Our first stop for the day was Jagalchi Market, a great place to go for fresh seafood. The market is halfway between two subway stations, and you could either get off at Nampo or Jagalchi, before walking over.
There were numerous stalls all hawking the same type of seafood, with crabs, clams, and octopus aplenty.
We eventually ended up with a crab, a fish, 2 scallops, and an octopus from one of the stalls.
The octopus was served as a sashimi to start off, and it was slightly weird to see the tentacles still moving, kind of like a lizard’s tail after being separated from the main body! The octopus’ suction caps still had some power, and it was quite fun letting it stick to my tongue! Pretty decent sashimi, and the meat was chewy and fresh. In the end, we BBQ-ed the rest of it cos my mum didn’t really like the octopus sashimi.
The scallops were grilled and full of juice and flavour when we bit into them. They were fresh too, and we could still taste the sea (salt) on them.
The fish was served lightly salted and BBQ-ed. The picture does not do the fish justice, and I enjoyed the smoky and salty flavour of the fish. The fish skin was really crispy as well, and I ended up eating most of it!
The crab was huge, and we both liked the fresh crab meat that was easy to remove and tasty on its own. Needless to say, we polished off both the crab and the fish, and were stuffed (and happy) at the end of the meal.
The seafood cost us 60,000won after bargaining, while the cooking and preparation cost us another 18,000won. The 78,000 won in total was well spent though in my opinion, and we were both immensely satisfied with the meal.
Lotte Mall (Gwangbok branch)
We hung around Lotte Mall for a while, as it was close to noon by the time we finished our heavy brunch, and it was blazing hot outside. Hence, we ducked into the nearby Lotte Mall to cool off with some aircon. There was a large food hall in the basement, coupled with a huge Lotte supermarket as well.
Although there were many stalls selling a wide variety of food and drinks to choose from, we were really too stuffed from our heavy seafood brunch to get anything else. We did pop into the Lotte supermarket to get bottled water though, as it was cheaper compared to getting it from the convenience stores.
We took the subway one station down to Jagalchi station, and exited via Exit 7. From there, we walked to BIFF square and on to Gukje market. Along the way, we browsed the shops, and even found some space in our tummies for an (oily) pajeon from a roadside stall.
After wilting under the unforgiving sun for close to an hour plus, we stumbled upon a small cafe in a side lane, and ducked in there for some welcome respite. We ordered a green grape iced drink (6,000won) to share. It was pretty decent, and sort of tasted like the drink Qoo we used to have in Singapore, although this one had grape bits in the drink to munch on.
Gamcheon Cultural Village
We took the subway to Toseong station, and walked to the bus stop outside of the Pusan National University Cancer Centre. From that bus stop, the following buses will bring you to the entrance of Gamcheon Cultural Village (#1-1,# 2, and #2-2).
If you did not purchase a one-day pass, you would need to prepare exact change of 1,000won per person for the bus journey there. Similarly, another 1,000won would be required for the journey back.
The sun was merciless when we got off the bus at Gamcheon, and we were already sweating within minutes despite having just gotten off the aircon bus. Despite the uncomfortably hot conditions, we still enjoyed pretty Gamcheon.
There were many colourful houses in the village, and it exuded a very laid-back vibe. While walking along the narrow stone corridors, it felt as though the entire place was locked in time. It was not dubbed the Santorini of Asia simply for the colorful houses, it also had lots of narrow stairs/slopes, which was similar to Santorini.
There were also pretty murals and artwork along the walls, and they do make for nice photospots.
You can even see the sea from the top of the community centre building!
Let me tell you that climbing 148 steps in the hot sun was no joke, although we felt a huge sense of accomplishment at the end when looking back down! Look closely at the picture below, and you can see a seemingly endless staircase leading up the hill.
Yongdusan park was to be found on top of a small hill in Busan, and it was on the same hill that Busan tower (which overlooked the city) was on. For those already weary of climbing stairs, fret not, as there were up-riding escalators to take you to the top of the hill. When coming down though, you would have to walk down the steps!
The park was quiet and rather peaceful when we were there around 5pm in the evening. It was a nice way to end a day of sightseeing, by simply enjoying the fresh air and cool evening breeze in the park.
We stumbled into a Korean BBQ restaurant while walking along the streets of Seomyeon. It cost us 32,000won each for a total of 200g of assorted cuts of meat. Although a bit on the pricier side, the meat was definitely of good quality, and was tender and juicy after being barbequed.
After dinner, we spent some time shopping at the underground mall in Seomyeon, which was linked to the subway station. I still find it really cool that almost all the subway stations have some sort of shops (be it selling food/drinks or fashion/accessories), making the journey itself more fun than it originally would be.