Small dogs everywhere
I'm not sure exactly how this will benefit anyone travelling to S. Korea, but I think it's interesting, and may help you to psychologically prepare for this strange and wonderful place.
People here have a very different view on pets. Most families don't name their pets, even dogs and cats. I don't think that they get as attached to the animal members of their families as Westerners do (this could just be my own perception, based on what I've talked about with some Koreans).
I think the most interesting thing I've seen so far is that most of the pets in Busan are dogs, and most of these dogs are small. And occasionally colored weird colors. Please don't ask why, I have yet to understand it myself!
Getting into a Taxi in Busan is easy since they are resonably cheap and numerous. Getting to your destination is not always as easy since most drivers don't speak any English. Have a Korean friend, who can speak English, explain to the driver where to take you if your travelling home alone from the bar etc. Busan's taxi drivers are generally honest and all cabs have a meter. Traffic being a big problem in Busan should be taken into account for possible delays.
Visit the Busan Tower
Boy, this was not too easy to find. You can see the tower in the distance so you walk towards it. Then as you get closer the view is gone because the buildings in the area are too tall. But we finally came upon the way to go up and it's a really steep climb. So, make sure to find the escalator that takes you up to the tower.
Taejongdae is a rugged stretch of coastline, crowned by a 250 m-high cliff face. It is named after King Taejong Muyeol, who used to practise archery here. You can look down from an observation deck at the fishermen perched perilously on the rocks below. These cliffs are also known as the Suicide Cliffs, after the many Koreans who have leapt to their deaths here.
Teaching in Busan
"Adventure more than a JOB"
I came here in September 2004, to teach English in a suburb of Busan ( Pusan as it is known here). I live in a small town (200,000 or more) called Jangyu.
I can say that teaching is great and would reccomend anyone looking to have a great job and likes to travel and to see new things.
I have learned a lot about this place and like it. It is cheap to live and the food is just great. I do miss huge steaks but it is fine.
There is all sorts of things to see and do here. Going ot the beach, temples, hiking, fishing, skiing, and about anything you can imagine.
If you think that you don't want to come here cause you'll miss McDonalds ( I HATE the place personally) you are wrong many american places are here and I think they might taste the same. I dont eat there so can't tell you.
Traveling is real easy and the busses are cheap too.
All I can say is stay away from the Soju ( rice liquor) it is bad stuff, but cheap.
There is anything you want to do here nad everyone should come visit.
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