Fishing for Fun at the Gwangan Eobang Festival
This weekend, Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, come down to Busan to enjoy some fishing festival fun! The Gwangan Eobang Festival or Fishers' Festival, is taking place on the scenic and conveniently located Gwanganalli Beach.
Celebrating the traditional ceremonies and rites of Korean fishing towns, the Eobang Festival promises dancing, singing, games, snacks, and much more! Located in Suyeong-gu, or Suyeong District, the area is known as one of Busan's premier fishing regions. Festival-goers will enjoy traditional dance and song performances, originally composed to wish the fishers luck and safety. At night, you can also see the impressive physical feat that is the synchronized group swim, where 10 men swim in time to beach-side drums. They curve and wind their way single-file to the lighted fishing boats, re-enacting nighttime fishing tradtions before making their way back to the beach. All weekend long, enjoy tasty seafood treats, festival booths, games, face-painting and other family-friendly activities. Don't forget to buy a souvenir fish hat!
Only minutes from the subway, Gwangalli Beach is one of Busan's top beaches. Just one visit and you'll know why. Set against a backdrop of cute cafes and trendy restaurants, Gwangalli is to place to be both day and night. From both beach and boardwalk, you can admire Busan's iconic Gwangan Daegyo or Gwangan "Diamond" Bridge, stunningly lit at night and casting colourful reflections on the ocean waves making for one of Busan's best photo ops. There's so much to tempt you when you're not sunning yourself on the sand or dipping your toes in the sea!
To get there, take the subway to Gwangan Subway station, Metro line 2 (green line, stop #209). Take exit 5. Turn back on yourself and then turn right, walking straight for 800 metres (7-8 minutes) down the hill, crossing three crosswalks before reaching the beach. You can also get off at Geumnyeonsan Station, Metro line 2 (green line, stop #210). Take exit 3, and turn left walking 800 metres (7-8 minutes) straight down the cobbled street, crossing three crosswalks before reaching the beach. To get to Busan, take the train to Busan station or Gupo station, both located near the subway line. Several buses are also available, and the Haeundae terminal is only eight subway stops from Gwangan station.
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