Busan: Beautiful City on the Bay

Busan – the largest port city in South Korea – is known for beaches, mountains and temples and reminds me of San Francisco. Enjoy the views!

These photos were taken from the Busan Observatory Tower.

Note the huge Lotte department store in the center of the scene between the two bridges (only one is visible) to Yongdo Island.

The “old bridge” to Yongdo Island.

The 387′ tall Busan Observatory at Yongdusan Park. Yongdusan means “dragon mountain.”

Busan at night. Upper photo is the newest bridge over the island. Lower left is the Busan Observatory at Yongdusan Park. Lower right is both the “old bridge” and “new bridge” at night.

Looking for “home” across the great Pacific?

The beach community at Songdo.

Dear friends from church took us sightseeing around Yongdo to the southernmost tip of the island facing the open sea, Songdo and the Maritime Museum.

I really admire the new Maritime Museum building design.

Detail of the beautiful Maritime Museum.

The exterior of the building resembles a ship.

Turtle and fish in the aquarium inside the Maritime Museum.

Gwangalii Beach is surrounded by modern buildings and is easily accessible by Metro. Top photo: the suspension “Diamond Bridge.”

Our friend SuJin took us to Haedong Yonggungsa, a large Buddhist Temple originating in 1376 and rebuilt in the early 1930s.

Most Korean Buddhist temples are built on the mountain tops so this one on the seacoast is unique.

The buddhas of Yonggungsa.

I coundn’t find any explanation of these interesting looking intricate stone structures around the buddhist complex.

Detail of the beautiful carved doors on a temple.

Another detail of the carved floral motif on a temple door.

Details of two different pagoda’s rafters.

Peaceful Pagoda. This is one of my favorite photos. It sums up the beauty of land, sea and sky in Busan

Meet You in the Morning arrived in the USA this week. Although the jet lag has been terrible, I enjoyed recuperating with this magnificent view in my mom’s backyard in Oro Valley, Arizona and visiting with mom and sister.

Did anyone wake up Sunday morning and miss me? I doubt it, but I awoke to the horrible realization that I had notposted. While in Asia I got accustomed to being 16 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time and could post Sunday evening my time and it would arrive early on your Sunday morning. I just plain forgot! Blame it on the jet lag!

We are back in Portland, Oregon. Wednesday we start a house/dog-sit assignment caring for Watson which will keep us in Portland through the end of May.

The adventure continues! Meet You in the Morning next week!

4 responses to “Busan: Beautiful City on the Bay

  1. Welcome back! Have so enjoyed your trip around the world. I will be looking forward to seeing what your plans are for the future. I am still working on my bucket list of seeing all 50 states. I am off to Alaska soon and then will have 6 left to see.

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  2. I’d like to go around the world again!!! We missed so much, and then there’s always the favorites to return to.
    Good for you on the Bucket List accomplishment! The USA has some great sights too. I’m curious…What are the final 6 states?
    I hope you will stay posted for our next adventure.

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