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A Weekend Getaway

This last weekend I joined a few teachers and ventured down to the coast to check out the city of Busan.  Monday was a holiday here in South Korea so we hoped on a Sunday morning train with the plan to come back on Monday.

Busan is the 2nd biggest city in South Korea (population around 3.6 million) and the 5th largest port in the world.  Perhaps the biggest attraction, especially to the foreigners, is the beach.

After taking the hour long train journey down to Busan, we headed off to find a hotel for the night.  Luckily there were plenty just outside of the train station.  After getting rooms, we headed off to our first stop, the aquarium.  The Busan Aquarium is located on Haeundae Beach, and it was worth the trip.  There are two floors in the all underground aquarium.  There are penguins, eels, otters, and a slew of different fish to take a gander at, but the highlight was the shark tank.  Along with sharks, the large tank holds various fish and a few large sea turtles.  It was a great site to see, and definitely a must see if you are ever in Busan.

So after checking out the aquarium for awhile, we decided to venture out to a temple in the city.  Samgwangsa Temple is located within the city of Busan.  It’s a beautiful temple but it didn’t have as peaceful a feeling as the others I have seen, but it’s also inside the city.  Once again the buildings were stunning and I really enjoyed seeing it.  It sits on the side of a small mountain, so the scenery surrounding it is beautiful.

After hitting up the temple we headed back down to the beach to see a ceremony called Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival.  It happens on the day of the first full moon of the lunar new year.  It consists of burning a large straw bonfire and other ceremonies that are meant to bring good health and good fortune.  We got back to the beach just in time to fight our way through the crowd to see the burning start.  The crowds were massive but that didn’t put a damper on our fun.  We stayed just long enough to take in the fire and some of the ceremonies and then headed off to China town for some dinner.

Sunday was a lot of fun.  We had other things planned for Monday, but a bad storm came through and put a damper on Monday.  Instead of venturing out in the rain, and with the museums closed due to the holiday, we decided to head back early Monday morning.  All in all it was a great trip and I can’t wait to get back to Busan again when the weather is nice.

That’s all for now.  I know its been over two weeks since I last wrote.  I had to get a few things done in a short amount of time recently so I was busy completing that.  I know have more time and will continue to update regularly.

‘Till next time,

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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5 Responses to “A Weekend Getaway”

  1. Nice post. Busan is also called as Pusan and is the largest port city in South Korea.Hotels, motels, apartments, lodges, guests houses are available in Busan.Pusan International Film Festival which is one of the most significant and influential film festivals in Asia.

  2. Candice says:

    I still wish I could teach there, ahh! Beaches! Looks like such a lovely city.
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Some Post-Olympics Thoughts…Because You’re Not Sick of Hearing About it Yet =-.

  3. admin says:

    It is a nice city. Busan and Seoul are where most people want to teach when they come.

  4. Matt says:

    Hey Eric,

    I’m the guy that runs the KBO blog. Shoot me an email if you’re planning on checking out a game in Daegu.

    M
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..Pre-Season 2010, Day 1 =-.

  5. Heather says:

    Like the photos!

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