Friday, October 9, 2015

Gyeongju Day #2 - The Free Day

No tours. No schedule. No one to follow. Just a free day to explore Gyeongju by myself!

My plan is to try to visit places that won't be on tomorrow's full day tour. This includes the Gyeongju National Museum (as it's closed on Mondays), and for something completely different, the Love Castle (more on that later). The rest of the day, I'm going to play by ear.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Gyeongju Day #1 - The Night Tour

In all my time in Korea, Koreans have frequently recommended I visit one city: Gyeongju. After three years, finally, I have a chance to visit the ancient city during the Chuseok holiday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #7 "Haeundae Beach"

(Haeundae Beach)

This would be the only full day we would spend in Busan from morning to night. Despite yesterday's late night shenanigans, I woke up pretty early. It was my last day of vacation after all; I was going to end this trip on a bang!

Points of Interest
Daeyeon Station, Gamcheon Cultural Village, Seomyeon Station, Haeundae Beach, Haeundae Traditional Market, Busan Museum of Art, Centum City, Gwangan Bridge, Nopo Station

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #6 "Chinatown"

(Chinatown in Busan)

This morning was bittersweet. On one hand, I had a good last night out, and there were two more vacation days left. But on the other, we were leaving Japan today.

We forced ourselves up early this morning as we wanted to explore the Hakata Bayside before boarding our ferry. On the way to the port, it felt like I was saying goodbye to everything around me.

Points of Interest
Hakata Bayside Port, Hakata Port International Terminal, Hakata Port Tower, Busan Port International Terminal, Daeyon Station, Busan Station, Choryang Street, Kyungsung and Pukyong University

Friday, March 6, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #5 "Hot Springs"

(a hot springs resort)

It was my last full day in Japan, and the last would be the most memorable. We woke up bright and early to go to an onsen (hot spring resort). We were tired as heck from last night, but you can't sleep in when you're on vacation!

As a westerner, I can tell you that the experience of Japanese hot springs was both a good one and shocking one. lol.

Points of Interest
Tenjin Station, ACROS Building, Naka River, Nakagawa (town), Hakata Station, Shintencho, Underground City

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #4 "Fukuoka Tower"

(Fukuoka Tower)

Yesterday, we missed the chance to visit Fukuoka Tower and the Fukuoka City Museum. Today, we weren't going to fail. Also, little did I know then that I was going to meet someone special later.

Points of Interest
Nishijin (daytime), Fukuoka City Museum, Fukuoka City Sogo Library, Momochi Seaside Park, Fukuoka Tower, Oyafuko-dori, Naka River

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #3 "Ohori Park"

Ohori Park

After sleeping on a ferry floor and on a computer room chair, it was nice to finally wake up in a bed for once. Fresh hotel room. Freedom from work. And exploration in a new country. Life felt great.

Points of Interest:
Nakasu, Ohori Park, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka Castle Ruins, Maizuru Park, Gokoku Shrine, Nishijin, Fukuoka Tower, Robosquare, Nishijin Shopping Arcade 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #2 "Kushida Shrine"

Kushida Shrine

I woke up the next morning, and the ship was already docked. Outside of the windows I could see it: Japan!

Points of Interest
Hakata Port, Hakata Station, Kushido Shrine, Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Kawabata Shopping Arcade, Hakata River, Canal City, Tenjin Station, Suikyo Tenmangu Shrine, Akarenga Cultural Center, City Hall, Central Park, Oyafuko-Dori

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Busan and Fukuoka Trip - DAY #1 "Busan Tower"

Busan Tower

Seven days. Two cities. Two countries. It was an amazing trip to Busan, South Korea and Fukuoka, Japan! I will tell you all about those unforgettable seven days. We start with day #1.

Points of Interest:
Seoul Station, KTX Train, Busan Station, Jagalchi District, Yongdusan Park, Lotte Department Store, Busan Ferry