Hiking the hills of Busan Pt 1.
Koreans are really crazy about hiking. Also a bit boarding on the crazy into which way they go about this activity. A bottle of healthy traditional wine (makgeolli), often sold at stalls along the way, or some ample supply of soju into the day pack. Hiking by many it seems is considered strictly exercise, not really a pleasurable walk in the woods. From most prominant rocky knobs Yodelling is not only done by the toughest guys in the pack, and I mean pack as their out in their droves, but also a pursuit by some of the women.
Regarding all this, Busan really offers some wonderful hiking and it's most accessible to, too, many.
An ideal hike is along the Geumjeongsanseong fortress and to be taken during the week, for some solitude please. Start going up hill from Beomeosa Temple then ramble on south all the way to the Dongnae cable car for the ride down. There are a number of historic features and the trek can be taken either way and is a good 12Km in length following much of the eastern wall passing both the North and Eastern Gates. Reconsructed, traditional style structures. Wonderful views are commanded from where you are high up and perched over the sprawling city. It's quite exposed aswell so take summer protection, or winter for that sake, and a big bottle of water along with the soju if you must. Keep the Yodelling for the locals.
Fried Rice, Korean style!
There are many restaurants that serve this delicious meal, BoKimBap. We have found two very reliable ones!
Get off at Jagalchi subway stn (#9, orange line). Take the Gukje Market exit. At the top of the stairs, follow the sidewalk to the first car-worthy street. Cross and take a left. The restaurant is the 4-5 building, quite large.
Go to the back of Lotte World Dept. Store. Facing away from Lotte, turn left and walk through the alley markets. The next block over is a major thoroughfare. Take the underground tunnel to cross under the street. On the other side of the street, turn right and head away from Lotte. Look for Judie's Taewah, a smaller dept. store. Turn left at the corner and walk for 2 blocks. Restaurant has a happy looking 3 ft. plaster chicken outside. BoKimBap is chicken fried rice, as far as I can tell. You may want to ask for chicken to clarify. It consists of chicken, scallions, rice and a spicy sauce all fried together. The meal usually comes with the usual side of kimchi. It is really tasty! If you are not adept with chopsticks, no worries, no one will be offended if you use a spoon.
Jagalchi Fish Market
Jagalchi is the largest fish market in Korea. there arew both indoor and outdoor sections and you can see just about every type of seafood you could possibly imagine, from giant octopuses to tiny mollluscs.
BUSAN - MARITIME CITY
Busan Metropolitan City, is the largest port city in the Republic of Korea. Busan is also South Korea's second largest metropolis, after Seoul. The most densely built up areas of the city are situated in a number of narrow valleys between the Nakdong River and Suyeong River, with mountains separating some of the various districts. Its deep harbor and gentle tides have allowed it to grow into the largest container handling port in the country and the fifth largest in the world.
Busan has grown along with the Korean economy, and is now an international city that has a lot for tourists to see and do.
The city's natural endowments and rich history have resulted in Busan's increasing reputation as a world class city of tourism and culture, and it is also becoming renowned as an international convention destination.
The city is famous for its seafood and beaches. The Busan fish market has a huge selection of fresh seafood in the early morning. Although primarily known as a port, the city has many steep hills, creating a very unusual mix of mountains and ocean. The area remained relatively untounched during the Korean War, but the flood of refugees drastically shaped the city.
The natural environment of Busan is a perfect example of harmony between mountains, rivers and sea. Its geography includes a coastline with superb beaches and scenic cliffs, mountains which provide excellent hiking and extraordinary views, and hot springs scattered throughout the city. Busan enjoys four distinct seasons and a temperate climate that never gets too hot or too cold.
Busan was the host city of the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005. It was also one of the host cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is the center for international conventions in Korea.
Sightseeing in Busan (Pusan) can typically be classified into two groups: seashore and interior land.
Busan is growing as a tourist destination. Its proximity to the sea makes for great seafood and an international flair.
2 Hours North of Busan, Gyeong-ju Homes
Gyeong-ju is the old (I mean over a thousand years ago) capitol of South Korea. It's about 2 hours north of Busan. I didn't put this on it's own city page because if you travel to Busan, I think you should want to make a day trip to Gyeong-ju. They have a folk village about 20 minutes (by taxi) away from the train station that I was told was very nice.
Here in this travelogue, I wanted to feature the homes in this city. One of the few areas where you will see traditional style homes vs. the extremely, tall rectangular apartment buildings that you see all over South Korea. Some of these homes are brand new but built in the traditional style fitting into the rest of the neighborhood.
Elaborate font gates were most noticeable.