Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 3 @ Shinsegae Centum City, Haedong Yonggungsa & Jong-ga Daebak Jib | Busan, South Korea

After a long day exploring Busan together the day before, we did something different for our last day in Busan... As in literally different! The girls and I actually split ways for one afternoon - They had their self-pampering session at Spa Land located in Shinsegae Centum City while I did some soul searching adventure to the eastern edge of Busan at Haedong Yonggungsa!


[Korea September/ October 2014]
28th Sep 2014 - Day 3 @ Shinsegae Centum City, Haedong Yonggungsa & Jong-ga Daebak Jib


28 Sep 2014: Good morning Busan! | South Korea

Good morning Busan!


28 Sep 2014: OOTD | Busan, South Korea
OOTD!

It was our last morning in Busan before we had to catch the KTX to Seoul the next day so we decided to take some OOTD shots at the railway tracks just behind our apartment before we head off in search of breakfast. The local grandpas and grandmas passing by were watching and wondering what we girls are doing! Hehe... 


Breakfast @ Food Park, Shinsegae Centum City
We headed over to Shinsegae Centum City 신세계 센텀시티 (Registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest shopping complex in the world) to source for breakfast and needless to say, we were quite overwhelmed with the choices we had when we were trying to decide where to have breakfast. So, the safest place was to check out Food Park on Level 4 just beside the Ice Skating Rink where we are sure we can have a variety of choices at reasonable prices!


28 Sep 2014: Breakfast @ Shinsegae Centum City | Busan, South Korea
Korean Gyoza and Kalguksu Stall 헌국교자 칼국수 전문점

We found ourselves a table for just in front of this gyoza and kalguksu stall and we simply ended up with settling for breakfast from there!


28 Sep 2014: Breakfast @ Shinsegae Centum City | Busan, South Korea

Although the ahjumma 아줌마 manning the stall can barely manage any English nor can she understand the broken Korean we were trying to speak, she was very nice to help us till we end up with a good variety for breakfast! From top right and going clockwise, that's Mul Naengmyeon 물냉면 (Cold Buckwheat noodles), Bibimmyeon 비빔면 (Mixed Noodles in Spicy Bean paste) and Kalguksu 칼국수 (Korean Knife-cut Handmade noodles).

It was approximately ₩6,000 each and portions were relatively huge with complimentary side dishes as well. Actually we realised that most diners at the Food Park were getting their food off this stall and I have to say that this one of the best meals I ever had off a food court! No joke!


Haedong Yonggungsa 해동용궁사
And for my little solo adventure, I decided to take a trip out of town to Haedong Yonggungsa on the eastern edge of Busan. Although it has become quite a tourist attraction, I don't have any particular reason aside from the fact that I was thinking of going somewhere close to the sea!


To get to Haedong Yonggungsa:

  • Take a Metro Train to Haeundae Station (Line 2).
  • Use Exit 7 and take Bus 181 from bus stop immediately outside of Exit 7 along Haeun-daero 해운대로. Duration of bus ride is approximately 40 minutes.
  • Alight along Gijanghaean-ro 기장해안로 and walk into adjacent street, Yonggung-gil 용궁길 for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Arrive at Haedong Yonggungsa.

28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
Arriving at Gijanghaean-ro... 

There's actually a very prominent sign that reads HAE DONG YONG GUNG TEMPLE just before the bus stop I had to alight at and it was pretty hard to miss!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
Walk along Yonggung-gil... 

The slow 10 minute walk from the main street might feel like you had taken a wrong turn but no worries there are a couple of signs along the way to reassure you that you are on the right track to the temple! :)


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
Weaving through the crowded streets to get to Haedong Yonggungsa...

The last leg of the walk to get to the temple, I was greeted with stalls lining both sides of the street and lots of people! Feels really festive actually!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
And the Koreans do believe in the 12 Chinese zodiacs too!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
The plaza in front of the entrance to the temple!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

Traffic Safety Prayer Pagoda


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
The majestic Haedong Yonggungsa from afar!

This southern most temple near the east sea was founded by the great monk, Naong, who was the consultant of King Gongnim. It all began with a dream Naong had when the nation was hit by a terrible draught that made crops burn, people suffer from famine and lose faith in god for not giving them rain. In his dream, he was told by the Great Goddess Buddha of Mercy, Gwanseumbosal, to build a temple near the edge of Bongrae mountain and pray there and all the hardship would go away.

