Ferry to Korea
We took the JR Beetle ferry from Fukuoka, Japan to Busan, Korea. The boat is a hydrofoil so it “flies” out of the water on little stilts. It took about 3 hours to cross the Tsushima Strait.
Jalgachi Fish Market
One of our first stops in Busan was the Jalgachi Fish Market. It’s one of the largest fish markets in the country and there were neverending fish vendors with all kinds of fish, eels, clams, mussels, and some other very unusual looking sea creatures. We bought a fish from one vendor — he immediately crushed it’s neck with the back of a knife and threw it in a bucket. Then he told us to take the (now dead) fish upstairs where someone could cook it for us.
Gamcheon Culture Village
Gamcheon Culture Village is located in the hills of Busan. The multicolored houses seem to be hodgepodged together with bits of concrete, steel, and baling wire. Character and artistic wonder ooze from every crack in the sidewalk and walls of Gamcheon.
In the afternoon after Gamcheon, we headed further out of town and up into the mountains to visit Beomeosa Temple. The rain was beginning to fall and the surrounding mountain slopes were shrouded by some beautiful mist. Koreans LOVE to hike and they always seem to be wearing outdoor clothing. On the bus ride down from the mountain, we were crammed like sardines with the locals sporting their North Face, Patagonia, and other brand name gear.