Saturday, December 31, 2016

Insadong Street, Seoul

Insadong Street (or spells also as Insa-dong) is a tourist attraction place in Seoul. It is famous among tourist to buy things like fridge magnet, key chain, T-shirt or anything to do with Korean souvenirs.

Souvenir items sell at Insadong

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Friday, December 30, 2016

WCS Metro Station

to go to WCS take metro and stop at station number 619.

WCS metro station
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

WCS (2)

there is a football match been held on that day.

Fans queing buying ticket

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

World Cup Mall

Another attraction at the World Cup Stadium is the World Cup Mall. It is a shopping entity being build at the same complex.

World Cup Mall
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World Cup Stadium

Or next seeing is Seoul World Cup Stadium.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Jun Guest House (2)

the guest house is quite convenience. the room we rent is big enough can accommodate six persons. facilities include shared kitchen and common tv room.

the kitchen

tv room

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Jun Guesthouse

From the train station we took a taxi and heading straight to our guest house. It was located at a busy location and the taxi can't even go near the entrance. So we were dropped somewhere near and walk about 10 minutes to the guest house.

The guest house
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Seoul Station

We arrived Seoul Station at 7.30 pm after three hours journey. Soon after disembarking we get a taxi to our next heading - accommodation guesthouse. Taxi is very easy to get - no hassle at all.

Seoul Station
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Train to Seoul

Its time to board the train now. Train to Seol (not train to bsan!). The train departted at 4.30 pm sharp.

Train ready at platform

Boarding the train

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Coffee & Donuts at BS

We arrived BS one hour earlier before boarding train at 4.30 pm. So plenty of times - lets have tea and donuts while waiting. Krispy Kremeisp is available at BS. In Korea Krispy Kreme business are operated by conglomerate Lotte.

The C & D kiosk at BS

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Friday, December 23, 2016

A little notes on BS

Busan station was opened in April 1908 and the latest expansion work completed in 2004. The station is very spacious.


Queing at ticket counter
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Busan Station

Today is our last day in Busan. We leave Busan in the evening and take train to Seoul. The train will depart from Busan Station at 4.30pm. Busan Station is very near to our homestay. It is just about 10 minutes walk.

Busan Station

Main entrance
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Room 1228

Soon after the Friday Prayer we have to rush back to our homestay. Our next itinerary is to board train from Busan Station at 4.30 pm. So we have about two hours to collect all baggage and clean-up the room we stayed for two nights. The journey from Busan Mosque to Room 128 is about half an hour.

Room 1228

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Moroccan Restaurant - Busan

One more halal restaurant in Busan is the Moroccan restaurant. It is also located near Busan Mosque - actually just beside the mosque main gate.

Morrocan Restaurant Busan

To look for other halal restaurants in Busan - check here (tripovo). At least there are two available near Pusan National University campus.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Cappadocia - Halal Restaurant Busan

Cappadocia - yes that is the name of Turkish Restaurant located just beside the Busan Mosque. We arrived there just before the Jumaat Prayer. Not many people dining there at that time.

Nice and neat arrangement inside 

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Halal restaurant near Busan Mosque

To those who are looking for halal food there is one halal restaurant near Busan  Mosque. Actually that is a standard phenomena .. there will be a place selling halal food near a mosque anywhere in any city. Here in Busan it is a Turkish Restaurant.

Turkish Restaurant

The kitchen
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday Prayer at Masjid Busan

Friday Prayer at Busan starts with azan at 1 o'clock. It is exactly the same arrangement as at Seoul Central Mosque. The reason is to coincide with the lunch break so those who work at office can come for Friday Prayer.

Another view of the mosque at Busan
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Masjid Busan

We were still in Busan and it was on Friday so we need to go to Mosque. Luckily there is one in Busan. And it is somewhere near also to UN Monument and Busan Museum. So we just walked a little bit more further from the monument and museum and there it is ... Masjid Busan.

Masjid Busan as seen from the main road

Masjid Busan
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Busan Museum

Very near to UN Monument one can already see Busan Museum. It has a big entrance structure which one would not missed.

Entrance to Busan Museum
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

UN Monument in Busan

A monument to commemorate the UN involvement in Korea War 1950 was build in Busan. We spotted this monument when we were walk or way to Masjid Busan.

The UN Monument
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

SK - Gas Station

Gas stations in Korea all operated by local companies. There were no Exxon, no Shell, no Caltex in Korea. SK or its full name SK energy is the top oil company in Korea founded in 1962. (link - skenergy)

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

How Lotte got its name

Why its name Lotte?

naming his company after the beautiful young Charlotte in Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Just as Charlotte cared for her siblings following the death of their mother, Shin cared for children at a time many had lost their mothers, too.

source - scmp

Range of food products at Lotte Mall
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Lotte Confectionery

Lotte began their business empire with confectionery.

Nice biscuit product of Lotte
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Lotte Mall

Also within vicinity of Jagalchi Market is Lotte Mall. Lotte is a big corporate name in Korea. But of late there is turbulence within Lotte Group. Rivalry among its founder family members escalated. Things are compounded with investigation by government on tax evasion and several other business misappropriate.

Lotte Mall as seen from Jagalchi Market

Lotte Mall Inside 
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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Yeongdodaegyo Bridge

Not far from Jagalchi Market one can sees Yeongdodaeyo Bridge, another attraction of Busan. The bridge was build in 1934 connected Jung-gu and Yeongdo-gu districs. The bridge become famous because it is lifts up on one side at 2 o'clock daily.

The Yeongdodaegyo Bridge

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Jagalchi Fish Market

Our next visit is Jagalchi Market, the largest fish market in Busan. The market is clean, no bad smell like markets in Malaysia.

Jagalchi Fish Market

Time arrived around 2pm
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Monday, December 05, 2016

Some info on the village

The village was originally the shelter home of refugees after the 1950 korean war. it was the effort of local municipality to beautifying it in 2012.

colourful houses



Gamcheon Cultural Village

Our next itinerary is to visit gamcheon cultural village. many nicknames describing the village - machu picchu of korea, santorini of korea and lego village. Santorini was referred not because the colorful houses similar to blue-white houses in Santorini but rather the similarity winding road climbing uphill.

The scenery


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Taejongdae visit ended

We ended the T visit by taking the tram back to terminal. Then we walk back to bus stop. Along the way to bus stop there were many restaurants. The restaurants have workers sitting outside calling for customers.

Restaurants are many but no customer

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Taejongdae Scenic Images

On the road side table near the terminal station there were many metal boxes drawn with scenic photo images of Taejongdae.

the lighthouse

the bridge

the cliff

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Archery Sign Yeongdo

Copied from other source - koreatimes;

Taejongdae is a cliff formed from volcanic ashes.

It was given its name because historical records show that King Taejong Muyeol of Silla Kingdom (57 B.C. - 935 A.D.) frequently visited the cliff to practice archery.

So archery became icon and a sign structure has been put up as tourist signature.

Archery symbol

Another view or the archery sign

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Lighthouses of the World

Among the display at Culture Space is display of some of the famous lighthouses of the world.

The display

The setting

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