Last week I jumped a midnight bus with Seoul Hiking Group and went to Busan for my first time! Busan is famous for being a wonderful beach town and also historically important since it was the last stronghold the South had before international (aka USA) forces arrived. Even though the weather was overcast with spots of rain we still had a blast!
Arriving at 5am we were dead tired and began our mini-vacation with a nap on Haeundae Beach. Once everyone was settled we could go our separate ways but I opted to stay with Warren and a small group headed for the Yonggungsa Temple.
Approaching the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple we are greeted with an array of authentic Korean food and goods. Everything from silk worm larvae to ginger root with buddhas in all shapes and sizes among vast quantities of jewelry and knicknacks lines the narrow paved path. Eventually the vendors are replaced with stoic guardians from the Chinese Zodiac before we pass through a golden gate.
Soon we can hear the rolling waves of the magnificent Pacific Ocean when all at once the canopy clears and staring right back at you is the Yonggusngsa Temple. The ocean’s melody brings in a calming feeling even before Buddhist shrines and prayers provide an aura of peace for everyone present.
We relaxed at the temple for a little over an hour before jumping back in the bus and checking into our hostel. We took a quick shower/nap break before heading to the famous fish market! Strolling through the fish market can be overwhelming; and I’m not just talking about the half delicious, half ocean, half dead fish smell. But those pictures are still under development so you’ll have to check back next time!