Examine a series of monuments and take photos of the panoramic views from a lookout tower at this hilltop park in downtown Busan.
Take a break from Busan’s retail and entertainment districts and unwind in Yongdusan Park. Marvel at sweeping city views and visit monuments, shrines and statues dedicated to famous Korean and national events. Yongdusan Park stands atop Yongdusan Mountain, which is one of the three mountains of Busan. Yongdusan is a blend of two words, yongdu (dragon’s head) and san (mountain), which is a reference to the shape of the mountain.
The park’s major highlight is the 394-feet (120-meter) tall Busan Tower. Its upper section is inspired by a ceremonial throne located in the Dabotap Pagoda of Gyeongju’s UNESCO-protected Bulguksa Temple. The tower’s observation deck has some of the best views of Busan. Look down on the bustling shopping streets of Gukje Market, watch freight ships cruise into the harbor and spot landmarks such as Yeongdodaegyo Bridge.
Adjacent to the tower is a beautiful pagoda built in the traditional style. The tower’s courtyard presents more nice views of Busan’s cityscape.
Dedicate some time to appreciating the park’s monuments. Among them is a statue of the 16th-century naval hero Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, a dragon sculpture and a Chunghontap pagoda. Look for the Cheokhwabi Monument, which commemorates the exclusion of foreign powers from Korea. There’s a colorful flower clock and stands that sell art and handicrafts and other souvenirs.
Situated in the Jung District, the park is a short walk from both Gukje Market and the Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street. A combination of an escalator and staircase travel up to the park from the east end of Gwangbokro Culture and Fashion Street. Nampo bus station is also nearby. Car and bus parking is possible.
Yongdusan Park is open daily and admission is free. Fees are applicable for Busan Tower and any exhibitions. Come early in the evening on a clear day to watch the sun drift down behind the rooftops.