Goodbye Haeundae Station…

Thinking of taking the train to Haeundae next summer? Don’t be caught out when you arrive at a brand new station in a completely different location to what you might be used to.

Haeundae Station

The new Haeundae Station – Image: 안우석

While I haven’t blogged much this year due to being so busy, I couldn’t help but find some time to write about one of my favourite stations and sections of track which I’ll never be able to get to by train again.

(The former) Haeundae Station (구해운대역) had served South Korea’s most famous summer beach destination since 1934 until a couple of weeks ago when the station was moved from its convenient location directly in front of the Haeundae subway station and just a 5-10 minute walk from the beachfront. Travellers will now find Haeundae Station seated on a hillside next to the national army hospital in Jwa-dong(좌동) and is no longer within close walking distance of the beach (now a 15 minute drive away). The new location of Haeundae Station can be seen on the map at the bottom of this post. Below it, you’ll find the new location of Songjeong Station (송정역) which has also been moved.

 

Why the long face?

Well apart from the proximity factor, one of the highlights of getting the train to Haeundae via the Donghae Nambu Line (동해남부선) was the final part of trip where trains followed the coastline from Songjeong Station to Haeundae Station. Though only a short piece of track that took about 6 minutes to travel, it was something that everyone looked forward to and was the perfect greeting from a place which people go to enjoy the sun, water and sand. In the last few weeks leading up to the closure trains were full of passengers wanting to experience this view from the train for the last time.

The station itself has also been a well known landmark in the area and has been in operation since 1934. Here is a collection of photos taken on the last day of operations at the old station.

Haeundae Station

The old Haeundae Station – Image: 김해시민

 

 

So what happens to this abandoned track with such a great view?

For now you can go and walk the track and enjoy the scenery at a more leisurely pace. This is has proved to be popular so far and already bloggers have been documenting their walks of the track. Check out this great post which covers the walk from the old Haeundae Station all the way to the old Songjeong Station.

According to news reports, the city plans to turn the abandoned track into a park for the public with walking paths, bike paths and lookouts. Of course there is also the option of rail bikes which have proved popular on other abandoned tracks around the country.

 

Why did they build a new station so far away from everything including the local subway?

The move is due to the double tracking and electrification taking place on the Donghae Nambu Line which will not only allow for more frequent services but also hopefully an intercity connection similar to Line 1 in Seoul. According to the FRDB plans for the new station was moved to the outskirts of the area over concerns about noise and vibrations from the trains passing through. Of course the existing track was a no-go as it had no room for another track and passed through several level crossings.

 

Will it get better?

Currently a new station named Udong Station is being built just down the road directly in front of Busan’s major exhibition centre BEXCO which is set to opened in 2015. This station will  have a direct connection for people to access the Line 2 subway via Busan Museum of Modern Art Station (시립미술관역). Here are some photos taken at the beginning of November of the Udong Station construction site (where the red bars are) and the new Suyeong Station.

There is also a proposal being pushed by the city to extend Busan’s Line 2 to reach Songjeong Station for easier access but this still doesn’t appear to have had the go-ahead.

So things will get better – it may just be a couple of years away. In the meantime I’m sure access to and from the new Haeundae Station will improve, with a shuttle bus already set up to take passengers to somewhere more convenient. (I have no more info on this shuttle bus at the moment sorry.)
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Location of new Haeundae Station – Click the map to view a larger version.

Location of new Songjeong Station – Click the map to view a larger version.

 

Sources and Further Reading: KNN Article and Video (Korean), Last day at old Haeundae Station (Photos), Dongan article on closed section of track (Korean), Blog post on abandoned section with great pics

About This Author

Originally from New Zealand, Andy moved to Korea in 2007 and very quickly became interested in the many different public transport and urban development projects around Korea. He currently lives in Sejong city and is particularly interested in rail projects, transport hubs and technology.

