small islands ahead of Pusan
When you cruise to Pusan / Busan you will pass by some natural stacks, small, steep islands coming out from the water, a scenery that reminded me a bit of the small islands around the Ha Long Bay of Vietnam.
In my 3rd and 4th photos you will see the 5 or 6 Orykdo Islets: one of the 6 islands is made of 2 small hills and a flat part in between of them and depending on the ebb or tide you will see five or 6 islands there, this is where the name of these islands comes from !
And of course there are lots of ships anchored OUTside of the port-bay in order to save the high portfees, while they are still waiting for loads to be transported.
Jungan Park & the War Memorial Hall
Jungang Park once used to be a shantytown surrounding Daecheong Mountains for refugees of the Korean war. Nowadays you will find there a Memorial Hall, a Monument of the victims of war, a Sculptor Park and also a great viewpoint over the city of Busan and over the port of Pusan.
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Busan is a natural port
Busan is situated around a giant natural port and when our cruiseship M/S Delphin Voyager left our dockinstation in the city of Busan we had to sail for about 20 minutes through various wide bays before we were back in the open Ocean. Bigger Cruiseships have to dock outside the citycentre in a remote port of the city, maybe around 3-5km from the city centre and the Busan Tower (see it in my last picture).
a monument with 2 turtles
This is another interesting sight that I found in Pusan, right under the Pusan Tower and close to the monument for Admiral Yi: A monument with 2 turtles under a heavy block of stones.Maybe somebody here has an explanation ?
in my other Pictures: impressions from that park around the Pusan Tower.
The portgate of Pusan
This is the portgate of Pusan. I have never really understood the idea of such gates like you see them in many places of Asia, because what is the sense of a gate, when there is no possibility to close such a gate in order to lock in or out people or vehicles ?
Maybe it is simply a way to show where the port-area ends. From this gate it was just 5 minutes to walk to our ship.
2 dragons as guards
Right under the Busan Tower you will find 2 huge sculptures of dragons and only when you take a closer look at them you will see, they hold the earth or maybe a Dragon-egg in their claws (see it in my 4th Picture) and obviously that is lighted at night, so it is just a very clever way to hide lamps in an excellent decoration.
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This pavillon, made in the traditional korean style was built right under the Busan Tower and just a few steps from the statue of Admiral Yi. You can go there and will see a big bell.
It is a pity I dont remember any more details, that were explained by our tourguide, but I enjoyed the great ornaments of the pavillon and also the way they cut their trees in my 3rd picture !
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Admiral Yi, a patriotic Hero
Admiral Yi, alias Yeaonhae and posthumously called Chungmugong was born in Seoul in 1545 A.D.
He was the commander of the fleet defending the country against an invasion by Japan. But he was not only a soldier, he was a poet as well, what an unusual combination !!!
You will see the statue of Admiral Yi right under the Busan Tower
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Take a walk in the sidestreets
When I come to a new country or city it is mostly much more interesting for me to take a look at the quaters, where the ordinary people are living.
And this is what you will see when you walk the sidestreets of Busan, far away from the tourist-streams and in quite a short distance from the cruiseport..
I always felt safe here,no beggars, no scammers , just a friendly and clean neighbourhood and a lot of unique architecture and a lot of great impressions.
Esplanades of Busan
You can find some nice esplanades in the reservoirs and coast of Busan City which have 6 beaches easy to access from downtown.
Songiljeong Pavilion :
East Tip of Songjeong Beach, Haewundae-Gu
Dongbaek Park :
West Tip of Haewundae Beach, Haewundae-Gu
Taejongdae Coast :
South Tip of Taejongdae Park, Yeongdo-Gu
The 2nd Songdo :
Near Mokjangwon Restaurant, West Side of Yeongdo-Gu
Amnam Park :
South Tip of Songdo Beach, Jung-Gu
Molundae Coast :
East Tip of Dadaepo Beach, Saha-Gu
Seongjigok Pond :
North Tip of Children's Park, Busanjin-Gu
Hoedong Reservoir :
Near Korean Martyr Memorial Hall, Geumjeong-Gu
BEXCO (Busan Exhibition Center) - lots to do!
