Gonna blog a lil’ bout this memorable trip to Busan with the HK peeps. 24-26th Sept was really fun for me. Cheers to Alfred, Andy, Natalie, Cathy, Mandy, Kelly, Macy and Helen.
We took a bus from Express Bus terminal in the morning, from Platform 1-2 headed for Busan. The journey took roughly 4 hours, as traffic was smooth flowing. When we first arrived at our accommodation site (Tae Man Min Bak, if spelt correctly), there was no one there and it looked kinda run down. Luckily after lunch, we could contact the person and the room was set up. Kinda spacious, and given the price, which I think was roughly just 50,000KRW per room per night shared amongst us 9 peeps, was a fairly good deal. And guess what, Kimbap Heaven was nearby as well. After dropping our baggages and stuff, we changed and headed for Haeundae Beach.
The sun, sea, and sand. Awesome. Pity we couldn’t see the whole beach filled with yellow tents and people. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the scenery and atmosphere. Took many photos and jump shots. Me and Alfred also decided to undertake running the length of the beach from one end to the other. Mission accomplished.
Thereafter, we headed to Gangan Bridge to soak in the night scene. The bridge lit up beautifully at night. This, coupled with the city nightscape and a moon shining brightly up in the sky, made the night a memorable one. We bumped into a few korean girls who were kind enough to share some of their sparklers with us. One of them was celebrating her birthday. We sang a Happy Birthday song together and took many pictures together. Thank you Birthday Girl!
We then headed to Gijang Market under Alfred’s recommendation for dinner. It turned out to be the best meal of the trip, in my opinion. These crabs were really large and delicious, and we ate to our heart’s desire. And it wasn’t really that expensive. We shared 4 large crabs amongst us , for just roughly 22,000KRW per person. After that, we retired to our room. We guys had to wait for the girls to shower, and there was only one washroom. We played many games, and one of our favourites was the ‘Polar Bear/ Killer Detective’ game. It was fun trying to kill and be killed. Thereafter, we 9 people laid the sheets on the floor and slept cosily into the night.
Day 2. We headed to Dongbaek Park and Numimaru APEC House in the late morning. From there, we could see the coastal line, beaches, sea, bridges and an overall nice scenery and view. For lunch, we headed to Gagalchi Market. This has got to be the most disappointing meal of the trip, which I shall not elaborate. I will not order the raw fish again, that’s for sure.
Thereafter, we headed to Taejongdae Observatory. We loved that place! We had to take a sort of tram up, and up there, the scenery was great. Especially when we went down to the lighthouse. The wind was astonishingly strong, and we had a great time feeling it gushing across our faces and tugging at our bodies. Me and Andy managed to pull off a few jump shots as well.
Soon, night arrived and we headed to First Street, if I’m not wrong, for some window shopping. Me and Andy got sunglasses at 8000KRW each, bargained from 10,000KRW. Some girls bought cute socks and Natalie got Baskin Robbins ice cream. We then headed to an underground shopping area, where we browsed many shops.
Thereafter, we headed back to our room. Since it was the last night, the girls wanted to play with fireworks and sparklers at the beach nearby. After that, we also bought beer and ordered chicken for supper. We told many ghost stories, played many games and ate heartily into the night.
Day 3. The last day. Alfred wanted to do some individual sightseeing. The rest of us went to PIFF square. We tried many foods from the eating alley. I love this pancake with seeds and nuts. So today we basically shopped and ate. The girls were fascinated with getting headwear for winter. I got a beanie because that kind of headwear just didn’t suit me. We walked around, visited the Stairs, before heading back to the subway station to take the train back home. O and I must mention that on the bus journey back home, one of the bus’s tyres got punctured, and so we had to wait around an hour at the rest stop for another bus to come. Luckily it didn’t take too long, and so we switched buses and got back home not too late.
Love u all HK peeps.