Introduction of Ibagu-gil Road

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Two-Days-One-Night Route

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1st Day

Namseon Storage (Site) → (Former) Baekje Hospital → Damjang (Wall) Gallery → Dong-gu Inmulsa (Famous Figures) Wall → Ibagu Stop → 168 Do.Si.Rak.Guk → 168 Steps → Well Site → 168 Monorail → Kim Min-bu Observatory → 6.25 Makgeolli → Ibagu Chungjeonso (House) → Dangsan Shrine → Ibagu Gongjakso (Studio) → Jang Gi-ryeo Deo Nanum Center → Skyway Parking Lot → Yu Chi-hwan Post Box → Kkakkomak → Kkakkomak Cafe

2st Day

Busanjin Market → Beomil Donggul (Cave) Bridge → Maechukji (Reclaimation Village) Market → Maechukji (Reclamation Village) Cultural Center → Maechukji (Reclamation Village) Bell →Ilsin Christian Hospital → Memorial Monument for Reverend McKenzie → Jeonggongdan Altar → Rev. Dr. Gelson Engel Memorial Hall → Busanjin Presbyterian Church → Busanjin Ilsin Women’s School → General An Yong-bok Memorial Busanpo Opening Cultural Center → Inclined Elevator → Jeungsan Park

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Namseon Storage (Site)
Address53, 13beon-gil, Choryang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This was the first storage facility in Busan. It was also called Bukseon Storage for bringing things from Hamgyeong-do as well as Myeongtae Storage for storing myeongtae (walleye Pollack). Through the Gyeongbu Line, things in Namseon Storage were distributed nationally. It was removed over time and only fences remain.
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(Former) Baekje Hospital
Address16, 209beon-gil, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu, Busan
Established in 1922 by a Korean, this was the first modern individually -owned general hospital in Busan with a Western-style five-story building. Later, it served as the consulate for Taiwan, a law-enforcement office, and a Chinese restaurant.
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Damjang (Wall) Gallery
Address8-3, 41beon-gil, Choryangjung-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is a unique attraction only available along Sanbok Road in Dong-gu. Poems, black and white photos, and changing landscape views decorating the wall brings the traces of life to visitors.
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Dong-gu Inmulsa (Famous Figures) Wall
Address53, Choryangsang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This place reflects famous figures from Dong-gu who have led Korean modern history and discusses the future of Dong-gu. The wall consists of an introductory portion with poems and pictures depicting life on the Sanbok Road, followed by the introduction of people living in Dong-gu, Korean Wave stars from Choryang Elementary School, and what it is like living in Choryang, Dong-gu. Additionally, the wall along Choryang Elementary School symbolizes the history and future of Dong-gu as the origin of Busan. Numerous popular figures produced by the elementary school (opened in 1937) and Dong-gu are showcased on the wall. A school supply shop selling tteokbokki and other popular children’s food in the past still remains here
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Ibagu Stop
Address45, 37beon-gil, Choryangsang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is a temporary place for visitors to stop and rest as well as enjoy the culture of Ibagu-gil Road. It is also commissioned by the Dong-gu Office to operate main local facilities as part of the Local Work Project.
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168 Do.Si.Rak.Guk
Address191, Yeongcho-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
Before exploring Ibagu-gil Road, visitors may want to eat a delicious lunch box, sirakguk (soy bean paste soup with dried radish leaves), and a ground cup of coffee. The restaurant refers to the combination of 168 steps, dosirak (lunch box), and sirakguk
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Well Site
Address9-2, 191beon-gil, Yeongcho-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
This is the site of a well that was used for doing laundry in the past.
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168 Steps
Address9-2, 191beon-gil, Yeongcho-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
These are steep steps that seem difficult to finish climbing, but, at the top of the steps, visitors can see a gorgeous view of the Port of Busan. As a popular attraction, they symbolizes the history of Dong-gu and the life of people living in Dong-gu, the origin of Busan. It is the fastest shortcut to reach Sanbok Road from the Port of Busan (Busan Station). Placed in front of the gates of many homes, the steps are readily scaled for senior or disabled visitors through a 60m-long convenience facility called 168 Monorail
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168 Monorail
Address9-2, 191beon-gil, Yeongcho-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
This 60m-long monorail (with 33 degree incline) was built for residents that would difficulty in climbing the 168 Steps. Once on board the monorail, visitors can enjoy the view of the Port of Busan and the outstanding landscaping of Sanbok Road. There is a stop between the 168 Steps so that visitors may get off before reaching the top of the 168 Steps.
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Kim Min-bu Observatory
Address14, 26beon-gil, Yeongchowit-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
This is an observatory in which visitors can appreciate the poet Kim Min-bu’s poem Waiting Heart (which expresses the heart of a person waiting for somebody who can’t come) and was used for a popular classical song with the same title). Initially, the observatory was frequented only by poets and novelists remembering Kim Min-bu. But once word got out that the view from the observatory reflects the sadness expressed by the classical song Waiting Heart and another poem called Cracks, local residents and other tourists began to populate the observatory as well.

