Day 2 of 15

Annyeong! Busan is surprisingly dynamic in terms of its charm and attraction. It is actually the second largest city of Korea next to Seoul of course. One of the biggest, liveliest and busiest ports in Asia. So you can imagine the activities that are taking place in this lovely city.

Today’s Timeline 

 1030 – 1130 Brunch at KFC
 1130 – 1230 Haeundae Area
 1230– 1430 Haeundae Beach
 1430 – 1730 Yonggunsa Temple
 1800 ONW Back to Haeundae Area

Brunch at KFC

Brunch at KFC

We started the day quite late as we woke up feeling sluggish but soon as we hit the shower we were livened up by the citrus scent of my fave body wash. (Yep, if you’re looking for energizing stuff in the morning choose something fruity) Anyways soon after, we walk around the hotel and end up having brunch at KFC. We ordered spicy chicken, zinger, soda, fries and fresh baked egg tarts.

map-point HAEUNDAE

Haeundae is dearly loved by Korea and is actually considered as vacation spot even among the locals. Millions of tourist flock to this place particularly in the summer season to bask in the sun, and maybe because it’s wintertime that’s why the place is a little lax considering its popularity. After the delightful brekky/lunchie, we walked towards Haeundae area and roam the place until we reach Haeundae beach.

Yey! Excited :"

Haeundae Area is teeming with popular 5 star hotel and restaurant.

Having fun

Having fun with these lovely birds 🙂

This area in Busan is the perfect backdrop for any photographs and it is apparent that we took a great deal of photos as we enjoy the cold sea breeze. It’s winter time and so the weather was freezing and yet we were really savoring our time and gazing through the relaxing scenery while working out our camera.

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Haeundae Beach (iPhone Shot)

HOW TO GET HERE?

ship-carBy Train Metro Line 2 at Haeundae Station Exit 3 & 5

SMARTBEACH

SmartBeach

Where to Go?

Where to Go Next?

At the end of the beach stretch you can reach Dongbaek Island about 1km at the southern part of it. This certain island boast an amazing thick forest of camellias and pine trees. You can also walk towards the APEC house and the Nurimaru from here. We didn’t go to Dongbaek Island though and we decided to head straight to Hae Dong Yong Gung Temple.

map-point HAEDONG YONGGUNSA TEMPLE

This is one of the few temples located on a coastline sitted on top of rocks with majestic view of the ocean. Usually most temples in Korea are nestled on top of Mountain or beneath a forest, this one differs and is actually referred to as an aquatic Buddhist sanctum. Located at 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan.

Waiting for our Bus

TEMPLE QUICK GUIDE

pink-callout More Infos Click Here
pink-callout Contact Number: 051-722-7744
pink-callout Email Address: dragon@yongkungsa.or.kr
pink-callout Operating Hours: 5AM till Sunset
pink-callout Best time to Visit Spring or Autumn.
pink-callout Free Admission

HOW TO GET HERE?

ship-car From the nearest subway station, Haeundae Station (Line 2), Exit 7
ship-car Then Take Bus 181 and get off at Yonggungsa Temple.

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Inside the bus route 181 & the coffee we had.

My boo at the stone signage

Once you alight the bus, please note that it’s quite a long walk so make sure to wear comfy shoes. At first I was confused about the familiar Swastika or Nazi-like symbol but as per reading its actually considered to be sacred and auspicious symbol by several religious group like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

12 Zodiac

The 12 Zodiac Figures (Chinese)

Breathtaking View

Breathtaking View. I wouldn’t mind staying here for a couple of days.

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Buddhist Rituals

Something for the Luck!

Something for the Luck!

The motto of Haedong Yonggung temple is at least one of your wishes will be answered here through your heartfelt prayers. And so we prayed for our heart’s desire and hopefully it will come true and we believe that it will.

Dinner

We stayed for a couple of hours to enjoy its majestic feels and the relaxing view of the temple. We love to stay but it’s getting dark already and we also hate to miss the bus and so we went back to Haeundae using the same route and went looking for BBQ joint.

Dinner

BBQ and series of Banchan.

Hope you enjoy our Busan journey and feel free to ask me if you have something in mind! See you on my next post & Good Luck!

Happy Traveling and Happy Reading

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