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Colorful, flourishing Busan-my favorite city in South Korea

Busan is Korea's second largest city with 5 million people; everywhere we went there was construction as the city was booming

Busan is Korea's second largest city with 5 million people; everywhere we went there was construction as the city was booming

The large department stores aren't organized by product categories like shoes or luggage; logically, in this country of conspicuous consumption, stores are organized by brand name

The large department stores aren't organized by product categories like shoes or luggage; logically, in this country of conspicuous consumption, stores are organized by brand name

This mermaid statue is made of plastic collected from Korean beaches; the plastic consumption in Korea is two times the world average so the statue is designed to bring awareness to the threats plastics pose to the world's oceans

This mermaid statue is made of plastic collected from Korean beaches; the plastic consumption in Korea is two times the world average so the statue is designed to bring awareness to the threats plastics pose to the world's oceans

Haeundae Beach is the longest and most popular in South Korea; we were told that in the summer you often can't even see any sand along the 1500 meter beach!

Haeundae Beach is the longest and most popular in South Korea; we were told that in the summer you often can't even see any sand along the 1500 meter beach!

APEC House hosted the 2005 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum; Busan is 112 mi from Fukuoka Japan and 195 mi from Seoul

APEC House hosted the 2005 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum; Busan is 112 mi from Fukuoka Japan and 195 mi from Seoul

The conference room at the APEC House where, in 2005, 21 world leaders met including President George W. Bush; of the leaders attending, only Putin remains in power today

The conference room at the APEC House where, in 2005, 21 world leaders met including President George W. Bush; of the leaders attending, only Putin remains in power today

Haeundae Beach is the largest in Korea and its most famous; new development includes a 101 story tower and 2 85 story residential towers, among the tallest in the world

Haeundae Beach is the largest in Korea and its most famous; new development includes a 101 story tower and 2 85 story residential towers, among the tallest in the world

Gwangan Bridge in Busan is the longest 2 deck suspension bridge in Korea and venue for the Busan Fireworks Festival every October which is the largest in Asia (1  million people)

Gwangan Bridge in Busan is the longest 2 deck suspension bridge in Korea and venue for the Busan Fireworks Festival every October which is the largest in Asia (1+ million people)

Busan Tower is an older observation tower that offered good views of the central part of the city; Busan is a sprawling city that is naturally divided by large hills and waterways

Busan Tower is an older observation tower that offered good views of the central part of the city; Busan is a sprawling city that is naturally divided by large hills and waterways

The Jagalchi Market is a modern facility right on the water so the fish go straight from the boat to the consumer; I was very impressed with the nice subway system which was the easiest way to get around

The Jagalchi Market is a modern facility right on the water so the fish go straight from the boat to the consumer; I was very impressed with the nice subway system which was the easiest way to get around

View of the large Jagalchi Fish Market from the Busan Tower; the Busan area is the largest industrial region in the country and  the 5th largest container port in the world

View of the large Jagalchi Fish Market from the Busan Tower; the Busan area is the largest industrial region in the country and the 5th largest container port in the world

Much of the movie, Black Panther, was filmed in Busan; the city is at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula so the weather is much better than in Seoul

Much of the movie, Black Panther, was filmed in Busan; the city is at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula so the weather is much better than in Seoul

Busan is a city in transition as huge residential skyscrapers are being built in many neighborhoods; I wondered how people here were able to afford such expensive homes

Busan is a city in transition as huge residential skyscrapers are being built in many neighborhoods; I wondered how people here were able to afford such expensive homes

Walking in Korea can often lead to sensory overload; the largest department store in the world is Shinsegae Centum City, situated in Busan

Walking in Korea can often lead to sensory overload; the largest department store in the world is Shinsegae Centum City, situated in Busan

SeaLife Busan Aquarium, right on the water at Haeundae Beach, is home to 30000 fish, penguins and even crocodiles; when we were there the weather was quite pleasant but the beach was empty and no one was in the chilly water

SeaLife Busan Aquarium, right on the water at Haeundae Beach, is home to 30000 fish, penguins and even crocodiles; when we were there the weather was quite pleasant but the beach was empty and no one was in the chilly water

In front of the Busan train station is their local red light district, Texas Street; I'd love to know how this street of sin and decadence got its name!

In front of the Busan train station is their local red light district, Texas Street; I'd love to know how this street of sin and decadence got its name!

Busan had several nice, pedestrianized market areas; the many new megacenters are threatening these areas as Korea is starting to experience the Walmartization of shopping

Busan had several nice, pedestrianized market areas; the many new megacenters are threatening these areas as Korea is starting to experience the Walmartization of shopping

The Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest in South Korea and opens at 3 am every day; the market was very clean for a fish market but the stalls seemed to have very similar offerings

The Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest in South Korea and opens at 3 am every day; the market was very clean for a fish market but the stalls seemed to have very similar offerings

A typical scene on any subway in South Korea is everyone on their phone; locals in South Korea dressed much more casually (like Americans) than the Japanese

A typical scene on any subway in South Korea is everyone on their phone; locals in South Korea dressed much more casually (like Americans) than the Japanese

Busan was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a "City of Film" in December 2014; the Busan International Film Festival, held annually, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia

Busan was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a "City of Film" in December 2014; the Busan International Film Festival, held annually, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia

Busan may be the summer capital of Korea but it does get snow an average of 5 days a year; with the hilly terrain and drivers unaccustomed to driving on the snow, the city typically shuts down when flakes fall

Busan may be the summer capital of Korea but it does get snow an average of 5 days a year; with the hilly terrain and drivers unaccustomed to driving on the snow, the city typically shuts down when flakes fall

Yeongdodaegyo Bridge was Korea’s first bascule bridge with a single movable section built in 1934; today, the drawbridge opens only once a day at 2 pm for 15 minutes

Yeongdodaegyo Bridge was Korea’s first bascule bridge with a single movable section built in 1934; today, the drawbridge opens only once a day at 2 pm for 15 minutes

Haeundae is one of the most popular spots in Busan to view the New Year sunrise, a popular tradition in Korea; since 1988, there has been a Polar Bear Plunge every January where swimmer's brave near-freezing waters

Haeundae is one of the most popular spots in Busan to view the New Year sunrise, a popular tradition in Korea; since 1988, there has been a Polar Bear Plunge every January where swimmer's brave near-freezing waters

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