June 4, 2015
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:
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!