Saturday, May 17, 2014

Busan for Buddha’s Birthday

This is the first of several blog posts on my recent trip to Busan, South Korea

Taking advantage of the long weekend due to national holidays of Children’s Day on Monday and Buddha’s Birthday on Tuesday, I joined an expat trip down to Busan. Located on the south-easternmost tip of Korea, the second largest city in the country is situated along the sea, rivers, narrow valleys, and even up its many mountains and hills. The larger metropolitan area has a population of around 4.6 million people. Busan is the largest port city in the country and the world’s fifth busiest seaport when measured by cargo tonnage. Ferries departing from Busan connect South Korea to its neighbor Japan in as little as 1 1/2 hours. Subways and buses efficiently transport its many residents and visitors to malls, marketplaces, coffee shops, and universities. In many ways, Busan looks much like Seoul, except that Busan has the pleasure of being by the sea.

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