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What to Do in Busan

June 4, 2015

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Welcome to our second Eatyourkimchi Road Trip video! Last week we spent some time in Jeju Island, and this week we’re moving around Busan. We didn’t spend as many days in Busan as we did in Jeju, but we got to do a whole lot in the little bit of time, and I still think we have a cool little video here of What to Do in Busan. The basic rundown: hit the beach, eat unique Busan street food, check out the hilly scenery in an art neighbourhood, and don’t miss out on eating fresh seafood! If you stick to just the Haeundae Beach 해운대해수욕장 neighbourhood you’re only going to see the touristy club night stuff, so make sure you put on your adventure hats and see some new locations!

We’re not ultra touristy people that have to go to all the places that books tell you to visit. We’re more interested in experiencing different neighbourhoods, you know? Something more authentic and local rather than a bunch of stands selling replicas of the location you just visited. I want adventure! It’s tough, though, known where to go if you don’t live there, right? And we, as you know, don’t live in Busan. Fortunately, Leigh lived there for a while, and knows it pretty well, and our Airbnb host was helpful in suggesting some areas as well. Like Busan Gamcheon Culture Village 부산 감천문화마을 which was that funky neighbourhood with the crazy awesome view. It was a tourist location but not the main one everyone might visit when in Busan and it was peppered with little tiny artist huts selling homemade wares and food. Great place to get a souvenir right?

We stayed in a really cool Airbnb with, quite possibly, the nicest view we’ve ever had at an Airbnb. Really quite a dream for us: sleeping by the sounds of the beach? AWW YEAH! The outside of the place really looked super basic but once you open the front door it was like a swagged out rich person place. The patio was a full wrap around patio with a view of the bridge, ocean, and the beach below. It was INSANE and quiet! We expected honking boats or something but nope. Just waves. Our place is in Seoul, and with the windows open the only waves we hear are waves of traffic. We imagine their honking horns to be those of obnoxious dolphins. But not this place. We slept like babies by the water. And it had one of the largest couches we’ve ever seen. Here are some pics of the place if you’re a design nerd like we are or if you’re interested in booking it via Airbnb:

If you’re interested in heading over to Busan, you can check out the Airbnb we went to. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s a $25 coupon. Booya!

Otherwise, Busan was…very different. Driving there was SO CHALLENGING! Every time we went through an intersection we’d have no idea what lane we were in. Is it a bus lane? Well, there’s blue lines on the ground, so it’s a bus…wait no. The blue lines are faded and cars are driving there. So maybe…ah! Straight straight VIOLENT RIGHT TURN NOW LEFT TUNNEL TUNNEL I don’t know! It was really hilly and windy and reminded us of San Francisco.

One of the places we went to that we didn’t show in this video was a special Russian part of town. Leigh told us about it a long time ago. One of her friends called her up drunk and told her about this Russian dumpling place. She tried to get details about where it was, but he was too drunk to be thorough, and totally didn’t remember the next day. So she just dreamed about it for a while, until after a few months she finally found a way to get there. She told us stories of its deliciousness. We managed to find it and get incredible homemade dumpling made TO ORDER, we literally saw the ladies making the dumpling dough and stuffing it and frying it fresh. We dreamed about it for a while afterwards as well. It’s located on Texas Street which is apparently the Itaewon aka the foreign food neighbourhood in Busan.

We also went to 부평시장 Bupyeong Market for the delicious street food! There was way to much to pick from and it was pretty overwhelming. What I will say is that the people in this market are there for serious business. They want to eat or buy groceries so prepare to be shoved if you’re strolling a bit too leisurely and trying to take video in the afternoon hahahahha. But the food ladies we all pretty excited that we were willing to eat anything (probably because we look like tourists) and were very happy to serve us food. We wish we could have gone back again at night time because that market was going to be a happening place. We saw all the food stands setting up in the early evening. So I recommend afternoon for full market bustle and nighttime for a great snack stand vibe!

As usually, we took lots of pictures and we also have some stories in the pictures as well, including a very important story about a kitten! A KITTEN.

We tried something a little bit different in this video, in which we tried to make the travel video on our main channel all professional and smoooooooth, while we saved the funny vlog footage for a different video, which is up on our bonus channel. Just wanted to see what it would be like to have two different feels for the videos, you know? So here’s our second video, in which we’re a lot more casual. Let us know what you preferred! Check it out:

We have some more Jeju and Busan footage coming out in the future as well…like going to a Korean bath house and eating a really long grilled fish that took up two tables pushed together…look forward to lots of food porn and adventures soon!

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  1. Quick question, what kind of camera do you use? These pictures are so vibrant!

    4 years ago
  2. Hi! The first time I visited Korea was the first time I ever went out of the U.S and I was worried I was going to get sick from eating some of the foods from the food stands, so I did not even bother going near any in fear that it may ruin my entire trip. However I am now planning a second trip to Korea and I am willing to try some of the food stands. I was wondering what your first experience eating at the Korean food stands was like? Did you ever get sick from eating the food there or were you just fine? Thank you :))

    4 years ago
    • The food stands are perfectly safe and are a must in Korea. If you find it difficult to eat spicy food, I would stay away from 떡볶이 ddeok bokk ki. Some popular street food to start off with is Mandu 만두 (Dumplings), Fish Cake 어묵, Gimbab (is similar to sushi but usually contains no meat) & my favourite which is hoddeok 호떡 which is like a small cinnamon donut/pancake.

