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AAX Media Fam Trip Oct 2015 Busan & Jeju – Busan

Our first day in Busan we went to visit Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. You can feel that this temple is very peaceful, not just because it is located by the sea but also because of the surrounding were covered by tall green trees.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is situated on the coast of the north-eastern portion of Busan. This superb find of a tourist spot and temple offers visitors the rare find of a temple along the shore line. Most temples in Korea are located in the mountains. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

We then went to Dalamjigil Road.  Along this road you can find a lot of cafes or coffee shops. Dalmaji-gil Road is a small walkway on the corner to Songjeong Beach and boasts beautiful cherry blossoms and pine trees, which are located just beyond Haeundae Beach, on the slope of Mt.Wausan. The landscape, with the blue sea, sandy seashore, and pine trees, is beautiful enough to be the representative place of this area for a long time to come.

This walk became famous as a relaxing place in the summer, ever since Haeundae Beach opened in 1965. On days with clear skies you can see Japan’s Daema Island from the observatory. There is a spa and other facilities nearby, making it a great place to visit for people who want to relax and enjoy their free time, not only in the summer, but throughout the year. The Dalmaji Hill has 8km driving course and at the peak of Mt.Wau is a Dalmaji hill. On the top of the Hill is a clock tower, representing the marine city Busan, going forth and reaching out to the world. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Seafood shells for lunch at Hajininae in Haeundae (http://www.hajinene.co.kr/). This time it’s a grill one. We need to grill it and then can eat it with rice or just like that.

After lunch we walk along Haeundae beach. Surprisingly there are a lot of people even though it’s weekdays. Weather seems so welcoming that day and shouldn’t miss this chance to take a lot of pictures. If you walk around the beach at night especially during the weekend, you may spot a lot of street performances by the beach.

If you walk along the beach till the end towards the hotel, you will find a stairs that will lead you to Dongbaeksom Island. This island have a lot of history and one of them is about the mermaid.

Dongbaekseom Island in Busan used to be an island, but is now part of the mainland. Dongbaekseom Island is a very small, and many dongbaek trees and evergreens thrive there. At the top of the island, there is a statue and a monument of Choe Chi-Won, a scholar and writer during the Silla Kingdom (BC 59 ~ AD 932). The Busan Tourism Organization has declared Dongbaekseom Island Tourist Site No.46. The island also has Dongbaek Park (동백공원) and a 2.5 m high statue of a mermaid near the beach which many tourists can easily visit on their way to the beach. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Next to Dongbaeksom Island is Nurimaru Apec House, which is noted for its beautiful, natural landscape accented by dense camellia and pine trees, Nurimaru APEC House has been used as a memorial hall and a prestigious international conference hall since the APEC summit meeting. Nurimaru, a 3-story building, is a modernistic expression of “jeongja,” a pavilion in traditional Korean architectural style. Its roof shape symbolizes the ridgeline of Dongbaekseom Island. Its interior design is a visual display of Korea’s creative traditional culture. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

The Bay 101 is a yacht club located at Haeundae beach, boasting itself as the no.1 Marine Sport facility in the largest marine city of Busan. With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment along with marine sports professionals, Public Marina offers a cozy and snug place for private dining and other cultural activities.

Marine sports can be enjoyed by all ages at The Bay 101, as marine-related sports and services, such as the 360 spinning Jet Boat or Semi-submarine Boat, Speed Boat, Jetski, Peanut boat and Banana boat are available in one place. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Difference from our yacht experience in Jeju, this time we had a night yacht experience around Busan. We pass by the Gwangan Bridge. It is the largest bridge over the ocean in Korea and it stretches over 7.4km from Namcheon-dong to Centum City.

Equipped with artistic light, the bridge showcases splendid light that changes every day and every season. The bridge offers majesty beauty combined with nearby attractions during the day and a romantic atmosphere at night, attracting many residents and tourists. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

The night view of Busan is different, colorful and happening. We had barbeque session on the yacht, snacks and not to forget we even light up the lantern and let it go off to the sky. A memorable experience for all of us.

It is our last day in Busan and the first schedule is to go to Gamcheon Culture Village. This place is not just famous for artists and arts students but this place have been very popular among tourists ever since.

Gamcheon Culture Villiage lead to the village’s cultural center houses a wide alley, formed by the cascade foothills area of London called to Machu Picchu, a theme that house projects and alleyways of tours throughout the formative work experience, recreated by local residents a place where you can enjoy the sights. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

Facilities that available around the village are Pottery workshop, Wood Mokgongbang Workshop, Textile Workshop, Hwahyejang jeonsugwan, sky rooftop, art shop, Gamnae grounds, Gamnae cafes, small museums, Gamnae restaurants, Ipjugak workshop and more.

Before heading to the airport, we drop by at Gwangbokdong Cultural & Fashion Street to do some shopping. This street captures the heart of fashion, art, culture, and shopping in Busan. As “Busan’s Myeong-dong, it stretches from the escalator entrance (ascending to Yongdusan Park) to Gukje Market.

Across from the site of the yearly Pusan International Film Festival, Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street is full of shops selling everything from bargains to luxury items. Decorated with splendid lighting, abundant flowerbeds, pleasant resting spots, and exquisite sculptures, the street is one of the most popular places among domestic and international tourists to shop and walk around in Busan. (source: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/)

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