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Sirangdae & Coastal Walk to Orangdae | Busan, South Korea

Sirangdae 시랑대 & Coastal Walk to Orangdae오랑대

부산광역시 기장군 기장읍 용궁길 86 | 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan (address of Haedong Yonggungsa Temple 해동용궁사)

vary according to temple situation (e.g. monks' prayers & practices)

generally open around 8:00 - 17:30

Sirangdae - Admission Fees

Free

OSIRIA Station (Donghae Line, exit 1)​

by BUS:

  • Turn left upon exit. Walk towards the main road in front and turn right to the bus stop. 1 min walk. Take Bus# 1001 / 139. 4 mins. Get off at Yonggungsa Temple 용궁사 | National Institute of Fisheries Science 국립수산과학원 stop. Walk 40m in the direction as the bus moving off, turn right onto Yonggung-gil and walk all the way to temple. 12 mins walk.

 

by TAXI: Take the taxi from the taxi stand in front of the exit. 6 mins.

 

Haeundae Station (line 2, exit 7)

by BUS:​​​

  • Haeundae Station (line 2, exit 7). Walk 20m to bus stop ahead, take Bus# 1001 (27mins, frequency 6-10 mins) / 181 (27mins, frequency 17mins) / 100 (32 mins, frequency 12-15mins). Get off at Yonggungsa Temple 용궁사 | National Institute of Fisheries Science 국립수산과학원 stop.

  • Haeundae Station (line 2, exit 7). Walk 20m to bus stop ahead, take Bus #Haeundae-gu 9 (24 mins, frequency 80 mins weekdays, 42-45 mins weekends) and get off at Yonggungsa Temple Entrance 용궁사입구 stop.

Walk 40-50m in the direction as the bus moving off, turn right onto Yonggung-gil and walk all the way to temple. 12 mins walk.

Haeundae Beach Square (near Sea Life Busan Aquarium):

by BUS:

walk 310m along the main road (Haeundaehaebyeon-ro) to the bus stop in front of Marianne Hotel (next to Fairfield by Marriot Busan). Take Bus #100 (27 mins) / #139 (38 mins). TIPS: Bus# 139 operates on the entire stretch of Haeundae Beach with several stops (Beach/Aquarium side). Get off at Yonggungsa Temple 용궁사 | National Institute of Fisheries Science 국립수산과학원 stop. Walk 40m in the direction as the bus moving off, turn right onto Yonggung-gil and walk all the way to temple. 12 mins walk.

 

by TAXI: Taxi from Haeundae Station/Beach, 20 mins.

 

From the temple entrance, it is a 5 mins walk to Sirangdae.

Sirangdae is one of the Eight Scenic Views of Gijang in Busan. Since ancient times, the beauty of Sirangdae was widely known.

Sirangdae, one of the 2 scenic spots in Gijang used for the name 'OSIRIA'

If you have visited any attractions in Gijang (BUSAN), you would probably come across the word, 'OSIRIA'.

 

There is an Osiria Station on Donghae Line. Short walk away from the station is the Osiria Theme Park with both Lotte Adventure Theme Park and Skyline Luge Busan located next to each other. There is also a 2.1km Osiria Coastal Walk right in front of Ananti Cove (& Ananti Hilton Busan).

 

All these attractions, including Lotte Premium Outlets Dongbusan Branch and IKEA Dongbusan are part of the mega project under Osiria Tourism Complex, all within walking distance or 5 mins drive of each other.

As huge as the tourism project is in Gijang, the word 'OSIRIA' in fact originated from a combination of the names of 2 scenic spots in Gijang.

 

'Orangdae' (located along Osiria Coastal Walk near Ananti Cove) and another attraction is 'Sirangdae'.

So, let's explore these 2 best hidden attractions in Busan and discover the footpath of the coastal trail that linked both places. 

 

💡'Osir' combines with the suffix '~ia' to indicate a place, forming the word 'Osiria'. 'Osiria' also has the meaning of 'Come to Busan'.

Let's kick start with the walking trail to Sirangdae

The path to Sirangdae starts from the stairway in between the 12 Zodiac Figures and the Traffic Safety Prayer Pagoda near the entrance of Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. It is a short 5 mins nature walk.

After getting up the stairs, you will come across the Bamboo Forest. About 10m into the walk, turn left at the gate to the narrow forest trail. Once you see the temple wall ahead, turn right and walk along the temple wall towards the entrance gate of Sirangdae. There are signs along the way too.

