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Finally left my little city of Tongyeong, and traveled east long the coast with Mrs. Jeong and family to Busan. What a trip... it took 3 hours or so by car, then another 90 minutes to get through traffic to reach Haeundae Beach farther side of the city. Whoa! A lot of driving for such a short trip! We decided next time that we would take the subway when we arrived into Busan, the traffic was horrendous, but what do you expect in Korea's second largest Metropolitan area of over 3 million people!
We arrived just in time to watch the sunset over the water and the beautifully crafted modern bridge; making the 5 hours in the car worthwhile! After exploring the boardwalk, we found a delicious seafood restaurant, and for dessert, visited Shinsegae, the largest "mall" in Asia. Since there is little land area for a vast amount of people, Koreans build UP instead of OUT, like in the US. As opposed to walking a mile through a two level mall of shops, there were 9 floors of shops, an ice rink, a spa, and of course, restaurants. (Actually, after some research, I discovered that Shinsegae is the LARGEST shopping mall in the WORLD, not just Asia. Let me tell you it was overwhelming!)
After being worn out and overwhelmed by the prices (elegant fur coats hung carelessly on racks for $5000 each), we went to the Vesta Spa, and soaked in hot pools, swam in cold pools, and relaxed under the starry sky in their outdoor hot tub.
I'm glad I didn't have to make the 3 1/2 hour drive home at 11pm! Poor Mr. Park!
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!