October 2014 archive

Busan Diaries, October 2014

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Did you miss me? It has been close to a month since my last entry, and a week since I’ve returned from my three week adventure in Busan & Seoul. It was a whirlwind of days filled with eating mouth-watering meals, walking at least 14 kilometres daily, and meeting new friends from around the globe. Would I do it all again? Hell yes.

I considered making this a longer post, but I decided to keep it short and sweet instead. Here are my Busan recommendations:

  • If you’re seeking affordable, clean, reliable and convenient accommodation, look for my host in Busan, Jin! Here’s a link to the studio apartment – everything you see in the pictures are as is, and since it is a relatively new space, everything is clean and brand new, which we loved. Lots of fluffy towels, shower gel and shampoo were provided. We had our own washer, which made things very convenient, and the view from our window was amazing.
  • For coffee addicts like myself (and anyone else who can’t deal with Starbucks coffee), I found two spots with great coffee. The first is Bricks Coffee, near Seomyeon Station. Quaint, two-storey cafe – we ordered a cappuccino and a latte, and it was better than what I’ve had in any coffee spots in Singapore. Thumbs up.
  • The next is Kavan Espresso – also located near Seomyeon Station (12-14, Jungang-daero 680beonga-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan). 4 storeys of great interiors, Kavan roasts their own beans and is the perfect hideout to chill with friends or a book for the entire day. 
  • If you’re looking for a good chunk of beef in the form of a hamburger, head to Fukuoka Hambageu. You get to cook your own meat on a heated small stone, and they serve the best quality Korean beef from Hoengseong. We had such a delightful time cooking our own meat, and since we ordered the lunch special, we also got a huge bowl of bibimbap to share. They have an outlet in Seoul as well, and the address is 333-29 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.
  • For the mall rats out there, you must visit Shinsegae Centum City – the largest shopping complex in the world. Guys, it is so huge that it blew our minds. There’s a spa and ice rink in the building, with a driving range and even a dinosaur theme park/garden on the roof — so epic. It was also right next to the location for the League of Legends Quarters so we were there quite a bit.

All in all, for a first time visit to Busan, the city left a special place in my heart. I loved the daily walks to the train station, as we passed by tiny cafes and florists. The vibe is a lot slower than Seoul, but it also felt a lot safer and less rowdy than Seoul. My next post will be on Seoul, and since I spent 2 weeks there, expect more pictures! ;)