While the weather in Seoul had been relatively chilly (about 45˚F / 7˚C) Busan proved quite a bit warmer. We woke up to sun and weather in the high fifties. We stopped at a nearby Paris Baguette for coffee before jumping on the Subway.
At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking Gamcheon Village for a small town on the Italian Riviera. The neighborhood’s colorful buildings snake up the side of a hill overlooking the sea. We spent a couple of hours wandering through the neighborhood’s maze-like staircases and paths before eventually finding our way back to the subway station.
In the summer months, the neighborhoods surrounding Busan’s beaches are filled with tourists, food stands, and street performers. In the winter, however, these neighborhoods are pretty dead. We spent some time relaxing on the beach and had hoped to find a restaurant along the shore for lunch, but almost everything was closed. We settled for a quick snack at a kimbap (Korean-style sushi rolls) restaurant on our walk back to the subway station.
I’m a sucker for a view. One of Busan’s best is the view from the cable car ride to the top of Geumgang Park. We managed to catch the last ride up and down the hill just as the sun was setting.
That evening, we decided to explore the night market around our Airbnb. We stopped at more than a couple street food stalls sampling charcoal-roasted sweet potatoes, a french-fry covered corn dog, and tteokbokki - a snack dish of rice cakes in pepper sauce.