Beauty of Sirangdae

Once you walk past the entrance gate, the beauty of Sirangdae will unfold before you.

 

There is a wooden deck and observatory for visitors to enjoy the magnificent scenery of Sirangdae. From the observatory, one can view all the way to Ananti Cove on the left (i.e. when facing the sea).

Among Sirangdae's rocky cliff and strange-looking huge rocks is a rock hanging precariously on the cliff edge.

Traces of Jeyongdan Altar which were used in ritual prayers for the safe return of fishermen can be seen from Sirangade.

💡The tall white building at a distance along the coast is the Ananti Hilton Busan at Ananti Cove.

The Origins of Sirangdae

One of the most significant rocks at Sirangdae is none other than the rock inscribed with 侍郞臺('Sirangdae').

During the reign of King Yeongjo of Joseon Dynasty, Gwon-jeok was demoted as the Magistrate of Gijang in 1733. He often visited Sirangdae and inscribed the words 侍郞 ('Sirang') on the rock to commemorate his former high official rank as the Third Minister of Personnel. ('Dae') refers to platform.

 

💡侍郞臺 is written in Hanja, Korean traditional writing system consists of Traditional Chinese characters.

Besides the poems inscribed on the rocks by Gwon-jeok, there are poems by other well-known people as well. Unfortunately, they are mostly damaged over time with only six of them remain recognisable.

Recommended Coastal Walking Course between Sirangdae/Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Ananti Cove & Orangdae (Busan Galmaet-gil, 2.5km, 40 mins)

Sirangdae is probably the best point to start the easy coastal walk between Sirangdae to Orangdae, the 2 best-kept secret attractions in Gijang, Busan where the word 'Osiria' originates.

The coastal walking trail from Haedong Yonggungsa Temple to Ananti Cove (& Ananti Hilton Busan) and onwards to Orangdae is about 2.5km and takes about 40mins. In fact, it is a small section of the Busan Galmaet-gil Trail (Course 1: Section 1-2).

💡Busan Galmaet-gil has a total of 9 courses, 21 sections and 278.8km long. On the survey conducted by the Korea Tourism Organization in 2021, Busan Galmaet-gil is the second most popular walking trail after Jeju Olle-gil in Korea.

💡The name ‘Galmaet-gil’ combines the two Korean words, 'Galmaet' (refers to seagull and the symbol of Busan), and 'gil' (means path). The name refers to a seagull that flies in and around Busan, across mountains, rivers and oceans.

Map of Coastal Walking Course between Sirangdae/Haedong Yonggungsa Temple & Ananti Cove | Busan, South Korea

a) From Haedong Yonggungsa Temple to National Institute of Fisheries Science

From Sirangdae, walk back to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple entrance and head down to the left side of the temple (i.e. when facing the sea) towards the golden Jizo Bodhisattva statue along the coastline.

b) From National Institute of Fisheries Science (& National Fisheries Science Museum) to Dongam Village 

A bit further from the side of Jizo Bodhisattva statue, walk towards the wall of National Institute of Fisheries Science. Follow the coastal walk along the edge of National Institute of Fisheries Science and National Fisheries Science Museum to Dongam Village.

c) From Dongam Village To Ananti Cove (& Ananti Hilton Busan) / Orisia Coastal Walk.

It is a short walk from Dongam Village before reaching Osiria Coastal Walk that extends to the whole stretch of Ananti Cove (& Ananti Hilton Busan).

💡Why not drop in at Ananti Cove for a drink at one of its fabulous cafes/restaurants?☕️🍰🍧

d) From Ananti Cove (& Ananti Hilton Busan) to Orangdae

After walking past Ananti Cove along the coast, the Osiria Coastal Walk continues all the way to Orangdae. At Orangdae Park, you can see Yongwangdan (temple on rock out in sea), Haegwangsa Temple and view of Daebyeon Port at a distance.

You can take a well-deserved break on its rocking wooden chair, looking out to the peaceful ocean at Orangdae.💜

Map

Map of Getting to Sirangdae & Nearby Attractions

Getting to Sirangdae & Location Map | Busan, South Korea

Map of Busan Galmaet-gil Footpaths (Courses in Gijang)

Sirangdae - Busan Galmaet-gil Footpath Map | Busan, South Korea

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