Busan D3 (BGSNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Wake up late and it’s already 9 o’clock. Me and my friend, decided to walk around Busan Tower to spend time before go to Seoul.

We decided to go to the observatory floor. It cost 4000 Won.

We can see Busan City in 360 degree. And there’s a name of the place in each windows.

There’s a cafe inside the observatory and the wall full with Couple’s Wish.

After finished looking around, we go down then come to souvenir shop. I bought some magnetic here.

Too bad it’s cloudy and windy that day. But it’s still beautiful.

From Busan Tower, we drop by Hotel to Check-Out and keep our luggage there then go to Lotte Department Store Gwangbok Branch 롯데백화점 (부산 광복점). There’s a laser show inside the mall. Even it’s not big, but it’s enough to amazed us.

Don’t forget to go to the roof top. You can see just like what you see from Busan Tower with free. There’s a miniature of Busan Tower too, and also 3D angel wings and big gold coin. If you have free time, you can try to collect stamp of Busan Lotte Department Store.

At 12:45, we decided to go back to hotel to take our luggage, and ride taxi to Busan KTX Station which only cost 3000 won. It’s a little traffic on the way to KTX, and we have to drop by a little far from KTX Busan Station Entrance because of traffic. Fortunately, 13:30, we have already arrive at the platform.

The KTX cost 57.700 won from Busan to Seoul, and it tooks approximately 2.5 hours. Don’t forget to buy it online, in case you won’t get the seat, especially on Holiday.

KTX Website: http://info.korail.com/mbs/english/index.jsp

Click “Korail Pass Reservation (GO)” then choose RAIL TICKETS tab. (http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do)

Choose the date travel (You can check the schedule and purchase train tickets 1 month before the train departure). Then departure and arrival destination (klik the loop, don’t type it because it won’t work). After that, click “INQUIRY”.

Click the Loop to see the fare.

If you have decided, then you can choose “SELECT” on the date and seat class that you choose. Then fill in your name and email adress. (Remember! Once saved, it can’t be edited, so make sure you input the right information).

Then klik NEXT

Choose Overseas Issued, then enter your credit card number for payment. Klik NEXT and your booking will proceed directly.

If you want to cancel or lookup your booking, you can go to “My Reservation” Option. (http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfReservation.do)

If you have a problem to booking online, then when you arrive at South Korea, you can ask for the hotel owner to help you book the KTX ticket.

Goodbye Busan.. See you in the next Journey..

1 Day Trip to Gyeongju 경주 City (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도 – South Korea

Woke up early, and go to 노포 Nopo Station to take bus to Gyeongju. Once out from the train, just look for the direction to bus station, and then from subway station, just make a U-Turn.
The bus station is easy to read. You just choose your destination, and it will show the time of the next departure. Then you go to the locket, and tell the officer and pay. It cost 4800 won to Gyeongju.

The Express Bus Ticket to Gyeongju from Busan
The ticket after you check with the driver

It’s only took approximately 50 minutes to Gyeongju. That’s why I plan only to do 1 trip journey. The city is beautiful. Because it’s still traditional city. 

Once arrived in Gyeongju Bus Station, there’s an information centre located just right next the bus station. You can ask the direction in there.

Our first destination is 불국사 Bulguksa Temple. Just cross the road, and wait for the bus no 10 or 11. Bulguksa station is the last station, and it took approximately 45 minutes to 1 hours (12 stop).

Don’t worry, you won’t miss it because the driver will tell you that it’s the last station, and everyone will get out from the bus.

The scene is beautiful, the autumn feel is really strong in here.

PS: If you have enough time, I suggest stay for 1 night / 2 night in here. It’s worthed.

Our first destination is Bulguksa Temple. There’s 2 car parking, the 1st one is where you saw once you get out from the bus.

There’s two way to Bulguksa Temple. The first one is the main road, which there’s so many stall that sell souvenir, and the 2nd one is beside the toilet.

the 2nd way to temple, beside the toilet

We decided to try the main road first.

There’s so many stall that sell souvenir and street food. You can try some street food in there and buy some souvenirs.

Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995.. It is located at 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도 경주시 불국로 385 (진현동). The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. 

– www.bulguksa.or.kr
– www.jikimi.cha.go.kr/english

the entrance of the temple

The 2nd car park is near the entrance. The ticket cost 4000 won. On the way to temple, you can see a beautiful autumn scene.

