Asia,  South Korea,  Travel

Haeundae Beach and Places around Busan

An hour after I finished my tour at the UN Memorial Cemetery, we took a taxi from Pukyung National University campus to Best Western Hotel in Haeundae, it took 24 minutes ride and the taxi fare was 10,600won including Tol. We crossed over the Gwangandaegyo bridge, nicknamed Diamond bridge which was the second longest bridge in the country after the Incheon bridge.

Haeundae beach is only 2 minutes away from the hotel. While we were out there, we walked along the shop and check out for a potential drinking place for tonight.

Haeundae Beach with the almost Supermoon
Almost sunset, Westin Chosun is right at the end with the hill next to it
Fans getting ready to meet their idol

Our first stop for the night was Noo Na Hol Dak. We had a few OB beer while snacking the fried octopus. The total bill was 26,500won. (OB beer @ 3,500won per glass)

Next, we went to Asian food cafe where we had lamb skewer and Soju. We also went to Fuzzy Navel which is just in front of the hotel. I couldn’t recall what was the name of the last place where we had a pancake and drinks. In fact, I couldn’t remember much on the journey back. But I do know that we had it at the Busan Haeundae Traditional Market 부산 해운대전통시장

I woke up with a headache the next morning, and I desperately need soup for lunch to help with my hangover. The place we went to was crowded, and we have to queue to get a seat.

In the evening, we went for a walk at the beach. There was an observation deck to look at Tsushima island across Haeundae beach, but I couldn’t see anything because it was foggy and it said that the island is only visible average 60 days in a year.

We walked towards Westin Chosun and followed the trail to the Mermaid statue. That’s the only place we went because the sky was darkening and we didn’t want to get caught in the rain.

The legend of Princess Hawangok
Little Mermaid in Denmark, Princess Hwangok in Haeundae
A statue of the mermaid known as Princess Hwangok gazes into the open sea in Dongbaekseom Island to the west of Haeundae Beach. Once upon a time, Princess Hwangok from Naranda, a Mythical country of mermen and mermaids, married King Eunhye of Mugung, a legendary kingdom. The princess missed Naranda so much that she would come out at night and gaze at the view of her home reflected in her Golden Ball on every full moon.

We stopped by to have some drinks at Vecchia & Nuovo, the Westin hotel’s cafe. We ordered cappuccino & hot choco. The two drinks cost 12,400won.

We had a few drinks at sharky’s bar & grill. I had had enough of beer from last night, so I just had a coke @ 3,500won and Mike had a Stella @ 8,000won.

For dinner, we went to Thursday party burger & pasta which located just a few steps from the hotel. I had a delicious Hamburger meat pasta @ 12,300won. If you come for a beer, the Draft Cass is selling at 3,000won.

It was raining the next morning, and we hurriedly walk towards Haeundae station which located about 400 metres away from the hotel. It took us 6 minutes to reach the station. Since T-Money can’t be used here in Busan, we bought tickets from the vending machine @ 1,400krw per person and boarded the metro line 2 (Green Line) at 10:20 am to Seomyeon station. From there, we transferred to line 1 (orange line) and reached Busan station at 11:02 am.

Busan Station

Across Busan station, there’s Chinatown and there’re many Russian restaurants around the area. We chose to have our lunch at one of the Korean restaurants. Since we’re in Chinatown, it’s not a surprise that the owner could speak Chinese too.

While waiting for the train, we had hot Chocolate and Cappucino at Pascucci, a shop located in the train station.

Fifteen minutes before our train was scheduled to depart, we went down to look for our train # 140 and it was already there. We get on to it and wait for it to depart. Exactly at 1 pm, the train slowly leaving the station and gradually increasing its speed towards our destination.

Busan Stn @ 1pm ➡ Ulsan Stn @ 1:23pm ➡ Dongdaegu Stn @ 1:49pm ➡ Daejeon Stn @ 2:33pm ➡ Seoul Stn @ 3:30pm

Travel Date: 12th ~ 14th November 2016

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