Travel Diaries – Busan, Temples, and Aquariums Oh My!

Travel Diaries

Warning: Image heavy post ahead!
My first trip out of Ulsan was to Busan, which like Ulsan, is right on the coast, but it’s a little bit to the south. It’s only a short 20 minute train ride out of Ulsan, which makes it perfect for day trips. We had some lofty goals on what to see in Busan but, low and behold, we got lost on the bus and it ended up taking a lot of time to find the temple, which was first on the to-do list. Hae Dong Yong Gung Temple is also called the Temple on the Sea because it is right on the coast line and it’s beautiful!! It had such breath taking views and it was amazing to see! 

After the temple we explored Busan aquarium, which is called Busan Sea Life Aquarium! It’s an awesome aquarium! While in line getting tickets to get inside we ran into a guy in line drinking beer out of a bottle through a straw, who tried to converse with us in broken English. It’s pretty interesting that you can drink beer in an aquarium, it’s certainly something that you wouldn’t find in America, or if you did, it would be frowned upon greatly. He was nice though, so I wasn’t bothered too much. It was nice that people tried to talk to us, even though there was such a high language barrier there! 

It’s really hard taking pictures in an aquarium since there is no lighting and I didn’t bring a tripod so a lot of pictures came out blurry due to my slow shutter speed and my shaky hands/fast moving fishes. Then we wandered around a bit through Busan and found the “Chinatown” area that was near the train station….or maybe it was “Japantown”? It’s hard to tell when you can’t read any of the signs…
Busan was fun! Even though it was a lot of wandering around, trying to find the right bus on spotty wifi. I think traveling around like that is fun in it’s own way! It feels a lot more like an adventure! 

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Amazing pictures! I love that picture of the statue! The water is so gorgeous!
    ~Sara

  • Natasha Partt

    ah I'm so glad you made it to Busan! I used to live in the area around the train station (you were right the first time: it's China Town, closely nestled in with a predominantly Russian area!). Lovely photos 🙂

  • thedailymiacis

    Such cute photos! The temple seems to be so interesting 🙂

  • The temple was so awesome!! Thank you!

  • It was such a fun town! There was so much to do, I wish I would have had more time there to take it all in! I thought it was China Town, they had a bunch of places that did exchange to Yen though, so it made me second guess myself! Thank you! 🙂

  • The water reminded me of the coast lines of California, it was so beautiful!!