It’s peaceful and very suitable to refreshing from every problem. As you can see at the picture, there’s another way. We will pass there when going back.
Then you will pass a gate.

The King Gate
The Map of Bulguksa Temple

Once you enter the gate, you will arrive in a large field. There’s a free guide service near there. You can follow the time and apply for free guide. There’s English, Chinese and Japan guide. We ask for English guide, but unfortunately, there’s only one English guide and he can’t go anywhere. So he just give us information about this Buddhist Temple.

After that, we walk around the temple. We can see many of Budha statue with different pose. There’s a meaning between the pose, but I’m not remember.

It took approximately 30 minutes to 1 hours in here. There’s a stone build too.

The scene is beautiful. Especially because it’s Autumn. After the stone building, you will found this scene.

The famous leaf in Korean, Maple leaf. When it’s autumn, it will turn colour to red and yellow.

This time, we pass the other way. 

The bridge which we passed when we get in.

The situation is so peaceful. If you looking for relaxing and peaceful place, this is the one. While enjoy the scenery, you can feel the peaceful of the temple.

Actually, there’s another place near Bulguksa, it’s Seokgoram Grotto. But our time didn’t make it. The last bus is 17:40. It’s 15:40 now, and we are afraid we didn’t make it to take bus at 17:40 to back to the city. So we decided to go back to the city now.

We rode bus no 11 back to downtown. On the way back, we found a beautiful scene so we decided to drop by.

It’s in the middle of somewhere, in the big main road, with field and mountain at autumn scene.

After take some photos, we continue the journey. It tooks time to wait for the bus, but finally the bus is coming.

We stop by downtown Gyeongju then went to a park which there’s so many attraction place in there. There’s a festival in there so there’s so many people.

The first attraction place that we visit is, 내물왕릉 The Royal Tomb of King Naemul. It’s unique. Unfortunately, we only can see from far away.

14, Gyo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 
경북 경주시 교동 14번지

Across from the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 70. Get off at Cheomseongdae (첨성대) Bus Stop. It is a 10min-walk from the bus stop.

King Naemul was the 17th monarch of the Silla Kingdom (in power from 356 to 402) and became the second king of the Kim family name. King Naemul was known as the first king to initiate the king title of ‘Maripgan’ and was known for spreading cultural advancements from China to the Korean people. When the allied forces of Baekje and Japan attacked, he asked Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo for help and led the people to victory, contributing to the increased strength of the Silla Kingdom. After his rule, the throne was exclusively ceded to members of the Kim family clan.

The royal tomb of King Naemul is a large mound (2.2m in diameter and 5.3m in height) that sits on the northern hill of the Confucian school of Gyeongju. The edge of a natural stone is exposed around the bottom of the mound, pointing to the fact that the inner chamber tomb was made of stone. In the historical document Samguk Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms), no records are found about the tomb, but the Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) describes the king’s tomb as being located in the southwest of Cheomseongdae, which is consistent with the tomb’s location.

(Source: Visit Korea)

The sun almost set when I’m in there. There were so many people playing kite. It’s beautiful.

The next place is Cheomseongdae Observatory which located right next of the Royal Tomb of King Naemul.

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheomseongdae
– http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264256

839-1, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeonsangbuk-do 
경북 경주시 인왕동 839-1


  • Start at the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal. From the terminal bus stop take Bus 70. Get off at Daereung-won Tumuli Park. The observatory is 3 minutes away on foot. Bus arrives at 7-min intervals.
  • Start at the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal bus stop. Take Bus 10 or 11 and get off at Wolseong-dong office (Daereung-won Tumuli Park). TThe observatory is 5 minutes away on foot.

Admissions Fee: Free

Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647), it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962. 

Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it. The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the Chinese letter ‘井’ (jeong). 

It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m. The Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms (also known as the astronomical solar year) were determined by the observation of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.

It’s a heritage monument. If you didn’t know the history, then probably you won’t understand what is this. Just look like a monument in the middle of the park. I think it’s unique.

So many people come here and enjoy the festival. We buy some streetfood like Tteokbuki and BBQ. It’s yummy. And there’s dance competition too in there.

Some place nearby are Anapji Pond, Tumuli Park, but the sun has already set. So we decided to end the trip for today.

We go back to Bus station using taxi and ride express bus back to Busan. We passed by Gyeongju Bread Store so we bought some for tasting.

