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This summer vacation came so soon after we got here that we had little time to prepare a trip elsewhere. So we spent the week brushing up on our Korean, sleeping in, cleaning, and seeing the sites around Pusan…
-SONGJEONG TEMPLE –
Songjeong is another beach area a little north of us. A few miles from the beach is a large temple that sits on cliffs above the ocean. It was a really beautiful setting, though it gave us a taste of Buddhism in Korea: ornate and often enormous statues of Buddha, surrounded by countless other smaller statues symbolizing unknown facets of this religion, colorful pagoda-shaped roofs, and typically a prayer room centered around a Buddha statue, prayer flags fluttering from the ceiling above.
While not the most relaxing beach experience of my life, great for people watching. We live about a 5-minute taxi ride from this beach and have been happy to enjoy the water on some really hot days here. Haeundae beach is a hub for concerts and events, with a gigantic outdoor stage. At the beach, vendors, selling fried chicken, step over sandy legs sticking out from neon orange umbrellas, yelling, “Takkogi!” only stopping to reach down and lightly smack Eric’s leg and yell, “CHICKEN!” loudly in our faces.
A city about a 2 hour train ride from Pusan. It’s a much prettier city, with a lot of green space. We took in a lot of Korean history here – Gyeonju has a national museum, tombs from royalty past, and some of the largest Buddhist temples in Korea.
We took the subway for 45 minutes to visit this area of Pusan. I (Liz) was in my glory, walking streets filled with cheap (new?) clothes sold by old women sitting in sidewalk shops. Nampodong is also home to Jagalchi Fish Market – a pretty famous seaside fish market in Korea.
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