March 28, 2018

Anyeong Busan!

Samyeon Street
Samyeon Street
Samyeon Street

This day last year, we set our feet in the land of Kimchi, with a heavy heart following the passing of Joe's beloved grandma, just few days before the trip. Well, it sure felt surreal, as I never thought I would visit Korea so soon and it was never in my list. It's very important to do your own research beforehand because everywhere in Korea is accessible via public transport at your convenience. All you need is to know where do you really want to visit or give it a go; otherwise it's very, very straight-forward, you can easily google the directions.

However, I must admit when I first look at the subway map, I got really frustrated and stressed out. First of all, I was never into Korea. Secondly, I have zero idea about Korean artists other than Song Joong Ki & the Running Man crews. I'm also not a fan of K-beauty. So Korea is really something new and strange to me. You can rest assured that as you do research, you will slowly figure everything out and see the map in a much clearer view.

From Shinsagae Mall
The Subway
Local Delights
Yummy Topokki that we're going to miss forever!

We flew to Busan first, where we stayed for 3D2N before heading to Jeju. Getting around Busan was easy peasy via subway and lots of walking. Unfortunately we had to skip a lot of attractions as it was drizzling on the first day and too cold to go out on second day, places like Haeundae Beach, Diamond Bridge, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Taejongdae etc. So sad! Busan is a much different city compared to Seoul in terms of population, location(beaches!) and probably less pollution. It's just not as crowded and busy as Seoul. Seoul is more like an urban jungle which offers more varieties of shopping, nightlife, restaurants, cafes—which also means higher expenses.

We had no choice but to spend half of our day in Spaland @ Shinsegae Centum City and we fell asleep on their lounge beds for hours and did nothing else. We were just too tired from the 3-days funeral—car ride back to KL then head to airport in less than 4 hours time. And heck, I haven't even pack for our week-long trip at that point of time.

Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village

On our second day we made our way to Gamcheon Cultural Village. It's not very special but it's nice to just spend time and take a stroll along the hill. There are long queues at photo-taking hot spots and we did not bother to queue for it, didn't even bother to complete the stamps so yeah, finish the "hike" and off we went!

Dalmaji Hill
Dalmaji Hill
Dalmaji Hill
Dalmaji Hill

With very limited time & energy we had, we picked Dalmaji Hill as our last stop before we head back to city centre(nearer to get back to Airbnb in case the night gets tad too cold LOL). Dalmaji Hill is a popular destination for those who wants to see cherry blossom trees. Unfortunately it's still early springtime so there isn't any spectacular cherry blossom views to be amazed of but tree branches everywhere. T__T Pretty much just a sightseeing day I would say. At night we went back to BIFF square but no pictures were taken because it's too cold to steadily hold a camera in hand, seriously.

Oh and I couldn't be more thankful for the heated mattress pad our Airbnb offered. It literally saved my life.

Dalmaji Hill
Spotted the only cherry blossom tree on our way down to main road.

Dalmaji Hill
Overlooking Haeundae Beach from Dalmaji Hill.

P/s: I came to the conclusion that eating in restaurants where there's no English/Chinese translation on the menu nor waiters who speaks none other than Korean, is mostly a restaurant worth dining at.

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