Mom & Dad in Korea, Part 3: Busan (cont.)

My parents and I had seen a lot in just a few days but our adventures weren’t over yet! First, some pictures of the area of Busan that Mom and Dad stayed in:

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Mom and Dad’s hotel from the outside.

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Dad at a park near the hotel.

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The always-present exercise playgrounds.

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School children enjoying the park.

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The Korean way to carry a child.

One day after I was finished with school, we went out to lunch with my co-worker Shonte to one of my favorite restaurants. After that we visited the Lotte department store in Seomyeon, downtown Busan.

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Lunch with my co-worker Shonte.

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Pork, veggie, and rice stir fry.

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Fresh donuts on the conveyor belt at Krispy Kreme!

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Dad outside Krispy Kreme, a chain that started in the town he went to college in!

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A replica of Rome’s Trevi Fountain inside the Lotte department store in Seomyeon.

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Vietnamese for dinner.

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Drip coffee and sweetened condensed milk for dessert after Vietnamese.

The next day, we made a trip up Busan’s highest mountain, Mount Geumjeong. But not before stopping to get lunch.

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Making kimbab for our lunch.

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Signs galore and a bowing mannequin in the Hwamyeong district.

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A street side fruit vendor.

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Passing a temple entrance on our way to the cable car up Mount Geumjeong.

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Taking the cable car up Mount Geumjeong.

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The view of northern Busan after getting off the cable car.

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Kimbab for lunch. They look like millipedes!

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Hiking along the wall that encircles Mount Geumjeong.

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It was cold on the mountain!

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The South Gate of the Mount Geumjeong fortress.

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A mountainside grave.

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Trying some makgeolli (rice wine).

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Pajeon (Korean seafood pancake) for second lunch.

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We got mussels as a second course for free!

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It turned out that I had miscalculated the time it would take to reach the ridge on Mount Geumjeong and we were stuck up on the mountain as the sun set. So we had a dangerous climb down a path of boulders in the dark. Thankfully, we all made it down in one piece! And it was all worth it, as we had a gorgeous view of Busan in the golden light of the setting sun.

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The peak of Mount Geumjeong in the distance.

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The beautiful path we hiked up.

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A view of south Busan.

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As the sun was beginning to set.

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Looking down at the Hwamyeong district, where my parents’ hotel was.

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A watchtower on the ridge.

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Endless stairs.

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Sunset!

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Reaching Beomeo Temple, the end of our hike.

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The next day we would make a trip to one of Busan’s most famous temples, Haedong Yonggungsa.

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Lunch at Paris Baguette.

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My favorite thing at Paris Baguette: a churro filled with sweet potato!

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On the bus to Haedong Yonggung Temple.

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Food vendors at the temple.

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A popular temple snack: silk worm larvae.

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Statues of the twelve zodiac animals.

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Sit on me!

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Dad at the Traffic Safety Prayer Pagoda.

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Bathing the Buddha.

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Water and rocks below the temple.

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My favorite Korean pastry: hoddeok!

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After the temple visit, we traveled to Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store.

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At Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store.

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Psy dolls in a bookstore inside Shinsegae.

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An ice rink inside the department store.

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Bibimbab, Mom’s dinner in Shinsegae.

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Dad’s and my dinner.

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The view of Busan’s Centum City district from the top of Shinsegae department store.

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Mom and Dad’s last subway ride in Busan.

And so our adventures together in Korea came to an end. I had a wonderful time showing my parents around this country that I have come to know over the past year and a half. I’m so glad they were able to come.

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One response to “Mom & Dad in Korea, Part 3: Busan (cont.)

  1. We had such a fantastic time with you, Jonathan. Thank you for showing us the country you have come to love, which we knew nothing about. We sure packed in many experiences in a very short time, and came to appreciate the beauty of Korea as well as the food. We now have many wonderful memories!

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