Wear a simple but cute sweatsuit. Shorts and a sweatshirt is perfect for summer. Avoid worn out knees, though. It would be a fiasco if you meet your ex-boyfriend. Wear sunblock at leat. Wear a hairband with comfortable sneakers. Wear armbands and hold your smart phone with its earphones in your ears. Put on sunglasses, warm up yourself, and run at a modest speed but in a correct posture. You can do power walking, but it’s quite embarrassing to shake your arms back and forth exaggeratedly. Like the streamlined form of seagulls, your legs briskly hit the ground. Splash, splash, rumbling. The white forms of the blue waves take you to Miami. You would have never been there, though.
Here comes Haeundae. The pret-a-porter of stylish jogging in the morning at night. It is where Lyon, Coupet and Zidane had their morning jogging in the 2002 World Cup. Still those who saw the player in that morning in 2002 think they so US Armed Forces in Korea had the morning training.
In Haeundae beach in summer, literally crowds of people are ‘bursting out.’ It is also true that it is difficult to find Busan people in Haeundae in summer. Busan people rather visit calm valleys or beach like Ilgwang, Daebyeong, and Jinha. As Haeundae is a byword of Busan, it is certainly a tourist consternation area. Wether it is weekday or weekend, tourists are everywhere. They even vary in nationalities, so you can see people from at least 6 or 7 different countries at a short glance. No matter which country they are from, they have so similar taste with that of Korean that the delivery men deliver chickens and beer to the beach day and night. Only a call can make the freshly fried chicken and cool beer delivered right to the parasol where you’re sitting. How graceful.
The tourists who want to take a break or do not want to jump into the water bend their steps toward the right side of the beach. There comes a trail to go up to Dongbaekseom Island passing a cool pine grove. Dongbaekseom Island once had a dense pine forests, but it has become a land due to deposition for a long time. The trail connected to a part of Galmaetgil is well paved with a wooden deck seaside walk. The highlight of Dongbaekseom Island is Nurimaru House where the chiefs had a summit meeting in 2005 APEC. You can see the meeting room used then when coming inside the house. It is the place that was highly commended for the best view among APEC meeting rooms ever. Of course. What do you think makes Haeundae so different?
On the very left of the beach, across Dongbaekseom Island, is the aquarium. It was newly furnished up as ‘SEA LIFE Aquarium’ in 2014. Because it is crowded with visitors with their children during the holiday and vacation, you can hear questions like ‘Mom, what kinds of fish is that?’ hundreds of times around. However, the moment you can find the true value of the aquarium is during the daytime on ordinary weekdays, when there are visitors rarely coming. Once you stand in front of 3,000t of a shark pool after watching the dark and silent water tanks in order, you can stare at the deep water beyond the sharks with sharp teeth. As the yearly membership is relatively cheap, you can see some yearly members who seem to be meditating even at that moment. They come to the aquarium by alone. They endlessly stare at the 5m-long water tank, sitting on a chair with their bags beside. Fish, sometimes navigating slowly and another time fast into the water, keep swimming on their own way as if they did not care about the watchers at all. As if showing one aspect of the sea, people peek at the underwater world through the cut glass walls. Long long ago, the human DNA might have been born in the sea, too. The visitors go back to mothers’ womb, their universe.
You can relax your body tired from the coldness of a sea bathing and water tanks in a hot spring. Haeundae is the only seaside hot spring where you can enjoy both a sea bathing and a hot spring at the same time in Korea. Since there is Haeundae Hot Spring Center near the sea, relax your body in the hot sea spring reflecting on your day today. Seaside trail, beach bathing, island, and aquarium. You’ve experienced the whole courses in a very day. You will fall asleep so well.