Just before boarding my ferry back to Japan, I took a walk around the Jagalchi Fish Market. I guess it can be compared to Tsukiji(<–click here to see my post about Tsukiji) fish market in Tokyo. But a couple of key differences struck me. Most of the people who who working in the market were women, unlike Tuskiji where almost everyone is male. Also, despite being around noontime, the market was still very busy. Tsukiji is busiest at 5 am when the big tuna auction takes place and is basically closed by 10 am everyday. Jagalchi was not only busy at noon, but they were still auctioning off fish. Jalgalchi felt like a more relaxed place than Tsukiji.
January 1, 2011
December 31, 2010
On my last night in Busan, my friends took me out for Yukhoe, Korean beef tartare. We had it served three ways, on its own, over rice, and over noodles. Each one had slightly different flavor due to the different toppings. I’m not sure what was used to flavor the rice or noodles, but the plain beef was served with cheese, greens and three sauces that were all sesame based. Delicious!
December 25, 2010
In my previous post about the Lotte department store, I introduced the world’s largest indoor water show. At another major department store in Busan, Shisegae at Centum City, they may not have an indoor water show, but they seem to have just about everything else. Shinsegae means new world (新世界). In addition to your typical clothing stores, book stores, shoe stores, cafes, restaurants, and toy stores, this gigantic shopping complex also has a multiplex, a skating rink, a roof top park, an indoor golf range, and a spa. Although this is the largest Shinsegae, it is not considered the flagship store. Their flagship is in Seoul.
December 24, 2010
Silkworms are a popular street food in Korea. They are known as beondegi.
not pictured: me running away from my friend trying to force feed me a silkworm.
December 22, 2010
Haeundae beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Busan, for tourists and locals alike. I’ve heard that it is pretty packed with people in the summer. While it was nowhere near to packed when I visited, it was certainly not empty.
December 21, 2010
Busan is home to the only United Nations memorial cemetery in the world. The cemetery contains the remains of people of many nations who all perished in the Korean war.
December 17, 2010
Dunkin Donuts. A familiar American chain store that I have never seen in Japan. But it was all over the place in Busan. But it wasn’t all donuts and coffee coolattas.
December 16, 2010
In my previous post, I had a picture of the outside of the Lotte department store. The Lotte department store is the second largest in Busan. It is located in an area often given the nickname of Lotte Town because the Lotte department store, Lotte hotel, and Lotte cinema are all in the same vicinity. That’s a lot of Lotte! Other than shops and restaurants, the main attraction in the Lotte department store is the world’s largest indoor water show.
December 15, 2010
Like many other cities, Busan has a tall structure that you can go to the top of to get a nice view of the city. Busan’s variation on this theme is Busan Tower. It was built in 1973 and is 120 m tall, or almost 400 ft.
December 9, 2010
This kid would not stop staring at me. Even when I stared back, he kept staring. Even when I took his picture, he still kept staring. I guess I’m really interesting.