Blogs from Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea, Asia


Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu July 29th 2015

Leaving Japan was not a difficult choice, as I find that its time to leave a country when you know how expensive something is without converting it into your own currency, you can work your way around the cities subway with no problems whichever city you are in, and you know the response that you will get once you speak English to a local. If you read my last blog then you will know that I didn’t warm to Japan that much, so I wasn’t expecting much from South Korea. I got the slow ferry from Fukuoka to Busan and travelled for 6 hours in a cabin room with 2 old Japanese men who spoke no English, but helped me set up my ‘bed’ on the floor and the highlight of the trip was the TV ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu April 3rd 2014

22ndMarch Busan, South Korea After the peace, tranquillity of Japan not to mention how courteous everyone was, welcome back to the real world. We had great welcomes and sailaways whilst in Japan and we arrived in Busan (formerly Pusan, don’t ask me why) on a beautiful morning with no formal celebrations whatsoever. And this was Queen Elizabeth’s maiden call to South Korea. A very modern port on the outskirts of Busan itself, they seem to live their lives at 100 miles per hour. Technically North & South Korea are still at war following the Armistice which was signed in July 1953, but no peace treaty was concluded. Our guide on the tour mentioned several times that they live with the threat of some conflict with the North, even since we have left there have been incidences ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu March 22nd 2014

Hi Just to let you all know that we have had no internet whilst in Japan. It has been full on with four ports in Japan and now in South Korea. Japan has been great and hope you will enjoy the blogs when I get to put them up. Off to China next. Cheers... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu November 26th 2012

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 Having arrived late Friday night in Busan Jen and I woke in our modestly priced Love Motel, a place where young couples escape their parents watchful eyes for some heaving petting and business men meet their mistress' after a night out wheeling and dealing in the whiskey bars. Us, we just wanted a cheap place to stay for the weekend. We rose early and I went down to meet Jon, Christina and Phil, the three friends that had made the three and a half hour train ride from Seoul, they're journey started sometime around 5:30 am but they'd been up since 4:30 and I seriously wondered how they would do through the day and well into the night. As 11:30 rolled around we made our way to the aquarium to meet our ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu October 14th 2012

Day 32 (Sun 7thOct) So my time has come to leave behind Beijing and China, a place that I have enjoyed very much. Next on the agenda is South Korea, and firstly Busan. The day started with a 5:30am start after getting in at half 1 so I was slightly tired. I tried to make as little noise as possible leaving the hostel room. Seems there’s 3 Siberians in 2 beds which means they’re multiplying as there were 2 the previous day. Made it to the airport and went through the usual procedures. Boarded the flight and away from China. The flight lasted around 2 hours to Busan Gimhae airport. Off the plane and through the painful customs processes, filling in questionnaires for health and illness, reason of visit and so on. This all takes longer ... read more
Taejongdae Park
Jagalchi Fish Market
Yongdusan Park

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu August 28th 2012

It was curry for breakfast after all. Chicken and veg curry with rice. And some red things in a sauce that I didn't try in case they were spicy or fish. Actually it was very tasty but way too early for someone who usually has a weetabix and a banana for breakfast. Yesterday I visited the UN cemetery in central Busan. When the North Koreans initially invaded this south eastern corner of the country was the only part they didn't manage to occupy and therefore it was here that the cemetery was created after the war. I was surprised that there are as many as 885 British soldiers buried here, the largest of any nation that fought as part of the UN response ( most of the other nations repatriated their soldiers). There was an interesting ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu July 2nd 2012

Another Busan blog update! Hope its not boring to keep reading about Busan as this time we had some different experiences! The original plan last weekend was to go to Busan, stay in a jimjilbang on Friday and camp on the beach on Saturday. The weather forecast for the whole weekend looked dreadful but Ash and I along with Nat and Drew and Louis and Philne decided to continue with our trip and make the most of the weekend even if we couldn’t camp. We rushed to Daegu station after school and boarded the Mugunghwa (slower and cheaper than the KTX) train to Busan. It took an hour and half to get there but the upshot of this was the train having a really good snack bar with computers, a mini noraebang room, a room with ... read more
View from Vest Jimjilbang
Hot stone room in Vesta jimjilbang
Busan Aquarium

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu June 28th 2012

This is done the next day and it is actually sunny outdoors so I should be out there. However my devotion to a hopefully short blog continues. Got a taxi to the airport in the fine rain (again). Checked in with no difficulty but Jeju airport is a fairly busy place -- compared to arrival at Busan anyway where not as much seemed to be happening. The flight is only about 50 minutes which was mostly over the cloud. On arrival, as it was early to check in at a hotel anyway, I did some thinking and reading at the airport. Fatefully (now it seems) decided that I would stay at Haeundae Beach as much because metro line 2 goes there from a connection point off the airport light rail. This is an overground system which ... read more
Gwaebeop etc sign
Busan subway danger doors
view from Lord Beach Hotel

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu June 18th 2012

Jules’ dramatic entrance I can’t explain how excited I was when one of my best friends in the world Jules told me that on her way home from travelling in South East Asia she was taking a two week detour to South Korea. I was also ecstatic that my other very good friend (and ginger brother from another mother) Rowan just happened to be on a month long holiday in Japan at the same time too! We coordinated all of our diaries and arranged to meet up in South Korea. Exciting times. Jules arrived in to Seoul in dramatic style and realised she couldn’t get money out of the ATM which meant I spent the evening in sporadic Skype contact fretting about her. Luckily she sorted her problems and got to her destination. She arrived in ... read more
Brits abroad!
Jagalchi Fish market

Asia » South Korea » Busan » Haeundae-gu June 2nd 2012

If Seoul is the Madrid of South Korea, Busan is the Barcelona of South Korea (a conclusion my dad and I came to). Suffice to say, Busan was the perfect place to go for our long weekend. It felt nice to get out of a busy metropolis and travel down south to a beach city... Haeundae Beach was phenom! I never thought I would like seeing so many tourists, but it was comforting to finally hear other people speaking English. There are 99.9% Koreans residing in South Korea, so its very rare to see another westerner lingering the streets of Seoul. In Busan however, there were tourists everywhere. It felt nice for a change. There were intense sand castles being created for a festival the next weekend. They had even hired a man to stand all ... read more
Fish Lady
FRESH sushi

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