Last November 29 & 30, the university agreed to treat the foreign students to a ski adventure at YongPyong Ski Resort to which a large percentage of the total expenses they shouldered. Each person paid 50,000 krw (~$50) with transportation, snacks, 3 meals, accomodation, ski suit and equipment rental, entrance fees, ski tutorial, and lift passes. I know, it’s really very very cheap because that amount would typically be enough for a 2 day pass and lift only.
We left mainland Korea at 22nd of November taking the Jeju Air airlines from Gimhae Airport at Busan. The trip cost us just 30 minutes after take off. We had troubles finding our guesthouse but thank god for giving us the two Chinese girls who were looking for the same guesthouse as ours. Jeju Island is a very big city that’s why I would recommend renting a car to maximize your trip. Since we’re just
wanderlusts young foreign exchange students who make the most out of their scholarships (oops), we have to resort to the main transportation in the area which are buses and cabs. Our guesthouse is located at the city hall but there are no near tourist spots to go to and it was already getting dark. But anyway, we were able to squeeze in a visit to Love Land and Yongduam.
Gwangalli Beach (in the picture) is pretty much the same as Haeundae Beach only that, on the other side of Gwangalli, you have the longest array of bars while a busy down town city center in Haeundae. The sea water seems to be a lot clearer in Haeundae too which made me realize that I decided right on skinny dipping on the latter. We have to book our tickets to Gumi first beforehand to ensure seats on the 2 hour ride.
I also enjoyed walking through the Jagalchi Market and be amazed by all sorts of live seafood there. Giant squids, octopuses, fish, giant clams, king crabs, eels, and others are all in motion in their respective basin aquariums.
Before going home, we dropped by at Nampodong which is a small area shopping center where I was able to buy some presents. I got my sister a photo calendar of a Kpop group, my mother a medium sized Busan emblem, and my friends some “I love Korea” shirts.
Anyway, here’s a video I made for this half-day trip. 🙂
Busan, South Korea
November 16, 2013
In the video: Snippets from Gwangalli Beach to Jagalchi Market to Nampodong.
Music: Octopus’ Garden by The Beatles