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Green Walking, Green Busan
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2010년 06월 04일 (금) 18:34:51 The Hyowon Herald hwherald@pusan.ac.kr

 

Green Walking, Green Busan

          Recently, as people importantly consider the quality of life, interests in eco-friendly lifestyles are rising. With changes in lifestyle, the number of walkaholics has also increased. Especially in Busan, walking organizations and campaigns have been established. Green Way events are held regularly. Like Jeju Olle-gil, Busan is making an effort to change the city’s best walking routes. A variety of walking routes range from narrow paths like alleys or footpaths to wide coastal, forest and riverside paths. 
          Therefore, The Hyowon Herald has participated in this campaign and walked various Green Ways in Busan to let PNU students know about the good walking courses that exist in Busan. Each reporter tried walking various routes. We walked Dongbaek Island and Yigidae, types of coastal paths, and Modern Historic Roads, and footpaths. A riverside path from Suyeong River to Oncheoncheon and a forest path from Seongjigok Forest to Sunamsa were also walked. Now we will introduce about these ways.


Seongjigok Forest to Sunamsa

 

   

          If you were born in Busan, you may have experienced going to the Seongjigok in Busan children’s’ Grand Park at least once in your life. People from Busan used to go on picnics with their family and friends growing up. This place fulfills its role as being a good place to take a rest and play because it offers abundant beautiful scenery adorned with a fountain and forest. Most people in Busan like this place very much. Busan has appropriately designated this place as one of the Green Ways in Busan. This course starts from Seongjigok and passes by Baekyang Mountain to Busan Sunamsa, the temple located in Baekyang Mountain.
          I visited the park again after a long absence. If you walk around this place, you can meet many people taking a walk. While walking, I met Kim Kyeong-kuk(53) who walked down from Baekyang Mountain to Seongjigok, and we talked with each other. Kim said, “I’ve been frequenting this place during the past 20 years. Whenever I go hiking, I can take away a feeling that my heart and mind are healthy by being around such great scenery.” He praised the park continuously. However, he didn’t know the fact that Busan had designated this park as a Green Way. “I don’t listen about the Green Way. However, this way has experienced many changes recently. I think that Busan is concerned about roads, diseases and insects of the forest.” It is impossible to satisfy every need. During walking for about 4 hours, I couldn’t find any bathroom. “You can’t see any toilets here and the walk requires so much time. If the city installed comfort spots like bathrooms people could enjoy the road more easily.” The knowledge about the Green Way must be too low as of yet. However, if Busan city tried to improve and solve many problems, people would become more concerned about the Green Way project. You can access Busan children’s’ Grand Park by subway from Pusan National University station to the Seomyeon subway station and transfer to number 33, 81 buses.

By Kim Min-jeong, Editor-in-Chief
yacuza3104@pusan.ac.kr


Modern Historic Road(Toseong-dong)

 

   

          The Modern historic road is a road that resembles a town in the 1950s created by Taegeuk people. Above all, the biggest characteristic of this road is that we can get a sense of a modern Korean town through many houses which are close to each other; the taegeuk headquarter and briquette bank. As well as this point, we can also enjoy lots of pieces of art which are displayed all over the town.
          Kim Ha-yan, who walked along the road, said that “It is my first time to walk this road. Although the road is remote, it is very attractive for people to experience modern scenery. Furthermore, it is a gorgeous display of harmony between old landscape seen in signs and buildings and modern art. “
          A Trace of modern Korean history and pieces of art in this road offer a special feeling you’ve probably never experienced before. If you want to experience both modern Korean history and art, walking this road would be a great chance to kill two birds with one stone. Lastly, to get to this road, you should take the metro line 1 and get off at Toseong-dong station. Then, take shuttle bus number 2 and get off at taegeuk town.

By Park Gi-ryung, Reporter
ryung@pusan.ac.kr


Songdo Coastal Road(Amnam Park)

 

   

          It wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that I discovered Amnam Park when I picked up a copy of a Busan guide book. Since I didn’t have a lot of free time and money to go some where far from my home in Dongdaesin-dong, I decided to take my family to Amnam Park. It was a choice I never regret. I was pleasantly surprised that I hadn’t discovered this secluded gem sooner considering that I have been living in Busan almost 14 years. 
          This primitive natural park has 100 million years old sedimentary rock, an old forest, more than 100 wild flowers, and 370 kinds of plants. From this thick forest you can see the beaches and ships at sea. Taking a walk through the paths is like bathing in a very attractive forest. There are rocks of every imaginable shape and size because of centuries of erosion. You can enjoy sea fishing as many people do.
          I usually visit this park at least two times a year seeing that it isn’t so far from my home. On February 23rd of this year, I finished teaching an English conversation course to the reporters and editor of the Hyowon Herald. I suggested that we go hiking through the gorgeous paths in Amnam Park. We got on the subway from Pusan National University station and got off at Chalgachi station. From there we caught a taxi to Amnam Park. We only used a taxi to save time. If you want to enjoy your trip even more, I recommend that you take a bus to the park.
          When you enter the park you will be faced with two immediate choices: go down over a set of steps that lead to an area where you will see a lot of people sea fishing or take the path beginning your hike. I recommend that you go down over the steps and take in the salty sea water as you walk along the railed embankment. If you’re in the mood to experience some local sea food, you will be able to buy steamed or BBQed Mussels, Clams, Oysters, etc. Of course, you can get your fix of Dokbokki and O-Daeng.
          When you’re finished taking in the view of the sea and anglers, head back in the direction you came from. When you reach the top of the stairs, take the path and continue walking until your feet get tired. To be honest, I never hiked the full length of the paths because of my schedule. If you are in the mood to be cooled by the shade of luscious pine trees and you have a good pair of boots, then this hidden gem called Amnam Park awaits you. To get to Amnam Park, get off at Nampodong or Chalgalchi station and take one of the following buses: 7, 71, 9, or 9-1.

