Busan, South Korea
Wonderful BusanA lot of people usually only visit Seoul in South Korea but I discovered beautiful Busan which is the second largest city in this mountainous country with less harsh winters than Seoul but is just as wonderful.
I stayed a week and travelled by bus, subway trains and on foot. Busan has one of the longest bridges in Asia called The Gwangan bridge which stretches for almost 2kms. The city has a variety of cuisines and a plethora of restaurants. One cannot leave Busan without tasting the Korean Kimbab and Kimchi which is served in almost every restaurant.
Women will be delighted to learn that Busan has the largest department store in the world as listed in the Guinness World Book of Records. There is also the ever popular Centum City which has a large selection of stores and movie house.
The other attractions include the Nuri Maru statue from where one has a spectacular view of the city and the United Nations Memorial which is a very tranquil place that honours war heroes of The Korean War.
My favourite thing to do in Busan is to visit the Nampodong Market. This market has the most incredible street food and vendors sell everything from food to clothes and souvenirs.
My overall experience of Busan left me overwhelmed with the warmth of the Korean people bowling me over. Although very few people speak English I found that people went out of their way to welcome me which is what I will remember most: the warmth and generosity of the South Koreans.