Traveling in Korea: Things to do in Busan – Haedong Yonggungsa

Some people say it’s overrated, but we thought it was beautiful.

It’s always nice to see the ocean, and even more so in combination with the cliffs and lovely architecture.

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Stairs to Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

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Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

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Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

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Ocean cliffs at Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

How to get there:

We opted to take a taxi.

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Taxi, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

The bus route was complicated, and involved a very long walk uphill.  Our time in Busan was limited to a day and a half, we were still jet lagged, and Magdiel had an old ankle injury acting up.  Although the taxi cost more, it was the most practical option for us at the time.

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Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

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Spices at Haedong Yonggungsa, Busan, South Korea. September 2014

The taxi driver was very kind and friendly.  He tried to explain everything we saw on the way, in Korean, of course, with the occasional word in English.  He kept asking, “You know? You understand?”

No, my friend, we do not understand your words. We only understand your kindness, and we love your beautiful city.

Travel details:

Atlanta-Seoul on American Airlines

  • Atlanta-Dallas-Seoul on American Airlines
  • Spent 50,000 Alaska MileagePlan miles to fly Business Class on American Airlines
  • Paid about $200 in taxes & Business Class upgrade

Seoul-Osaka on Japan Airlines

  • Spent 10,000 American AAdvantage miles to fly Economy on Japan Airlines
  • Paid about $15 in taxes

Tokyo-Atlanta on Japan Airlines & American Airlines

  • Tokyo-San Diego on Japan Airlines 
  • San Diego-Charlotte-Atlanta on American Airlines
  • Spent 50,000 American AAdvantage miles to fly Business Class
  • Paid about $45 in taxes

 

 

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