Three Days by the Sea: Part 1
Busan is on the south eastern coast of Korea, the waters of the Korea Straight beat against its shores, while Japan is an overnight ferry ride from its port. I always like going to the sea, no matter what country it may be. Somehow life near the water always seems to take a more relaxed and natural pace than the busied and hurried environment of cement cities. The vastness of the sea has a way of reminding the subconscious of how small we are, and as we find our place in this infinite universe we can finally live within its rhythm. Maybe that’s why the people of the sea seem to live at a more natural pace.
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Some of the best days are days where nothing is done but sitting on a beach chair, listening to the waves crash, and reading some good literature. However, if you rarely move, even if under an umbrella, you’ll get some nasty uneven burns. I’m still walking around with half tan legs.
Busan is Korea’s second largest city after Seoul, so even here you meet skyscrapers and miles of cement. But it’s not hard to get away from it all.
For views unobstructed by glass and steel, and some seren views of the sea, make the trek over to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple. Here is one of the best places to get away from the hurried pace of central Busan.