Additionally, visitors can enjoy beverages or a cup of coffee in a small cafeteria (160m2) with colorful chairs that replaced three or four empty houses on Sanbok Road. Through the observatory, visitors can look out over homes tightly spaced next to one another on Sanbok Road with the backdrop of the Port of Busan. Colorless homes and disorderly electrical wires produce a unique pathos.
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6.25 Makgeolli
Address21, Yeongchowit-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
It is a place where you can enjoy makgeolli, drinks, seafood pavement and so on. It was named "6 • 25 Makgeolli" in the sense of talking about the depression and the weight of life during the war.
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Ibagu Chungjeonso (House)
Address25, Yeongchowit-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
This is designed to let visitors to Ibagu-gil Road fill in their own stories. It visually expresses a board or tin house reflecting the life of refugees from the Korean War. Serving as a travel information center, recreational space, guesthouse, and experience facility, it is operated by local senior residents as part of the Senior Jobs Project. It also displays and sells leather crafts; visitors can also participate in an on-site leather craft experience program. From the house, visitors can look out over the splendid view of the Port of Busan along with Busan Station and Bukhangdaegyo Bridge while sharing new memories and stories with others.
-Guesthouse: Byeoldarakbang, Daldarakbang, and Haneuldarakbang
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Dangsan Shrine
Address13, 478beon-gil, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is a place to hold ancestral rites in lunar March and September directed to the Dangsansin (deities of Dangsan) for the peace and prosperity of the Choryang village. Built in April 1993, the shrine serves the Dangsansin (Dansan Grandfather and Dangsan Grandmother) as the protective deities of the village. Rebuilt in April 1993, two buildings in the shrine are placed next to each other under a 100-year-old nettle tree. It is not clear when the Dangsan rite began just as it is not clear when local sacrificial rites began. But rites here have been held for a century. They are local community rites to wish for the abundance and peace of the village.

