Project Description

Taejongdae Park

Taejongdae Park, the representative tourist spot in Busan, is a place where a rugged precipice of rocks with fantastic shapes overlooks the dense pine grove and ocean. Taejongdae Park was used as a military fortified area during the Japanese Occupation, so entry was restricted to citizens, but in 1969 it was designated as a tourist spot and opened to the public. It is filled with interesting legends and stories including the Shinseon (Taoist hermit with miraculous powers) Rock where a Taoist hermit with miraculous powers used to stroll around. There is the legendary faithful wife who died and turned into a stone waiting for her husband who was taken away by Japanese raiders, and ‘Mojasang (Mother and Son Statue)’ located at the entrance of the Taejongdae Park Observatory, which resembles a mother holding two children in her arms. This stone statue tells a painful story. In the past, many people committed suicide here, so at one time, the broad rock beneath the Observatory was referred to as ‘Suicide Rock’.

Gamji and Gamji Pebble Beach

Gamji Beach in Taejongdae Park is covered with pebbles instead of sand, creating an exotic mood. As much as it has been used as a scuba diving training center and marine practical training center for over 20 years, this place is adored by people who love marine sports. It has also become famous because Lee Dae Ho, a popular baseball player enjoys visiting it. In order words, it is a beach that is loved by the citizens of Busan. The sounds created by the waves hitting the natural pebbles spread out extensively are like musical notes to the ears of the visitors. In particular, the seafood street stall village positioned along the beach is equivalent to a landmark of Gamji Beach. Beneath the 30 over colorful tents, various types of seafood can be found, attracting visitors. Tasting the seafood as you listen to the splashing waves is peerless. Moreover, every night, lovers visit this place to savor the night sea. There is a rumor that people will fall in love when they listen to the pebbles roll in the dark night seas. Gamji Beach offers plenty of romance day and night.

Taejongdae Park Cruise Ship

Taejongdae Park offers one in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the outstanding views of Taejongdae Park exceptionally. It is a 35 minute round-trip course that begins from the dock then goes around Taejeongdae Park and ends with Jodo Island where Korea Maritime University is located. The magnificent view of Taejongdae Park including the rugged precipice with rocks of fantastic shapes and the twisting white bubbles can be appreciated from the ‘perspective of the sea’, making it a beloved destination for not only a date course but also for tourists from both home and abroad. Taejongdae Park which is seen from the open sea is so beautiful that it reminds tourists of the Capri Island in the Gulf of Naples in Italy which is one of the World’s Top 3 Beautiful Ports. The charms of Taejongdae Park seen from the cruise ship will fill you with admiration. In addition, feeding the seagulls that follow the cruise ship presents you with another joy. Enjoy the unique experience of meeting the Busan seagulls at a close distance.

Suicide Rock in Taejongdae Park

At the entrance of Taejongdae Park, there is a ‘Mojasang (Mother and Son Statue)’ which looks as if a mother is holding two children in her arms. This stone statue that is 2m tall and 1m wide makes you feel the peaceful emotions of a loving mother and the 2 children in her arms. In fact, there is a sad story here. In the past, a lot of people who were pessimistic against the world committed suicide here so at one time, the broad rock beneath the Observatory was referred to as a ‘Suicide Rock’. Every year, more than 30 people committed suicide here which made it a social problem for Busan City. Then, based on the idea of a person, the phrase ‘Do not commit suicide’ was removed and ‘mojasang’ which is an artwork of Sculptor Jeon Roe Jin was installed in 1976. While comforting the soles of the people who have lost their lives here, it embraces the meaning of appreciating lives by being reminded of the mother’s love. Miraculously, after the ‘mojasang’ was installed, the suicidal rate significantly reduced in reality. Can you feel the ‘reverberation’ of ‘mojasang’?

Youngdo Lighthouse

Youngdo Lighthouse, established in 1906 has brightened the sea path of Busan Port for the past century. The lighthouse that you see now has been renovated in 2004 due to the deteriorated facilities. It provides a lot of things to see including not only the lighthouse facility but also the Marine Gallery where various art works can be appreciated, Busan Marine Natural History Museum where you can find dinosaur fossils including a dinosaur footprint in Shinseon Rock and others, making it a renowned marine tourist spot in the region of Busan. The first lighthouse that is seen when a ship returns to land from far sea is called a ‘watched lighthouse’. As it has to be seen well from far, all watched lighthouses are white. Yongdo Lighthouse is Busan’s first watched lighthouse and it is the 10th lighthouse in Korea. The height of this circular concrete lighthouse is 35m and the light reaches out to 24 mile, 44km ahead. As visitors walk up to the observatory using the grandeur spiral steel stairs, the coastal waters of Taejongdae Park can be enjoyed. Busan’s scenic oceans such as Oryukdo Island and the endless horizon unfolding in front of your eyes embrace your hearts softly.

Kettle Island (Jujeonja Island) near Shinseon Rock

In the open sea of Taejongdae Park, small and big rock islands stand high into the sky. Among them, there is an island that is called Yubundo or Saengdo. To Busan people, ‘Kettle Island’ would sound more familiar. It was given its name as it resembled a kettle. The Kettle Island can be seen closely from Shinseon Rock which is located 30m away from Youngdo Lighthouse. Shinseon Rock is a so-called ‘wave-cut platform’ which has been eroded flatly by the waves and then risen up due to the rising of the Earth’s crust and there is a myth that Taoist hermit used to stroll around a long time ago. As such, interesting stories about the rock that surrounds Taejongdae Park are being carried down. From the past, relieving oneself or striking a fire has been strictly prohibited on this island. There is a saying that if a man and a woman have a relation, they will face sudden death. If such behaviors are carried out, the grandfather residing over Shinseon Rock will punish them with a big disaster. Moreover, the lone stone beside Shinseon Rock is called ‘Mangbuseok’ and there is a legend that a faithful wife who died and turned into a stone waiting for her husband.