Ttaro gukbap (따로국밥)

Before go to the next destination, we go to a restaurant which my friends said it famous. It sells Gukbap 국밥. When we get there, there’s so many people eat there.

Gukbap are dishes developed from guk. The term literally means “soup with rice.” The dish is typically served in restaurants, and has become popular among the working class since the late Joseon Dynasty. (Wikipedia)

There’s many kind of Gukbap, and we choose Ttaro gukbap (따로국밥). And it’s really suitable to eat when winter, hot soup on cold weather.

It’s Pork Soup. And it’s delicious. There’s chili inside the soup, so if you don’t like spicy, you can carefully separate the chili first.

Dinner at 해운대시장 Haeundae Market

Because it’s in Haeundae Beach, so it means we have to eat seafood. Then we go to 해운대시장 Haeundae Market. The market looks nice, and sells many fresh seafood and vegetables.

So many restaurant, and we don’t know where to eat. So we decided to choose it random :D. This is our choice.

The restaurant name

We orderes 2 set of Sashimi and 1 set of fried fish.

It’s delicious. You should come and try the seafood here.

델리만쥬 Delimanjoo

On the way to Haeundae Station, we saw 델리만쥬 Delimanjoo Snack. When you googling Busan City at internet, you will found this snack. It’s very famous. So we try it.

Two kind of Delimanjoo.

김밥 Gimbap & 물 냉면 Mul Naengmyeon

This is our lunch near Gamcheon Culture Village entrance. There’s so many restaurant in there. We try 김밥 Gimbap Restaurant.

We also ordered cold noodles, 물 냉면 Mul Naengmyeon. It is served as a cold soup with the noodles contained in broth made from beef, chicken or dongchimi.

These food is not suitable with my taste. It’s too sour and spicy. So after eat lunch, I buy some snack.

Busan D2 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # South Korea

Woke up a little bit late today, to pay the time of sleep of yesterday. We start our journey at 09:00. Our first destination is 감천문화마을 Gamcheon Culture Village.

Gamcheon Culture Village or also known as Santorini on the South Sea, or Taeguekdo Village. The village is a panorama of endless rows of low-rise cubicle homes climbing up the steep hillsides from the sea below, their cheerful blue, yellow and pink hues a delight to the eye. Narrow stone and concrete alleyways wind their way through the homes, yielding something new at every turn. 

From Elysee Motel Busan, go to Nampo Metro Station, ride subway to 도성/土城 Toseong Metro Station (orange line), go exit 6, then you will see intersection, turn right and walk until you meet hospital. The bus stop to Gamcheon is in front of the hospital. Ride bus no 2 / 2-2 to 감천문화마을 Gamcheon Culture Village, and stop right in front of Gamcheon Elementary School.

The main entrance of Gamcheon Culture Village right across the school.

You can collect stamp about this village, buy the map in the information or art shop. It cost W2000.

We use the direction in the map, so we know where we heading. And it’s useful, because we know where to go.

We spent almost 3 hours in there. After that, we go to the next destination, Haeundae Beach. We ride bus 2 to Toseong Station, then ride metro to Haeundae. It’s a long journey, about 2 hours.

Arrived at Haeundae Station, we go through exit 5 to Haeundae Beach. It took 5-10 minutes to walk there. 

When we arrived Haeundae Beach, there’s 19th 부산국제영화제 Busan International Film Festival which held on 2-11 October 2014.

BIFF is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Beginning in 1996 as the first international film festival in Korea, it is now a major global event. Held in Haeundae and Nampo-dong, Busan, the festival presents over 300 films from 70 countries. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.

Programs For 2014’s event:
– Total of 314 films from 79 countries
– 134 World & International Premieres 
– 98 World Premieres (66 Feature Films, 32 Short Films)
– 36 International Premieres (33 Feature Films, 3 Short Films)
– All New Currents screenings are World or International Premieres

For more information, please visit the website.

해운대해수욕장 Haeundae Beach located at Haeundae District. Exit 5 from Haeundae Station, and walk about 5-10 minutes.

If you ever went to beach in Indonesia (such as Bali and Lombok), you will think that the beach at Busan is a common beach.

But it’s so crowded. Many people went there to enjoy the wind and the beach. Located in the middle of high building, and the white sand, make people feel comfortable to just sit and enjoy the scene.

Hotel nearby Haeundae Beach, if you wants to stay near the beach, you can choose this hotel

We decided to stay here and enjoy this beach till night and enjoy the sunset. Because it will took some time to travel to another place.

