South Korea 2015: Day 2 - Nampo at Night, Busan Tower @ Yongdusan Park

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Day 2: 4th Feb 2015
Currency: KRW1,000 = USD1 = RM3.30

Finally, come to the last post of day 2 in Busan. It was a fruitful day in Busan and it wasn't tiring at all. Once you are in Nampo area, you could spend a day to explore all the tourist spot and surrounding here, all by walk.

It was dinner time, so we walked to Gwangbok-dong again after visited the Bosu-dong Bookstreet. Sky turns dark and all the stalls were nicely setup by the street, the korean version of night market. Most of the stalls were selling winter clothing, bags, fashion accessories and of course foods.

We were excited when there's food!! Because the weather was so cold and we will feel warm after having some hot food. 

Asian style of pancake.

So, finally we decided to try to the popular tteokbokki, soft rice cafe paired with the sweet red chili sauce. The tteokbokki was so soft and nice to chew, red chili sauce is not really spicy. The ajumma (auntie) served a cup of soup for us (refillable), it really warms our tummy.

We ordered the Asian style pancake and kimbap. Kimbap is another popular Korean street food which make from rice, and other ingredients such as egg, spinach, minced pork, and crab sticks, rolled in gim and served in bite-size slices. I think we were really hungry, all the street foods we tasted were really delicious and filing.

No chairs, no tables, just stand and enjoy the food.
The boot I'm wearing was the one I bought earlier, @ RM10 per pair only, really comfy.

noom noomm noooommm..

We were quite full after having the street food, but the tamjiak me still carving for others, such as.... dessert? We spotted this little shop selling waffle where the aromatic of the waffle got my attention and so, we went to have a peek.

Here you go! The waffle with chocolate filling and cream. So sinful yet yummy!!!

Here the look of Gwangbok street at night, it become more lively with people too.

The weather turns really cold at night.

These are few of the shops that we passed by during day time, it become more beautiful at night with the fairies lights.

There are so many beautiful cafe in Korean but I yet to pay a visit. Anyway, I will try to make it on my upcoming trip to South Korea again.

Lotte Mall at night.

The night is still young, but we are not going for drinking session. Instead, we are going to do some exercise after the dinner. Yongdusan Park and Busan Tower is one of the tourist spot that not-to-be missed too and it is located conveniently near the Nampo area and Gwangbok-dong. Busan tower is located at Yongdusan Park, so you can visit both park and tower at the same time.

How to go? 
From Gwangbok-dong shopping street, take the escalator and it will direct you to Yongdusan Park. This is the easiest and convenient method.

This is the escalator and staircase to Yongdusan Park which located at Gwangbok-dong. Follow the staircase all the way up, and you will reach the park.

The weather was even more windy and cold after we reach Yongdusan park, I was freezing.

Yongdusan, is one of the 3 well-known mountains in Busan. Its old name is Songhyunsan, which means a mountain has a view of the sea through the dense fine tree forest. Later the name has changed into Yongdusan. It came from its shape, which is similar to dragon head and people thought it has a spirit to defeat enemies coming over the sea. If you can read Chinese, that's how the name came from - 龙头山公园.

Busan Tower is a symbol of Busan that stands proudly 69m above sea level at a height of 120m. The top of the tower is modeled after the baldaquin of Dabotap Pagoda in Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju. 

The tower offers a stunning night view and plenty to see, such as the Statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-shin, the Bell of the Citizens, a flower clock and a bust of the Busan-based independent activist, Baeksan An Hee-je.

Busan Tower entrance.

Operating Hours:
Observatory: 09:00-22:00

Admission Fees:
Adults (age 16 and over): 5,000 won
Seniors (age 65 & over): 4,000 won  
Children & Teenagers (age 13-18): 3,000 won 

Visit this website for updated info and admission fees.

We didn't enter to Busan Tower, because from Yongdusan Park, we could also enjoy the night view of the city, so just save the money.

Busan Tower and the Busan citizens’ bell pavilion.

The bell pavilion.

The love lock on Yongdusan Park.

Here are all the attractions of Yongdusan Park:
  • Busan Tower
  • Palgakjeong (Octagonal Pavillion) 
  • Exhibition pavilion
  • Statue of the Great general Lee Sunsin
  • Cheongdongyongtap (Bronze Dragon tower) 
  • Flower clock 
  • Welfare Center for the Elderly 
  • Literary monuments – 9 monuments made of native rock
  • Busan citizens’ bell pavilion 
  • Buddhist temple
We ride on subway and back to Gwangli again after Yongdusan Park.

Back in Gwangli, we decided to buy some snacks & drinks from the convenient shop. Take a break after walking for whole day, chit chat and enjoy seeing all the cars and people passing by.

So... this is the famous Market O brownie that everyone is shouting and crazy about. I bought a box which comes with 4 mini packs.

The brownie was bit hard, and so, it is not to my liking. But I believe it will taste nicer to dip this brownie into our drinks, such as milo. Let me give it a try next time.

We were back to our host's home and it was the day of  "li chun" (立春) in Mandarin which mean the beginning of spring. On this day, we could actually stand the eggs. I shared with Alice (my host) and we try to stand the eggs... To be honest, this is my first time to try it too!!! All of us were so happy, because we make it finally. Here's a picture as the proof. :)

...having fun & crazy wefie with Alice, despite we are knowing each other just for 2 days.
"Alice, I will see you again this spring."

That's the priceless friendship that I have built on my first trip in South Korea and we staying in touch through Facebook and sending postcards to each other too.

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