Monday, May 15, 2017

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

The second most populous city of South Korea is now becoming a popular tourist destination.  With direct flights from Manila to Busan through Cebu Pacific Air, a time-constrained discovery of the large port city of Busan becomes an easy feat.

This is my first time in Busan City and we will only be at the city for 2 full days.

Our focal point is the Haeundae.  We arrived late at night from Manila and checked-in at our confirmed booking at Haeundae.  The area is lit by neon signboards with aligned bars and restaurants crowded by both locals and the sojourners.

Along the way, art installations are prominent in the main thoroughfare and side alleys with unique architectural designs of skyscrapers, bordered by the sea and the mountains at one end.  Judging from its topographical features, Busan City will be about mountains, beaches and the temples.


GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE

The village is actually a mountainside slum made famous for its bright colored paints that appears like Lego-shaped houses from a distance.  There are cafes and galleries as well alongside the steep hill leading to the village with apparent murals and art installations.

TRIP TO BUSAN

How to Get There:

1. Take Subway Line 1 (accessible from Busan Station) to Toseong Station.
2.  Get out at Exit 6.
3. There will be an intersection.  Turn right at the corner and walk straight.
4.  Take either Bus 2 or 2-2.
5. There will be a bus stop to Gamcheon Culture Village at the top of the hill.

HAEDONG YONGGUNGSA TEMPLE

This Buddhist temple is located right next to the sea and situated at the foot of a mountain.  Most temples are actually situated at the mountains, which makes this temple a rare find.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

There are sculptures of animals upon entering the temple complex with shops and food stalls along the way, and on the temple itself, there are different statues, sculptures and a stone pagoda.  The major temple is situated on the rocks facing the ocean.  On a few spots, one can just lounge and hear the sound of the waves, making the landmark a recommended place to simply lounge and meditate.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSANTRIP TO BUSAN

The temple has a long history which dates back to the Goryeo Dynasty in 1376.  This was destroyed during the Japanese occupation but was reconstructed in the year 1970 using the original colors and designs.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

We opted to have the visit as the first agenda for the day, mainly because we are anticipating a horde of tourists not to mention the long walk to the temple itself.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

How to Get There:
1.   Take Subway Line 2 to Haeundae station.
2.  Leave at Exit 7.
3.  Get on Bus 181 and get off at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

HAEUNDAE BEACH

The Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in Busan.  The white sand on a shallow bay creating a panoramic coastline is perfect for swimming that spans roughly 1.5km long.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

All kinds of accommodations from luxury hotels to private guesthouses have developed in the area around the beach and throughout the year, the same has also been a good venue for cultural events and festivals.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

Notable feature of the beach are the kit of pigeons that visitors feed, which enhances the landmark when photographed with the tourists.

TRIP TO BUSAN

How to Get There:
1.  Take Subway Line 2 to Haeundae Station.
2.  Leave at Exit 5.
3.  Walk directly to the beach from the station and use Busan Aquarium as landmark.

GWANGALLI BEACH

Before we head out to the Busan Train Station enroute to Seoul, we decided to lounge and stop by one of the famous beach destinations of Seoul surprisingly during nighttime.  The Gwangandaeyo Bridge, stretching across the horizon is lit up to provide a panoramic view of the area.

TRIP TO BUSAN

But even on daytime, the Beach is also popular for the youth.  The stretch of fine white sand is a good place to stroll and relax.

TRIP TO BUSAN

TRIP TO BUSAN

The area is likewise filled with restaurants, cafes and stores selling varied merchandise.  We stayed at one of the coffee shops facing the beach and the bridge for a more relaxing remaining hours in Busan.

TRIP TO BUSAN


How to Get There:
1.  Take Subway Line 2 to Geumryeon Station.
2.  Leave at Exit 1 or 3.
3.  Make a u-turn and turn on the first street toward the beach.

BUSAN TRAIN STATION

The train to Busan has been made popular by the critically acclaimed Korean film that goes by the same title.  But contrary to the zombie apocalypse scenes, the train station is an important railway line in the country, which links Busan with Seoul in just under three (3) hours using the KTX line.

TRIP TO BUSAN

The best way to wander in Busan is actually to get acquainted with their subway lines.  Transport is effective and efficient.




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