On our second day in Busan, the fiancee and I decided to visit the Gamcheon Cultural Village. We took the taxi nstead of taking the subway to Jalgachi Station and taking the local bus due to the fact that our feet were a bit sore from walking all day yesterday. The fare costed 5800 won (we got on near our hotel near Jungang Station) which wasn't too bad for 2 people. The time it took by taxi was around 15 minutes and the taxi driver was nice enough to drop us off at very top of the hill. From there we made our way into the area. There were two routes suggested by the map; one which was was mostly along the upper half of the village and the other one which went through the lower half. Wanting to see the panoramic view, we took the first route. Aside from the unique architecture in the area, there were also many art installations, including one where "le petite prince" was sitting alongside the road. Being tourists, we lined up and took our photo when it was our turn. The whole area took around an hour to explore and once we reached the bottom of the village, we took a taxi back and got off at Jalgachi station. From there on, we continued exploring Gukje market and then went back to the hotel to pack up for our upcoming trip to Fukuoka, Japan.
At the beginning of the school year, I was informed that I had a four day long weekend in the second week of October. Since the fiancee and I have never been to Japan, we decided to go to Busan first and then take the ferry across the Tsushima strait and visit Fukuoko, Japan. We took the night train from Cheonan station on Wednesday night and arrived in Busan on Thursday at 0430. After checking in our hotel and resting for a bit, The fiancee and I went out to meet up with a friend from university and went out to explore Nampo district, and Gukje market. After a bit of shopping, we walked up Yongdusan and found out that we arrived in time first day of the Jalgachi Market festival. The parade started from the top of Yongdusan and slowly made its way down to Jalgachi market. We then slowly made our way back to the Lotte Deparment store and went up to the rooftop to see the Busan cityscape. What we didn't expect to see was the fireworks that were set off in the inner harbour. It was a shame that I didn't have my tripod to take photos of the fireworks, however we probably had one of the best seats in town to view the show. Once the fireworks ended, we went back to Nampo and had some really delicious pork hocks for dinner.
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