By Patrick M. Guilfoyle

 

Suyeong River to Oncheoncheon Pathway

 
   

          People in Busan are familiar with both Suyeong River and Oncheoncheon. Oncheoncheon rising in Kumjung Mountain and Suyeong River rising in Wonhyo Mountain meet at Suyeong-gu and then flow into the East Sea. 
          The esplanade from Suyeong River to Oncheoncheon is a great route. First, the esplanade is nearby downtown. If people want to walk around briefly, they can do it from where they want: from Guseo subway staion to Dongnae subway station, Yeonsan-dong, Allak-dong, Banyeo-dong, etc.! Second, the esplanade is a picture of scenic beauty. The starting spot, Hoedong-dong, that is the upper region of Suyeong River, is in good ecological balance with the environment. There are also many flowers and fields of reeds along the walk. Third, the esplanade is well-constructed. The starting point of the esplanade is made of urethane. Urethane reduces the burden of impact upon the feet. In addition, at regular intervals, sport equipment exists. Finally, the whole esplanade includes other places: APEC and Jeonggwajeong parks, and Sebyeong Bridge. 
          Although I don’t walk along the entire esplanade, I feel that this trail is good for Pusan National University (PNU) students too. Oncheoncheon is closer to PNU. Is walking or running along the esplanade an excellent way to release your stress? Find out. Give it a try.

By Kim Du-ri, Reporter
drkim08@pusan.ac.kr

 

Haeundae Sampo Road(Dongbaek Island)

 

   

          Dongbaek Island is one of the natural beauties that represents of Busan. This area was designated as monument number 46 on March 9th, 1999 for Busan. It had been an island before, but sediment had slowly been deposited for a long time thereby connecting it to Busan’s mainland. 
          Dongbaek Island is located on the west side of Haeundae beach. So the island offers beautiful sights of Haeundae beach. Dongbaek Park and Nurimaru APEC House, where the 2005 APEC conference was held, are also located on the island. The paths in the park are dense with pine trees and camellias. This place offers a lot see.
          Kim Yeon, a second year Multimedia Design major at Dongseo University, whom I met at Dongbaek Island, said “The trail is ideal for walking and the scenery is beautiful. That makes me go to Dongbaek Island frequently.” She also said, “A great number of people visit this place every day. Nevertheless, it is kept very neat in comparison with other tourist attractions. Also, cars cannot enter inside the island. I think it has ideal circumstances to take a walk.”
          Many people who visit Busan go there. On the island, there is a wide and flat trail so that people go jogging there. Also, it is a popular place for lovers to go on a date. Dongbaek Island is always crowded with people. If you go there once, you will be charmed with the beautiful sights and fresh air. If you want to go to this wonderful island, take a subway or bus and get off at Haeundae station. Then you can easily find the island.

By Son Hyo-jeong, Reporter
hyojeong09@pusan.ac.kr


Yigidae Road

 

   

          Yigidae Park is located in Yong-ho 3 dong, Nam-gu, Busan. Yigidae has an old tale about its name. In the Joseon dynasty, there was a big war between Joseon and Japan. When the Japanese captured Busan, two Japanese generals were having a party in Yigidae. At the party, two Korean gisaengs, which were the same as geisha, jumped into the sea with two generals. After the war, people called the cape for memorial ‘two Korean gisaengs’. And this name was written using the Chinese character ‘Yigi(二妓)’.
          Yigidae Park has beautiful seashore. It also has dinosaur’s footprints. You can see Gwangan Bridge from there. The park’s walking course starts from Dongsangmal to Oryuk Island. It seems like a very long walking course. But, when you walk along the seashore and forest, you don’t get tired.

By Lee Seoung-youp, Reporter
bookperson@pusan.ac.kr


The Mouth of Nakdong River

 

   

          A reed behind the Nakdong Estuary Eco center. The way connects Gupo station and Nakdong Estuary Barrage is being extended to the center and Eulsuk Island.

By Lee Shin-ae, Reporter
lsa@pusan.ac.kr

 

 

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