Second day in amazing in Busan and we are almost fully rested. We decided that the most efficient way to see all the sights was to take the hop-on, hop-off double decker bus.
Our fist stop, was the UN Memorial Cemetery where all the soldiers from countries like Canada, Australia, U.S.A, India, etc.. that died during the Korean War are buried. The grounds are beautiful and we even got to see the raise the flag ceremony by UN guards. But the cold weather we may have overly prepped for in Korea hit full force at this memorial but then luckily warmed up a bit throughout the day.
This cool guard let me take a picture with him, love the helmets!
Our second stop was the Dongbaekseom Island, where there is a really nice trail to relax and enjoy the views. The circular building on the second picture is where the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) meetings are held. A highlight on this walk was doing the where is noodle dance and a group of Korean teenagers joining us in the dance and giggling a lot.
We walk around Haeundae Beach which is the most famous and crowded beach in Busan, we found an amazing dumpling place and order kimchi dumplings.
We noticed that every restaurant uses the same pictures for their food, but what they give you looks and is totally different, its kind of exciting to not know what you are really ordering.
Next stop of the day was the beautiful temple Haedong Yonggungsa by the sea.
It was suuuuper crowded so not really enjoyable…. welcome to Asia! And that weird fish jelly thing on a stick seems to follow us wherever we go and make Eitan won’t to gag because yes they even had it at a stand at the temple!
They had this tree where people write wishes and then tie them into a branch, we are assuming this tree then gets set on fire and their wishes become true (or not). There was a Buddha that will grant you a son instead of a daughter if you deposit some donation… nice way to piss off some feminists.
Our last stop of the day was the biggest fish market in Korea, Jagalchi Market. Here you can find every weird living thing from the ocean, from manta rays to turtles, shrimp to alien looking things. There is a building next door where you can choose your fish and they will cook it there for you sashimi style. We still wanted to live another day so we skipped the food here.
For dinner we wanted to try Busan’s local dish, Gukbap, or rice pork soup…. It sounds better than it tasted. After adding a pound of salt and pepper, it started to get flavorful. The soup comes with the traditional korean side dishes like kimchi, peppers, garlic, etc.. This is one of the most famous Gukbap restaurants in Busan with long lines and cheap prices, but unfortunately we did find it amazing.
Bonus Pic: Mcdonalds has late night delivery service and sounding increasingly appetizing after the flavorless pork soup. Is this paradise or what?