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Taejongdae Resort Park - Busan, South Korea

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

I'm not sure why this is called a resort park. There are no resorts in the place. But it was a nice park. In fact, I spent more time in this park than any other single location in Busan. Mainly because it took so long to walk it.



The park is set on a rock cliff overlooking the East China Sea. It seems strange to me that all the seas around the Asian countries have China in them. I think I would rename them if I lived in Korea or Thailand. Can you do that?


The natural appeal of the park is the rocky cliffs and dramatic high views overlooking the sea. The natural forest addds a nice touch for the well maintained paths through the park.



The hike around the park is a little over 2.5 miles (4.3 km). Doesn't sound too bad until you're on the steep uphill part of it. There is a train you can take for just $2.25, but I opted for the walk. Why go to the park if you're not going to enjoy strolling through it? I really wish they didn't allow the train or bus as it added unnecessary noise.



The first stop I made on the loop was at the Buddhist temple. It was a quiet and secluded area that didn't seem to attract as many visitors.


The Koreans aren't particularly religious people. Those that are, follow a variety of different faiths. As a visitor to their country, it is not evident which is the predominant religion.


I stayed only a minute then moved on to a scenic lookout spot near the top of the climb:

Only a small peak available through the canopy.


Continuing on the path I came to the large descending stairway to the lighthouse and rocky beach below. I pondered whether to make the 650 ft vertical descent, but decided I'm only here once, I'll let my arthritic back heal tomorrow (maybe).


Pictures along the descent:








Then on to the final destination of lookout point.



This was the busiest of all locations in the park.




This is a very family friendly place. I saw many parents with small children as well as grandparents here.





Including this short cute video:


I wish I knew what they were saying, but I guess it would be less interesting if I knew. I'm always a little nervous filming scenes like this. I don't want to be thought a pervert or anything. But, it was too cute to pass.


This was a nice park to spend the afternoon. I read it would be cool next to the water so I brought a jacket. I ended up carrying it the whole time as it felt very warm on the walk despite being October. If you go, I recommend carrying as little as possible if you walk it and skip the train.


I bought a bottle of water at the store in the park before I began my ascent up the trail. When I opened it to take a drink I spit it out immediately. It tasted like salt water! I then looked at the limited English in small print written on the bottle and it said electrolytes. Not only did I waste $3 (that's a lot for a bottle of water in South Korea), but I had to carry it until I finally found a trash can. Yes, poor me.


The cliffs of the park were nice to look down upon, but I was surprised at the lack of surf. Maybe I was there during low tide?


I am likely biased, but I prefer the more dramatic wave crashing on the rocks at Pemaquid Point near Boothbay, Maine. It is so peaceful with the force of the waves continuing to crash on the rock bound coast:


I'll leave you with a few videos of my walk on this October day:




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Roger Wells
Roger Wells
19. Okt. 2023
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Wow, this is beautiful. I agree that if you are in shape you must walk these types of parks. I can see where the train would be a distraction. Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures. 🙏👍😍

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Kirk
Kirk
20. Okt. 2023
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 thanks for reading Roger. Yeah, I agree, parks are meant to be walk-through for the most part.

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Mike Wells
Mike Wells
19. Okt. 2023
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I would definitely walk the paths .incredibly beautiful . Very cute how little children act. Great video so innocent.

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Kirk
Kirk
19. Okt. 2023
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Thanks for the comment! Yeah, the parks in Korea are so well kept and family friendly.

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