Busan's Exhibition Center is a pretty fun trip if you're looking for something to do on a rainy day. The center is a huge building out in Haeundae, and it houses various shows, travelling exhibitions, and a children's indoor amusement park.
We went specifically to see a travelling exhibition: Salvador Dali's sculptures and sketches. The exhibition was fantastic, and had we been ambitious enough, we could have gone to any one of a dozen more that were at BEXCO that weekend.
Admission varies depending on what you go see, but expect to pay around $6-7 USD for admission to any of the shows.
To get to BEXCO, take subway line #2, and get off at stop 205 (Busan Metropolitan Art Museum). Take exit 7 to get to BEXCO.
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Chinju Lantern Festival And Jinyang Lake Trip
Lantern festivals can be seen in Buddhism countries like China, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. Jinju hold’s the only festival in Korea. This year’s festival is the debut of Jinju City’s efforts under ambitious plans to expand the festival into an international event. So it is more brilliant and diverse and has many attractions than any other year it was held.
There are many things to be surprised at the festival. You will be surprised by the many shapes the lanterns take: a human, a mandarin duck, a wood post, a goblin, a white heron, a drum, a carp, a running horse, a tiger, a hanging lantern, Chuntae Bell, etc and that is not all of it. The lanterns shaped as a dragon, a phoenix, and a lotus from China, Japan’s cuttlefish and huge garden lantern, Taiwan’s totem lantern, Thailand’s royal carriage lantern, India’s Ganesh lantern, Singapore’s Ma-lion(an imaginary animal which has the head of a lion and the body of a fish) lantern, and Africa’s lanterns shaped with images of the ancient people can also be seen.
Each unique lantern from all over the world brilliantly brightens the night at Nam River. There are also super-large lanterns. One is the Kongbukmun lantern, made to be the exact size of the real front gate of Jinju Castle, and the other is China’s heaven terrace lantern (18m in height). A technician who is a member of China Sichuan Zigong City’s lantern management committee, which holds the largest lantern festival, came to Jinju and made it himself. This international lantern, which has 173 different shapes and sizes, will decorate the waterside and surface of Nam River with brilliant lights and shapes all through Jinju’s nights of the festival.
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Seriously, get lost...it is exciting. Just make certain you have toilet paper and some cash with you (oh, and know the name of your return destination!)
Take side roads...they are more interesting...hop on a bus or a subway and get off anywhere...you will be safe no matter where you end up.
If you truely can't find your way back to your 'home', just take a cab...they're cheap. Under $20 to go across the entire city.
The quiet(er) beach
There are several beaches in Busan, and on the weekends, they are crowded and loud, not at all the relaxing weekend getaway that many people are looking for after a week of dealing with the boss/coworkers/students/people in general! Most of your guidebooks will recommend Haeundae beach, as will many ex-pats. It's a really fun place. If you're looking for something a little more mellow, head for Songjeong beach, just over the Talmagji hill.
Songjeong is a smaller beach in a smaller bay. There is a watersports shop/club along the waterfront. I've received secondhand info that you can rent body boards, surfboards and parasailing equipment, as well as wet suits. The waves are a bit bigger than at Haeundae, so if you're into this stuff, this is the place to be.
The beach is family oriented: lots of games and activities for the kiddies on the weekends. There are also beer tents, vendors and the like for those of you who want a bit more fun. Along the point there is a small hill for hiking and sitting. If you like fishing, there's space for this too!
To get to the beach, take the number 2 line subway to the last stop, Jangsan. Catch a cab, and just ask for Songjeong beach. The cab fare is about 4,000W one way. Getting home is a little tricky. Cabs don't seem to be very numerous, so be careful you don't leave it until too late in the day.
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Busan Provisional Government Museum
This is a must to see if spending a little time in Busan. It is associated with the recently opened Busan Modern History Museum in Nampo-dong. Here one is able to tip toe about the fully restored mansion of the Govenment in Exile - President's Residence. It was an inovated home when built, energy efficiant and having the charm of a upper class residence one would find in a posh English suburb. It has a pleasant garden and some changing exhibitions in a annex. One can walk to here from Toseong-dong subway station heading up hill and to the right. Look out for the blue signs in English posted on the back street corners. Its the only old style house in the area and has a high pitched roof and trees sarounding it.
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