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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Day 3 : Gamcheon Culture Village - Jagalchi Market - Gukje Market - Yongdusan

Our room was really small, but thankfully we had a good night's sleep. After 2 nights sleeping on the plane, I was glad to be sleeping on a bed again! Our accommodation at K-Guesthouse Nampo-dong came with breakfast. And breakfast was rather elaborate! We had to fry our own eggs and ham and toast our own bread ... and wash up afterwards.

Breakfast .... 

Breakfast with a view .... that building's Jagalchi Market, btw 

After breakfast, ME and I set off for Gamcheon Culture Village. We took a subway to Toseong station, and thereafter, we took a bus all the way to the village. Gamcheon Culture Village was formerly a slum which is nestled into the side of a mountain. Now, it was been colourfully painted and turned into a tourist attraction. 










We walked around the village  .... and then we walked downhill, stopping at 2 marts along the way. We intended to catch a bus back to any metro station ... but we must have waited at the wrong bus stop .... we did not see any familiar buses despite waiting for a while. We decided to head back uphill where the bus station was - we walked past it a while ago. The bus brought us all the way back to Nampo-dong .... and we headed to Jagalchi Market.

Such a clean market! And there were so many stalls selling seafood that's ultra-fresh!

We headed upstairs ... 

There were stalls selling dried seafood .... 

There were many types of anchovies and they all looked super fresh 

We browsed around the food stalls .... and many were working there spoke Mandarin and urged us to sit down and eat ..... We decided on Stall No. 3 where we saw more locals eating ... 


Our banchan .... 

Seafood hot pot, KRW40,000

ME and I shared a hot pot, but it was such a huge pot that we were struggling to finish it. I enjoyed the sweetness of the soup and the myriad of seafood in there - like crabs, octopus, prawns, scallops, clams, and lots of mussels. Delicious! Just too huge a pot for the both of us. 

After lunch, we headed to BIFF; it's right opposite Jagalchi Market, across the road.


Many stalls were already lining the streets, selling Korean street snacks ... 

And grabbed an iced Americano to quench my thirst ...... only KRW1,000

We walked past BIFF to get to Gukje Market; seriously the market is so HUGE! 

Selling kitchenware .... 

Loved the assortment of Korean kitchenware; I wanted to buy a ttukbaegi .... but I doubt I could carry it home ... 

So much cheap clothing piled up on the floor .... one had to really take the time to search for a suitable outfit to buy if one wanted to ... 

The market was huge with many sections selling different items .... and we took our time to browse. Then we walked to Lotte Gwangbok - a huge departmental store that was nearby. And there was Lotte Mart in there. We spent quite a bit of time at the supermarket as well .... I loved the supermarket because there was so much food to sample! We also made mental notes of things that we wanted to buy and bring home later on.  

The chicken at the hot food section; looked so tempting! 

Beautiful kimbap! 

We also saw some Taiwanese girls buying packets and packets of this candy. We asked them about it and they told us that the candy was yummy; so ME and I each bought a packet to try ... 

Strawberry and yoghurt candy ... the yoghurt one was yummier 

After Lotte Gwangbok, we went back to our Guesthouse to rest for a while; later in the evening when it was not too hot, we went to Yongdusan Park .... 

Take the elevator up .... but you have to walk down the stairs .... 

Busan Tower 

Pretty blooms ... and view of Busan from the park 

Lovely flower clock 

A huge bell in the pavillion 

Statue of Yi Sun-sin, a Korean naval great 

At the vicinity of the tower were ... 

Heart locks ... pretty colourful eh .... 

Just had to take a shot here .... 

We walked around at Yongdusan Park .... and then walked downhill .... and walked and walked and walked and before we knew it, we were at the shops near Jungangdong station .... and we had to walk back all the way to Nampo-dong ..... 

Hotteok with nuts inside ... 

Yummy ... the hotteok was really tasty .... 

We had both actually wanted to eat Budae-jjigae ..... we saw a shop named King Kong and thought we wanted to try the giant-sized stew, but then we were both too full from lunch to be eating at King Kong. 

Saw a policeman assisting a drunkard on my way back to the hotel ....
I'd just finished watching the police drama "Live" on tvN ..... heh .... so couldn't resist snapping a photo of the policeman in action; it felt like watching drama in real life.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Day 2 : Icn - Busan

Well, we arrived at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 on schedule. Now, there was no tour manager to fuss over us. Everything was on our own. So after we collected our bags, we went outside the arrival hall. We saw some bus counters as we exited, and enquired about the bus to Busan. We bought our tickets for an 11.30 a.m. bus. The counter guy explained to us where we could board our bus. All we had to do was to be at the platform by 11.15 a.m.

We then found a convenience store, where we could buy our T-money card. A card cost KRW4,000. I topped it up with KRW10,000. We could top up our card anytime conveniently at any railway or metro stations or convenience stores should we need to.

Meanwhile, some of the food items I have always wanted to try from the convenience store .....

 Binggrae Banana Milk & Kimbap

So yummy! 

Seriously, I loved the kimbap. It was a substantial meal by itself as there was rice, meat and kimchi! Half a roll and I was already full! 

At 11.15 a.m., we went to the bus platform and kept our eyes on the bus to Busan. Soon it arrived, and we climbed on board. The bus was pretty comfortable. The seats were huge, there was wifi and tv, and I could even charge my phone on board. The bus journey would take 5 hours, with 1 20-minute toilet break in between. 

We arrived at Nopo Bus Terminal at 4.45 p.m. ... and transferred to the metro to take us downtown to Nampo-dong where we would be staying. Our hotel was K-Guesthouse Nampo-dong. 

Our room was really tiny! 
Nonetheless, we did have a comfortable stay here for 3 nights. 

We dumped our bags and ventured out to the streets. We walked a bit and that was already the BIFF Square .... 

Many footprints of celebrities such as this on the pavement ....

Some handprints by the side of the pavement ....

Aaah ... Aori Ramen .... belonging to Seungri of Big Bang

The busy fashion street bustling with shoppers

We randomly picked a place to eat as we were so hungry already! The shop was called King Bob .... 

Kimchi and pork rice bowl, KRW5500

Bulgogi rice bowl, KRW6500

The meal came with complimentary drink, hot soup and lots of kimchi. We enjoyed our simple rice bowls very much.

Thereafter, we walked along the street .... 

So many stalls popped up ..... and we just had to eat the street food again, even though we'd eaten dinner. Lol ....

Egg bread, Gye-ran Bbang
Tasted like huat kueh with an overcooked egg on top; both of us did not like it

At the end of the street were a few stalls selling snacks, and we just had to eat some ..... 

Eomuk, KRW700
I'd always seen people enjoying eomuk or fishcake on television and so I just had to eat it; it was yummy, but I expected the taste of fish to be more prominent. I liked the soup though ... there's something addictive about the hot soup ....

Deep fried peppers and sweet potato, KRW700 each

Everything sold for KRW700 at this stall .....

Our stomachs full, we walked further around the area and found .... 

Busan Tower at Yongdusan ....
We walked around a bit but decided to return again during the day .... 

We also walked around the cosmetics shops a bit before we finally went back to the hotel for the night. 

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