After the dream, Naong visited and decided to the build the temple on the area where Haedong Yonggungsa is located now after he saw that there was a mountain in front and the sea at the back, which the Koreans believed that if you say your prayers at a location like that in the morning, they will get answered immediately in the evening!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

For the first time ever in my life, I had to queue to get into a temple...

The believe that your prayer will be answered almost immediately if you were pray at a location like Haedong Yonggungsa is still strong up till today and therefore, Haedong Yonggungsa is a popular temple among the locals and tourists alike! And the fact that I forgot that it is a Sunday and probably a good destination for a family outing on a weekend, I was in for an eye-opening experience like... Queuing to get into the temple!

After this entrance, it took me another good 15 minutes or so and lots of shoving and nudging for a walk that seem more like a 5 minute descend on a series of steps down to the temple! So crazy as if a mega sale is happening at the temple! No joke!


Anyway, here's some of my shots taken while I was walking around the temple!

28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
The main hall of Haedong Yonggungsa...


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

The exteriors of the main hall is made up of impressively delicate wood carvings from floor to roof that seemed to be recently restored and painted with these vibrant colors!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
Inside the main hall... 

The temple was so saturated with tourists trying to get some selfie taken and what nots that I was actually quite surprised that it was really nice and serene within the main hall itself! Well, who in the right mind would go screaming in here right?

But all the ruckus from the tourists made me really glad to see that there were believers in the main hall who visited the temple with the agenda to sincerely make some prayers! That includes myself!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

The giant sized image of Gwanseumbosal and other buddhas can be found in the temple...


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
Or in contrary in the context of sizes, there are also miniature monks placed around the temple! 
At the corner behind the bushes or in betweens the cracks of a rock, spot it if you can!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
View from the deck where the Gwanseumbosal image can be found!

And I thought the view of the temple perched on top the rocky edges of the mountain that meets the sea was pretty magnificent until I saw it from up above as well! Truly breathtaking so I stopped in my tracks totally and hung around the deck to enjoy the view and sea breeze for a bit!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

What happened after enjoying the view and sea breeze was a true disaster! Thanks to a bunch of unethical tourists, I know from the language and accent when they spoke, I acquired a scar on my left shin! URGH!!!

One of them shoved me so hard from behind while I was going down the stone steps that I actually fell and slipped down the rough stone surface of the remaining stretch of steps on my left shin. HOLY COW! It hurt big time and I had to buy myself a popsicle and suck on it till I get to the last bit of it to stop myself from bursting out in tears!


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea
And I tried to distract myself from the trauma by watching these folks and trying to steal and soak up their happy vibes as they gathered to eat and drink at the temple! It worked somehow and there was a moment when I silently wished that I will be able to do this with my family and friends when we all grow old! 


28 Sep 2014: Haedong Yonggungsa | Busan, South Korea

The trusty Timberland boots and Autumn bloom!

And that marks the end of my solo adventure! I never thought that I could actually make it there from the vague information that I gathered prior to the trip and of course, I never ever thought that I will end up with such a misadventure and obtain a scar for life! Lifetime guaranteed souvenir? Haha... Nonetheless, I will still say that it is all fun and I want to do more solo adventures like this again!  


28 Sep 2014: Mozarella Croquette @ Shinsegae Centum City | Busan, South Korea

Mozzarella Croquette 

Since I arrived back at Shinsegae Centum City earlier, I walked around the Food Hall while waiting for the girls to be done with their spa session. I spotted one of the counters selling these deep fried croquettes and there was a snaking queue so I did the most Singaporean thing to just join in queue and myself and the girls one each to find out if it was all worth it! Thank goodness it was yummy! Lol!


Jong-ga Daebak Jib 종가 대박집
Come evening time after everything, we planned to do some shopping at KNU/ PNU district for the rest of the day but it seemed like we couldn't find the right street with the supposedly-said affordable shopping so we gave up and went food hunting since our last meal of the day was since breakfast!

And we found a food street, as in a street where there were endless choices of cafes, restaurants, pubs and local eateries, and decided on the least commercialized looking one serving Korean BBQ that looked more like a butcher shop on the outside! LOL!


28 Sep 2014: Dinner @ Jong-ga Daebak Jib | Busan, South Korea

A very simple menu!

Jong-ga Daebak Jib 종가 대박집 serves a variety of meat choices and cuts for BBQ along side with a small list of noodles or soup dishes. And look how authentic they are that their menu is just so short and sweet and there isn't any English translations available anywhere to be ready to be tourist-friendly! But thankfully, the owners can manage a little English or Mandarin and we manage to get by with the ordering process!


