Taejongdae Park

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Journal Entry: 5/23/2009

Breakfast has a wide array of options on my plate: dried squid, one egg, ham, tofu, soup, rice, seaweed, red beans, and kimchi.

Today is the Busan City Bus Tour. We head for the train station and right across the street is China Town. Three students from Dongju join us for the tour. They are learning English and will be visiting UWM in July. Our first stop is Taejongdae Park. The walk is about 3km–uphill.

There were cute trams that drove through the park just like the Milwaukee County Zoo; but the wait was 40 minutes. We viewed the suicide cliff. There is no way anyone who jumps could survive the fall. There is a statue in front of the cliff of a woman and children to remind a future jumper of his family in hopes to persuade his decision.

The lighthouse has many many many steps to the bottoms. There is a small sushi place at the bottom. We waited for the boat to come at the bottom and got a wonderful view of the park and the coast. People were fishing off the rocks but in impossible spots to get to by foot. Possibly dropped off by a boat? I got to see dolphins but none came too far out of the water to get any good pictures.

We ended up getting off at the wrong stop. So we had lunch and then found another bus stop and headed towards Piff Square where the International Film Festival is held. It is a huge market with about everything and anything you can find.

There were a few pet shops on the streets but the animals smelled so bad that I couldn’t walk in the store; they were cute in the windows at least.

We took taxis to Haeundae Beach and took a walk for a little bit. We went into a fish market, or so I thought…the fish we chose from the buckets were grabbed by the lady and she butchered them. Then she sent us to floor five. We ate raw fish for dinner and it was really chewy…not a favorite. Then we walked across the street and karoke’d for two hours.

In 2009 I traveled to South Korea to study abroad. I kept a diary of each day of my visit. When I returned to the United States, I created these digitized posts of my entries and the images that I took on each corresponding day. You can find all the South Korea journal entries here.

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