Busan 16.05.2018


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A couple of hours and plane from Shanghai landed in Seoul. I decided to visit the city a bit later, that's why I went from airport directly to train station. There was my train to Busan which goes through entire country just in 3 hours.

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The first thing I which caught my eye after my visit to China was average age. In China there were so many young people on the streets, and here in Korea people are much older. There is no so much young couples on every corner. In general there are much less people over there :)

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Busan metro reminded me Japanese subway a lot. Though Korean metro has two huge issues: they love stairs so much that there is no escalators at all and they really enjoy separate exits from platforms on the same station. So if you accidentally go in the wrong platform, there is no way to go to the right one without buying a new ticket. Which is quite expensive.

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Ticket machines do not always work as designed. One of them took my money and didn't print the ticket. So I found a pretty girl who works on the station, somehow explained to her my issue, so she glanced on the machine, hit it with her knuckle and voilĂ , my ticket magically appeared. Amazing way to fix the machine :)

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In the night time the city looks very Asian: streets are flooded with ads, food is everywhere. Asia-Asia. And they don't close everything at 10PM like in China!

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I was very surprised by amount of autographs from local celebrities in some places which do not look fancy or something.

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Next day met me with rainy and foggy weather. Tons of clouds and nasty drizzle.

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It was very empty on the streets. I'm not sure if it was due to weather or there were just a few people over this area.

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In souvenir (and religious) shop I found CD-discs and sound tapes (!) What year it is today?

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Gardens are much better than in China. I can feel Japanese influence here.

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Funny rules in subway.

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The way to a hill. Clouds are still a bit hight, but anyway it's already easy to spot that the weather is not ideal.

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There is Gamcheon village on the hill. Hardly imagine, but just 10 years ago it was a poor slum block. Busan artists and students decided to change that and painted streets, houses, locals opened cafes and souvenir shops. The place became major tourist attraction.

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It's very cloudy and wet on the hill.

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However I didn't see tourist crowds here (and in other places as well).

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Old, very old devices. Looks like a collection point so people won't throw it to the waste.

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Rain water goes in a gutter-way system. Thus there is an awful disgusting smell after heavy rains around gullies. The only overwhelming desire I had was to run away from this thing as quick as possible, so the smell would go away. Fortunately the smell is strong enough for me only around the hatch, so it's not the bad. I've heard it's just a gutter-way "feature".

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The way to the biggest fish market in the city.

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It looks more like a zoo :) All the creatures are alive!

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They don't really care about animals. I've seen they take away the skin from eel, while it's still alive.

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The building is really big. There is also a 2nd floor where cooks are happy to fry your fresh fish or anything else.

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Like this.

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Of course every dinner or launch goes with kimchi. It's a very traditional Korean pickles.

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Also it is possible to buy a bit of dried fish.

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A bit later this evening I managed to visit Korean bath (which I didn't manage to visit in China and regret a lot). Though no photos :)
Bath is quite close to Japanese. The main thing here is around hot spring (well not sure if it was spring or just heated water) with temperature between +35 to +43 degrees. There was even sauna room, but it was just +70 over there. Doesn't count :)
One can easily spend 3-4 hours in the bath. There are restaurant, sleeping rooms (even with personal TVs), massages and so on. Access to anything is granted via special key linked to the locker. So any paid service is simply written to visitors account so he can pay the bill on the exit.


 
 
 
 

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