Held in Choryang 2-dong, Dangsan rites take place around 7 a.m. on March 16th and September 16th (lunar) at the Dangsan Grandfather Shrine and Dangsan Grandmother Shrine. The organizer of the rites is believed to have taken over the duties from his mother. Dangsan rites are our cultural heritage that has been preserved in the turbulence of modern Korean history. They were suppressed during the Japanese rule as part of Japan’s policies to get rid of Korean heritage. They were also shunned during the Saemaeul (New Community) Movement as superstitious activities. But they have survived to this day and developed into local events participated in by local residents. On the days rites take place, local residents gather together and confirm their friendship with each other. As such, these rites contribute to unifying the village and strengthening the communal spirit.
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Ibagu Gongjakso (Studio)
Address14-13, 486beon-gil, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is space for collecting and displaying stories associated with the Korean War, Koreans who fought in the Vietnam War, and Sanbok Road. It embraces the lives of senior residents who have lived modern Korean history and their memories. It is a vibrant space where important materials are continually collected to give visitors perspectives of our past and future. The place also offers diverse exhibitions, lectures, cultural events, and education and experience programs, striving for sustainable communication in local communities
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Jang Gi-ryeo Deo Nanum Center
Address48, Yeongchowit-gil, Dong-gu, Busan
Called Korea’s Albert Schweitzer, Dr. Jang Gi-ryeo established the Blue Cross Medical Insurance Association, the origin of medical insurance in Korea, and practiced the importance of sharing with poor neighbors. The center was created to commemorate him. Dr. Jang built tents for an evangelical hospital where he offered medical treatments for refugees from the Korean War and sick wayfarers free of charge. Never owning his own home during his life, Dr. Jang dedicated himself to medical and volunteer activities on behalf of the poor. The center to commemote Dr. Jang’s spirit and practice of “deo nanum” (more sharing) consists of four rooms (Health Sharing Room, Storybook Room, Heart Sharing Room, and Small Library), operating diverse programs to promote the health of residents and support their cultural needs.
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16 Skyway Parking Lot
AddressMangyang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan (Choryang 6-dong)
(behind the Busan Computer Science High School)
The parking lot on Mangyang-ro (Road) was built for the convenience of residents and tourists as well as for pedestrians’ safety and smooth transportation as the relatively narrow Sanbok Road is populated with many tourists, local residents, and vehicles. Located at the foot of the road, the parking lot is connected to a 200m-long pedestrian pathway and an observatory with a rest area. From the parking lot, visitors can see the view of Sanbok Road with houses tightly placed next to each other against the backdrop of the Port of Busan. - Parking Capacity: 58 vehicles (53 cars, 3 spaces reserved for the disabled, and 2 buses)
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Yu Chi-hwan Post Box
Address2, 580beon-gil, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is a place to commemorate Cheongma (pen name) Yu Chi-hwan while overlooking the Port of Busan. Located in the spot on the Sanbok Road with the most outstanding view of the local landscape around, it commemorates Yu Chi-hwan, who served as the Principal of Gyeongnam Girls’ High School and passed away in the aftermath of an unfortunate traffic accident near Jwacheon-dong. He was a giant of modern Korean literature who loved Busan. The place consists of an outdoor performance hall on the first floor, a Poet’s Room on the second floor, and an observatory on the third floor. The building resembles the World’s first camera Opticura. It is a cultural community space where painting exhibitions and book concerts take place with visitors overlooking the landscape of Sanbok Road. The observatory connected to Sanbok Road houses a post box symbolizing the longing that delivers mail placed into a year later to recipients.
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Address18, 596beon-gil, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
Meaning “mountain slope” in the Gyeongsang-do dialect, Kkakkomak expresses a board house representing the life of refugees during the Korean War. It is not only an information center for visitors to Choryang Ibagu-gil Road, but also a guesthouse in which visitors listen to cultural and historical stories from a senior storyteller. Offering diverse on-site programs, it is operated by local residents and displays and sells products made by local enterprises. Along with the nearby Kkakkomak Observatory and Kkakomak Café, visitors can enjoy rest while appreciating the view of the Port of Busan and Sanbok Road.
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Kkakkomak Café
Address19, 600beon-gil, Mangyang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
The café (also named Cheonjippakkari) is a rest place offering beverages. Visitors can enjoy the view of the Port of Busan and Sanbok Road.
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Busanjin Market
Address24, Jinsijang-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is one of the three major traditional markets in Busan. It was named as such as it is located in the area of the Joseon Dynasty Busanjin. Opened as a regular market in 1913, it boasts over 100 years of history and tradition. Major items sold include wedding items, beads, fabrics, clothing, crops, dried seafood, and local produce, making it the largest traditional market in Busan.
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Beomil Donggul (Cave) Bridge
Address60beon-gil, Seongnami-ro, Dong-gu, Busan (nearby)
The corridor of the bridge and nearby overpass were filming locations of the popular Korean movies Friend and The Man from Nowhere.
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Maechukji (Reclaimation Village) Market
