busan, the park is popular for the big flower clock, the pigeons, Busan Tower, literary monuments, Statue of General Lee Sun-Sin, Bronze Dragon Tower, a Buddhist temple and the numerous sidewalks, which provide relaxing views. Several pavilions can be seen within the park including the Octagonal Pavilion, Exhibition Pavilion, and Busan Citizen’s Bell Pavilion. Situated at 1-2, 2ga, Gwabgbok-dong, Jung-gu, the park is open all year-round, 24 hours.
Busan Tower is also open every day with an opening time of 8:30am to 10pm during summer and 9am to 10pm during winter. Admission fee for the tower is 3,000 won for children, 3,500 won for students and 4,000 won for adults.