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Taejongdae Resort


The Lighthouse atop Pusan (Busan)'s Taejongdae Resort
Photo courtesy of KNTO
Daily
Hours: 4am-12am
Cost: W600; 13-18yrs W300; under 12s & seniors free
Telephone: +82 51 405 2004
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Named after the 29th king of Silla Dynasty - King TaeJong Mu-Yeol (AD 604~661), who liked to practice archery there after the unification of the Three Kingdoms - Taejongdae stretches nearly six miles (9.1 km) along the southern side of the Yeongdo coast. The area was designated as a resort of the city of Pusan (Busan in modern transliteration) in 1969.
It is especially famous for its rock beach, but the landscape also includes the highest peak at 250 metres and forests of pine and 200 other varieties of trees, including silver magnolia and camellia.

There is a myth that supernatural beings (the Shinsun) used to play and relax on the so-called Sinseon Rock, under where - since 1906 - the resort's lighthouse now is. There is also a figure on the rock called Mangbuseok, named after the story of a woman who waited for her husband who had been taken to Japan. On clear days, you can see Japan's Oryukdo and Tsushima Islands from the observatory.

Taejongdae is also famous for the ritual of praying for rain during droughts. Indeed there is a day actually called "Taejong Rain" (the tenth day of the lunar month each May).
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