Perfect evening on the patio of Unico with a perfect full moon
Lara and I spent a fab 3 days in Busan! We had many interesting meals: traditional Korean dinner, street food, weird brown eggs, and bad "Mexican"! I drug Lara kicking and screaming through Shinsegae, the largest mall in the world, we visited the amazing Yonggungsa Temple near the outskirts of the city, I did Natarajasana everywhere I could, and we stayed at an awesome "Love Motel", 4 stars by US standards, for $73 per night!
We were swept along with the tide of mainly Korean tourists at Haeundae Beach, watching families play traditional New Year's games in the sand, in traditional costume. Heck we even got to witness a beach volleyball game with many of the men in butt-free jockeys--(one of my fav sights on the trip he he! We luxuriated in the boiling saunas and whirlpools of Vesta Spa, and marveled at the variegated architecture of the city.
We starved, we overate, we laughed loud and whined a little. It was a great weekend with lots of memories captured below!
Photos of our visit to the Tongyeong's cable cars up to Mount Mireuksan; sights seen from the mountaintop! Mrs. Jeong and her husband, Mr. Park, took me sightseeing for the day!
What a spectacular day! I had forgotten how much fun being a tourist can be! We south drove to Tongyeong on Saturday; I couldn't believe all the traffic! Everyone was a gadabout: shopping, hiking, going to market... For a small city, which is considered a "town" in Korea, of 140, 00, it seemed like everyone was out that day! Koreans work hard: all day and sometimes or usually 6 days a week, so the weekends are for FUN FUN FUN!
You may recall I was referring to the original part of the city as "old Tongyeong"; well this is incorrect. It is simply called Tongyeong (TY from now on). I live in the newest buildup, which is Jungnim, simply a sort of a self-contained suburb. 10 years ago, it was all under water! The Koreans industriously and speedily filled in this area and built a mini-city within 3 years. And not shabbily done either! The building construction is top-notch, nothing cheap that will fall down or rot in 25 years like in the States. Jungnim is only a mile or so from the central area of TY. Following a serpentine route through the city, we cross one of two bridges over Seohoman Bay (we could have also taken the undersea tunnel!) and arrive at the Mireukdo Tourism Area, to ride the Hallyeosudo Landscape Cable Cars, which travel to the summit of Mt. Mireuksan
...is gadding about!