      Most popular place in Busan to eat street food is Nampodong 남포 just across the road from Jagalchi Fish market. Here is a list of Korean Food you could try on your next trip (English and Korean Names): http://boundforbusan.com/2015/05/korean-food-2015-travels.html
      Also my favourite places in Busan: http://boundforbusan.com/2015/08/top-10-sights-in-busan.html

      Happy Travels!

      4 years ago
  3. What is the name if the dumplings. I’m in busan now and it sounds great.

    4 years ago
  4. Arizona fish. Lol I live in Arizona you are correct the fish don’t smell great.

    4 years ago
  5. When I eat raw fish, I think I’m eating like gollum too.

    4 years ago
  6. I want to go I want to go now! I liked the video’s but somehow I felt like it was maybe a bit too much about food and not enough about things to do? I still like the video’s. And I understand you have your own preferences. :)

    4 years ago
  7. I like the Court of Culture skit. All skits are welcome!

    4 years ago
  8. Whoever edited this…it was awesome! Watching the scenery speed by, then slow and focus on some cool detail, then speeding up again…it was very soothing to watch. From the standpoint of how the video was filmed and edited, this is my favorite one so far.

    5 years ago
  9. I really liked the style of this video! It looked really cool! On a side note: that white kitty (in the photos above) with the two colored eyes is sooo pretty! I really want to pet it!

    5 years ago
  10. Hey Simon and Martina! I’m a Korean currently living outside of Korea and I’m bothered by some news… I’ve heard through the news, including American and Korean news, that MERS has become a major problem and that its spreading at a rapid pace. I would like to know if these reports are concise and if I should be traveling to Korea this summer or just stay home.

    5 years ago
  11. I had no idea where you were going with that last scene and then you pointed to the court of culture sign and I cracked up. Well played, guys, well played.

    5 years ago
  12. i like having the travel/hipster/informative on the main and more funny/comedic on the side! it means that the important and interesting info gets across, and then people who are interested can also see the funny bits too.

    also, i’m loving the design and aesthetic on these videos!! they’re so pretty!

    5 years ago
  13. Someone tell me where all these Marvel T-shirts are from!!!

    5 years ago
  14. You guys should definitely think about having your own Eatyourkimchi tour guide company.You always pick the best places to go for food and landscapes. Seriously you have a cafe, why not add a tour guide company.

    5 years ago
    • We actually almost did. We had someone offer it to us, to run it, but we couldn’t take on any more responsibility at that time. Hopefully one day we could get it done. One day!

      5 years ago
  15. I really loved both of your Busan videos as well as the pictures! As always, love the editing. Your videos keep me captivated. The white cat looks like my sister’s cat, except his eye colors are opposite of that one and he has shorter hair.

    5 years ago
  16. The editing of this video was amazing, very polished. This was the perfect type video to shoot in this style, I think. I also love the way your more typical style (informal, energetic, quirky) seems to create such an immediate connection to the viewer, which the bonus footage brought out. I love that you guys experiment and try new things, whether through food or creating videos, it inspires me to do the same!

    5 years ago
    • Thank you! I never want us to fall into an easy pattern. We’re always hoping to try new things, and to see what people like and don’t like :D

      5 years ago
  17. I *love* Busan. Last time, we stayed at a hostel just off of Haeundae beach, during the tail end of the Fringe and Sand festivals. So it was only busy during our arrival. And Busan has the most beautiful temple I’ve ever been to – Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, and I can’t wait to go back again!
    Did you guys go to any seafood stalls off of a rocky beach? I can never figure out where it was our mom took us the first time we went back to Korea. But it was a rocky beach with several seafood stalls and tents lining it, and you can grill whatever you pick, inside those tents. Best seafood experience I’ve ever had~

    5 years ago
  18. Ever since you stopped doing KMM, your subscriber count has shot UP. I kinda miss them, but damn, that was a really good business move.

    5 years ago
    • We noticed that, too. Kpop Music Mondays was good for laughs at times, but not everyone’s tastes. Staying away from it seems to have pleased a lot more people as a result :D

      5 years ago
  19. I love Busan! I’ve been living close to Seoul for almost 3 years but I’ve gone to Busan many times. I can’t get enough. It has such a nice charm. I loved your the editing style and the music in your professional video but certainly laughed more at your blooper vid. Martina, I died laughing watching you have no self control for street food. I am the same! It’s all so goooood.

    5 years ago
    • Oh! Also love your combo of videos and photo posts. I love taking photos and always enjoy seeing other people’s photographs of places I’ve been.

      5 years ago
  20. I definitely prefer the less professional one, just personally. I loved the “official” W.A.N.K and think its awesome for people travelling, however I love the goofiness and quirkiness of the blooper real because it feels more like your other W.A.N.KS and F.A.P F.A.PS which I love :P

    Regardless, loved them both <3

    5 years ago
  21. how far is busan from seoul? is it something you could do as a day trip?I’m coming for 3 weeks in december. looks like my next trip is going to have to be longer. or I move there if Soozee will marry me
    :)

    5 years ago
    • It’s easier to get to via train than it is driving. There are KTX rapid trains that will get you to and from Busan in a couple of hours, while driving took us 5-6 hours or so.

      5 years ago