Samnak Ecological Park is a beautiful natural retreat nestling on the west side of Busan, South Korea. The park is one of the largest urban parks in Busan covering almost 40 times bigger area than Haeundae Beach.
Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, educational experiences, or simply a place to unwind, Samnak Ecological Park offers a delightful escape into nature within the vibrant city of Busan.
On This Post
- General Information about Samnak Ecological Park
- Things to do in Samnak Ecological Park
- When to Visit Samnak Ecological Park
- Events at Samnak Ecological Park
- Where To Stay Nearby
- More Things To In The Area
Information About Samnak Ecological Park
Address and Map
1231, Nakdong-daero, Sasang-gu, Busan, South Korea
How to Get to Samnak Ecological Park
- Subway: Ride BGL (Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit) and get off at Gwaebeop Renecite station. Exit 1. Walk for 10 minutes (600m/2,000ft)
- Bus: Ride No. 123 or 126 and get off at Samnak Saengtae Gongwon (삼락생태공원/Samnak Eco Park) bus stop. Walk across the main road to the west for about 5 minutes.
- Free parking is available (except for Parking Lot 6. Free Parking only for the first 4 hours at Parking Lot 6.)
Admission (Entrance Fee)
Free (except for camping sites fees)
The park is open 24/7, but some facilities have their own hours.
Phone: +82-51-303-0048 or 0049
How do you say Samnak Ecological Park in Korean?
Samnak saengtae gongwon (삼락생태공원) is what Koreans call this park. Sangtae means ecology and gongwon is a park.
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Things To Do In Samnak Ecological Park
Take your best pictures of lotus flowers.
In summer, lotus flowers are welcoming visitors at Samnak Ecological Park. There are two lotus fields in the park and you can see varieties of lotus.
The ponds turn green because of all those lotus leaves. Lotus flowers are so picturesque that many photographers are completely absorbed in taking pictures of them.
The park has a variety of lotus flowers. The list includes water lily, lotus, and prickly water lily. And each kind has various colors as well.
Ride a bike at the park
Samnak Ecological Park is huge. The park covers an area of approximately 4,720,000 square meters (about 1,160 acres) and it’s almost 4 times bigger than Haeundae Beach. Thus, it is a good idea to rent a bike if you want to enjoy the park more broadly.
The trails for bikes and pedestrians are well-maintained and it is easy to ride through the park. There are several suggested bike routes from a short one (5.5km) to the relatively longer one (11km). Of course, you can ride as you wish as well.
The rental shop is located near Parking Lot No. 4. The rental costs 3,000 KRW (about 2.3 USD) per person for an hour. After the first hour, 500 KRW will be added every 15 minutes.
- March – October: 09:00 – 18:00
- Novermber – February: 09:00 – 17:00
- No rental on rainy days
- Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays in January, February, July, August, and December
Visitors can rent different types of bikes such as tandem bicycles or 4-people carriages.
Appreciate the beauty of flowers
At Samnak Ecological Park, you can enjoy beautiful flowers across the park. Among many flowery spots, Gamjeon Wildflower Field (감전야생화단지/Gamjeon Yasaenghwa Danji) is home to 60 types of wildflowers. They are all resilient to floods because of the field’s riverside location.
Simply follow the trails
One of the highlights of Samnak Ecological Park is its well-maintained walking trails that wind through the park’s various ecosystems. Visitors can embark on leisurely strolls, enjoying the fresh air and admiring the natural beauty surrounding them.
The trails offer glimpses of vibrant flowers, towering trees, and scenic viewpoints. And, each season brings a different atmosphere.
Learn about nature
Nestled amidst the bustling city, the park offers a serene environment and a unique opportunity to experience the region’s rich biodiversity. It serves as a haven for numerous plant and animal species, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and enthusiasts.
The park also features a variety of educational facilities and programs aimed at promoting environmental awareness and conservation. There are interpretive centers and informative displays where visitors can learn about the park’s ecosystems, wildlife, and ongoing conservation efforts.
Samnak Ecological Park is a great place to learn especially about wetlands and migratory birds. You can find names of wetland creatures and the park features facilities for supporting migratory birds.
Samnak Ecological Park includes an extensive collection of sports amenities for visitors of all ages. The city of Busan and the local district try to encourage citizens’ physical activity and a healthy lifestyle by providing these facilities.
The park has five soccer fields, six baseball fields, six basketball courts, and more. The list includes less common sports like rugby, gate ball, and traditional Korean archery. To use certain facilities, you need to make a reservation online.
I found some people with paragliders. I assume they chose Samnak Eco Park because it has a huge green field and is located right next to Gimhae Airport.
Go on a picnic or go camping
There are picnic areas where families and friends can gather for outdoor meals and relaxation. The park offers benches and pavilions, or you can bring your blanket and lie down on green grass.
Do you want to stay longer? The park has two camping sites: an auto camping site and a regular camping site. You need to make a reservation online to use these camping sites.
Unlike many popular destinations in Busan, Samnak Ecological Park has ample parking spaces in several lots. However, all these lots get much crowded during special events, so be prepared.
When To Visit Samnak Ecological Park
The real charm of Samnak Ecological Park is that visitors can enjoy the park any season of the year. In spring, the tunnel of cherry blossoms and the yellow field of canola flowers are welcoming visitors.
In summer, the ponds full of lotus flowers and water lilies make spectacular scenes. Colorful wildflowers over the lush green background are another beauty.
With the autumn breeze, cosmos flowers are taking the place where summer beauties have left. Winter is the best season for bird watchers. The Nakdong River estuary is known as a resting place for migratory birds and Samnak Eco Park is a part of this nature system.
Events At Samnak Ecological Park
Throughout the year, the park hosts various events and festivals that celebrate nature and showcase the local culture.
- Samnak Cherry Blossom Festival (March or April)
- Busan International Rock Festival (October)
- Sasang Riverside Festival (October)
Where To Stay Near Samnak Ecological Park
Samnak Eco Park is not in the hottest tourist area so you wouldn’t find 5-star luxury resorts nearby. However, it is not hard to find nice affordable hotels in the area thanks to its location close to Gimhae International Airport.
More Things To Do Near Samnak Ecological Park
Located across the Nakdong River from Samnak Eco Park, Daejeo Ecological Park in Busan is a host of the nation’s largest Canola Flower Festival. Read the post about Daejeo Ecological Park.
Besides numerous migratory birds, Eulsukdo Island is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. Read a post about the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan.
Nakdong Estuary Eco Center in Eulsukdo is worth visiting both for fun and education. Read a post about Nakdong Estuary Eco Center.
In addition to the points of interest listed above, this area is home to more ecological parks. Hwamyeong Ecological Park, Maekdo Ecological Park, and Eulsukdo Ecological Park all sit along the Nakdong River. Hwamyeong Rose Park and Busan Metropolitan Library are good places to stop by if your schedule allows.
If you have been to Samnak Eco Park, please leave your comments or tips for fellow travelers below.