28 Sep 2014: Dinner @ Jong-ga Daebak Jib | Busan, South Korea
Let the meaty feast begin!


28 Sep 2014: Dinner @ Jong-ga Daebak Jib | Busan, South Korea

Using pickled radish as an alternative to the usual leafy vegetables to eat your BBQ meat in a wrap!

The fact that we are definitely tourists, the owner of the place actually brought over some thinly sliced pickled radish and tried to introduce to us how we can make a wrap with them also even though he don't know much English! How sweet of him! And honestly, now I like my BBQ meat with the pickled radish better! 


28 Sep 2014: Dinner @ Jong-ga Daebaek Jib | Busan, South Korea

Cheers to the satisfying dinner with some so-maek 소맥! 

By the way, did you notice the price of each item marked on the menu? The prices were astoundingly cheap as compared to those we had seen everywhere else. Probably it was meant to appeal to the students in the two universities nearby and we managed to satisfy our tummies with all that meat and a little alcohol at approximately ₩24,000 for the three of us! Too affordable!

Map of Jong-ga Daebak Jib 종가대박집. Click for an enlarged view!


28 Sep 2014: Post-dinner and good night Busan! | Busan, South Korea
Post dinner selfie on the train home with... Who's that weirdo with rosy cheeks? 
Haha! Love these girls to bits!


And that sums up our last day in Busan! Thank goodness for the perfect weather on all 3 days we had in Busan and the kind locals who helped us along the way! Thank you from deep down inside my heart for the good time we had, Busan! And as much as we know we will miss Busan, we can't wait to move on to the rest of our trip in Seoul since we know that there's always a chance to revisit! So stay tuned for the Seoul adventures!!!





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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Travelogue: Korea 2014 - Day 2 @ Gamcheon Culture Village, Jagalchi Market, BIFF Square, Gukje Market & Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street | Busan, South Korea

We had a relatively relaxing first day upon arriving at Busan, that is to grant ourselves some shopping and lots of food after an all nighter. But it is not like we have much time in Busan, we surely had to catch up with seeing more of Busan come the following day!


[Korea September/ October 2014]
27th Sep 2014 - Day 2 @ Gamcheon Culture Village, 
Jagalchi Market, BIFF Square, Gukje Market 
and Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street


27 Sep 2014: Good morning Busan! | Busan, South Korea
Good morning Busan! Rise and shining from inside out!

Looking back at this selfie we took while we were getting out of our apartment that morning, I realised how awesome we looked after the good night rest. Really all refreshed and ready to take on another day in Busan but first... let's have breakfast!


Busan Pig Stew & Rice 부산돼지국밥

27 Sep 2014: Breakfast at 부산돼지국밥 near Beomnaegol Station | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Breakfast at 부산돼지국밥 near Beomnaegol Station | Busan, South Korea


It was only about 9:00am but a hearty breakfast is the way to go to kick off the long day ahead! We initially wanted one Dakgukbap 닭국밥 (Chicken Stew & Rice) and another Dwaejigukbap 돼지국밥 (Pork Stew & Rice) to share but there was a slight miscommunication and we ended up with two pork stews, one with pig innards and another with sundae 순대 (Blood sausages).

It was a really porky breakfast! And though the girls don't quite fancy the innards and sundae, we agreed that the flavors of the stews were really robust and thick with a slight peppery taste that is really quite lip-smacking actually.

Anyway, the place is near our apartment during our stay in Busan and just a stone throw from Beomnaegol Station. Check map towards the end of this post for an illustration of the location! :)


Gamcheon Culture Village 감천문화마을
After breakfast, we travelled almost an hour out of town to get to our first stop for the day at Gamcheon Culture Village!

27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Entering the village from Gamcheon Elementary School...


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

Gamcheon Culture Village has a nickname one too many. Some will call it the "Korea's Santorini", "Machu Picchu of Korea" or even "Lego Village". You surely can see why is that so from the pictures above!

Anyway, behind the cheerful nicknames and colors of Gamcheon Culture Village now, the village has an equally colorful history that dates back to the days during the Korean war.

The village was originally known as Taegeukdo Village when a group of followers of Taegeukdo religion took refuge in this neighborhood of Busan during the Korean War. They were then joined by more from elsewhere in Korea in 1958 and the population in the small village grew to an astounding number of approximately 20,000 people. But since 1958, the villagers gradually moved out to other parts of Korea as the economy prospered after the war and the population dropped back down to about 10,000 people resulting in most of the homes left empty even up till today.