The Maechukji Village was named as such as it was land formed by reclaiming the coast during the Japanese rule. During this time, coachmen, horses, and porters found rest here. After Korea’s liberation from Japan, it was populated by people who returned to Korea after years of forced labor overseas. Some households lived together by remodeling a stable (used for horses) and traces of stables still remain to this day. Once locations near the village experienced redevelopment (formation of apartments), the village became like an island within the city. Popular films made here include Friend, Mother, The Man from Nowhere, and Low Life (also known as Raging Years). Most pathways consist of alleys, making traveling in the village like returning to the 1960s and 1970s. The market is open at dawn and shuts down by morning.
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Maechukji (Reclamation Village) Cultural Center
Address5, 33beon-gil, Seongnamsam-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This is the place to commemorate General An Yong-bok and his historical contributions as well as the history of Maechukji and the people living in it. Displaying various documents associated with the village that embodies modern Korean history, the center serves as a travel guide for visitors and a rest area and volunteer center for local residents.
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Maechukji (Reclamation Village) Bell
Address13, 11beon-gil, Seongnami-ro, Dong-gu, Busan (nearby)
This has not been rung since the last time it was rung during a large fire in Maechukji 30 years ago. It was designed to alert people in the village so that they can escape from a fire.
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Ilsan Christian Hospital
Address34, Jeonggongdan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
This was opened in 1952 to seek medical care centered on the spirit of Christianity and benevolence by Australian missionaries. In 2008, the McKenzie Medical Center, named after the Australian missionary McKenzie, was created. Additionally, the McKenzie History Center within the hospital commemorates the McKenzie family, who practiced love and philanthropy in Korea.
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)Memorial Monument for Reverend McKenzie
Address27, Jeonggongdan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan (next to Jeonggongdan Altar)
As a missionary of Australian Presbyterianism, Rev. McKenzie came to Busan in 1910. He helped take care of patients with Hansen’s disease, contributing to reducing the death rate resulting from the disease from 25% to 2.5%. His monument is engraved with “A Friend of Korean Hansen’s Disease Patients.” His eldest daughter, Mae Hye-rim (Helen McKenzie), grew up watching his father and felt sorry for the deplorable condition in which women and children in Korea lived. She went to Australia to study medical science in obstetrics. She returned to Busan and built the Ilsin Christian Hospital, spending the years of her life in missionary and volunteer activities. For her efforts, she was honored with the Grand Order of Mugunghwa, the most prestigious award granted by the President of Korea, in 2012.
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Jeonggongdan Altar
Address474, Jwacheon-dong, Dong-gu, Busan
This is the designated City Monument No. 10. It consists of an altar and a monument dedicated to General Jeong Bal and his men, who died at Busanjinseong Fortress in the battle against Japanese invaders.
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Busanjin Presbyterian Church
Address16, 17beon-gil, Jeonggongdan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
The beginning of the church started with a traditional Korean house purchased by the American missionary William Baird in 1890. Baird, his family, and several Koreans began to participate in a church service there. Remodeling of the initial building took place in 1952 and remains to this day.
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Busanjin Ilsin Women’s School
Address17, 17beon-gil, Jeonggongdan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
devoted to women in Busan. In 1919, two teachers and eleven students raised the flag of independence during the March 1st Movement, the first such demonstration in Busan. In 2004, the support from Dong-gu (KRW 600 million) helped repair the roof, a classroom, and wall of the school. Known for the beauty of its proportion and balance, it is a major modern building and the only remaining one associated with the Australian missionary. Here, at 2 p.m. on March 1, 1919, 33 national representatives including Han Yong-un read the Declaration of Independence, signaling the beginning of the March 1st Movement. A copy of the Gimi Declaration of Independence was placed next to the school that led the first March 1st Movement in Busan to emphasize the school’s historical contribution.
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General An Yong-bok Memorial Busanpo Opening Cultural Center
Address100, Jeungsan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
The center was built to reconfirm the historical value of Dong-gu as the origin of Busan and relive the history of Busanpo.
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Inclined Elevator
Address101, Jeungsan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan (across Busanpo Opening Cultural Center)
An inclined elevator was built between the General An Yong-bok Memorial Busanpo Opening Cultural Center and Jeungsan Park to offer convenience to local residents and tourists who might have found difficulty in making the trip due to the steep steps. The elevator, with a glass exterior, moves at a slow pace and lets users overlook the Bukhangdaegyo Bridge in the distance and Sanbok Road.
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Jeungsan Park
Address46, 36beon-gil, Seongbuk-ro, Dong-gu, Busan
Opened in 1982, the park (20,000m2) is home to basketball courts, badminton courts, gateball courts, and other fitness facilities along with a plaza in the middle. There is parking space available with bathrooms in the park. Near the park is Busanjinseong Fortress, built in the early Joseon Dynasty. Recently, Jeungsan Dulle-gil, a walking trail, was built to encourage walking along the park.