Summer at Busan

 

2 days after Handmade Korea Fair has ended, I began my short trip to Busan – a large port city in South Korea, known for its beaches, mountains and temples. It takes around 3 hours by KTX (Korea Train Express) to get to Busan Station.

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After checking in to the guesthouse which is located a stone's throw from Gwangalli Beach 광안리해수욕장, I carried my laptop, searched for a nice beach-side cafe, took my time and started to do some works until dusk...

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The next morning, I hopped on Busan City Tour Bus for a loop tour to some of tourist attractions: Haeundae Beach 해운대해수욕장, Bexco, National Maritime of Museum and Yonggungsa Temple 해동 용궁사. Was intended to hop off to more places but I had not enough time... :(

P.S. It was the hottest period during the season! I got sunburnt around my neck and shoulder, top side of both arms and foot... You'll see the mark on my third day photos haha! XD

Third day in Busan was my highlight! I met international friends who stayed in the same guesthouse. In the morning, Kenny (from The Netherlands) and I first went to the rooftop of Lotte Department Store in Nampo – a 13-floor big shopping mall with observation deck, where we can enjoy Busan city view. Next, we took a walk according to the guided map by our host and reached Jagalchi Market 자갈치 시장 – the biggest fish market in Busan. We chose a stall and had the freshest fish lunch together. Such a pleasant experience!

In the afternoon, I went to Gamcheon Culture Village 감천문화마을. Here I waited for Kait (from Canada) to come and we met at this beautiful village. Gamcheon Culture Village is formed by houses built in staircase-fashion on the foothills of a coastal mountain, earning this village the nickname of "Machu Picchu of Busan". The many alleys cutting through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents. I'm really happy to explore this place together with Kait as we can help each other took pictures! I highly recommend this place if you plan to visit Busan!

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At night before we went back to our guesthouse, we made our way to Busan Cinema Center 영화의전당 – the official venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) – one of the most popular film festivals in Asia – and has become a symbol of the festival itself. The center ‘Big Roof’ is the largest roof in the world (2.6 times larger than a soccer field) and comes complete with full LED lights. So beautiful!

After a day full of sweat (gross!), we were actually intended to clean and soothe ourselves at Spaland which is located just around the cinema center, but unfortunately we were too late for that! So then we called our day...

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Have you ever visited Busan? What are your recommended must-go places? Share your experience with me! :)