Jagalchi Market 札嘎其市場 자갈치시장

A big fish market in downtown Busan. There is a 3-storey building that contain fresh seafood on the ground floor, and some restaurants on the second floor. Next to the tall building, there are also an open-air fish market and some restaurants. You can find locals buying fresh seafood, dried seafood and kimchi here.

  

There are quite a number of restaurants in the open-air fish market. They usually grill different kinds of fish at the front of their stores.

I have eaten at the restaurants in the open-air fish market twice at different restaurants. Although it looked like they served the same stuff but one had really fresh grilled fish 생선 구이 and seafood soup 해물탕 while the other one gave us really crap crab for the seafood soup. I guess you really have to try your luck there.

You can get to the market from Jagalchi Station 자갈치역 (Busan subway line 1). Just keep walking toward the sea and you will see the market.

Haeundae Beach 海雲臺海水浴場 해운대 해수욕장

A very famous beach in Korea. I guess this is one of the must-go places in Busan. But to be frank, there are a lot of nicer beaches elsewhere like in Thailand, Malaysia or even in Jeju. I guess it just lacks this relaxing feeling since the whole beach is surrounded by all these high-rise buildings.

At the left side of the beach, there are some luxurious hotels and a few seafood restaurants.

When I was there in April and June, there were that many people on the beach. But it gets really crowded in the summer. Try to search for photos of the beach on the Web, you will be stunned.

The beach is about an hour ride (bus/subway line 2 #203) from Busan downtown.

Taejongdae 太宗臺 태종대

Taejongdae was named after a King,  Taejong, of the Silla Dynasty. There is a circular walking path along the rocky shore of this tip which takes about 1.5 hour to go back to the starting point. Or you may also take the little train car to go to the light house from the entrance (1500 won). But these trains will not run when it rains or foggy.

There are a lot of pine trees along the path. With sea breeze, it was a really nice walk.

As you go down to the shore below the light house, you will see some stores long the rocky shore. The ahjuma 아줌마 will urge you to sit down, have a drink and eat something there. It could have been quite an experience to have a meal there.

  

Take bus 88 or 101 (from Busan station) and get off at the terminal. Then you will see the entrance to Taejongdae as you walk further ahead.

Mysterious Road 神秘道路 신비의 도로

There are two mysterious roads on Jeju.

The more popular one is closer to Jeju city (I named it here Mysterious Road Number 1). Almost all of the foreign tour groups will come here. The big coaches would turn off their engines at the sign which marks the beginning of the mysterious road and let the coach slide “up” the slope by itself. You should start your mysterious journey at the sign closer to the hill and you would see your car “going up hill” without you stepping on the gas. This is an illusion caused by the trees along the road which make you feel like you’re going uphill while you’re actually going downhill.

If you don’t have a car, you can also try this illusion out using the bottles placed outside the stores along the mysterious road.

The other mysterious road (Mysterious Road Number 2) is closer to Hallasan on the 1117 route. There are only a couple of stores here and only small local tours would come here. I personally think it is more difficult to see the illusion here in this mysterious road than Number 1.


O’sulloc Tea Museum O’雪綠 綠茶博物館 오설록 티뮤지엄

It was pouring so we decided to go to the tea museum. Although it’s called a tea museum, I think it’s more like a cafe and store.

The cafe was quite crowded since this museum is a regular stop for foreign tour groups. We ordered a green tea latte, a green tea set (which has a pot of green tea and a green tea roll), and green tea ice cream (green tea everything… cus O’sulloc is famous for its green tea!) I liked the roll the best. The ice cream was not creamy enough… and the teas were just mediocre. Surprisingly, the complementary cookies were very fresh and tasty!

Next to the cafe, there is an area where tea products and other stationary with a tea theme were being sold. There is a also a counter where freshly brewed tea samples were given.

There is also a view point on the second floor of the museum where you can see the tea fields.

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오설록 티뮤지엄
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 서광리 1235-3번지
064-794-5312

Hallasan 漢拏山 한라산

We hiked up Hallasan using the Yeongsil 靈室 영실 trail and came down through the Eorimok 御里牧 어리목 trail. Yeongsil trail is the shortest trail (5.8km) going up Hallasan, and it is supposed to be the trail with the best scenery. But it was sooooo foggy that all we saw was white.

Although the trail seems short, it was quite a steep walk up the hill. It took us 3 hours to get to the resting area where cup noodle was sold. Note that everyone had to bring their garbage downhill, back to the parking lot.

Downhill via the Eorimok trail was really quick (about an hour) since it wasn’t that steep at all. If you need to go back to Yeongsil entrance for your car, you could get a taxi at the Eorimok parking lot or you could walk down to the main road to catch a bus, do check out the schedule of the bus at the resting area up in the hill or at the parking lot.

Seogwipo City 西歸浦市 서귀포시

Seogwipo Everyday Olle Market 서귀포매일올레시장

제주특별자치도 서귀포시 서귀동 277-1번지
064-762-1949

There are fresh seafood, fruits, meats, dried seafood, kimchi, cooked snacks and other kitchenware being sold.

Jungjeong-ro 중정로

I guess this could be the street in Seogwipo city which has the most skincare and fashion stores.

Home plus 홈플러스

제주특별자치도 서귀포시 동홍동 1560-1번지
064-731-8000

This is a discount store owned by Samsung and Tesco. There are home products, electronics, clothes and a large supermarket.