So Korea

Trip Start Nov 16, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2010

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Busan International Cruise Terminal

Flag of Korea Rep.  , Busan,
Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yesterday was at day at sea, so I spent the day relaxing. I attended a lecture about touring the port of Busan, South Korea and Nagasaki, Japan. We arranged a shore visit in Nagasaki, so I was really interested in learning about Busan. It seemed like the main draw of Busan was the shopping.

The ship berthed at the international cruise terminal in Busan at noon this morning. There was a cultural show featuring Korean drummers and dancers as we made our way off the ship and to the free shuttle going to the Nampodong area of Busan.

After dropping us off near the Phoenix hotel, Steve and I made our way to the underground railway station, which is one of the ways to cross the very busy street that the shuttle dropped off at. The reason we wanted to get to the other side of the street is that the one must see, as the tour expert said, for Busan is the Jagalchi fish market.

Jagalchi is a sprawling complex of stalls in which locals sell fish. There were multiple floors of fishmongers hawking both familiar and vary unfamiliar seafood. There were fish and other things of all sizes, shapes, and colors and there was a discernibly maritime odor to the market. In the back of the market was a boardwalk with some interesting sculptures, live music, and a beautiful panoramic view of Busan harbor.

Steve and I went around Jagalchi and back under the street through the subway station to get back to the other side. We walked up an alley to the main shopping drag for this area of Pusan. Stores were packed as far as the eye could see with many familiar brands like Lacoste, Nike, and even a Krispy Kreme. We walked down the street until we reached a series of covered elevators, which took us to a park overlooking the city that included in its acreage an observation tower and a very large shrine with a bell in it. After taking a few photos, we headed back down to do a little bit more window-shopping.

The side streets and alleys in the area were crowded with stands selling (knock-off?) items that were again very familiar brands, Addidas, Puma, and the like. We had our fill of shopping and boarded the bus back to the ship.

Tomorrow, we have an early shuttle ride from the port of Nagasaki to Shimbara castle.
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