Day 15–Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011–Busan, So. Korea

          Busan, also known as Pusan, is the largest port city in South Korea and the third larest port in the world.  Busan is located on the southeastern most tip of the Korean peninsula.  The local Port Authority offered a complimentary shuttle service into town.

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     We were having breakfast in the dining room when they announced there was a pier side welcoming show, so we missed it.  We didn’t have a tour, so when we got off the ship we got a map and then got on the shuttle bus.  There were two stops, the first being Yongdusan Park.  It was about a 30 minute ride into the center of town near the Phoenix Hotel.  We decided to go to the Gukje Market first.  This place was huge!  Lots of narrow streets with lots of stalls.  The sun was out and it was a perfect day to “stall shop”.

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Some things were a bargain and other items were expensive.  We walked through the market for quite a while and then ended up in the BIFF area which was more shops.  We went in a lovely bakery and saw a McDonald’s.

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     We then crossed the street and walked around the Jagalchi Fish Market.  It didn’t smell too bad.  We did see a lot of different fish.IMG_0043 IMG_0046  We then decided to go to the Underground Shopping Center and everything was closed.  We sadly looked at the long flight of stairs back up and a gentleman told us there was an escalator further down.  It was a long way down, but it beat the stairs.  We came up just where the shuttle bus was waiting for us.  Back on board we had lunch and then I went for a swim and Ray took pictures all around the ship.  We did see the sail away show on the pier.

IMG_0048 IMG_0087   Three girls from the crew came running down the pier, but the gangway had been raised and we pulled away without them.  (One of the girls was from the casino and Ray heard they will have a “talk” with the Captain tomorrow.  We saw them get on the ship the next morning.)  The singers and dancers performed “Dancin’ Fool”.  Such energy!  We were bushed from all the walking.

     Ray says:  . . . . Walking the Gukje Market was a real eye opener.  Many blocks of stalls where all kinds of goods were being sold.  No one was in a hurry to make a sale.  The whole market was low key.  If you buy something fine.  If you don’t, no one seems to get excited about it.  People very friendly and helpful.  . . . . .  All in all Busan was a stop where you need more than one day to see it all.

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” ~ Diane Arbus

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