Second day in Busan started off with us searching for breakfast. Found this atas looking Kimbap Heaven behind the bus stop that we had to board to head to Taejongdae and decided to settle our breakfast there.
Bff and I ordered our standard cheese ramen because it only taste da best in Korea xD
Stella had the tonkatsu and we shared 2 rolls of kimbap among the 3 of us. Boarded bus no. 101 to Taejongdae at the bus stop directly outside Kimbap Heaven and voila, ended up at Taejongdae in about 50 mins. Look out for the 태종대 word at the bus route stated at the bus stops for confirmation.
Entrance to Taejongdae is free of charge BUT lazy asses like us paid KRW 2,000 each to get a ticket for the Danubi Train which brings you to different spots within the park itself. You can definitely explore Taejongdae on foot but….. it would really be very tiring lol.
Ours was the 8th train so we had to wait for our train to arrive. The staff will inform via loudspeaker/signs which train is currently boarding passengers.
Headed off to Busan from Gwangju very early in the morning, picking up some toast from Isaac Toast at U-Square for breakfast because we had a very long journey to Busan.
As usual, we bought our bus tickets the day before because we’re kiasu like this HAHAHAH! Boarded the bus and we arrived in Busan’s Nopo bus terminal in about 3.5 hours.
Took the metro down to Busan Station which was an additional 40 minute journey where our AirBnb was located. I will show the AirBnb that we stayed in later on in this entry. Dropped off our luggage and then set off immediately for lunch at 쌍둥이 돼지국밥 (Ssangdongi Dwaeji Gukbap).
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It’s about 3 minutes by foot from Exit 3 of Daeyeon station. You may refer to the map above for more information :D
We decided to come here because we haven’t tried any guk bap (guk bap is basically soup with rice) before and this restaurant was one of the recommended places or 맛집 (mat jib) as the locals would say but personally, I was quite disappointed by this dish because the taste was very weird to me. I was expecting the soup to taste a little like normal pork based soups but the smell of pork was so overwhelming I couldn’t stomach down more than a few mouthfuls of the guk bap. Each bowl costs KRW6,000.
And we realised that most of the restaurant’s patrons were locals and we were the only group of foreigners so the conclusion was dwaeji gukbap is an acquired taste lol and you may not like it if you’re not used to it.
Our second and final day in Busan was spent at a famous landmark – Gamcheon Culture Village!
We had a very good night’s rest at Popcorn Hostel and left in very good spirits. The journey to Gamcheon Culture Village is quite far from Haeeundae (takes around an hour by metro FOL) so we set off quite early as we wanted to spend as much time as possible to cover everything in the village. And since Busan Station was along the way, we transited at that station to deposit our luggage in the storage lockers found inside the KTX station and head off to Toseong Station.
As usual, got sidetracked by food. This pastry is actually filled with delicious custard cream and everytime you pass through a metro station, there’s always a stall selling this there! And the wretched smells from the freshly made pastries just got to us so we bought 1 portion to share and munch along the way lol (FYI you can consume food and drinks aboard Korea’s trains).
Lunch stop before heading up to the cultural village. This is Kimbap Cheonguk by the way, which is a chain store selling different Korean dishes.
I had the fermented bean paste soup/doenjang jiggae! Yummeh and one of my favourite Korean dishes because it really fills my tummy up!