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Beautiful Busan

As I noted in my previous post, I went to Busan last weekend. Busan is a beautiful harbor city in the Southern coast of Korea. There’s a Free Shuttle Bus from Seoul to Busan for foreigners that operates until the end of December 2011, so I recommend everyone visiting Seoul this year to visit Busan as well. The place where the bus leaves might be difficult to find, but it’ll help if you get off at Gwanghwamun subway station (line number 5) and go to exit number 6.

The bus has only 26 seats and it's super comfortable! It takes about 5 hours to reach Busan.

The bus has only 26 seats and it's super comfortable! It takes about 5 hours to reach Busan.

The subway system in Busan is very easy to use and it only has four lines so it’s easier to understand than the subway in Seoul. Unfortunately you can’t use the T-money card available in Seoul and Suwon in Busan subway but it’s still easy to buy tickets (edit: they have changed the card system so now you can use T-money almost everywhere in South Korea!). A one-day-ticket costs only 3 500 won and you should buy it if you plan to travel more than 3-4 times a day (the single ticket for one zone is 1 100 won and for two zones 1 300 won).

Our hostel room had like 50 TV channels. This double room in downtown Busan was only 15 000 won/person/night.

Our hostel room had like 50 TV channels. This double room in downtown Busan was only 15 000 won/person/night.

Busan has a lot to offer especially on a sunny spring/summer day. There are many beaches with white sand, a large fish market, Busan tower with amazing view, beautiful temples, and there’s even the largest department store in the world in Busan. We stayed there for three days and two nights which I think was just perfect for enjoying most of the sights in Busan.

The largest department store in the world had also a skating ring inside.

The largest department store in the world had also a skating ring inside.

You can even find ruisleipä (Finnish rye bread) in Busan!

You can even find ruisleipä (Finnish rye bread) in Busan!

The Beomeosa temple is about 30 minutes away from downtown Busan but it's still worth visiting.

The Beomeosa temple is more than 30 minutes away from downtown Busan but it's still worth visiting.

You should try the famous pajeon pancake near Beomeosa temple.

You should try the famous pajeon pancake near Beomeosa temple.

Don't forget to enjoy the scenery from Busan tower for only 4 000 won.

Don't forget to enjoy the scenery from Busan tower for only 4 000 won.

The street food at Piff square is also worth tasting.

The street food at Piff square is also worth tasting.

Haeundae beach is the perfect place for sunbathing. Be careful with your Scandinavian skin.

Haeundae beach is the perfect place for sunbathing. Be careful with your Scandinavian skin.

Finally, here’s a short video I made of the trip to Busan. Enjoy!

2 Comments

Jaime
Posted 7.5.2011 at 6:14

I’m Jaime from Singapore.

Really appreciate reading your blog. Am going to Seoul for 7D6N F&E. The information you provided to Busan was great as it is really helpful.

Can I ask for some tips?

Such as:
1. Any cheap eateries (such as BBQ that you had at Seoul) addresses and how to get there?
2. Can you advise if there is any cheap hostels near to “Gwanghwamun Station” as I am arriving at 10pm and leaving to catch the bus to Busan at 8am.

Do feel free to email me at icebaby1_98@hotmai.com

Lotta Watia
Posted 7.5.2011 at 14:54

Hello Jaime and thank you for your comment! Unfortunately I’m not that familiar with the Gwanghwamun Station area (since I live in Suwon), but if you can’t find a suitable accommodation there (have you checked hostelworld.com?), the taxi in Seoul isn’t that expensive so you can also check accommodation solutions in other areas.

There are BBQ restaurants and other eateries all around Seoul, so there shouldn’t be a problem finding them. The BBQ place I went before is actually in Suwon near my campus. We have a lot of similar BBQ restaurants in this small area, so I’m sure you can find similar places in Seoul as well.

There’s actually a free booklet to download available at Visit Korea website (http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/) about the Korean food, so you should check that out! :-)

Have a nice time in Korea!

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