Busan, South Korea: May 2016

Last weekend was a three day weekend, so I took the opportunity to visit Busan with a friend!

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea.  It’s also the furthest south.  The best way to get there is by the high speed rail line, the KTX.  As we were traveling I noticed we inched pretty close to 300 km/hr – exciting!

Of course the first stop in Busan had to be for ice cream.  There is an ice cream nutella crepe concoction in the Shinsegae department store at Centum City, so the first stop was…

Next stop was where we spent most of our time over the weekend, Haeundae Beach.  I always underestimate how long it takes to get to Haeundae from Busan Station… Budget at least an hour, it took 45 minutes I think.

Once we got to Haeundae we realized that we came during one of the best weekends, during the Busan Sand Festival.  Over the span of two weeks or so they have teams building sand sculptures.  What an awesome opportunity!

There were multiple concerts going on, one on the main street which was a “battle of the bands” type of ordeal and then a huge concert on the beach that night.

The next day the plan was to walk around and hang out in Haeundae.  While walking down the street we saw a double decker tour bus and decided, “hey let’s do that!”

This company has three different tours, each going to different places.  It’s more of a hop on, hop off bus, so you can get off at your leisure.  We used the bus to go to Haedong Yonggungsa, a temple not too far from Busan that is right on the water.  Other routes will take you into central Busan.

The temple alone was worth the entire trip because it was extremely beautiful, right on the coast.  It was an amazing, amazing scene.

Next, it was time to head back but not before another ice cream crepe!  We underestimated the time it would take and ended up sprinting to catch the train on time, boarding the train with 30 seconds to spare.  Oops!

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