Surrounded by dramatic coastal cliffs, Namhae is a seaside town on an island of the same name. It’s the gateway to the rugged landscapes of Hallyeohaesang National Park, which protects rare birds and mammals, as well as more than 1,000 species of plants.
Things to do in Namhae
Visit the village of Gacheon Daraengi, where terraced rice paddies cascade down the slopes of Seolheulsan Mountain. Follow the Gacheon Jiget-gil Trail, which leads through this scenic landscape and down to the coast, taking you along a dramatic suspension bridge over waves crashing below.
Enjoy an easy walk to the summit of Geumsan Mountain to visit the Boriam Temple where visitors are said to be granted one wish. Set amidst the clouds, this temple is home to the sacred Haesu Gwaneum Statue and features stunning views of Hallyeohaesang National Park.
Want to experience a taste of Germany in South Korea? Wander the charismatic streets of the German Village, where European-inspired buildings are named after cities, such as Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Dine at traditional German restaurants and discover Korean-German cultural ties at the Namhae German Exhibition Hall.
Admire the views of the 300-year-old Mulgeon Windbreak Forest, an area that was planted to protect the German Village from strong sea winds and lure fish with its enticing green colours. Namhae is also renowned for an ancient method of bamboo trap fishing known as “Jukbangryeom”, which is best viewed from the Changseongyo Bridge.
Getting around Namhae
It’s around 2.5 hours’ drive from Busan to Namhae, with regular intercity buses connecting to destinations across South Korea. Taxis are readily available for getting around Namhae Island, while the town can be explored on foot.