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Published: March 29th 2006
Jagalchi Fish Market
they look like little aliens
I have to say thank god for my lessons on the subway with Jen in Seoul seeing's I had never been on one in my life before. The one here is much simpler only consisting of 4 lines which I easily got myself to my first destination stop with. Then searching for a hotel that no longer exists got me a little confused, but I got'er all figured out with my ever improving sign language/sherrades (sp) act. By noon I was unpacking in my not so wonderful room and opening up the guide book on what to see. Honestly though people I wouldn't by the Lonely Planet "Korea" book because most of the directions in it suck.
First I though I'd take a gander over to the oh so famous fish market. Jagalchi Fish Market is the biggest in Korea, I guess it's a got to see, and everything you could imagine could come out of the sea. I'm a seafood lover myself but some of there creatures scared me and I wouldn't eat them cooked let alone raw like the locals do. There was shrimp, crab, oysters, calms, eels, squib, baby octopus, whale (not cool), turtles
(even less cool), and a ton of stuff I've never even seen before. The old ladies sit out shucking the shell fish and gutting the fish, you can tell they've been doing it for years. They are very short and have really long arms in comparison to there bodies (kinda ape-like), I wonder if the younger generation has evolved from that seeing the lifestyle change so much. Because really I always though Koreans would be short, but they're not at all. I really enjoyed my tour through the market and it didn't smell as bad as I thought it would have.
Yongdusan Park was next where there was an Aquarium not at all worth seeing consisting of about 15 small tanks with around 20 species of no so exotic fish. There was also an observation tower that in the park that was pretty cool. You could see the entire city of Busan, it is 100 meters in the air and I felt very off balance at the top. Everything's just starting to turn green and bloom but it is still pretty brown around here so I imagine it's a lot nicer in the summer minus the rain.
The next day I spent walkin around the city; I checked out a beach and finished my day at the Hurshimchung Hot Springs Spa. It is the biggest spa in Korea and it was absolutely fabulous. So many different temp pools (they all had some kind of significance), saunas, steam rooms, foot baths, champagne bath, awww it was great. I do really love these things, one thing Ill miss for sure.
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