Travel Thru’ The Lens: Princess Cruises – Busan, Korea
After visiting 3 locations in just 3 days of the trip, including 2 long train rides to the Kakunodate and Tateyama, it was good to have some needed rest on board the ship with a full day of rest and 2 nights of good sleep. After which we arrived at Busan (斧山/부산), the 2nd largest city of Korea and the Southern gateway to Korea.
I have visited this city before during the Samsung NX Traveller program earlier in the year. Quite honestly by the time we reached Busan, it was close to dinner time and we did a very rushed tour of the tourist zone. So this time round, I would really like to take my time.
Now here’s the big issue – we have about 7-8 hours and the ship arrived a wee bit too early for the shops to open. Plus the fact that the ship is docked at the container port, we will be wasting time to travel to other destination that are of some interest. Gumcheon Cultural Village was on my list of to do and if that didn’t pan out, I was thinking of Yongkungsa Temple or Haedong Yonggoung Temple. If I have the time, even go to Nakdong River to shoot some birds (photographically speaking of course). But the mad rush especially at Toyama nearly didn’t pan out well for us. So this time round we did a simple tour of the city just to avoid the mad dash again.
So what’s left? The largest departmental store in the world: Shinsegae
In the end, we didn’t stay long in Shinsegae (新世纪) because the things we saw there are mainly what we can buy and see in Singapore. We decided to head back to the Shuttle bus pick up point at BIFF square (or Busan International Film Festival Square…quite a mouthful).