Busan, South Korea – Day 4(b)

chinatown
After a short break, took a 30 minutes ride back to central Busan, 1st stop would be the Shanghai Street (or Busan Chinatown)

chinatown

The consulate of China (Qing Dynasty) was established in 1884 here. Many chinese merchants opened shops with their houses inside and have lived here ever since then.

Dynamic Busan

chinatown
Interesting to see a lot of Chinese related buildings there with mix of Chinese and Korean wordings but I think recently the place had been invaded with Russians as the place was teeming with a lot of Russians and Russian shops.

seafood mkt

Located near the Pusan Harbor, the Jagalchi Seafood Market, is one of the places where you can both shop and have what you shop. The market has been named after rocks, which stand for Jagal; and villages on the seashore, which stands for ch’i. Before being lined with concrete buildings, the area was a filled with small rocks all over. Hence, the name has been kept Jagalch’I, to suit the environment, and take in the character of the market.

Busan

seafood mkt
Here we were shopping for our dinner with extremely limited Korean, great thing was that they seem to be able to speak Japanese well which made things easier for us.

sashimi
Finally what we had after some haggling, fresh seafood do not come cheap and I am pretty sure we had to pay a bit more since we do not know the “korean price” but they were really fresh seafood so I ain’t complaining for a dinner for two including all these seafood and the cooking to be about S$80.

The orange seafood at the bottom left is called Meong-Ghe(멍게), a type of sea squirts. It was surprisingly yummy!

sashimi korean style
The flounder we choose was decided to be a sashimi platter and here is the Korean way of eating sashimi. Just like the BBQ, wrapped with sesame leaf with a piece of garlic and some chili paste.

light festival
20 minutes walk away from Jugalchi Market was the next destination, Yongdusan Park where the annual Lotus Light Festival was held for Buddha’s Birthday.

light festival

Yongdusan Park is on Mt. Yongdusan, which was formerly called Mt. Songnimsan. Before the opening of the port, the Japanese referred to Mt. Songnimsan as “Mt. Jungsan” and to Mt. Yongmisan as”Mt.Sosan.” Mt. Songnimsan began to be called by its current name after Japanese monks who advocated the theory of geomancy built a huge shrine on the mountain and named it “Yongdusan Shrine.” Major features of the park include a statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, a memorial tower commemorating the April 19th student uprising, a stele containing the National Charter of Education, a bust of Baeksan An Hui-je, the Victory Bugle, a flower clock and the 120 meter-high Busan Tower that commands a full view of downtown Busan City.

Yongdusan Park

busan
Yes, the place had an excellent view of the downtown…with LOVE 🙂

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