I’m sure if you’ve heard of Seoul, you’ve heard of Busan in South Korea. It is the second most populated city in South Korea, the first being Seoul, of course.
Busan in South Korea is a metropolitan city in the southern part of Korea.
One of the girls named Nicole whom I met through a Facebook group before coming to Korea invited me to her friend Rosa’s going away dinner in Busan one weekend.
We all got our TEFL from International TEFL Academy (ITA) so it was going to be a dinner with ITA peeps. ITA is pretty cool. They have Facebook groups and many other helpful resources on their website even after you get your certification.
On the 19th of March, I booked my SRT ticket from Jije Station to Busan for ₩45,000. It was difficult. I tried to use my jetBlue card but then realized that I have to use my Korean card. I still had a hard time so I called and the dude helped me buy one. It’s interesting cause you can’t buy a ticket over the phone.. Lucky, for my ignorant self, the guy spoke good English. He told me you have to use the passcode that you use for the ATM. It’s nice but also frustrating at how secure the bank accounts are here.
On the 20th I took the 810 bus to Jije Station Suseo Pyeongtaek Gosokseon (express railroad) to spend a night in Busan. The bus was ₩1,650 and it took about 25 minutes. I walked up to the ticket booth and showed the guy a picture of my purchase on my phone and he printed my ticket out for me.
The station was nice. It had a 7/11 and a cute little cafe.
I went down and took the 313 to Busan. I got one of the early trains thinking I could explore Busan before our meetup. Little did I know the weather would change my plans.
I ended up in Busan around 10:30 am and had a few hours to kill. I walked to a Subway that was about 20 minutes away from the station cause I was starving.
After Subway, I took the bus to where our hostel was located. It took about 45 minutes. Two of the other girls and I booked a hostel for ₩12,000 for the night. SO CHEAP. It was called Kimchee Guesthouse in Haeundae and it was super cute and had a nice little sitting area right when you walked in.
While I was waiting for the others so I took a little stroll and ended up going to Coffeesmith. It was only about a ten-minute walk to the hostel from there.
Once Rosa arrived, we left our bags at the hostel and went to grab something to eat. We found this sushi place near the beach. It was one of those sushi restaurants that has a display that spins around and you pick whatever plate you want and at the end of your meal the server adds up the colored plates and that’s how much your food is. So convenient.
We finished right around check-in time- 4 pm- so we went back to the hostel and checked in. Then the third girl, Emily, arrived.
We walked around for a bit to kill time. We went to the mall and Starbucks.
We ended up meeting with the others around 8 pm at this YUMMY pizza place called SOL in Gwangali. The pizza was actually pizza and not sweet in any way!!! I say that enthusiastically because, in both Thailand and South Korea, they love sugar. Every time I’ve ever ordered a pizza, they either put sugar in the sauce or the cheese. Or they put corn or something in between the cheese and the sauce. LOL.
Due to Covid, they only allow four people per table, two of the girls sat at another table.
I tried a New York Lager and another one that I can’t remember. The place was cheap. Nicole and I split a pizza and I think we ended up paying ₩20,000 each? It was delicious and tasted so much like home. Plus the beers were around ₩8,000-10,000.
After the pizza, we walked along the beach. It was such a nice night. We tried going into this other bar but it was too full.
We hopped on the subway back to Haeundae and found a bar over there. It was an Irish pub 💚 so you know what that means! Jameson.
We stayed there for a bit and chatted a lot. It was nice to be able to sit at a bar and drink and talk to people again! Felt like the pre-Covid days. Ahhhh.
Rosa and I were walking out of the pub to go back to our hostel when we saw these people go and sit with the others so we went back in. Turned out they were from Spain and they work here. They weren’t teachers but I forget what their jobs were. I have always wanted to go to Spain so I dragged myself back into the bar.
Our night/morning ended at 3 am. I haven’t had one of THOSE nights since Thailand and it just made me feel all good inside. Mingling and hanging out with people. It felt great.
Rosa ended up heading back to her town early the next morning. Emily and I woke up around 8 am? How??? I do not know. We got ready and checked out and then went to find some breakfast.
We walked along Haeundae Beach trying to find something to eat. It was very odd that there weren’t any restaurants along the beach. Naver/Kakao Maps didn’t show any so we didn’t know where else to go.
McDonald’s ended up being the winner. I got two egg and cheese sandwiches and a has brown for around ₩8,000. While eating breakfast, I decided that I’d tag along and go to Daegu for the day. We booked our tickets for ₩12,600 each and finished our meal.
After McDonald’s, we walked back to the beach and ended up finding a Lighthouse Observatory and Mermaid Statue. The observatory was beautiful!!! We didn’t walk down to the statue because there were people taking pictures and we had limited time. We walked to the closest bus station and we were on our way from Busan to Daegu.
My one night in Busan in South Korea was a success.