Morning at Busan Station was freaking cold, the place itself is flooded with homeless, and beggars. At one point, it was nerve-breaking. We were in the toilet when a homeless man waited for us outside the toilet, he started to make some noise, it took quite a while before he left us alone and we rushed to the main waiting area, where we feel safer.
We almost cannot bear with the cold, we were shivering and had our cold-kebab for breakfast. We spent more time in the convenience store that has a heater to warm ourselves and layered more clothes. We had to wait until 6am before the Busan Subway operated their everyday routine.
Once the subway operated, we travelled to Haeundae Station and checked-in into our hostel, Indy House near to Haeundae Beach, we left our backpack and had a quick morning bath.
Follow Exit 1, walk 80m straight. Turn right on the first street after CU Convenient Store. Do not go passed Megabox. Walk 400m, Indy House will be on your left at the end of the street
I wasn’t in a great condition when we headed to Taejongdae, I was a little bit dizzy and moody, I can’t withdraw cash for no reasons (ok, for unknown reason). I was pretty sure I already activated my card for overseas usage and I’ve used it before in Seoul. (Once I got back to Malaysia and contacted the bank, they told me that I keyed-in the wrong pin number and they automatically blocked my card, I couldn’t recall keyed-in wrong pin but thank god, it could possibly be a scam!)
Anyway, we get-off at Nampo Station. There were construction going on that area that cause closing down few exits and I can’t remember which exit we follow to get us to the bus stop outside the station. We had a quick look at the evacuation map and took a different exit that isn’t that far from Exit 6 that we supposed to take.
We were waiting for a minibus to Taejongdae when the Yongdo Bridge drawn up. Well, we considered ourselves as lucky to witness it. It is drawn up once a day for 15minutes at noon, and sometimes at night.
I was sleepy, I almost call it off, but rather than being selfish, I pull myself together. The minibus arrived soon and we get off at Taejongdae’s parking lot half and hour later (or more). We walked a few meters away from the parking lot to the main entrance, passing by some small stores and I bought myself a few bottles of banana milk to keep me awake. Banana Milk rules!
We hiked from the main entrance to the ticketing area and queued for a Danubi Train ride. Danubi Train is a small train that can be used as an alternative to get from one place to the other places in Taejongdae that will cost you ₩2000. The other alternative? Hiking!
It will depart from the main platform every 20mins-30mins to the Taewon Pebble Beach and continue to Gumyeongsa Temple to the Observatory Platform to the next pit stop Yeongdo Lighthouse and the final stop Taejongsa Temple before going back to the main platform. We decided to go to the farthest pit stop first.
Our first stop, we were visiting the Gumyeongsa Temple, we weren’t sure if visitors are allowed to get into the temple. I had a peek from outside, although I want to get in badly.
After spending a few minutes there, we made a move to our next stop, so we walk down to the observatory deck following the walking path designed for pedestrians. Please take note there will be overloaded photos of the lighthouse and the blue, red circle statue with the pointing bar.
Here’s where we have to choose either to follow the fastest steep route or the longest gentle route. We go for the steep path which I regret later because I need to use the toilet, which is located along the gentle path
Observatory Deck & Yeondo Lighthouse
A deck filled with statue and a beautiful sea view, not forget to mention, the cliff and the lighthouse.
The Cliff & Seafood Market
Surprisingly, there’s a seafood market at the cliff, it surely fresh and delicious. Who wouldn’t want to have a seafood next to the sea? Not sure how’s the deal, but pretty sure, it could be expensive?
We climb down the stairs of the lighthouse following the rocky trail to the most famous cliff in Taeongdae on the southernmost tip of island of Yeongdo-gu. Climbing down was easy but climbing up is another story. We spent a few minutes, or hour appreciating the beauty of the sea and of course with overloaded photos and selfies.
We spent the whole day in Taejongdae and we were in a bad shape already. We went back to Nampo-dong, following the same route we’ve taken earlier. We were supposed to go to Gwangalli Beach but we call it off, we straight away went back to Haeundae, clean up and had some rest before strolling around the small town at night, and bought some souvenirs from local stores.
Tips: My sister once fancy over the Korean’s spoon and chopsticks. I never was until I tried ’em by myself. Instead of getting it from the souvenir shop, we hunt for it at the local shop all along Haeundae and found it for ₩1000 per set.
I must say, we love the vibe in Busan compare to Seoul. The people are nice and welcoming, they smile, trying to have a conversation with us and make us feel home.
It felt so near to Japan. If I scream, can you hear my voice reverberate across the blue sea?