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:
Mom and Dad’s hotel from the outside.
Dad at a park near the hotel.
The always-present exercise playgrounds.
School children enjoying the park.
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.
Lunch with my co-worker Shonte.
Pork, veggie, and rice stir fry.
Fresh donuts on the conveyor belt at Krispy Kreme!
Dad outside Krispy Kreme, a chain that started in the town he went to college in!
A replica of Rome’s Trevi Fountain inside the Lotte department store in Seomyeon.
Vietnamese for dinner.
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.
Making kimbab for our lunch.
Signs galore and a bowing mannequin in the Hwamyeong district.
A street side fruit vendor.
Passing a temple entrance on our way to the cable car up Mount Geumjeong.
Taking the cable car up Mount Geumjeong.
The view of northern Busan after getting off the cable car.
Kimbab for lunch. They look like millipedes!
Hiking along the wall that encircles Mount Geumjeong.
It was cold on the mountain!
The South Gate of the Mount Geumjeong fortress.
A mountainside grave.
Trying some makgeolli (rice wine).
Pajeon (Korean seafood pancake) for second lunch.
We got mussels as a second course for free!
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.
The peak of Mount Geumjeong in the distance.
The beautiful path we hiked up.
A view of south Busan.
As the sun was beginning to set.
Looking down at the Hwamyeong district, where my parents’ hotel was.
A watchtower on the ridge.
Reaching Beomeo Temple, the end of our hike.
The next day we would make a trip to one of Busan’s most famous temples, Haedong Yonggungsa.
Lunch at Paris Baguette.
My favorite thing at Paris Baguette: a churro filled with sweet potato!
On the bus to Haedong Yonggung Temple.
Food vendors at the temple.
A popular temple snack: silk worm larvae.
Statues of the twelve zodiac animals.
Sit on me!
Dad at the Traffic Safety Prayer Pagoda.
Bathing the Buddha.
Water and rocks below the temple.
My favorite Korean pastry: hoddeok!
After the temple visit, we traveled to Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store.
At Shinsegae, the world’s largest department store.
Psy dolls in a bookstore inside Shinsegae.
An ice rink inside the department store.
Bibimbab, Mom’s dinner in Shinsegae.
Dad’s and my dinner.
The view of Busan’s Centum City district from the top of Shinsegae department store.
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.