Then We walk around Haeundae. The wind blow stronger than before. There’s a news that there’s thypoon at Japan, and it affects the weather. It’s getting colder.

So we decided to wait for the sunset inside cafe or convenient store. And we bought this.

After that, we go to the beach again to watch sunset.

And the night coming. It’s beautiful in the night, especially there’s BIFF festival which make the area full of light. The combination of sea, beach, and the city, make it more wonderful.

The wind is so strong, so after we enought to enjoy the scene, we decided to go to the next destination.

From Haeundae, we go to the 2nd famous beach in Busan, 광안리 해수욕장 Gwanganlli Beach. There’s a famous bridge in here, 광안대교 Gwangandaegyo Bridge, and it’s beautiful at night. Surrounded with building and cafe, we can enjoy the beach while drinking coffee.

To go here, you can stop at Gwangan Station exit 3 / 5 and walk around 10 minutes to the beach. You will pass a busy road and when I came there, there’s road renovation, and it’s make uncomfortable to walk.

PS: I’ve read inside the review in Trip Advisor, it’s better if you stop at Geumnyeonsan Station because it’s closer to the beach. Next time I went here, I will try it.

This is our last destination for today. After enjoy the scene for a while, we go back to hotel and rest. Time to sleep for tomorrow journey.

설빙 Sulbing / Korean Dessert Cafe

Korean Dessert Cafe is a famous dessert cafe in Korea. It’s originally from Busan and located at Nampo Shopping District (there’s another branch in other area too, even in other city). We order the famous 인절미 injeolmi which cost W6000. Injeolmi also known as Korean Rice Cake coated in sweet bean powder. It’s delicious. Even the weather is cold, but it’s nice to eat dessert.

This place is quiet famous, so many people eat here for evening snack. 

In Korea, when you eat in restaurant, always do the self service. You can order and the waiter will give you an alarm machine which will tell you if your order is ready and when your order ready, you have to take it by your own. And after you finished, you have to take your tray to tray rack.

Korean Dessert Cafe Address: 부산광역시 중구 광복로 54-2 / 54-2 Gwangbok-ro Jung-gu Busan, Korea

봉추찜닭 Bongchu Jjimdak

My first trip to Busan, we stay at Elysee Motel Busan and the owner is very kind. He give us any information about restaurant nearby and what to visit.

Yangssi Sanghoe Restaurant
Bongchu Jjimdak Restaurant (Bongchu-style seasoned and simmered chicken)
Seoul Samgyetang Restaurant

We decided to try Bongchu Jjimdak Restaurant. I heard that this is special dishes in Busan and It’s easy to go there because of the map. The map is really helpful.

We order small portion (for 2 person), and it’s really a big portion for us.

In South Korea, the eating tools is always available in each table.

And don’t worry for drinking. They always provide free water.

엘리제모텔 Elysee Motel Busan # South Korea

When I’m travelling to Busan for the first time, I choose Elysee Motel Busan for my accomodation, because it’s near Busan KTX Station.

Elysee Motel Busan located near Exit 5 or 7 of Nampo Station. The owner give me email of map direction to the hotel from either exit. Altough it’s only took 5-10 minutes by walk, but because it’s hill-up, and we bring our heavy luggage, it tooks more time.

The map from Mr Son, owner of Elysee Motel Busan
The map from Mr Son, owner of Elysee Motel Busan

The owner is really nice and kind. Check-in proccess is fast. The room is big, didn’t like motel at all. The bathroom also large. There’s a hot water and bathub. They provide body wash, and shampoo. There’s also steamer inside the bathroom if you want to sauna.

Besides the room, we also feel South Korea atmosphere, from the door key and shoes place. Before you enter the room, you have to take off your shoes in the special place between the door and room, then you can wear home sandals inside the room.

I satisfied with this hotel. It’s clean and modern but with budget price. Also located in the centre of city, just right beside Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower. Also walking distance to nearest subway, shopping street, Jagalchi Market, and BIFF square. From KTX Busan Station, also take less than 5 minutes by taxi.

You can get self-service breakfast. They provide bread, egg, cereal, milk, coffee, and tea. You can cook by your own just remember to wash it after used.

Address: 46 DongKwang-dong 3 Ga Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Phone: +82 10-5264-8048

Agoda: Elysee Motel Busan
Booking.Com: Elysee Motel Busan