A Journey Down South to Busan
It happens every time, just as I settle down in one spot I end up having to leave. However, at this moment a quote from Kakuzo Okakaura came to mind, 'The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings'. Farewell Seoul!
The next stage of the expedition took me to the southern costal city Busan. I took the high speed train - which was comfortable but no Shinkansen - from Seoul station to Busan where I was hit with a culture shock.
Busan may be Korea’s second biggest city but it has a completely different vibe to the capital. The costal city is far more relaxed than Seoul and the people seemed to be warm and friendlier.
From Busan station I took a taxi - which in general are very cheap in Korea - to Haeundae beach, which is where my hotel was located.
My first point of call - of course - was the beach, which was pretty full despite it being a week day. However, like many beaches across Korea and Japan, nobody seem to be swimming. Following a walk across the stretch of sand I hopped on a local bus to check out the Haedong Yonggung temple.
Haedong Yonggung temple
The Haedong Yonggung temple is by far Busan’s most beautiful spot. In-fact, it may be the best temple I have seen during my trips to Asia. The temple is nestled into the side of the coast and provides an incredible scenic spot.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Unfortunately the weather didn’t hold up on the second day in Busan during my the trip to the Gamcheon Culture Village - which was made under heavy rainfall. Gamcheon Village resembles a favela in appearance but is actually a popular tourist spot. After navigating though the narrow alleyways and topping up on some caffeine I made my way down to Songdo beach.
Swimming was off the menu due to the weather so I followed the costal trail which went on for a couple hours more than expected.
All in all, i found Busan to be interesting location but would't recommend staying for anything over three nights.
Below are a couple extra photos which I took while exploring Busan: