A Journey Down South to Busan / by Eren Sarigul

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

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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. 

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Gamcheon Culture Village

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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.

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All in all, i found Busan to be interesting location but would't recommend staying for anything over three nights.

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Extra

Below are a couple extra photos which I took while exploring Busan:

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