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Colorful streets of Gamcheon Culture Village...

Today in Gamcheon Culture Village, you can find a community of its own along these colorful streets that is complete with various art galleries, museums and cafes serving up delicacies from both local and other cuisines. And of course, not forgetting the well preserved traces of the past!

Anyway, here's some of the art installations and wall murals at the village!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
People, and birds by Jeon Young Jin


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Fish in alleys by Jin Young Seob


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Too colorful and too cheery not to take a shot together with it! Hehe!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Uphill walk together with the half humans. As in, literally halved humans!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

That's Xin mimicking the wall mural! Lol!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
That's Lyn with her heart throb. Oh no! I mean the Little Prince! Haha!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

Us with the Little Prince and Desert Fox by Na In Ju
Hmmm... What a scenic view of the village!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
That's me collecting stamps!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Cheondeoksu 천덕수...
A water well from the past that is preserved until today!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

Fooling around and pretending to be super models sashaying down the streets! 
Things we do when we are in a foreign land and no one will recognize us! Hehe...


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
This granny probably looked like she had lived through the Korean War times and one of those followers of the Taegeukdo religion that relocated here! And just the sight of her made me wished that I know the village well enough to go through the maze of houses and a good command of Korean language so that I can get to her and have a quick chat with her! Surely, it will be interesting to listen to some of her stories!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea

Us in a little trick eye spot within Gamcheon Culture Village!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
Hot sunny morning at Gamcheon Culture Village means we granted ourselves an ice cream break! 


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village | Busan, South Korea
And one last selfie at the observatory deck before we bid this colorful mural village goodbye for now!


Anyway, you can easily grab a map of Gamcheon Culture Village at the tourist information booth near the entrance from Gamcheon Elementary School at ₩2,000 each. The map comes together with lots of information about the village, descriptions of the art installations, suggested routes and even a stamp page for you to collate stamps at each landmark you had seen just like what I was doing in one of the photos above!

Despite all that, I won't say you should follow a certain route while you are at the village! You should be adventurous and be prepared to spend a substantial amount of time and walk down every street and lane you can!



Map of Gamcheon Culture Village and how to get there.
Click for an enlarged view!


Jagalchi Fish Market 자갈치시장
Following our very vibrant morning at Gamcheon Culture Village, we hopped over to one of the most happening and biggest seafood market in Korea, Jagalchi Fish Market!


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
The girls getting amused with the granny PJs!

The same bus that took us to Gamcheon Culture Village from Toseong Station actually can take you to Jagalchi Fish Market as well in the opposite direction. We weren't quite sure about where we should be alighting and the helpful bus driver ushered us off the bus when the bus arrived at the right bus stop that is about a 5 minutes walk away from the market.

Anyway, you can already see traces of the local market along the way with hardware stores to sundries stores and even granny apparels! Hehe...   


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
Walking through the outdoor section of Jagalchi Fish Market...


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
Live slaughtering of eels right in front of your eyes! Ewww!


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea

An ahjumma 아줌마 trying to scare a boy with a live octopus!

We arrived at the market through the outdoor section and it was not quite a nice welcome to the market with wiggly sea creatures every where and even live slaughtering happening in front of us!

But honestly, I am being a drama queen and over exaggerating here. It wasn't all a horrifying experience after all. In fact, it was a really interesting and eye-opening experience walking through the market!


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea

Colorful flags over the entire stretch of the market!


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
Make shift street food stalls! This one is selling mini red bean pancakes!


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea

Selfie at the outdoor section! Hehe... 


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
And of course the indoor section of Jagalchi Fish Market...


27 Sep 2014: Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
The girls and I once again with the scenic view from Nampo Port as background!


27 Sep 2014: Gamcheon Culture Village from Jagalchi Market | Busan, South Korea
And of course, the colorful Lego Village in the near distance from Nampo Port!

Unfortunately, we had been snacking around too much and we weren't hungry enough to actually sit down for a proper meal and enjoy a seafood lunch at Jagalchi Fish Market! Such a pity we had to give those fresh catch a miss this time!


BIFF Square BIFF광장
And a stroll less than 5 minutes from Jagalchi Fish Market, literally just a stone throw away, we arrived at BIFF Square!

27 Sep 2014: BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea

Before the very first Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 1996, this district was probably a little more than a pair of cinemas built following Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Thereafter, major renovations took place and the square developed into a more complex area featuring not only movie theatres but also shops and other leisure facilities, making the square a popular place for both locals and tourists alike.


