Yongdusan Park, a mountainous park in the center of Busan, is one of the city’s most popular green spaces. Its name translates to “dragon’s head mountain,” as it’s thought to resemble a dragon poking its head above the surface of the sea.
The park is dotted with various monuments to battles and Korean heroes, including Joseon naval commander Admiral Yi Sun-shin. The Busan Tower rises from the heart of the park, and while climbing the tower requires an admission fee, it’s worth it to see the view from the top. The park is also home to a cafe and a few restaurants, an aquarium, a temple and exhibition spaces that frequently host cultural performances on the weekends.
Explore the free park by day, but come back at night to enjoy the views of Busan from the top of the Busan Tower after sunset.