Hello! We now move to the next day of my South Korea trip. After a great five days in Seoul full with excitement and memories, we are now leaving this beautiful city and heading to the Southeastern side of Korea – Busan.
Busan is a large port city in South Korea and it is Korea’s second largest city with close to 4 million people. They have beaches, mountains, pub and cafes that have become an attraction for tourist that adores nature in general.
One week before our trip, we heard the news about the CHABA Typhoon attacking Busan. I am so worried so I texted one of the tourist agent which I get his number through forum and so he said we have nothing to worry because normally Korean are prepared with this and typhoon will not come again to Korea because it is heading to Japan and they usually will take less than 3 days to clear the road. So, no more worries.
We are pretty excited to go to Busan but still deep down in our heart we are sad to leave our precious stay in Seoul Dalbit and darn, we have to say goodbye to Seoul. As you know I dream to live in Seoul long time ago and yes I did! Hopefully next time I will visit this place again.
We set to check out from our guesthouse by 11 morning so we won’t miss to take the KTX to Busan at 1.00pm. After packing our luggage, bid our farewell to the host, we straight go to Seoul Station. There are few options to travel to Busan which are by bus, the normal train or by the KTX. We choose the KTX because it is the fastest, takes about 3 hours to reach Busan even though it is costly among the three option.
Direction to Seoul Station – by subway line 1 or 4
We bought our tickets on the spot at the counter for 59,800 per seat. While waiting for our train to depart at 1 pm, we had Lotteria shrimp burger. While waiting and seating at the waiting area, there’s an ahjushi who look friendly so we took the opportunity to have a chat with him. We cut our conversation with him once he talked about religion and Islam in particular because man we don’t want to get too serious with the fact that we are Islam and he is not does not mean he can criticize our religion. He did offer to take us to the departure gate but we just move by ourselves once we are set to depart.
There are luggage scanning for security matters taking place before we depart. We are few seconds late to take our train due to the security check. I remember our seat was at the first coach and we were running with our luggage. Damn, so close to miss our train. So please if you have luggage, do move to the gate early to avoid something like us and remember their train depart on time.
Once seated, I was so amazed with the KTX. The seat is damn comfortable and spacious (even better than Air Asia standard seat), complete with wifi connection. They have space to put luggage in front of the coach and toilet. During the three hours ride to Busan, I was so busy with my phone and the journey was smooth. Busan is the last stop and when we reach Ulsan, the rain was pouring the city.
Upon reaching, we did not think that due to the rain we will encounter one more problem – which is, how are we going to take the Busan subway because we need to walk out the KTX station to get to the nearest subway station and we did not have any umbrella. We are looking like a lost child though and each of us refuse to buy an umbrella.
In the end we agreed to take the taxi to get to our stay which located at Beomnagol. The taxi stand was just few steps near the exit and there already have few taxi queuing up for passengers. We have to split into two taxi and shit man the taxi driver did not understand English. I just showed our guesthouse address to him and he just drove off. Having this thought that we might get lost plus he was driving so fast like pelesit, I am just hoping we will reach safe and sound.
Thankfully he did send us to the correct apartment. To add more to my worries, because we split into 2 person each in two taxi, I could not get in touch with my 2 other friends. It took us almost 30 minutes to eventually meet with each other. This happen because our taxi driver stop us at the main entrance of the apartment but the other taxi driver stop them at the center which is near the parking entrance. Thankfully we are reunited!
We booked our stay through air-bnb again, this time we choose Dynamic Busan hosted by Haru and I tell you we have the best stay here because the room was spacious, we are the only one who stayed there at that time and we have a beautiful view at 36th floor, We had a long journey today so we did not plan anything and just take a rest in our room.
See you on my next TRAVEL-SOUTH KOREA 1.0 post. But here is my total expense of Day 6.