22 August 2023

2023 Japan Adventure - Part 8: Daytime in Busan

lol, I meant to get these posts done faster and instead it's been over a month since my last one! I guess I just have to accept that they'll get done as they get done 😅 So, last time, we departed from Nagasaki and headed across the Korea Strait to Busan. This was both my and my husband Sean's first time visiting Korea. I only thought of it at the last minute, but I taught myself to say hello in Korean that morning 😊 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)! Just using one word of the local language made people totally light up in pleasant surprise ❤️ I'm so glad I tried it!

Sunday 19 March 2023 - Daytime in Busan

Coming into port, there was so much cool architecture. Look at that lighthouse!

A couple cool bridges and the first of many skyscrapers (I believe these two are mainly apartments).
The tents at the bottom of the photo are filling a paved, seaside campsite!

I didn't realize it at the time, but this welcome mosaic was my first encounter with Boogi ❤️

While there was no big welcome party, unlike most of the ports in Japan,
we did still enjoy getting our photos taken with these adorable mascots 🥰

Setting out on our Korean shore excursion!

Our first stop was Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which is like a Buddhist Disneyland, full of attractions and tourists (including ourselves!) 😅

These golden pigs are supposed to bring you luck with money if you put your hand in their mouths.
I wonder what our touching their tails will bring? 😆

I feel like male Buddhas are talked about way more than female ones. That's why I was excited to learn about Haesu Gwaneum Daebul and take my picture with her statue 🤩

There is a row of statues depicting all twelve Asian zodiac animals.
This is me with my year of the tiger!

At the bustling marketplace outside the temple, I bought myself this lucky tiger bracelet.
You can often see me wearing it during my livestreams on Twitch!

Our next stop was this luxury seaside resort, Ananti Cove.
We did a little shopping for snacks and souvenirs, but nothing more worth sharing as photos 😅

Our final stop was Ahopsan Forest, which I was specifically looking forward to!

One reason I was looking forward to it is that I had never been in a proper bamboo forest before!

The other reason is that this was a filming location for Kundo: Age of the Rampant!
Sean and I specifically watched the movie right before the trip to be ready!

When we watched it, and still as of this writing, the movie is free to view via YouTube Movies 🙌 It was like a Korean spaghetti western, a bit violent but really thoughtful and full of adventure, good and evil, and exploring how murky the difference between the two can be. I recommend it!

After hiking through the forest, we hopped back onto the tour bus and returned with our group to the port. Next time, I'll share our adventure in Busan that night, bravely exploring the city on foot, without guide or group 😮 Until then, please stay happy, healthy, and safe~!