Recommended one-day trip itineraries
We recommend the following two itineraries to enjoy the coastal beauty and fresh seafood available in Gijang.
① Busan Station → Haedong Yonggungsa Temple → Gijang Haenyeo Village → Ocean-view café → Ahopsan Forest → Hanok café
This course departs from Busan Station and travels to some of the top attractions & popular cafés in Gijang.
② Busan Station → Gijang Station → Jukseong Catholic Church → Seafood restaurant → Imnang Beach → Ocean-view café
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (해동 용궁사)
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is unlike typical temples in Korea, located deep within the mountains. Instead, this temple is right on the coast, almost appearing to float on the ocean.
The temple has often been referred to as the most beautiful temple in Korea, thanks to the unique combination of the traditional temple structures with the waves crashing onto the large rocks below.
Jukseong Catholic Church (죽성성당)
Jukseong Catholic Church, standing at the top of a coastal cliff, is not an actual church. It was built as a filming set for the drama “Dream (2009).” The building was originally slated to be removed after filming was completed, but it became such a popular photo spot that it has remained.
Jukseong Catholic Church
Ahopsan Forest (아홉산숲)
Ahopsan Forest spreads over 520,000 ㎡ and is comprised of 400-year-old trees. It’s a great place to see bamboo, pine trees, ginkgo trees, azaleas and more in a pristine state.
The forest has stood as a greenbelt for a long time, earning it the designation as a protection area of source water. There are also 116 trees in the forest that are protected. Thanks to the forest’s beauty, it has been used as a filming site for many movies, dramas, and television commercials.
- Address: 37-1, Midong-gil, Gijang-gun, Busan (부산광역시 기장군 철마면 미동길 37-1)
- Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min from Gijang Station (Donghae Line)
- Operating hours: 09:00-18:00 (last admission 16:30)
* Closed Mondays
- Admission: 5,000 won
* Free: Preschoolers (ages 4 and younger)
- Website: www.ahopsan.com (Korean only)
Jeonbok juk & haemul pajeon (전복죽 & 해물파전 )
Being a coastal town, there are lots of restaurants in Gijang offering dishes with seafood. We recommend places offering jeonbok juk, a nutritious rice porridge filled with the full flavor of the sea, and haemul pajeon, a savory pancake with a variety of seafood.
Seafood at Gijang Haenyeo Village (기장해녀촌)
At the Gijang Haenyeo Village, you can purchase sannakji (live octopus), ppulsora (horned turbans), meonggye (sea pineapple), haesam (sea cucumber), and more fresh seafood. Enjoy the different textures of each type of seafood as you dip it in chogochujang, a spicy seasoning made of vinegar and red pepper paste, or makjang, a soybean paste-based seasoning.
Fresh seafood also goes great with soju! While here, try the local brands of Daesun and Joeunday.
Gijang Haenyeo Village
There are lots of cafés in Gijang with ocean views. You can easily find them in the areas around Gijang Haenyeo Village and Imnang Beach. Of course, the best café is always the one that fits into your itinerary best! Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee!
Many of the coastal cafés have their own unique photo zones. Be sure to get a picture of you relaxing in such beauty.
Gijang also has a couple of cafés located in hanok buildings. Take full advantage of the setting and order traditional drinks and desserts!
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