Everyone knows about Busan because of the hit flick #TrainToBusan, where the movie takes place on a train trying to go Southwards to Busan in an attempt to escape a zombie apocalypse that broke out in Seoul (Northern part of South Korea).

Anyway, enough with the intro because I know you all expected that. My trip to Busan was an unplanned travel for the Holy Week break when my friend booked a flight last February 26, 2018. The airfare was expensive, about 443.10 USD (or Php 23,000.00 Estimated Value), Manila-Busan-Manila. But this was okay considering we flew via Philippine Airlines. It was actually more expensive when I tried checking out the other local lowcost carriers. Sosyal diba?

It was a day after my birthday, March 27, 2018. We arrived at Gimhae International Airport in Busan at around 07:55pm and from the airport, we took an Airport Limousine Bus going to our Hotel in Haeundae for KRW 7,000.00 per pax (Php 360). The trip took about an hour.

Our hotel accommodations for 4days and 3Nights
Address: 40, Haeun-daero 594beonga-gil, Haeundae-gu Busan 48094 Korea, South
Price: KRW 227,700.00 or Php 11,906 (5 days, 4 nights, 2 pax)

We’ve arrived in Noel Business Hotel around 09:30pm and after settling down, we went out and found a restaurant where we had dinner.


Octopus Hotpot, our first meal in Busan with mixed pork, octopus, vegetables and mushrooms. This is so good.
Price: KRW 30,000.00 (Php 1,400.00)

After our dinner, we walked back to our hotel and took a rest for the next day Busan Escape.

DAY I in Busan, South Korea: #uBusanYaman Itinerary

1. Haedong Yonggung Temple (Korean Dragon Palace Temple). Located at 86 Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang South Korea. – No Entrance Fee

This is a Buddhist Temple in Gijang-gun, Busan and it was built in 1376 by the teachers known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty and was originally known as Bomun Temple. – Wikipidia.com

It took us an hour bus ride going to this temple and it cost us KRW 1,200.00. Here are some photos of the temple:

In the entrance you can see these zodiac signs statue.

My zodiac sign – Year of the Tiger

Golden Buddha besides the main sanctuary of Haedong Yonggung Temple.

another Golden Buddha facing the seashore

We were very lucky because only few tourists were visiting this temple when we were there. We stayed for about an hour. We tried the dried Octopus snack and explored the area and took a lot of photos. This temple is one of a kind because it was built along the shore line.

Mandatory photo at Haedong Yonggung Temple.

After exploring the Haedong Yonggung Temple, we walked back and had our lunch in a restaurant nearby.

I don’t know the exact name of this restaurant but this one is a must-try because of the famous Jajangmyeon noodles I often see in K-dramas. Inside the restaurant, there were pictures of Korean celebrities who visited and there were screenshots when the place was featured on TV. Talk about bandwagon.

We were not able to finish our food because a single order was too big for us. Aside from the delicious food, the price here is very affordable. The total bill that we ate was only KRW 27,000.00 (2 pax already).

2. Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street. Located at Gwangbokdong 2, Jung-gu, Busan South Korea. It’s almost a 2-hr bus ride from the Headong Yonggung Temple.

This street is the heart of Busan or should I say, the “Myeongdong: of Busan. You can buy a lot of stuff like cosmetics, fashion dresses/outfits, bags, foods and many more.

3. Busan Tower – Located at 37-30 Yongdusan-gil, Gwangbokdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea. No Entrance Fee

It has 120meters high tower were you can experience the overlooking view of Busan City.

We did not try to go to the tower itself because it was dark already. The only thing we did was to take photos of the area, walked around for about 30minutes and went back to the subway station to go back to our hotel.

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