Lunch @Gamcheon Cultural Village
The 40 Steps was a hub of transportation during the Korean War. Those who were displaced by the war gathered around the area and made makeshift housing out of sticks and tarps. It was a place to meet family members separated during the war and a place that has since then come to symbolize the sorrow and grief of those living during the Korean War. It became famous due to the Korean show Running Man was once filmed there. Although it's a cool idea introducing the history of Busan, it would much better if English description could be added along the way.
The Tourism Centre was one block away. We didn't take a visit but just wandered for a while before we headed tot he metro station.
Address: 27-53beonji, 4-ga, Jungang-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
Opening hours: Tue- Fri1000- 1800, Sat- Sun 1000- 1700
Our next sightseeing spot was Gamcheon Cultural Village (버스정류장). From Jungang Station we could take Line 1 to Toseong Station, then took bus 2 from exit 6 of the station.
Our first time taking metro and we got the wrong direction. It was really different from the one in Hong Kong coz we could only get interchange in some designated stations. We got stuck coz there were hardly anyone could help us in English. It took us some time to figure out how to catch the train we wanted.
Finally we arrived at Gamcheon Cultural Village. Many restaurants were closed due to Chinese New Year and we just randomly popped into one next to the entrance.
We had no ideas on what to each, so we decided to order one each. (33,900won) Pork Sirlon with rice was not special. Taco rolls was just soso. The most surprising one was Bimbim soup noodles. Probably was because of the hot spicy soup curing us under the cold weather.
Before exploring the highlight of our day, we bought a map from the tourist centre. Visitors could get free postcards after getting all stamps from different stations.
Famed as Korea’s Santorini, this colourful village has it’s own artistic and historic charm that continues to lure its visitors. The cheerful blue, yellow and pink hues a delight to the eye. It certainly was one the most picturesque place I have ever been to.
It was way too cold and we couldn't resist the tempted smell of the instantly made local snacks. (1,000won/ each)
Spreaded out below us was a panorama of endless rows of low-rise cubicle homes climbing up the steep hillsides.
We continued our hike going uphill and saw the most popular spot, the Prince! People were very well behaved queuing up for photos.
We were all tired and actually going uphill was the shortest way to the entrance bus stop. However, we decided to go downhill and rest a bit in the cafe. After getting some refreshing drinks (800won/ each), we made our way to the bus stop again.
By the time we arrived at the bus stop, it was almost 6pm. And we headed back to a restaurant near our hotel for dinner.
We tried Korean barbecue at Whobaldae that night. We tried all kinds of meat they offered, their signature fried rice and a bottle of suju wine and it cost us only 119,500won with incredibly great service! Unlimited side dished were also served. We could hardly try to cook by ourselves but kept eating and drinking! The staff kindly helped us to cook the food to its best, cut and distributed to us. We were quite thankful bumping into a high quality restaurant.
Even though we were exhausted, we still made up our mind visiting Yongdusan Park as it was just 5 minutes walk away from our hotel. It was such a nice respite from the hustle and bustle city, especially good for taking a walk after dinner. Gwangbokro Fashion and Culture Street was in search of the entrance to the park. Some parts of the escalators were not working at that time, so it was a bit of exercise going upstairs! It was quite a trek, but the view at the top was stunning. We didn't bother taking the trip up to the top of the Busan Tower but just wandered around watching the breathtaking view.
While all of them couldn't stand the tiredness and headed back to the hotel, Joey and I sneaked out to Lotte Mart shopping for snacks and fruit (15,820won), and of course street food! (1,000won/ skewer)
How cute it it! But couldn't think of any chance to wear it in Hong Kong!
What a packed but joyful day!
Total expenses for 7 =222,320won
Breakfast @Tom N Toms Coffee (탐앤탐스커피) 45,700won
伏兵山壁畫村 (동광동인쇄골목) /
40 Steps (40계단) /
Gamcheon Cultural Village (버스정류장) /
Local snacks 1,000won X2 =2,000won
Drinks 800won X5 =4,000won
Lunch @Gamcheon Cultural Village 33,900won
Dinner @Whobaldae 119,500won
Yongdusan Park /
Busan Tower /
Lotte Mart 15,820won
Street food 700won X2 =1,400won