This is a very delayed post to share my experience in Busan. At the time of posting this, I have been in Changwon for a full week.
Arriving in Busan was a tough adjustment after spending the week in Seoul. The restaurants in streets around my hotel didn’t have English on their menus, which made choosing something rather challenging. Eventually I found the department store 15 minutes down the road had a cafeteria with much selection – and most importantly – English on most of their menus.
I was very active with my travels in Seoul, so a lot of my time in Busan was spent doing more restful things to prepare for Changwon. Also, Busan isn’t far from Changwon, so I wasn’t in a huge rush to see everything as I knew I could come back a lot easier than to Seoul. For the first day in Busan I bought a ticket to the City Bus Tour and rode on the top of a double decker bus.
I didn’t think much of it when the city bus tour map showed that we would be taking a bridge to get to the first stop. I was on the second level of an open top bus, and we had to take a big winding on-ramp to get onto the bridge from city level. I could look over the railing and see open water, it was quite terrifying! I was going to do it again to get a video, but there wasn’t enough time in the day after the tour/dinner… so these are the few photos I did get from the bridge!
The first time I got off the bus was at Haeundae Beach. It was very big, and they had a sand sculpture festival going on. It was fun to look at all the sculptures, but I got back on the bus to make the most of the transportation to all the main sites.
The next time I switched buses was to visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. I was fortunate that they had all the lanterns up as Buddha’s birthday just passed when I was in Seoul. When I was watching as many YouTube videos as possible about life in Korea, a couple shared their trip to this temple and it was one of the videos that really made me want to come experience the sites for myself, it looked so beautiful! It was so nice right by the water, but the temple itself wasn’t as fun to see as other sites in Seoul. It reminded me of my trip to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. It was such a beautiful view to see, but once you’ve seen it, that’s about it!
There was a lady sweeping these big black nets with the small fish creatures to dry them out…and they had big fishing nets drying out. Lots of basic things for people who are familiar with big water fishing, but new to me!
It was fun to wander around at this stop. For the rest of the tour I just rode the bus. It takes a long time to explore a place on foot, so I just picked the one place to explore and spent the rest of the day taking in everything from the bus.
I went to the beach twice during my stay in Busan, and mostly just hung around places by my hotel the rest of my time. After I experienced bingsu dessert for the first time, I was hooked and had it many times during my stay.
I made it with all my luggage to Changwon, and my school has been so kind in helping me get settled in here. The teacher I am replacing has also been so generous in sharing her experiences, introducing me to people, and making sure I feel welcomed.