27 Sep 2014: BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea
Star Street at BIFF Square!

Today, BIFF Square is a 428 meter-long street stretching from Buyeong Theater in Nampo-dong to the overpass in Chungmu-dong and the area is divided into Star Street and Festival Street. On the eve of the International Film Festival each year, one of the major events at BIFF Square includes hand printing of famous movie celebrities like the one in the photo above. That is one that was done in year 2008! How cool!


Oh by the way, you can find lots of make shift stalls on Star Street offering local snacks!

27 Sep 2014: SSiat Hotteok 씨앗호떡 at BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: SSiat Hotteok 씨앗호떡 at BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea27 Sep 2014: SSiat Hotteok 씨앗호떡 at BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea

Ssiat Hotteok 씨앗호떡

Hotteok 호떡 is a common street food you can find in Korea. It is usually filled with a variety of fillings like corn or even salted caramel or spicy cheese but traditionally, these Korean pancakes are filled with cinnamon and peanut filling. And the ssiat hotteok 씨앗호떡, cooked on a griddle and filled with candied sunflower and pumpkin seeds, is an unique variant to the traditional Korean pancake that you can only find at BIFF Square in Busan. 

It tastes pretty similar to the dough fritters we have locally, the butterfly to be more exact, just that it is more nutty.


27 Sep 2014: Street food at BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea

And of course, there are lots of other popular street food available at BIFF Square too!
So much so that we were unable to control the glutton in us!


27 Sep 2014: BIFF Square | Busan, South Korea

Just as mentioned earlier, BIFF Square is quite a shopping haven as well!
Here's us getting a little carried away with shopping! Oops!


Gukje Market Food Alley 국제시장먹자골목

27 Sep 2014: Gukje Market Food Alley | Busan, South Korea

27 Sep 2014: Gukje Market Food Alley | Busan, South Korea

Gukje Market humbly began during the Korean War in 1950 and today, it stands as the largest traditional market in Busan offering an assortment of new and used items. It is said that it is rather similar to Namdaemun Market in Seoul.

There were numerous alleys within the market itself and needless to say, our favorite is the food alley! Hehe! Yes, eating again though we weren't exactly hungry at all! Anyway, the Gukje Market Food Alley might seem quite elaborate but the stalls offer common street dishes like japchae 잡채 and gimbap 김밥 and japchae 잡채 and gimbap 김밥 all over again.

On a side note, the street between Gukje Market and Yongdusan Park or Busan Tower and adjacent to Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street offers a relatively good spot for some cheap shopping too!


Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street 광복로문화패션거리

27 Sep 2014: Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street

Just like how Gukje Market resembles Namdaemun Market in Seoul, you can really relate Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion street to Myeongdong! The street is decorated with beautiful plantings and punctuated with splendid lightings and sculptures and you can find shops lining either side of the street retailing everything from bargains to luxury items!


27 Sep 2014: Soft serve ice cream with Honey from Milkcow at Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street | Busan, South Korea

Soft serve ice cream with Honey from Milkcow!

Spotted an outlet of the ice cream joint while we were shopping on Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street and got ourselves one to try! And honestly, it was just soft serve ice cream served with honey. Period. And aside from the fact that I probably only enjoyed the soft serve ice cream tasting so sinfully milky. (Read: I am a milk junkie!) I really don't think there isn't anything out of the world about it that should make it so highly raved these days!


Map of our afternoon walkabout from Jagalchi Market to BIFF Square then to Gukje Market and Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street as well! Click for an enlarged view!


Dinner @ Cool Cat

27 Sep 2014: Chicken & Beer at Cool Cat | Busan, South Korea

Cheers!!!

To be honest with you, I don't quite know if this place we had chicken and beer for dinner that evening is called Cool Cat or not and I merely got the idea from the name printed on the beer glasses in the photo! But I am trying to make a special mention here despite the uncertainty because this place serves home brewed beer at really affordable prices like ₩3,500 to ₩5,000 per pint! Guess this is a good place to drop by and have a drink or two if you are in the vicinity!


Map of the location of the places we had our breakfast and dinner at!
Click for an enlarged view!


And with that, we come to the end of our second day in Busan! If you are still with me at this point of my writeup, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was quite a lengthy post covering a super long day with a hectic itinerary isn't it? Hehe...  

Anyway, more on Busan in the next upcoming writeup when I go solo and explore the western edge of Busan while my girls pamper themselves to a spa session! Stay tuned!




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