Water, water everywhere
Busan Citizens Park
Busan Citizens Park, located just outside centrally-located Seomyeon, is a beautiful beast that extends nearly 500,000 square meters.
The former United States military camp once known as Camp Hialeah has seen a lovely transformation since property rights were transferred back to Busan in 2006. The park officially opened in 2014.
Well-equipped with walking paths, lawns, streams and amusement facilities, Busan Citizens Park provides a great space for relaxation amid the busy city life of one of Busan's busiest areas. As a bonus, the park's closing time was recently extended an hour until midnight every day, making Busan Citizens Park an even more attractive choice for summer nights out.
One particular highlight of Busan Citizens Park is its areas designed for watery fun. Between south gates 1 and 2, find a large artificial pond where tunnel and musical fountains are located. Columns of water shoot from 100 nozzles on both sides of the walkway over the surface of the pond to form a water archway. The lights on display at night add even more to the experience.
A 25-meter-high waterfall fountain in the middle of the pond also captivates. The waterfall is operated for an hour at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on holidays between April and October. The tunnel fountain runs for about five minutes intermittently during the same period. Special multimedia shows featuring shooting lights and lasers happen at 8 p.m. every Saturday.
A musical fountain can also be found near the main south gate. Located downstream of Jeonpocheon stream, the fountain shoots various water columns that look like circles and tornados. Rainbow lights at night add to the "wow" factor. The fountain is operated for 25 minutes every three hours from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays; every two hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on holidays.
- Tunnel, waterfall and musical fountains are not in service on Mondays.
- Address: 73, Simingongwon-ro, Busanjin-gu, Busan (Beomjeon-dong)
- How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 7. Turn left at the intersection and walk about 10 minutes. Or, Bujeon Station (Donghae Line), exit 2. Exit Bujeon train station and turn left, walk about five minutes.
- Information: citizenpark.or.kr/eng/Main.do
Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams
True to the name "Dadaepo," a large and wide dock, an extensive waterfront area welcomes visitors who venture to the southwestern end of Busan Metro Line 1. While extensive renovation and expansion has occurred in recent years, the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams remains this area's most famous landmark.
Since its 2010 debut, the 2,500-square-meter fountain has wowed with its wet and wild water and light shows between April and October, attracting more than a million visitors each year. The recent metro extension means even more folks are expected.
The fountain, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for its impressive size, features more than 1,000 nozzles that can shoot simultaneously. Water columns as high as 55 meters can rise from the middle of the fountain. A musical soundtrack in time with the water never fails to astound and impress.
There are two ways to experience the Sunset Fountain of Dreams: on the hour at 11 a.m., then at 2 to 5 p.m., people can cool off as they run through the water. Musical fountain shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in April, September and October, and at 8 p.m. between May and August.
Besides the fountain show, find Dadaepo's excellent beach park nearby and enjoy various pathways and calm, peaceful streams that eventually lead to an impressive, sandy beach. The wooden walkway above the shallow part of the sea is a perfect place for a stroll around sunset and at night.
- The fountain does not operate on Mondays. There is one show Tuesday through Friday, twice on weekends (7:30 and 8:30 p.m. April, September and October; 8 and 9 p.m. between May and August).
- How to get there: Dadaepo Beach (Metro line 1), exit 4. The fountain and beach park complex can be seen from the exit.
Busan Citizens Park isn't the only lovely park with a cool, refreshing fountain near Bujeon Station.
Songsanghyeon Square, in the middle of Jungang-daero, stretches from Samjeon Intersection in Bujeon-dong to Songgong Samgeori (three-way intersection) in Yangjeong-dong. This is truly a city park, with roadways on all sides. The wide-open space is heralded as Korea's largest square at 700 meters in length and up to 50 meters in width.
Home to an extensive lush lawn, walkway, asphalt square, brooklet and fountain, Songsanghyeon Square has been popular with those looking for a little respite from the busy city since it debuted in 2014. Sitting under shady trees on the lawn while enjoying a simple picnic or a good book is a fantastic use of anyone's time.
If you're here for a fountain, though, Songsanghyeon Square has you covered. Located at the edge of the park toward Yangjeong, it is operated between May and September. Water columns that emerge from the ground for 25 minutes are more than enough to chill out. The fountain runs every two hours on the hour all day and into the evening.
Come nightfall, the fountain area transforms into a beautiful light show. Red and violet lights along with various selections of music offer up a different kind of cool than the water that dominates the day.
But, there's even more to this park than the fountain area. The bronze statue of war hero Song Sang-hyeon, after whom the park is named, stands at the tip of the park. Sunken Square, located at the end of the park toward Bujeon-dong, is a unique cultural space where lots of outdoor performances are showcased for free.
- The fountain does not operate on Mondays.
- How to get there: Bujeon Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. Walk about 10 minutes toward Yangjeong.
Busan Station Square
The fountain outside Busan Station, a gateway to the city, refreshes travellers both at the beginning and end of their trips.
Originally installed in 1970, the first fountain was replaced by its current circular-form version in 2010. This 2,000 square meter fountain is in service between April and October.
General purpose operations are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It becomes a musical fountain for 20-to-30 minutes at noon, 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The schedules for nighttime fountain shows are subject to change from month to month, due to changes in sunset time. Almost 500 nozzles, laser lights and water screens are used for the colorful shows, centering around a circular ring-type structure. The circular ring at the center of the fountain signifies a connection between the continents and oceans. How they are presented can change slightly depending on seasons.
- The fountain does not operate on Mondays.
- How to get there: Busan Station (Metro line 1), exit 8. It is located outside the Busan Station rail building.