Allow me to side track from my usual posts about Malaysia and let me take you on a little photographic journey of our exploration of the seaside town of Busan (the second largest city in South Korea, with direct flights from KL) where we relished in playing the tourist this summer!
From the infamous Haeundae Beach and Gwangali bridge, to temples and forts hidden in the mountains, to coastal walks, cable car rides and amazing food and markets…. there really is so much to see and do.
The infamous Haeundae beach (world record holder for the most number of parasols on a beach!!) draws the crowds like nowhere else! This photo was taken early morning…. It’s a whole different scene later on in the day in the height of summer! Rubber rings line the shore, beach sellers pound the sand selling you snacks and meals form local restaurants, and thousands upon thousands of people form all walks of life, make Haeundae their summer play place .
Beomeosa Temple on Mount Geumjeongsan offers some amazing views, great hiking trails but the temple itself is easily accessible. With ample parking and a bus/metro route, it’s about a 20-30 minute journey from Haeundae.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a Buddhist temple in the Gijang area of the city and is perched on the coast with lovely views.
The Gamcheon Culture Village is one of our absolute favourite places and we went twice! A little hillside village transformed by it’s residents and local artists who have painted the houses and streets with murals, added quirky art around the winding walkways, and brightened the place up to make it a fabulous attraction.
Like i said, we made two trips here, simply because there is so much to see. Each time we stumbled across something new, a little hidden treasure, a painted wall, a different view point or a new piece of art…..I;ll admit I think we’d need a third visit to complete the place completely!
Coastal walks are in abundance in South Korea and give some stunning views while walking around and enjoying the outdoors. This is Oryukdo Island which also offers a skywalk out over the water.
The world famous Jagalchi Market is a fascinating place to wander around, or to eat dinner in one of the many little cafes and restaurants.
I’ll eventually write a couple of detailed blogs on things to do when travelling in South Korea with children as there’s not much online that’s detailed in English, but until then, enjoy a glimpse of our adventure and then put it on your ‘to-do-list…. It’s a truly fascinating place! S x