Busan is in the south east corner of South Korea, it has a population of 3.6 million people, a 4 line subway, the fifth largest port in the world, and it is only a 1 hour bus ride from Geoje. So after checking a few details out before I left I hopped on a bus. On the way we crossed over the Busan-Geoje Fixed Link which is a 8.2 km long bridge-tunnel combination in the north east corner of the island. The route shortens the journey to Busan from what was 3 hours down to a mere 1 hour. (In the picture you can see that after the second bridge the road tunnels under the water)
I reached Busan a little later than expected due to holiday traffic and took the subway to Haeundae Beach where I wanted to take a picture of the sunset for my old roommate Jon Monkman. Being winter it was dead but he said that in summer you can call in your order to a restaurant and they deliver it to you on the beach, I will have to try that.
My father had asked if I had found any Mexican restaurants in Korea and so I had planned to go to a place called Taco al Puebla for supper but unfortunately my directions did not lead me to any taco places.(as I found out later it has moved to a new location). I will get you a picture one day dad. So as a back up I found a place with a picture menu and pointed to what I wanted, some kind of breaded fish that tasted pretty alright. I also passed a History of Photography Museum and was going to take a picture for you Ryan Bergen but then I didn't. Next time.
Before coming to Busan I looked at affordable accommodations for the night and found something that was very affordable but possibly a bit uncomfortable but I decided to give it a try. In Korea they have something called jjimjilbang, which is a public bath, from what I have heard it is an important tradition and many people go as a family once a week. You might be saying to yourself, "Doug that doesn't sound like a place to sleep." you are very observant.
Let me tell you about it, I went to a place called Haeundae Spa Center it is a 24 hour jjimjilbang and was near the beach. Fourth floor was for women, fifth floor was men. They had several different temperatures of baths, showers and saunas that you can bath in. After you are finished bathing you are given a baggy shirt and baggy shorts to wear and you go upstairs to a large common room where people were hanging out with their families/friends watching tv, playing games and talking. You are given two thin sheets and a soft block, this is your mattress, blanket and pillow. I went to sleep early and the room was about a quarter full but when I woke up just before 6 the room was full, I had to step over bodies to get out. As it worked out for about $8.00 I had a hot bath and a place to sleep.
Then it was on to Gumi, I caught the sunrise at the train station in Busan
Took the train the two hours to Gumi.
Hyekyoung met me at the train station and it was off to check out Gumi. We went to a park with a lake:
It was nice to speak English with some one who understood Manitoba, and she is teaching right now so she gave me some heads up. For lunch/supper we went to this incredible barbecue place and had duck and pork, with a side of jellyfish and squid. I really wish I would have taken a picture of the food, it has to be the BEST food that I have eaten since arriving in Korea! Whoever comes to visit be warned/excited, we are going for Korean barbecue! We toured Gumi which has huge LG and Samsung factories, I met her family, they gave me a very large box of seaweed to eat with my rice. Then because I wanted to be in church in Goeje on Sunday it was out for the trek back home.
NOTE: If any one has any questions about Korea or my experience feel free to ask, I will do my best to respond. If have something that you would like me to do(location, event, food) while in Korea let me know and I will try and fit it in and take a picture for you.
HOUSE TOUR COMING: I have not forgotten about the video tour of my apartment, I just want to do it while the sun is up so it is brighter, this might end up being next week Saturday or Sunday. Stay tuned!