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We published over 2000 photos during our three months in Busan. That’s a record for our site, and a testament to what an amazing city this is. As you’ll see in our final batch of photos, Busan is strangely compelling and offers a little bit of everything, from the beautiful to the amusing, to the downright bizarre. Taking pictures here was always a blast… we’re going to miss it.

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July 30, 2012 at 5:03 am Comments (2)

Busan’s Diamond Bridge

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The Gwangan Bridge opened in 2003, connecting the neighborhoods of Haeundae and Suyeong, and instantly became one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Also referred to as the Diamond Bridge, it’s a beautiful structure, especially after dusk when brought to life by colorful lights.

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After a night on the town, it’s something of a tradition of ours to grab an ice cream and sit on Gwangalli Beach, to look at Korea’s second-longest suspension bridge. Sounds kind of lame, bridge-watching, but somehow it never gets old. The lights of the bridge change color and reflect beautifully in the water. When the night is pleasantly cool and you’ve just put another busy day behind you, there’s no better way to wind down.

Apart from the beach, the best spot to appreciate the bridge is from the astronomical observatory on Geumnyeonsan Mountain. A cheap taxi ride from the Geumnyeonsan Metro station will take you there, and the views from the observatory over Gwangalli Beach and Suyeong are unparalleled. It’s also a good area for hiking during the day.

I suspect that, years from now, when I think back on our time in Busan, the Diamond Bridge will be the first image that pops into my mind.

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July 27, 2012 at 6:56 am Comments (5)

An-Nyeong Ha-Se-Yo, Busan!

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After an adventurous 91 days in Sri Lanka, we arrived in South Korea’s Incheon airport. Our connecting flight to Busan was leaving from the nearby Gimpo airport, requiring a 40-minute transit bus ride. Accustomed to our cramped and dangerous bus experiences in Sri Lanka, we boarded with weary dread. But what’s this?! Comfortable, individual seats? Seat belts? Air conditioning? Where was the Sinhalese pop blared at ear-splitting decimals? Why weren’t we careening recklessly down gravel roads? As we coasted down the smooth (paved!) highway, I closed my eyes and took a long, cleansing breath. South Korea!

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Busan, South Korea’s second city, doesn’t approach Seoul in terms of size or global influence, but is home to a metropolitan population of 3.6 million, and one of the busiest ports in the world. Busan is found on the south-eastern end of the peninsula, closer to Japan than the capital. An important business center full of suits, concrete and convention halls, Busan also boasts popular beaches, nature reserves and an urban landscape shaped by green mountains that pop up almost randomly amid the skyscrapers.

Our flight from Seoul was with Korean Air, whose wonderful agents managed to squeeze us onto a connection two hours earlier than the one we’d booked. And so, we landed in Busan much earlier than expected. South Korea’s second city doesn’t approach Seoul in terms of size or global influence, but is home to a metropolitan population of 3.6 million, and one of the busiest ports in the world. The city is found on the south-eastern end of the peninsula, closer to Japan than the capital. An important business hub full of suits, concrete and convention halls, Busan also boasts popular beaches, nature reserves and an urban landscape shaped by green mountains that rise up between the skyscrapers.

Usually, we do a lot of prep work before moving to a new city. Reading up on the language and culture, absorbing movies and novels set there, practicing the language. Things like that. But because we were so busy in Sri Lanka, we had been negligent in preparing for Busan. We knew next to nothing about the city, and just the basics about Koreans: that they have great cuisine, and that they’re are big on drinking, baseball and pop music. We recognized Samsung, Hyundai, LG, and exactly one Korean word (“hello”). And that was it!

We were beginners, extremely eager to get started on our 91-day crash course in the country and its culture. It would prove to be an incredible three months. On our first full day in the city, we went to the top of the Busan Tower, where we got a feel for the city’s staggering size. Busan is way too big, with way too many things to do and see in just 91 days, and that’s before considering the surrounding countryside and possible day-trips. We felt overwhelmed before we even began, but by the end of our three month stay, had earned a pretty solid feel for Busan. An incredible and completely overlooked city.

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May 5, 2012 at 10:22 am Comments (5)