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  • […] Should you give a shit why the station has been moved, Kojects, a transportation and urban planning projects in Korea blog, explains it way better than I ever […]

    The Dalmaji Limited - asiapundits.com 3 years ago Reply


  • Saw this just a bit late today, after ending up at the new Haeundae station whe I expected to end up at the old Haeundae station. Good work. Sad to see the old one go.

    jaehak 3 years ago Reply


  • Do you have any bus transportation info right now? I mean, how to go from this new station to the Haeundae subway station, and how to go from this new train station to the 해동용궁사 and 해운대 달맞이길?

    WhyFly 3 years ago Reply


  • […] Should you give a shit why the station has been moved, Kojects, a transportation and urban planning projects in Korea blog, explains it way better than I ever […]

    The Dalmaji Limited - Monkeyboy Goes 3 years ago Reply


  • […] On a sad note, I found that my favourite KoRail station; Haeundae had been relocated. It a picturesque little station, with a bright blue tiled roof and a pine tree in front of the station building. crossings between platforms were “at grade” with no ugly footbridges. It was conveniently located right on top of the Haeundae subway station, but the line has been realigned as part of a duplication and electrification project. The casualty is that Haeundae and Songjeong stations have been relocated from the previously convenient locations to remote parts of the suburbs. I had planned to catch a train from Haeundae to Dongdaegu. When I emerged from the subway station, I found the ticket office for the KoRail station locked. A side gate was open, so I went through. On the other side, I found rusty tracks with a wooden footpath laid on top. There was no signs indicating where the station had been relocated to, so I caught the subway back to Bujeon and caught a train from there. Later, I found that the new station is located on the other side of the mountain. A local’s view on its relocation is available at http://kojects.com/2013/12/14/another-sad-loss-haeundae-station/. […]

    Return to KoRail – more travels on South Korea’s trains | The Rail Life - Rail Tourist 3 years ago Reply


  • Thanks for this – having done both the old track walk and the new track train ride over the last week or so, just wanted to confirm/check a few things and ask some questions.

    The walk on the track is great – highly recommended, some beautiful views.

    The new Songjeong station isn’t too inconveniently located, it’s been moved back a bit but it still only about a 10/15 minute walk to the beach.

    Aside from a fleeting glimpse of the sea as you leave Songjeong, the new routing to Haeundae is pretty much in a tunnel the other way. Quite boring.

    The new Haeundae station is a way out. There are buses, but I decided to walk. It takes about 20/30 minutes to get to the beach.

    Carrying on with the train the other way, there seem to be several new, as yet unused stations being built between Haeundae and Bujeon. The one you are referring to as ‘Udong’, seems to be called ‘Suyeong’ now, although again it’s confusingly a long way from Suyeong metro station.

    The interesting thing is that all these stations (including Haeundae and Songjeong) have two different types of platforms, lower ones for Mugunghwas and higher ones, possibly for running metro trains?

    Do you know anything, or can you point me in the direction of any (English) info about the plans for this new line and all these stations? I’m also interested how much of the track is new and if stations like Dongnae have been moved (as with Haeundae) or just refurbished.

    Thanks!

    Sam 2 years ago Reply


    • Hi Sam. Thanks so much for your message and sharing your experience of using the new stations. It’s always great to know since I can’t get there myself at the moment. There are actually two stations, Udong is opposite HomePlus, and Suyeong a bit further north opposite ‘The #’ apartments. Here they are on Daum maps. http://dmaps.kr/s4yf

      The map says that that Suyeong Station opens next month and Udong in 2016, but take this with a grain of salt as the dates aren’t always right. Other than that I’m not sure of any English information except for the out of date Wikipedia page. We’ll definitely have an update on this bit of rail and the other new stations sometime in the next couple of months so stay tuned. :)

      Andy Tebay 2 years ago Reply


    • Hey Sam,
      Just letting you know that Suyeong Station opened yesterday and Dongnae Station was closed.

      Andy Tebay 2 years ago Reply


      • Thanks Andy, I’ve seen the Kojects post about it as well now, I appreciate the heads up! ^^

        Sam Henderson 2 years ago Reply


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