Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Oryukdo Skywalk via Bus 27 from Busan Station

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The highlight of my Busan trip was my visit to Oryukdo Island. I consider it as the best spot I have visited in Busan because it made me fully understand why a trip to see the ocean was worth all that hype. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the other spots, but for me, personally, I was just drawn towards Oryukdo because the views there were amazing and it was not at all physically taxing to get there. Whereas it was tiresome to get good views in Taejongdae and that I’ve seen better beaches than Haeundae, on the other hand, Oryukdo was simply breathtaking.

My starting point for going to Oryukdo Island was Busan Station. I actually came from Gamcheon Culture Village in the morning and took a cab to get to Busan Station. In case you missed it in my previous post, the cab ride from Gamcheon Culture Village to Busan Station was about 4,800 won.

Below, I’ll be talking more about how to reach Oryukdo and as always, I’m going to end the post with a short video clip of my visit.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Gamcheon Culture Village (부산 감천문화마을)

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One of the top 10 things to do in Busan as per Tripadvisor is to visit Gamcheon Culture Village. Said to be the Machu Picchu of Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village is composed of colorful houses built on the foothills of a coastal mountain. The many alleys that cut through this community are vibrantly decorated with murals and sculptures created by the residents themselves.

I visited Gamcheon Cultural Village in late April of this year and the weather was perfect because even if it was cold, the sun was out and it made the weather really comfortable for sightseeing. In case you’re wondering about what you should wear in April in Busan or in Seoul, let me tell you that based on my experience, Busan is hotter than Seoul. Late April mornings in Busan would register about 16-18degrees Celsius while in Seoul, that would be around 12-15 degrees. The weather after a rain is colder. It was raining on my first day in Busan and the morning after was really cold like it was around 10-12 degrees.

Based on these temperature ranges, you will still need to wear layers but definitely not winter clothes unless you are super sensitive to cold weather. By layers, I mean long sleeve shirt, a jacket and a scarf. At night, I saw some people still wearing beanies but I personally did not find it necessary. I would suggest bringing a beanie and a pair of gloves only for contingency. At first, I was thinking whether I should wear my Uggs or FitFlop boots but they’re no longer necessary for spring. A comfy pair of sneakers was all I needed and I did not have problems with my feet getting cold or what.

After the jump, I’ll be telling you how to get there, what you can see or do there, and I’m also going to share a quick video clip that I took while in Gamcheon Culture Village.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Nampodong, Gwangbokro, Yongdusan Park, Busan Tower, and BIFF Square

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Last April, I spent 4 days in Busan and as I said in my previous post, I stayed in the area of Seomyeon. It’s a strategic area to stay at for sightseeing because the subway station there is an interchange for Lines 1 and 2 which are mostly used to reach common tourist attractions in Busan. After visiting Nampodong though, I figured it’s also a great neighborhood to stay at when in Busan and even if it doesn’t have a subway interchange, it’s not too inconvenient at all because Nampo Station (Line 1) is just a few stops away from Seomyeon.

Nampodong is a central commercial and shopping area and while it is where most tourists go in Busan, it is not as tourist-infested as Myeongdong. This neighborhood has it all: malls, theaters, shops, restaurants, street food, markets, and even tourist attractions like the BIFF square, Yongdusan Park, and the Busan Tower. I like the vibe of Myeongdong and Seoul in general because it’s livelier than Busan but if we’re talking about shopping, I might choose to shop in Nampo rather than in Myeongdong because it is not too crowded.

If you’re doing a DIY itinerary in Busan, I suggest that you allocate at least half a day for Nampodong. I’ll be sharing a map below which covers pretty much all the must-visit areas in this neighborhood and  you’ll be surprised to know that they’re so close to each other that all you need to do is just to prepare yourself to walk, walk, and walk.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Taejongdae Park via Bus 88 from Seomyeon

While preparing for my trip, I’ve read that Taejongdae Resort Park, most famous for its rock beach, is one of the top must-visit places in Busan. The name Taejongdae was taken from King Taejong Mu Yeol, the 29th king of the Silla Kingdom. With its highest peak at 250 meters, Taejongdae was the place where King Taejong used to shoot arrows the most.

You can reach Taejongdae by bus or taxi but tourists more frequently take the bus. The most common way to get to Taejongdae is to take Bus 88 or 101 from Busan Station. Other buses stop at Taejongdae like Bus No. 8, 13, and 30 but you need to choose the appropriate bus depending on where you’re coming from.

As for me, I was coming from Seomyeon and it’s great knowing that Bus No. 88 stops at Seomyeon Station. Aside from showing you how beautiful Taejongdae Park is, this post will tell you how to take Bus No. 88 from Seomyeon to Taejongdae.

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Seoulful Encounters [Busan/Seoul 2017] – Seomyeon Underground Shopping on a Rainy Day in Busan

Even before I flew to South Korea, I was already monitoring the weather in Busan via the Weather Underground app which, by the way, is the most awesome weather app in my opinion. I kinda expected that my first day will be rainy but I was still hoping that I’ll be able to explore a couple of places despite the rain. I planned to visit Shinsegae Centum City which was registered at the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest shopping complex in the world. It’s just about a 30-minute subway ride from Seomyeon; both are in Line 2 so no transfers were needed.

However, because of lack of sleep during my flight and the subsequent transfer to Busan from Incheon Airport, I reached Seomyeon past lunch feeling exhausted and really sleepy. There’s a nearby Kyochon at my hotel so I had my lunch there and soon enough, I was dozing off at the hotel like a dead-tired puppy.

I set the alarm to give me enough time to go to Centum City but I was too tired that I didn’t even hear it! While some people are not deterred by the rain, I personally felt disappointed that I could not make the most of my first day because of it. But rather than stay at the hotel after getting that much needed sleep, I instead spent the rest of the day at the Seomyeon Underground Shopping Center. It’s a great place to hang out when it’s raining because it’s like going around the usual shopping streets but only at a subway station underground.

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