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and busan, south korea!
While making my way to Haedong Yonggung Temple in Busan I stumbled upon a small pizza joint—7th Street Pizza—and figured I’d grab a bite to eat before the long bus journey ahead. The clock had just struck noon and I was ready to stuff down a large order of whatever they had.
I’ve had lots of fun exploring traditional markets all across Southeast Asia; after all, as a Westerner, it’s not everyday that I run into long winding alleyways full of vendors that sell everything from fresh vegetables, raw meat, and seafood, to live insects, herbal medicine, and well, flowers. How interesting!
I remember watching the Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift back in 2006, and it was the first time that I was introduced to the concept of interactive car garages; you know, where cars are placed and stored into a large warehouse via automated mechanical parts. In the years following I’d see only a few short clips on Youtube that were thrown into ads or documentaries regarding future technology, but it’d never crossed my mind that I’d actually have the opportunity to check one out in person.
Why Seoul’s Olympic Park is One of the Most Beautiful Parks I’ve Visited So Far During My Travels in Southeast Asia
I think one of the best times to visit Seoul is in Autumn; there are plenty of events going on such as the Kimchi Festival and Seoul Lantern Festival, and best of all, as a photographer, the picturesque sight of orange and brown autumn leaves riddled across trees all around the city makes way for beautiful scenes to capture on camera. And the best place to capture those scenes is none other than at Seoul’s Olympic Park, a massive recreational area built in honor of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
I’m a huge fan of structures across the world that showcase mankind’s technological achievements. Skyscrapers, monuments, towers, ships, anything that makes me sit back and think ‘How in the hell did they build that!?’ And then there are bridges; the marvelous engineering feats that link two points across varying obstacles. They come in different shapes, sizes, lengths, designs, locations, and outside of skyscrapers, are my favorite type of structures to see up close during my travels.
I love exploring the observation decks of tall structures—towers, monuments, buildings, skyscrapers—all across the world. It’s just something about being high up in the air and having a grand overview of a city or landscape that is one of the most humbling experiences in the world.
What It’s Like Exploring Marine City, Busan’s Most Affluent Residential & Commercial Area | Don's ESL Adventure!
It must be cool to be rich in Busan; well, at least that’s what I thought after exploring Marine City, the city’s most affluent residential and commercial area.
The SkyArt Gallery at Seoul’s Iconic Gold Plated 63 Building Came Fully Equipped With the Best Views of the City
Type in “top things to do in Seoul” on Google and a trip to the 63 Building is bound to show up within the first 10 search result slots. Ok, ok, maybe the first 20, but as I usually make an effort to visit the observation decks of tall structures—towers, monuments, buildings, skyscrapers—whenever I travel, I figured I just couldn’t finish my weeklong trip to Seoul without paying a visit to the city’s iconic 63 Building.
Favelas in Busan? Not Quite. Why Gamcheon Culture Village is the Hidden Gem in Busan That Every Tourist in the City Should Explore
Wow, favelas in South Korea? Yeah, well, something like that! That’s right, Busan’s Gamcheon Culture Village turned out to be the most unexpectedly awesome attractions that I wound up visiting during my weeklong stay in South Korea.
Temples. Temples. Temples. Yep, Busan is full of em’. Yet, there were only two particular temples that caught my attention from all of the tourist hotspots advertised in Busan’s tourism brochures: Samkwang Temple and Haedong Yonggung.
I made visiting Busan’s Samkwang Temple, or Samgwangsa Temple, my number one priority during my epic adventure in South Korea’s 2nd largest city.
Useful Websites Covering South Korean Government, News, Expat Services, Transportation & Attractions
Whether visiting, working, or living and working in South Korea, these links are meant to provide essential information that will hopefully make your experience all the more safe, fun and comfortable.
Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace was advertised as the #1 attraction to visit across the city; at least, that’s what I had figured as pictures of it were plastered throughout every tourist website, travel blog, and brochure I had saw during my weeklong stay in South Korea.
Thinking of visiting or moving to South Korea? Well, check out these interesting facts and get to know a little more about the land of the morning calm.
The first stop I made after arriving in Busan was to Haeundae Beach, which is renown as one of South Korea’s most popular beaches. I absolutely love hitting the beach--Los Angeles’ Venice Beach is my favorite place to hang out!—and I had read that the Haeundae’s affluent beachfront area included everything from high-rise apartments, 5-star hotels, hostels, and restaurants to shopping centers, entertainment facilities, and bustling nightlife venues. With that, I ended up booking a hostel in the area during my 2.5 days touring Busan.
All About Kimchi: Why Stumbling Upon the 2nd Seoul Kimchi Festival Was the Experience of a Lifetime!
It was November 6th, 2015 and I was on Day 3 of my weeklong vacation in Seoul. I was heading to Gyeongbokgung Palace and to my surprise, I just so happened to stumble upon the 2nd Seoul Kimchi Festival just as I exited Gwanghwamun Station. So, having known that Kimchi is recognized as the traditional dish of Korea, I decided to explore the event first in hope of learning more about the Korean cuisine and trying out some samples.
My weeklong trip to South Korea back in November of 2015 just wasn’t enough. Sure, I explored popular cities like Seoul and Busan on what seemed like a non-stop tourist vacation, but with so many wonderful attractions at every turn, I just couldn’t see and do all that I wanted in that short amount of time.
What’s Up With the Nightlife in Busan? Kyungsung University Area, Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Biff Square, or Marine City?
So what’s up with the nightlife in Busan? Korea’s 2nd largest city would certainly have some top-notch bars, lounges, or clubs to hang out at, right? Bingo! Here’s the top 5 nightlife areas in Busan that I recommend:
Having read that Namdaemun Market was one of Korea’s oldest and largest markets, I couldn’t help but feel excited to pay it a visit for some good ol’ shopping and delicious street food.
So what’s up with the nightlife in Seoul? Korea’s largest city would certainly have some top-notch bars, lounges, or clubs to hang out at, right? Yezir! Take a look at the top 3 nightlife spots in Seoul:
Seoul’s Myeondong commercial district was the epitome of a shopper’s paradise for those looking to burn cash on Korean cosmetics, international brands, and of course, street snacks, food, and entertainment.
Before traveling to Seoul, South Korea on a fun-filled weeklong vacation, I had read that Dongdaemun District was considered a great shopping and tourist destination in the city. Little did I know that Dongdaemun was actually a massive 24-hour shopping behemoth of its own situated inside Seoul’s bustling metropolis. That’s right, it was a city within a city! .
Taekwondo is hugely popular across South Korea; in fact, it’s their national sport. Developed during the 1940s and 50s in Korea, Taekwondo focuses on using fast head, jumping, and spinning kicks to strike opponents.
Korea has an absolutely huge video game culture. It seems like at every turn, you’ll find someone actively involved in a mobile game, or throngs of people, old and young, engaged in online strategy games at a local internet cafe. Turn on the television, and you’re bound to catch a broadcast of a live video game tournament. With that in mind, it wouldn’t hurt to discover what South Korea’s video gaming culture is all about!
I had a chance to visit Seoul and Busan in South Korea for a 7-day vacation in November of 2015. Coming from China, my home of the last 4 years, I landed at Incheon Airport on the 4th and began my journey of exploring popular attractions, eating local foods, shopping, and observing cultural differences on Day 1. Over the course of the week I kept note of a few items about South Korea that I though would be interesting to share with people considering traveling or moving to the country. So, here’s my list of 25 things I noticed about South Korean culture during my 7 day vacation in Seoul and Busan: