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Surfing in Busan (Chusook)
Date : 2011-09-01 / Hit : 3682
Hang Ten in Busan!

We found that the waves are high enough and safe for surfing at Songjeong beach. There are not many surfing beaches in Korea but this is a good one for it.

For some reason the water at Songjeong beach is the cleanest among the many beaches in Busan.

Even if you don't know how to surf, don't worry; the instructor is going to teach you the A to Zs. And you will be wearing a wet suit to keep you warm all day while riding the waves.

We will also visit Busan's tourist attractions over the 4 days of Chuseok, Korea's Thanksgiving holiday, (Sept. 10th ~ 13th). If you've never had a chance to visit Busan,this is a great opportunity to have a relaxing or romantic getaway.

We will arrange a room for two people for 3 nights at the beach.

Don't miss this holiday adventure, you will take back wonderful memories of Busan.

Songjeong Beach has good quality sand and shallow water, which makes it an ideal beach for families to swim together. The white sandy beach stretches 1.2 km, and covers an area of 62,150 square meters. The beach can handle about 14,000 people. The sand is a mixture of deposits from Songjeong River, and the seashell grains that form naturally over a long time laying beautifully like tiny marbles on the beach. The beach also has the unique feel of the southern region, making the beach experience all that much more fun. At the entrance of the beach is the Jukdo, where thick evergreen groves contain relaxing facilities inside. At the northeast of the beach, you can enjoy fishing as well. There is also a dock where you can use motorboats and take cruises in the summer. An especially famous part of the Songjeong Beach is the Songiljeong Pavilion, from where you can get a truly lovely view of the sunrise and moonrise. Because this beach is a bit off the Busan area, it is quite unlike many of the other beaches in Busan. Every year the Harvest Full-Moon Seaweed Festival and the Songjeong Beach Festival are held here, and many vacationers come to enjoy the celebrations.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb tourist spot offers visitors the rare find of a seaside temple as most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. Haedong Yonggungsa Temple was first built in 1376 during the Goryeo Dynasty. During the reign of Uwang, the great Buddhist teacher known as Naong established this temple beside the sea. Haesu Gwaneum Daebul (Seawater Great Goddess Buddha), Daeungjeon Main Sanctuary, Yongwangdang Shrine, Gulbeop Buddhist Sanctum (enclosed in a cave), and a three-story pagoda with 4 lions can all be seen looking out over the ocean. The main sanctuary of the temple was reconstructed in 1970 with careful attention paid to the colors that were traditionally used in such structures. On the right-hand side, inside the a cave, is a uniquely designed Buddhist sanctum, while situated just in front of the main sanctuary is a three-story pagoda with 4 lions. The 4 lions are symbolizing joy anger, sadness, and happiness. Other special sites at the temple are the 108 stairs and stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape. After going down the 108 steps, one will be delighted with the beauty of the temple. Midway down the 108 steps one can stop and enjoy the calming sounds of the waves as well view the majestic sunrise. Many people often come to this spot on New Year's Day to make a wish for the new year as they watch the sun come up. April is an especially beautiful time of year with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The birth of Buddha is also celebrated in April (following the lunar calendar) and offers a spectacular night view as the temple area is aglow with electrically lit lanterns.

Taejongdae Designated a Busan monument, along with Oryukdo Island, Taejongdae represents Busan, and is especially famous for its rock beach. Featuring its highest peak at 250 meters, there are forests of pine trees and other 200 varieties of trees. Taejongdae was named after the 29th king of the Silla Dynasty BC 57~AD 935), King TaeJong Mu-Yeol (604~661). King Tae-jong had traveled to many places but this was the place he enjoyed shooting arrows. Under the lighthouse of this resort is a rock called Sinseon Rock, named after the myth that gods and goddesses came down here to relax. At this rock is a figure called Mangbuseok, named after the story of a woman who waited for her husband who had been taken to Japan. Taejongdae is also famous for the ritual of praying for rain, performed when there are droughts, and rain on the 10th of lunar May is called the 'Taejong Rain'. On days with clear skies you can see Japan s Daema Island from the observatory.

Haeundae Beach is probably the most famous beach in the country. The name "Haeundae" was named by scholar Choi Chi-Won (857~?) of the Silla Dynasty (BC 57~AD 935). When he was walking past Dongbaekdo Island, he was fascinated by it and left carved words "Hae Un Dae" on a Stone Wall on Dongbaekdo Island. Haeundae is 1.5km long, 30~50m wide, with an area of 58,400?3. The white sand is rough and easily sticks to your skin. The sand of this beach is composed of sands that come from Chuncheon Stream and shells that have disintegrated naturally by the wind over a long time. Haeundae Beach is also famous for the various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. At Haeundae Beach there is a Folk Square where you can enjoy traditional games such as neoldduigi (seesaw jumping), Korean wrestling, tuho (arrow throwing), tug-of-war and yutnori. There is also the Beach Culture Center and the Beach Library. Numerous people visit every year from June to August.

Jagalchi Market is Korea's largest seafood market. After the Korean War the market solidified itself as a fish market. Most of the people who sell fish are women, so the women who sell here are called 'Jagalchi Ajumma', 'ajumma' meaning middle-aged or married woman. This market represents Busan and is famous throughout the country. If you visit you can eat fresh raw fish right at the market. Even today you can still see women selling mackerel, sea squirts (ascidians) and whale meat on wooden board boxes along the road. Every year in October the Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival is held, and it is easy to visit because of the convenient transportation of the subway. The Jagalchi Market is where you can witness the lifestyle of Busan natives.

Sept 10 (Sat)

9:30am - departure, in front of Hamilton Hotel

3:00pm - arrive in BUSAN

3:30pm - get to the Hotel at the SONGJEONG beach

4:30pm - visit YONGGUNGSA temple on the seaside

7:00pm - back to hotel and free time on SONGJEONG beach
Sept 11 (Sun)

10:00am - go to beach with the surf board after changing into wet suits

10:10am - get surfing instruction and practice from surf instructor on the beach

11:00am - surfing until sunset

6:00pm - return your surf board and wet suit

8:00pm - big party at nearby club for surfers (DJs)
Sept 12 (Mon)

1:00pm - tour around BUSAN city and streets

7:00pm - back to hotel
walk to HAEUNDAE beach (20 minutes away from SONGJEONG beach), or relax
Sept 13 (Tue)

Free time until 12pm

12:30pm - get on the bus

5:00pm - arrive in Seoul, Itaewon
Price: 215,000 won

Included: Transportation, Accomodation for 3 nights (one room for 2 people), Surf board & Wet suit, Surfing Instruction Fee