Post #15 – There will be many more posts in this blog about the beautiful city of Busan, in the southern tip of South Korea, but for now, here is a visual grand tour of 40 images, spanning from the Jagalchi Market to the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple.  Autumn is a good time to visit.

Busan is slightly different from Seoul.  People are more outspoken, cars drive faster, it is a bit lauder, but also more laidback,  thus making for the perfect vacation spot with a relaxed but lively vibe, stunning beaches, world-class architecture, and more seafood than you can possibly eat.

Behind the Jagalchi market this is the vew you have while dining inside the market at the second floor restaurants
Behind the Jagalchi market this is the view you have while dining inside the market at the second floor restaurants
Busan City Center or Centum City near BEXCO
Busan City Center or Centum City near BEXCO. Although a large city, Busan is not really congested
Jagalchi Fish Market
Jagalchi Fish Market. From there you can buy your fish and go to the upper floor to have it cooked for you
Fish on display at Jagalchi Fish Market on the South West side of Busan
Fish on display at Jagalchi Fish Market on the South West side of Busan. I dream of this when I cook!
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises
Haeundae District High-rises… it is a bit hard to get them into one shot in the camera when driving through
Busan Port seen from the City Tour bus
Busan Port seen from the City Tour bus – a true birds-eye-view from a super high and narrow highway
Busan Port
Busan Port is the largest one in South Korea and in use since 1876. The transit system around the port is impressive
Shinsegae Shopping Mall in Busan Centum City
Shinsegae Shopping Mall in Busan Centum City – aside from shopping at all kinds of upscale and popular brands, you can eat and relax in the mall
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises – with blue skies, Busan truly turns into a Blue City
Shop at a large upscale mall in Busan both Lotte and Shinsege are in Centum City
Shop at a large upscale mall in Busan. Both Lotte and Shinsegae malls are in Centum City, they are connected with each other and with the subway
Busan Cinema Center during the Busan Film Festival
Busan Cinema Center during the Busan Film Festival
Monster Caffe located in the building of the Asiad Stadium in Busan
Monster Caffe located in the building of the Asiad Stadium in Busan – menu is in Korean only, so the waiter in this photo translated it entirely for me so I can order
Highrises in Busan Doosan Haeundae Weve the Zenith Towers
Highrises in Busan – Doosan Haeundae We’ve the Zenith Towers count among the most luxurious residential and business high-rise complex in the world
Lobby of Commodore Hotel iconic building in Busan
Lobby of Commodore Hotel iconic building in Busan – the Chinese-themed lobby was featured in the K-drama “Haeundae Lovers”
World Stadium Busan KPOP Event BOF
The Asiad World Stadium in Busan is hosting a K-POP Event during the One Asia Festival, BOF, a 3-week long celebration of Korean culture and entertainment
Preparations for the Busan Fireworks Festival
Preparations for the Busan Fireworks Festival – paid seating – cost per person is about $85. You can bring your own food and drinks – worth every penny.
Busan Fireworks Festival on Gwangalli Beach
The Busan Fireworks Festival on Gwangalli Beach is held every year in October and it claims to be the largest in the world. One can buy seats on Interpark or attend free without reserved seating
Busan Double-decker Tour crossing bridge
Busan Double-decker City Tour is here crossing one of Busan’s major bridges, from the train station on its way to Haeundae. I took the ride several time, and I will take it again – it is just like a real life roller-coaster.
Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge
Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge is the most iconic bridge in the city of Busan, second largest city in South Korea
Busan Cinema Center in Busan Centum City South Korea
Busan Cinema Center in Busan Centum City, South Korea, is the permanent host venue of the Busan Film Festival
Food Market near Haeundae Beach showing the available dishes in photos
Food Market near Haeundae Beach showing the available dishes in photos. If it is red it looks hot, and it is … hot!
Market vendor preparing dumplings near Haeundae Beach
Market vendor preparing dumplings near Haeundae Beach – go hungry to the market – it is worth it!
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises – make sure you bring a camera on the City Tour Bus and sit on the top level
Panoramic view of the waterways of Busan at sunset
Panoramic view of the waterways of Busan at sunset, as seen from the City Tour bus
View over Marine City in Haeundae District with the world renown Doosan Heundae Weve the Zenit Towers
View over Marine City in Haeundae District with the world renown Doosan Heundae We’ve the Zenit Towers
The area of Gwangalli Beach during preparations for the Busan Fireworks Festival entertainment event in October 2015
The area of Gwangalli Beach during preparations for the Busan Fireworks Festival entertainment event in October 2015
Evening sky over Gwangandaegyo Bridge Busan
Evening sky over Gwangandaegyo Bridge Busan, as seen from my hotel room
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises
Marine City, Haeundae District Highrises
Proof that I was there in Heundae Beach Busan
Proof that I was there in Heundae Beach, Busan, South Korea
Food Market in Busan
Food Market in Busan – the market sells mainly fish and has many food stalls, but you can stock up on anything else you need, from silverware to raincoats, from pajamas to cosmetics…
Busan City Tours BUTI Station in Heundae Beach near the Aquarium
Busan City Tours BUTI Station in Heundae Beach near the Aquarium
Haeundae Beach Busan after the storm
Haeundae Beach Busan after the storm – people in Busan love walking on the beach at all hours
Gwangandaegyo Bridge Busan
Gwangandaegyo Bridge Busan at dawn. Typhoon Chaba caused a lot of erosion to this beach
Food stand on the way to the Beomeosa Temple near Busan
Food stand on the way to the Beomeosa Temple near Busan – the walk to the temple is pleasant and full of entertaining food stands and vendor booths
Sunny Haeundae Beach cleaned after the passing of Typhoon Chaba in October 2016
Sunny Haeundae Beach cleaned after the passing of Typhoon Chaba in October 2016. Just days before the beach had been full of debris
Food stand on the way to the Beomeosa Temple near Busan
Food stand on the way to the Beomeosa Temple near Busan – the cakes are graet; the bug-looking things are a categorical NO
View from the Beomeosa Temple near Busan
View from the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple near Busan – with a large golden Budha statue, healing waters and fountains to toss coins for good luck
Details of wood carvings at Beomeosa Temple near Busan
Details of wood carvings at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple near Busan, a surprisingly beautiful travel place that is a must when in Busan
Golden Budha statue at Beomeosa Temple near Busan
Golden Budha statue at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple near Busan

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