i was treated to a short respite from work with a trip to Korea’s 2nd largest city, Busan (부산).
Busan was spared the artillery impact of the Korean war & contains historical areas that Korea on the whole, doesn’t have. There is a balance between the hyper-new, chic, beach side with glass skyscrapers scratching cloud; old fish markets with leathery faces haggling & hodge podge, pastel villages where artists make their beds & face off against the rich by scrabbling the hills.
My wife wanted to shop (which is an new ring of hell for me) so i took the opportunity to walk around a maze-like department store with a camera, with some interesting results.
i’ll try to make this weekend all about photographs if i can edit them in time.

16 thoughts on “Busan

  1. I love the rooftop photo, as I too like looking at the ‘out of the way’ and/or “ordinary” things people take for granted. There is a great little Buddhist temple complex outside of Busan (in Tongdo) you might get some great pictures at.

    • The rooftops of Gamcheon Village, a relic of the past, on of only a handful in Korea. i was told by a taxi driver about the temple, one of 3 that are the most prized i Korea. i didn’t go as we decided to not rent a car, but i will certainly return as there is still so much for us to see. i will fill this weekend with my photos so keep yer eyes peeled pal.

  2. Busan is my favorite city (or maybe second favorite since I want to remain loyal to my hometown, ha)! As a Daegu person, Busan feels a lot more familiar and relatable yet it has a lot more things to do than Daegu. Seoul is fun, but the crowd and just the sheer size of the metropolitan area wear me out pretty quickly.

    • Is Palgongsan in Daegu. I don’t know if i said it right. Anyway, i hiked a cool mountain in Daegu. Busan was great. I’m not a fan of Seoul but Busan really surprised me with how historical & relaxed it is. Busan people are much cooler than Seoul people.

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