Saturday, July 06, 2013

Busan - Busan Tower (Yongdusan Tower)

From Nampo station Exit 7, turn left onto Gwangbok-ro Street and go straight 160m to reach a long escalator. Take the escalator to reach Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower.

The street we passed by on our way to Busan Tower

The long escalator that only go up. We had to walk down the stairs after visiting Busan Tower.

Yongdusan is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan. Its old name is Songhyunsan, which means a mountain has a view of the sea through the dense fine tree forest. Yongdusan came from its shape, which is similar to dragon head and people thought it has a spirit to defeat enemies coming over the sea.

Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69m above sea level at a height of 120m. The top of the tower is modelled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju. The tower offers a stunning night view and plenty to see, such as the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock, the Museum of Musical Instruments of the World, and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je.

We did not go up Busan Tower but the view below was beautiful and colorful. You can see a city of light with your back facing the tower.

Address: 35-18, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
Operating Hours: Observatory: 8:00am to 10:00pm ; World Musical Instruments Museum: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Admission Fees: (Observatory + Museum) Adult ₩5,000 ; Children ₩4,500 ; Senior ₩4,500
Directions: Take subway to Nampo station. Use Exit 7, turn left onto Gwangbok-ro Street (광복로). Go straight 160m to arrive at Yongdusan Park (escalator on the right).
Website: (in Korean only)

Other interesting places in Busan

View my Busan itinerary here.
Dongbaek Park
Haeundae Beach
Busan Aquarium
Jagalchi Market
40-step Culture & Tourism Theme Street
Taejongdae Resort Park
Gamcheon Culture Village