Busan: Trevi at Lotte, Seomyeon.
For all you people who have seen the real thing, Rome's Trevi Fountain, please be prepared for the smirking or is it "the whining" cupid. You'll see plenty of whining children near here as this is department store heaven. This is truely a "lot-a-Lotte rear" at it's highest kitsch artform. As you cultured few out there would know Rome's famous Trevi Fountain has one special attraction, other than it's baroque splendour, and this is the important act of throwing a coin into the pool so one may hope to return to the Eternal City. However the infernal city "Lotte Department Store" there is not a single coin I noticed in the pool here, I'm certainly not wanting to return in a hurry. Oh yer I know it now you have to throw coins somewhere else don't you, and it's certainly not in the fountain. It's worth a look once at this imitation masterpiece. Mind you it's conveniently above the busy Seomyeon subway station, an ideal meeting place.
Busan: Getting there by Ferry from Japan
From Japan there are regular fast ferry services from Fukuoka to the Port of Busan International Ferry Terminal near Nampo-dong. Two companies - Beetle and Kobe running their boats several times per day. Its only about $75 each way and takes approximately 3 hours.
Jagalchi Fish Market
Jagalchi Fish Market covers a huge area of Busan along the water south of the Nampo shopping area. In Jagalchi, you can wander among the boats unloading their catch, shop for live fish, or stroll through the stores selling dried fish and seaweed. This is considered to be Korea's largest fish market.
Once a year Koreans can indulge their love of fish, at the Busan Jagalchi Festival in the fish market. This huge festival is held each year in October.
I never ate here, but I have eaten at similar restaurant throughout Korea. Most are huge warehouses with hundreds of seafood vendors. Each of them has tanks full of various live fish. When you go, wander until you see the fish you like. The vendor will pull if from the water, smack it on the head to kill it, then skin and slice it in front of you. Take your fresh fish to the back of the warehouse where there are dozens of restaurants waiting to prepare your dinner. Your total price, depending on what fish you order, will be 20,000-40,000 won per person.
Busan - Gateway to the South
Busan is South Korea’s second largest city, and its principal port. It is also the only major South Korean city to have escaped capture by the communists during the Korean War, when its population was increased by an unbelievable four million refugees. Although the city is nestled between mountain ridges and peaks, its port has given it an outward orientation, and a certain cosmopolitan ambience has resulted from the constant exposure to sailors from all over the world. Lovely beaches, scenic cliffs, mountain panoramas, and hot springs are all found within the city. Under the new Romanisation system promulgated in 2000, Pusan, as the city was formerly called, is now spelled Busan.
The earliest outside influences came from the Chinese, and you will notice many similarities in the two cultures. During the Three Kingdoms Period, Korea experienced a remarkable flowering of the arts, architecture, literature and statecraft. Chinese influences were absorbed, re-interpreted, and mingled with traditional Korean beliefs. Perhaps the single most formative influence was Buddhism, which became the state religion. One of the three dynasties was the Silla, which united the Korean peninsula for the first time, and presided over its greatest era of cultural development, apparent in the countless tombs, temples, pagodas, pleasure gardens and palaces which dot the countryside, especially in Gyeongju, the former Silla capital.
Busan, sometimes also known as Pusan is a city on the south eastern shores of Korea. The city is booming with apartment building construction and serves as a vacation spot for many Koreans who live and work inland. The city has several popular beach fronts which are surrounded by restaurants, concession stands and stores. Seafood is the primary entrees and "live" seafood is the most popular form that it is served. If you do not like to look at your food alive before you eat it or wish to eat it while it is still moving then you should probably stay away from some of the seafood restaurants.