부산/釜山 ~ Busan
Busan is the second largest metropolis in Korea after Seoul and the fifth largest port in the world. Since it’s right across the sea from Fukuoka and borders a river, it has been a port for trade with the Japanese for hundreds of years. Nestled between the mountains and sea on the southern coast, it was one of only two cities not conquered by the invading northern armies at the beginning of the Korean War. The weather is lovely: the average low in January is 0°C; the average high in August is 29°C. This is one of the few big cities with beautiful mountains and beaches both accessible by subway. I visited in September 2009.
I had lovely weather both days in the city. This is a really beautiful and wide road, isn’t it?
Climbing to Beomeosa Temple
The city surrounds the mountain. Atop the mountain, Geumjeongsan (peak: 801.5m) are a temple and a castle. It would take an entire day to hike all the way around the perimeter of the fortress, and afterward you’d be exhausted.
There are aptitude tests for everything.
One reason I felt comfortable in this city was the Japanese presence. I stayed at the Toyoko Inn, for example.
View from my room
Guus Hiddink, who coached South Korea’s very successful 2002 World Cup team, is one of the few coaches in the world who has major endorsement deals.
This was the Youth Mass, and Powerpoint was skillfully employed.
This priest was iluminado por el Espiritu Santo. He was one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever met.
These tiny shellfish were really salty.
Jagalchi Fish Market after hours. This is a new building, and it’s much, much more convenient than the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo.