Delayed Update on Busan…

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.

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Kimchi Jjigae (kimchi stew), with some fish creatures that I couldn’t bring myself to try that day… I am open to trying new things, but have been cautious about taking my time – choosing a couple things a day to try – and there were enough new things that day… There was a gentleman sitting beside me eating, and he asked the attendant for more kimchi, looked to my tray and asked for them to bring me more too!!
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Spicy beef stew, still my favourite by far.

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.

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Busan City Bus Tour – Unfortunately they were announcing everything in Korean and didn’t offer a tape track in English, so I didn’t get any extra facts – just plenty of nice scenery!

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!

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The container yard was one of my favourite things to see from the tour bus, it was huge!!! After sending so many containers overseas with work, it was fun to see it come to life.

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┬áHaedong 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!

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
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Some rock sculptures in what I think was a sanctuary section before getting to the temple. It was on the walk over from the marine science center that the bus stopped at.
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Little Buddhas…for some reason they had a lot of these.

 

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There were a lot of fishing boats at this stop, I wandered through the street and explored the fishing town.

 

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This guy was driving around selling his melons, with an audio track that kept repeating in Korean. At first I thought he was saying something political and felt a little unnerved, but then when I saw the truckbed I realized he was harmless!

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.

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Patbingsu in the Twosome Cafe on the ground level of my hotel in Busan.

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.

 

 

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