Busan Things to Do Tips by miketrudeau
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Into the Drink!
This was the best thing I've done since our trip to Thailand six months ago. If you get a group of ten people together, you can go scuba diving in the Busan Aquarium. With huge sharks. The sharks are harmless although they look really scary, and the scuba diving itself is incredible and surprisingly zen. Not very dangerous if you do what the guide says. I'm babbling a bit but you should really, really try to do this if you are in Korea for any length of time. Eighty bucks (per person) covers an hour in the classroom, thirty minutes in the training tank and a half-hour stroll along the bottom of the aquarium in full view of throngs of Korean tourists. With sharks. Check out the website and it will tell you exactly when the dives are and how to make a reservation.
Directions: Meet Mike at Busan Aquarium, on Haeundae Beach.
One Crazy Fish at Busan Aquarium
The aquarium was definitely the most interesting thing I saw during our visit to Busan. How would you like to see sharks and sea turtles swimming around in a SIX MILLION litre tank? Amazing. Just amazing. They've all kinds of fish and sea creatures there, including a large chamber for about a dozen playful penguins, and a darkened tank simulating deep-sea caves where you can watch fish glowing deep blue flitting to and fro.
It can be pretty crowded, full of little children and flashing digital cameras (including my own), and the price of admission wasn't cheap, but it's certainly worth seeing despite all this.
Address: 1411-1 Jung 1-dong
Directions: Right there on Haeundae Beach. Follow the beach and you'll find it near one end. Take
Subway line 2 to Haeundae Station.
Phone: (051) 740-1700
Buddha's head and a...GHOST?!?!
In the off-season at least, there are next to no people on the beach at night. This makes Haundae Beach a great place to take a romantic and soulful walk. I love the roar of it, I love the smell of it, and the wind just whips right in off the water. The beach is big enough and far enough from the city proper that walking along the beach at night feels surreal and otherworldly.
Also, somebody built big sand sculptures of Buddha's head and two things that looked like...demonic sausages...or something. The fact that these sculptures just grew out of the sand between day and night added to the surreality of the situation.
Beach and Busan
This is the biggest beach in Busan, and it is really nice. We visited in the off-season, so there were hardly any people on the sand at all. There's a really nice boardwalk that, although crowded, makes for a great stroll.
During the summer months on the other hand, I hear (and believe) that the beach becomes so crowded with tourists and locals that it's hard to enjoy oneself. I can imagine.
Directions: I...don't...know...on the coast? Just get into a taxi and say Haundae, and you'll be there in two shakes of a lamb's tale.
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