When people talk about the beaches of Busan, they always mention Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach. However, Songjeong Beach is a rising star among Busan beaches. It may not be as dazzling as Haeundae Beach or Gwangalli Beach, but you will love its both cozy and yet active sides.
On This Post
- The Rising Star
- Holy Beach for Surfers
- More Than Surfing
- Jukdo Island
- Songjeong Beach in Korean Movies and Dramas
- Things To Do Near Songjeong Beach
62, Songjeonghaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Subway: Line 2 (Green Line), get off at Jangsan station (장산/201), Exit 5 > Transfer to Bus: No. 185 > Get off at KT Songjeong Tower (KT 송정타워) bus stop
Website: Haeundae-gu District Office Songjeong Beach Page (in Korean)
Songjeong Beach, The Rising Star
Songjeong Beach may not be as famous as Haeundae Beach or Gwangalli Beach, but the people of Busan have always loved this lovely part of the blue ocean. You may have heard that Songjeong Beach attracts fewer crowds compared to those two nationally famous beaches. It is true but ‘less’ has become quite a relative term because the number of summer visitors to this place in 2019 was just a little shy of 2 million.
Holy Beach for Surfers
Songjeong Beach has many charms, but surfing is its top attraction without a doubt. It is considered one of the top three surfing beaches in South Korea along with Yangyang Beach in Gangwondo and Jungmun Beach on Jeju Island. By the way, it has pride as the birthplace of Korean surfing.
Here all surfers from beginners to advanced can enjoy surfing because the sea is shallow and yet the wave is high. Thanks to its location, the area gets both the north wind and south wind which create proper waves for surfing. In addition, the temperature of the sea is warmer than in other areas all around the year.
During fall and winter, you can see up to a thousand surfers on the beach. You can easily find a class here for all levels from beginners to the advanced. The designated area for surfers separated from swimmers is also a plus for surfers. Surfers say the sea gives more waves during the afternoon. Recently the beach offers more marine activities like paddle boards in addition to surfing.
Songjeong Beach Offers More Than Surfing
This sandy place is also famous for its sunrise on New Year’s Day. Songjeong and Heaundae are very popular for New Year’s Day sunrise, but technically you can see the sunrise a few seconds earlier here than at Haeundae.
The name of the beach, Songjeong, means a pavilion in a pine forest. It is the southernmost beach on the east side of the Korean Peninsula. The beach is popular for families because its ocean is less steep and shallow. The beauty of the area attracted people during the Japanese Occupation period, and Songjoeng Beach officially opened in 1965.
This ocean side is also popular as an MT place for college students. MT, membership training, is a college event in which students take a trip together for fun and to cement their relationship (and drink a lot.) The Songjeong area offers plenty of accommodations to hold a large number of students.
Songjeong Beach hosts many festivals including the annual Songjoeng Beach Festival, Harvest Full-Moon Seaweed Festival, and Songjeong Jukdo Culture Event.
Jukdo Island (죽도)
On the edge of Songjeong Beach, Jukdo Island lies (죽도). The name means an island of bamboos. It has a short yet relaxing trail along the island. At the tip of the island, you will reach a pavilion, Songiljeong. The sunrise and sunset from the pavilion make the spot worth visiting.
Songjeong Beach in Korean Movies and Dramas
This beautiful ocean side has been a filming location for Korean movies and dramas including Okay Madam, Will you be there?, and Hindsight. The music video of ‘Hopefully Sky’ by Jung Eun-ji also features the beach.
Things To Do Near Songjeong Beach
At Songjeong Station of Haeundae Blueline Park, you can take Haeundae Beach Train going to Mipo Station via Cheonsapo. If you love to walk, you can walk to Cheongsapo Bridge. Osiria Tourism Complex can be reached by bus within a few stops. The complex includes Lotte World Adventure Busan, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Dongbusan Lotte Premium Outlets, and more.
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