Saturday, August 5, 2017

Korea - Itinerary 9 Days 8 Nights, Day 6 Busan


Day 6:  
  • Haedong Yonggungsa, Gijang Market
  • Breakfast at Ops bakery near Haeundae, Lunch at Gijang Market
  • Return to Ibis Ambassador Seoul Myeong Dong

To do:
Haedong Yonggungsa
86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan

Its another wet day. We took a bus to reach this place and alighted a stop earlier. So we wasted a bit of time here.

I guess the pictures speaks for itself. We spent between 1- 2 hours here. Mainly to pray and take pictures. For a temple that is built for the sea dragon palace there isn't a lot of inferences to it except for the dragon statue at the main temple hall. 

This temple is recommended as one of the few places to visit when in Busan probably because its one of the few rare temples that are built by the sea. 

Some of the highlights of the tplace is 3 story pagoda guarded by 4 lions (joy, anger, sadness and happiness). Other notable sights are the 108 stairs to the temple and the stone lanterns lining the rocky landscape.

To eat:
Ops Bakery- 2.5 stars, budget
31 Jungdong 1 ro, Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea

Heard that this place has the best au pain chocolate croissant. Unfortunately, there is no chocolate croissant today. 
 There is a huge selection of things to choose from. Breads, biscuits and cakes. 
This is what we ordered. The food is not bad but not fantastically over the top. We decide to take away some bread for tonight's trip back to Seoul. It was the best decision ever! 

Roadside street food- 2.5 stars, budget
Haeundae, Busan, South Korea

The roadside stalls just outside Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. I had the hotteok while hubs had the fish cake.

I think the fish cake is one of the most unhygienic street food. One the sticks that stuck the fish cake are recycled. There use a lot of disposable cups for the soup. Upon finishing the cups are place near the table where the fish cakes are and when the wind can imagine.... Sometimes guests get refills of soup.
The hotteok of busan is slightly different as they also put a variety of seeds on top of the brown sugar filling. 

Gijang Crab Market- 4.0 stars, luxury

16 Eumnae-ro, 104beon-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea

This is by far the best meal we have in Korea. And i kid you not. The crab was huge, tasty, sweet and succulent. Even the sides at the shop are delicious. 
I asked for a photo with a king crab and it was obliged. yay! too bad its too steamy out there cos of all the steaming of crabs. The crab weighs a ton. Watch out for the pincers!
 Korean eating style again. 
 We are offered lots of side dishes and all is yummy. 
 Sashimi is also served. 
The grand snow crab costing at 55,000 KRW. From what research i did, price is on the high side but hubs didn't want to find the cheapest just that one we are fated to eat. 
 When in korea, drink like the koreans drink. Shoyu! and you gotta shake it well. This is really nice to drink at first. Clear and smooth to the throat but seems like upon exposure to air the taste of the shoyu also change? This is one of the best shoyu brands we tried. 

The fried rice that looks so yummy on blogs but upon tasting its not bad. I'll vote for local fried rice. Ha! Still the crabs are way best. The service of the ajummas are great as well. This meal set us back by KRW90,000 but its worth absolutely every penny. 

Hint: i will opt for this and skip of jagalchi market. 

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