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BUSAN

-BU to the SAN, welcome to dynamic BUSAN!

Lee, Ji-hyun 기자2012.09.17 21:59:56

August is gone and so is the summer. How was your summer vacation? What did you do during the long break? Perhaps you stayed at home and felt bored all the time. As for me, I went to Busan for two days. The second biggest city in Korea has so many beautiful and awesome places to visit, Nampodong, Taejongdae and Gwangalli. I went on a two-day trip and tried to keep a detailed log of my stay there. Through the travel, I fell in love with the city of Busan and made many good memories. If you want to feel revitalized with the cool ocean breeze, I suggest traveling to Busan. Come with me!

First, I arrived at Busan Station. There were lots of people and the weather was awesome. From the station, I took the subway and went to Seomyeon to have nice Daweji Gukbap (pork stew) for dinner. Before I set off on my journey, I searched for good restaurants on the web. I found a restaurant called Songjeong Samdae Daweji Gukbap. There were a lot of reviews saying that many people had pork stew when they visited Busan, so I decided to give it a try as well. I had an amazing dinner; the food was delicious; the service was spectacularly good and the waiters were all very kind.

After dinner, I went over to Gwangalli. I took the subway again and had to walk for 15 minutes more after I got off. The thing you MUST see here is Gwangan Beach, which is in Suyoung District. Gwangan is lined with cafes and sushi restaurants, along with lots of monuments, benches and parks that attract passersby; there are even live musical performances held daily at the beach. When most Koreans think of Busan, they think of the Gwangan Bridge, a famous landmark around here that spans Gwangan Beach, with beautiful lights illuminating the night sky in the evening. The bridge is a huge 7.42km in length and is especially popular with tourists.

Like Seomyeon, there were many people at Gwangan when I got there. There were couples, families, and in particular a lot of young people walking around. I stayed at the beach taking pictures, and felt how lively everything was at the beach. The crisp ocean air was cool and the sand was soft. Even better, I saw Gwangan Bridge shining in the distance and thought that this sort of scenery could only be found in Busan.

The next morning, I grabbed some toast at a store in front of Busan National University that had been featured on TV. Hence it is very famous and I went to the university on purpose to see it. I bought the toast and was blown away by how good it was. I would highly recommend going to this place because the food here is affordable and sufficient to fill your empty stomach.

From there, I went to Taejongdae, a huge, broad hill located in the south of Busan. Taejong Muyeol Wang, the king of the Shilla Dynasty, used to enjoy practicing archery here and the place is named after him. Close by, there is a dense forest that makes the whole area beautiful, and a steep cliff called Sinseonam, also known as the “Suicide Rock”, which many tourists come to see. On arriving at Taejongdae, I heard that Danubi, the train leading to Taejongdae, was not running due to a marathon going on nearby. Instead, because the path leading to the hill was long, I decided to take a cruise ship over there for 10,000 won. While I was on the cruise ship, I felt fresh wind and enjoyed fantastic scenery. In addition, there are many seagulls, I threw saeukkang (taste of shrimp) and they ate it.

Next, I headed over to Nampodong, a local marketplace. First, I visited the Jagalchi Market, famous for vendors yelling, “Oiso, Boyiso, Sayiso” (this means “Come, see, buy” in dialect), a part of the fish market culture in Korea. I took countless pictures of all the seafood they had on display in little bowls, and weaved through the crowd as folks were buying fish. A few minutes’ walk from there, and you can find yourself at BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) Square. I was really surprised at the many street vendors there, since street vendors are prohibited in Daegu. It was interesting to see the many types of food, clothes, and other merchandise. My favorites were the sweet sunflower seed pancakes, fresh lemonade and bibimdangmyeon, which is a kind of noodle with hot pepper sauce along with some vegetables.

I felt so refreshed after visiting Busan, one of the most famous provinces in the lower part of the peninsula. During my travel, the best place was Gwanganlli. One of my biggest regrets, however, was not being able to play on the beach. If you have any plans to go to Busan, make sure to remember the places I introduced, and I am sure you will be satisfied with the trip.

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