Apr 132011
Why I Love Jagalchi Fish Market

One of the first places I almost always take friends that visit Busan is Jagalchi fish market.  It’s a strange place.  While it’s a pretty well-established place to visit, the fish market is a bit of an oddity.  Going and watching old women gut and chop up dead fish is not exactly akin to relaxing […]

Mar 162011
Busan Tower and Yongdusan Park

Yongdusan Park is possibly the most accessible park in Busan, in terms of proximity to the city. Go shopping in Nampo, and hop on the escalator (see the picture of the entrance), and it’ll whisk you up to Yongdusan Park. The first thing you’ll see is Busan Tower, towering (ha!) over Busan at 120 meters, […]

Mar 162011
Seokbulsa Temple Hike

I think Seokbulsa is definitely the coolest temple in Busan.  Maybe the coolest in Korea.  It’s really small, with only a few buildings, but it’s completely different from any temple I’ve visited.  It doesn’t feel at all like a Korean temple, really.  First of all, the buildings are all made of stone and laid out […]

Mar 162011
Haedong Yonggungsa Water Temple

With some very notable exceptions, it often feels like if you’ve seen one Buddhist Temple in Korea, you’ve seen them all.  That’s not a knock on the temples here, it’s just pointing out the obvious.  They’re seemingly at the foot of every mountain.  They have similar layouts.  They’re all the same colors.  I still love […]