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BUSAN by hkskyline - #5 Onwards to Gukje Market


clock03-10-2010, 08:20 PM
Yorum: #1
Busan is quite a beautiful city with hills and sea settings, and the city spreads itself around the geography and it's impossible to see everything from one vantage point. Change is in the air. A huge building is coming up and I took the time to go to the site to see for myself .. not much yet though.



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Too bad the weather wasn't so good. Next time I'm in Korea I might head back if the weather is good.



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I walked north from the Lotte site towards the international ferry terminals, where there is regular service to Japan, which isn't so far actually. I believe the ride to Fukuoka is only about 2-3 hours. Fellow HK forumer InitialD18 suggested I should've gone for a day trip. Breakfast in Busan, ramen in Fukuoka for lunch, and dinner in Busan again. [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]



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While there are these tour buses that ply the city, I opted to do a bit of exploring on my own instead, although I did consult their itinerary to make sure I covered most of what they had.



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Need directions? I'm at the bottom right quadrant.



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I walked back inland and went to the Busan Modern History Museum, where I understood how deeply engrained the resentment towards the Japanese colonial rulers remained. The tone was very strong, at times overdone, but the Koreans have done a very good job educating their young on that part of history, amidst a wave of nationalism and whitewash attempts that have plagued Japan of late. I doubt the Japanese young are as aware of what happened in their parents' and grandparents' generations.



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The exhibition also includes a lot of photos showing Busan of the past. What a change it has been.



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Gukje Market is just around the corner from the museum. It's a huge web of many street markets that sell everything from clothes to metal pipes. The scale is very staggering, and Busan is a very lively city at the street level.



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I didn't think KFC were in the street vendor business. [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]



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Being a foreigner with very little Korean language abilities, bargaining in this setting was a challenge. But in the end I did buy a few t-shirts.



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There are a lot of food stalls along this particular street. It's interesting to watch, but I wasn't brave enough to try until a bit later in the day.



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By the way, the seaweed rolls above are quite good. [img]images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]



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This market is just way too big! More in the next part, or you can check out my website if you can't wait.
clock07-07-2012, 05:20 PM
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