Trip to Busan, South Korea
A trip to South Korea was one of my goals to visit, this time in Busan. We are liner to Busan port here in Asia route for container cargo. From Dong-Bu port (old port), we walk a few meters to the gate since there is no service in this area. After verification from the authority, you need the name of the terminal and the address since most of the locals here don´t know how to speak English. From the gate, there is no taxi or service so you need to walk again for 30 minutes to the main road under this new built fly-over. If you see small store like 7-11, maybe you ask if they can change your US dollar money to local currency Won. You need this if you ride a taxi or buy thing, It´s hard to find money changer in the area.
From the main road, you can pass the small stores and groceries and if you walk again for 20 minutes, there is a small shopping mall in the area, I just forgot the name. Everything you need from electronics, home appliances, clothing’s, stationeries and toys can be sold here.
If you have time, you can visit the famous Texas Street of Busan (others called Pusan), you can ride a bus but don´t know where it is headed so taxi is the best choice. Taxi service is cheap in this country and they will give you back even a penny change. When you arrive in the area at daytime, only small stores are open because this street is alive at nigh time. Mostly you can find is clothing’s and other medicinal products like the famous ginseng inside the wine bottle.
At night time, you can visit the different clubs in the area for a few drinks. But my favourite was these small restaurants that sell Filipino local foods like Pancit (fried noodles), Sisig (pork), Calamares (fried squid) and others. Because the cook is a Filipina, we can´t believe also that this South Korean owner fluently spoke Tagalog (Philippines national language) when she greet for customers walking in front of her store. But the most interesting part, not only Tagalog but different language from Russian, Hindi, Japanese and others. There´s a lot of restaurant in the area which are Filipino employee and the others had other nationalities like Russian and Indian stores, it´s like a turf where you belong.
One time when I explore more in the area alone, there are more stores underground. These famous underground stores selling different kind of goods and plenty to choose from so you better prepare your wallet. Across the Texas Street, here were some national landmarks in front of the Busan central train station with some flowers and these friendly doves.
From Busan central train station, I rode a taxi going to big shopping mall, Lotte mall. This is kind of executive shopping mall where you can find most of the branded and luxury gadget, clothing’s and others. If you are on a budget, you need to take the underground train station again to get the other side and here is one long street with different boutiques from local to branded items. I tried searching for a good backpack when I´m losing hope and I said this one last store which was Adidas then my excitement spiked and bought this very uncommon and simple design.
After I explored the area, time to go back to ship and took the taxi. Just present the papers were the address of the port written in Korean language and they know already. The other drivers will refuse because but most of them they will just enter to their GPS system and good to go. I need to prepare myself for long walk going to pier.
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PS: Excuse my grammar, my English is bad. 🙂