After visiting laid back Changwon, the last stop was to spend a day in Busan, South Korea before we took a flight back to good ‘ol sunny Philippines. As with most of our travels, walking in the city is the preferred choice to do some sightseeing. But this trip was an exception. We took a lot of taxi and train rides. It wasn’t that expensive and it’s very convenient. The taxis have colored GPS route maps and complete with building photo location. Amazing! And I was impressed with Waze already. 😅
South Korea has one if not the fastest internet connection in the planet. You will not get lost if you have a pocket wifi or if you bought a data sim to be used during your trip. Of course, the lost in translation part of the trip will still be there. Some people knows how to speak and understand English but not all. My country is home away from home to many Koreans studying English. Aside from our good command of the language they probably decided to study in the Philippines because of the generally good weather all year round and the cheap fees to play golf in the country. 😄
What to do when in Busan? Here’s some of the places we visited:
1. Haeundae Beach – although the sun was up, the water was cold. Must be nice during their summer season but definitely not during Autumn. Just nice for some sun bathing during the cold season if the sun is out and you can bear the cold wind. 😅 I wonder if the sunset view is also nice.
2. Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park– a nice tourist spot to have a city view of Busan. A bit of an uphill climb which is good for the heart. The garden is very nice and obviously well maintained. Plus they have the “love locks” to make the visit a little bit more fun. You can buy the lock & key at the kiosk. I can’t remember how much it was but it’s not expensive. Or, you can bring your own. ❤️
3. Shopping Areas – no trip should end without checking out what the city has to offer. Be it souvenirs, home or fashion stuff. You can buy if there’s some shopping money allocated. Or one can just window shop and drool. 😜
- Gwangbok-Dong shopping street in Busan where you can window shop or actually shop Korean fashion apparel from bags, clothes to socks. I wanted to buy Bean Pole but found out it’s a bit expensive. There are stores of international brands too. I had to restrain myself from shopping too much but still went home with some loots from this place!
- Somyeon Underground Shopping where you can also buy lots of stuff from clothes, shoes and trinkets. A good place to shop especially when it’s too cold. And it’s convenient for commuters. Got some thick sweaters for only KRW 4,000 or approximately PHP 150 since we were planning to go to Japan in the winter. A story that is yet to be posted! Good buys are aplenty in this underground shopping haven. Too bad, no time during my visit as we went to check it out just as stores were getting ready to call it a day. But no problem because my wallet remained happy and still fat. Ha!ha!ha!
- Jagalchi Market which I viewed from afar since we lacked time to further explore. Maybe on the next visit, we can spend some time in this place. To try the food and check out the market stalls.
During our visit it was the BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) but I didn’t see one Korean actor or actress. How I wish I had the time to just stay in the BIFF square area to try to get a glimpse of Korean celebrity. Wishful thinking. Maybe a trip to Seoul to stalk Korean K-Pop and Actors in the future!
One of the places my travel buddy wanted to try was the “famous” Korean resto Mr. Pizza. Wish granted! We had to google the nearest one in the area and looked for it even if there were a number of good restos around. Ha!ha!
- Try the street food if you think your stomach can handle it.
- Look out for some super bargains in the sidewalks or stalls, there are a lot!
- Ride the bus to the airport instead of taking a taxi. You will save a lot of money plus you can have a little bit of city tour since the bus will stop at some of the other hotels to pick up passengers. And therefore you can see this view.
- In the train station, there’s a place that sells very good croquettes. You can see the long line of Koreans and tourists. Buy some and you won’t regret it. Can you see my fingers itching to pick one of the yummy goodness?
When you do visit Busan, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I “unexpectedly” did too! Previously, South Korea is not in our list of travel destinations. But the experience of our short visit somehow changed it. There are many things to enjoy and explore. So, I am looking forward to a “Seoul Searching” in the near future!
the traveling KANGaroo