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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!

Soon it’s time for the midterm exams

It really is the halfway of the semester soon. Next week will be the beginning of the midterm exam period, but instead of studying the whole weekend, I decided to go to Busan for three days and two nights. We’ll be leaving to Busan with Anouk, my friend from Holland, tomorrow morning at 8am from Seoul. Because it takes time to get to Seoul, I think we’ll have to leave home at around 6am… I can feel the sleepiness already!

In order to fully enjoy the trip, I’ll do my homework in advance and study for the exams today as much as I can. I’ll be back to Suwon late on Sunday evening so maybe I’ll do what the locals do and spend the night at the library. They seem to believe that sleeping in the library beats studying at home for what it comes to getting good grades! ;-)

Cherry blossoms in Seoul.

Cherry blossoms in Seoul last weekend.

This week has been warm and beautiful so the cherry blossoms have been opening. The spring has arrived! It’s a shame that the most beautiful season is the time you’ll have to study the most. But for me, spring gives the energy to keep studying. You can always just take your book or laptop with you and sit under the blossoming cherry trees and enjoy the good weather while studying.

To stody indoors...?

To study indoors...?

...Or to enjoy the spring outside?

...Or to enjoy the spring outside?

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