We’re halfway through the school semester at Sungkyunkwan University and not only am I trying to balance my classes and study for upcoming finals, I’m also scrambling to complete everything on my “things-to-do-in-South-Korea” checklist (and honestly, I’ve already done sooo many). I really want to make the most out of my experience here in South Korea because who knows? This could be my only chance to go out and explore.
Recently, I visited Busan during the weekend with a few other friends and I must say… I understand why so many people (and locals) LOVE Busan! As the second-largest city after Seoul, Busan is a mix of both old and new, featuring hiking trails, beaches, scenic mountains, shopping malls, and also seafood cuisine.
If you’re a first-timer, I highly recommend that you visit the Busan Gamcheon Culture Village. Situated on the foothills of a coastal mountain, you’ll see clusters of coloful houses with many narrow staircases and hidden alleys. What makes the community more unique and charming is the fact that the village is decorated with whimsicial artwork including murals and sculptures. Other places that we visited included Taejongdae, Haeundae Beach, Nampo-dong, the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center, and the Jalgachi Fish Market.
Next stop? I’m crossing my fingers for Jeju Island. We’ll see!