The Republic of South Korea
Tour 2: Busan
When I worked in Jeonju and Kwangju, I had ample opportunities to vist Busan, which was a bus ride away. This trip, like the parallel one to Kaohsiung in Taipei, I took in two stages. First, I found I needed to take a ferry from Busan to get my visa. Then, I decided to go just to see the city, having only had a night's sightseeing the first time.
Busan, like Kaoshiung, was something of a Japanese creation. The Japanese from before Hideyoshi Toyotomi's time maintained a foothold in Korea through the Kaya states. They used this foothold for the invasion of tne entire peninsula and then onward into the north. You'll surely notice one patriotic shrine blow which was dedicated to the heroic defense which drove them out. Unfortunately not all of the lessons of that invasion sunk in as deeply as they might.
When the Japanese came back to stay in 1910, having defeated first the Chinese and then the Russians, they brought modernization and modern economics to Korea. They needed a deep water port, and they chose Busan, whose sleepy status as a port is best depicted by the black and white photo below. Notice the lone ship and the beached whale (just kidding) in that photo. A far cry from today's modern container port. The Japanese, and especially Japanese companies and banks, made Busan into Korea's second city.
I toured here mostly in the winter as well, which you can tell. Halfway through my trip, the stock market crashed (again), and won hit 1700 to the dollar, which made this a stressful trip, not only to those who put their money in the Wooribank.
Aegug-ga (Patriotic Hymn)
Tonghai Moolkwa Paiktusani
Hananimi Pohohasa Uri nara Mansei
Moogungwha Sanchulri Hwaryu Kangsan
Taehan Saram Taehan euro Kiri Pochun Hasae
Namsan Uye Chusonamu
Paramisul Pulbyunhamum Uri kisang Ilsae
Tong Hai Sea and Pakdoo Mountain,
so long as they endure,
May God bless Korea
our land for endless ages to come!
North to south bedecked with flowers,
land of beauty rare,
May God keep our country united
and preserve our land.
Eternally Naamsaan's pine trees
stand like an armour sure,
Through whatever tempest or danger,
as our symbol of strength.
a happy map of Busan
a bitmore concentrated
Busan Customs terminal: the entrance from the sea
Another view with the Busan International ferry terminal behind
Another view of the port facilities
another view of the Port with
an international cruise boat up front
The coastal ferry port
When I was the only visitor to the Coast Guard museum, they pressed me to take some of these free postcards.
Here's that shiny new terminal where ferrboats go to and from
Japan so that Americans can get their work visas.
Surely, he has caught someone smuggling in a bunch of sushi.
This is the port before the Japanese took over the city.
The UN Cemetery for the
Korean War dead
Another view of the same. See the rows of UN graves
The tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Memorial for the UN Dead
The Gwangalli Beach,
favorite of the locals
The author before the Gwangan Bridge
Haeundae Beach more remote but famous
Another view of the same
The APEC House where Asian Foreign
Ministers met in 2007 to talk money
Haeundae Beach with picnickers
Beomosa temple, 1300 years old and
north of the main city
Here's the main hall, I believe.
Some artistry inside the temple
The entrance to Jalachi Fish Market.
I stayed at a hotel fairly close by.
Youngdusan Park with the city's tower
This was once the center of Japan's settlement.
Another view of the Tower: Without a tower, this city would have to leave Asia.
Looking down from the tower
Another view of the same
The modern history museum
This is a Statue of Famous General Yi, who defeated the Japanese invasion by building small armord ships, that
some regard as the first "ironclad" warships.
The 39 steps is some kind of a cultural
landmark, but I don't know what it is.
This is Baekson Monument dedicated
to a local patriotic leader
This is the pamplet from the Baekson memorial.
This is a view from the mountains near Samegala.
Yet another view
This is part of the mountains around the city
This is Haedongyounggunsa Temple,
a famous landmark for the city.
Here's another view of the same. They'd be proud in Kileen.
Pigs is pigs! They are not Nazi pigs. That's the Buddhist symbol.
Here's a Buddha at the temple.
These are definitely funky guys.
This is the UN sculpture
park which is near the memorial.
I guess I picked the wrong day to
visit the Busan history museum.
This is Geumgang Park
This is Chungnyseola Shrine. This
is the patriotic monument.
Another view. This celebrates the
victory over the Japanese in the 1590s.
Yet another veiw. This is the Chungnyseola Shrine
Some of these pictures I did not label correctly. Sorry.
This is part of major temple or palace.
This is more of the same.
But wait, there's still more.
And even more.
Now, I ask you: Does building a temple so close to the edge of a hill make any sense?
Another temple. Another view.
Would you feel safe with your money here?
I have a bigger head than Confucius, I think.
This is the old customs house.
Pig 1: If the Commies take over, all Korean pigs will be equal.
Pig 2: But some, I fear, oink, will be more equal than others.
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