Saturday, October 13, 2012

Busan, South Korea

  Thursday 11 October – Busan, South Korea

Busan is the second largest city in South Korea, and was the scene of bitter fighting during the Korean War.

We docked at 12 noon and then left for our excursion.  The main target was the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple but this was left to last due to a busy downtown later in the afternoon.

The first visit was to the local markets for a brief shopping bout.  We dashed quickly into the fish markets (the second largest after Tokyo) before hopping on the bus to continue our journey.  We need not have rushed as one couple went AWOL!

On Dongbaekseom Island, there is APEC House, built for the 2005 APEC Economic Leader's Meeting.  Our visit was quick, but the locals are obviously proud of the facility. 

The Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is said to be one of the most beautiful temples in Busan but this must be due to its location on the coast (others are in the mountains). Tied to the legend of a great sea goddess, the grounds boast striking waterfalls and a dramatic rocky backdrop.  We walked down 128 steps down to the entrance (and of course we had to retrace our steps).  55 minutes back to the ship (but the trip back to downtown was quicker as traffic slowed from downtown to the port).

Dinner and an early night.

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