No Graffiti Anywhere
I did not see any graffiti anywhere which really surprised me. Even in Seoul, there was none. The only time I saw something I would consider as graffiti was on the wall at one of the metro stations. I'm sure this would be removed by the end of the week.
Bus Terminals in Busan
Busan Bus Terminal Complex:
Busan Bus Terminal Comlex shares the same building with Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal. Ticket counters are separate.
133 Nopo-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
At Nopodong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), after passing the subway gate you can see the terminal sign (in English). The underground passage leads to the terminal.
Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal:
Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal shares the same building with Busan Bus Terminal Comlex. Ticket counters are separate.
133 Nopo-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
At Nopodong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), after passing the subway gate turn right and you can see the terminal sign (in English). The underground passage leads to the terminal.
Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal:
533 Gwaebeop-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan
Sasang Station (Busan Subway Line No.1) Exit 1
*Bus Schedule http://english.tour2korea.com/sightseeing/transport/bus/bus_busanseo.asp
Korea's most popular beach
Haeundae beach is Korea's most popular beach. Stretching 2 km long, it is home of Busan's most expensive and prestigious hotels like Paradise, Marriott or the Westin Chosun.
Millions of people visit Haeundae every year and enjoy its sandy beach, clear and shallow waters as well as the proximity to Busan's inner city.
Beware, however, in summer (especially during public holidays and weekends) it can get extremely (!) crowded. Just refer to the second picture (follow the link "1 more photos") for an idea of how crowded it can get. You'll be lucky if you can spot a piece of sand in the mass... well, some people seem to enjoy it!
If personal space is more your thing, avoid Haeundae Beach in July and August, you'll see nothing but mushrooms of umbrellas across this 2km space! What can I say, this is not Ipanema so just enjoy it for it is. During spring time, it is quieter and you can stroll along the white sands and listen to the sounds of seagulls.
Some good times during my stay in Busan.
My buddy's girlfriend's birthday on one fateful October evening. One thing Korea has is plenty of opportunity for group drinking parties. This place is a personal favorite. They have great some great dishes to complement hours of beer and sake drinking.
Koreans on an evening tear will go to three or four different destinations ordering drinks, food, and more food (it's a wonder they stay so thin). The night usually ends at one of the countless karaoke bars. Fortunately for myself Koreans don't like to publicly humiliate themselves as we Americans do and spare the neighboring revelers with individual party rooms. This night, we never actually made it to the karaoke room, although there was plenty of singing^^
Some of us decided to help out the local farmers with the onion harvest. It was a truly wonderful experience none of us will ever forget nor repeat.
We all slept on the floor of a one-room guest house and woke up to dog soup (they say it gives you lots of energy) and grilled leftovers from the night before. Fortunately, our friend was thoughtful enough to pick up some pastries and milk from the store before we left.
This is actually a common thing. Every year hundreds of college student clubs volunteer to farm, cook, and tend to the animals of the struggling farmers.
One of my favorite students after he was glued to his chair. His name was Potter and his mother and father owned one the best chicken soup restaurants in Busan.
I really enjoyed spending time away from school with him and his family. His father was a great guy with whom I shared a love of the outdoors through hikes and soccer.