In the centre of Yongdusan Park stands Busan’s most obvious and well-known landmark, the 118m Busan Tower. This remains one of the best spots from which to see the whole city – land and water – in a sweeping 360 degree view. This tower is not as tall as the Seoul Tower, but we liked this view better. Besides the tower and museum area, you can walk around the park area for a while too. It’s certainly a nice area, even though it is small. This is a great destination to check out if you live in, or are visiting, Busan.
This was the first tower that we ever visited together.
We are only 6 months old here ♥
Finding our way there
If you are in South Korea, and you want to check out this while while visiting Busan,
Here are the directions to get there:
Take the Busan Subway Line 1 to Nampo-dong, then it’s abut a 10 minute walk to the elevators.
Take you first right and keep walking.
The fall colours in November are beautiful.
This is truly beautiful season in South Korea, and for Justin and I, this was our first autumn together so we enjoying taking in all of the stunning “fall” colours. Up until this point summer was our preferred season, hence Justin’s nickname for me, “Summer”.
There is a short hillside walk to the tower’s base.
So in love!
Museum of Musical Instruments
Yongdu means “the head of a dragon” since the area is shaped like the head of one of these creatures coming out of the sea. This means the surrounding areas are hilly, making the view quite something!!
Yongdu = The statue shows a dragon coming out of the ocean.
A massive drum with a dragon hand-painted onto it.
We entered the tower and went straight to the top, using one of the two lifts.
Entrance to the tower and museum was only about 5,000 won ($4,50/ R40).
We took the elevator up to the top of the tower, but to get to the highest viewing deck we had to climb a set of very narrow stairs. Above you can see just how big Justin feels compared to the tiny little hallway. It reminded us of a doll’s house.
Stunning view of the mountains, the harbour, and the city.
We put money in this machine and turned the wheel to made a souvenir coin.
I’m so in love with this guy!!
The weather was perfect for a tower visit – How fortunate for us!
We could not have asked for a clearer 360 degree view of the city of Busan.
We shared a blueberry gelato at the top of the tower, while we sat by a window taking in the view. We must have timed our visit perfectly because the tower was not crowded at all.
Awww, you did that for me??
Locks can be bought in the souvenir shop at the tower. Couples buy two locks, or one big one, and write messages to each other on them. You then leave your lock(s) here and throw away the key – or keep it as a souvenir – but your lock will be here forever!! This is a common practice in Asia for lovers.
More on that in a future blog post…
We found a huge world map at the bottom of the tower. I showed Justin all the places that I have been, and then he (again) asked me to take him to Cape Town. We had a lot of traveling ahead of us… Even just to meet each other’s families. How exciting!
The autumn colours become even more beautiful once the sun starts to set.
Strolling around Yongdusan Park
Busan Citizen’s Bell Pavilion
Leading up to Yongdusan Park is a series of four enclosed elevators, which make getting up to the park a lot easier, regardless of the weather. Getting down, however, requires you to take the stairs. Fortunately no high heels for me on this day – Phew!
Being silly with random statues we saw along the street-side.
We found a pretty courtyard decorated with colourful rows of lanterns.
‘”God is Good” ~ Downtown Busan
Our afternoon of sightseeing had left us hungry for some food, well, meat actually. The two of us are always hungry for meat. We wanted a particular kind of BBQ, called galmaegisal, so we walked around taking in the lively atmosphere while keeping our eyes open for a place to eat.
The streets of Busan are much cleaner, and less crowded, than those in Seoul. We really loved this place, and hope to have opportunity to come back here someday!
We wandered down some back alleys and were able to find tons of food options. This restaurant was a gem! The atmosphere was lovely – low lighting, cute tables for two, friendly staff, and delicious meat.
We had to inquire about some of the meat listed on the menu because the Korean words were not familiar to us. It took the owner some effort to find the English translations, but we soon found out that this was pork ‘cheek meat’. Although apprehensive at first, we tried it, and did not regret our decision – It was succulent and very reasonably priced. A great discovery for us!
“For those meat-minded people, few cuts of meat offer as much flavor-packed bang for your buck.. Cheeks are fork tender, flavor-rich, glazed goodness of barbeque.”
Good meat, Soju, beer, and amazing company!
The perfect end to an amazing day!