We had a few days off from work for the New Year, so Matt, a couple of co-workers, and I decided to head South to see Korea’s other large city, Busan.
When we arrived, we immediately walked along the beach. For a very late December afternoon, it was relatively warm and the sky was cloudless. It was a mesmerizing sight for us to see and feel– especially since Sejong had been so bitterly cold!
During our two night and three day stay, we experienced some both wonderful and tantalizing things. Wonderful to witness and enjoy, but tantalizing in that we’d have to only enjoy it for a short while until we returned to the frigid, dreary, and dull Sejong.
Our first day was an ideal day for me because it involved three things I thoroughly enjoy: friends, the beach, and cats. Oh, yeah. I finally witnessed my first cat cafe and, let me tell you, it was like something straight out of a dream!
After that, our New Year’s celebration was a rather calm one, involving our own cheap fireworks on the beach and some brews in a local bar during the countdown, which we, being so painfully American, initiated. The fifteen or so Korean patrons joined in with us after a moment of complete confusion and promptly clinked glasses with us.
Starting bright and early (painfully, might I add), my friends and I headed to a popular beach where thousands of people gathered to watch the sunrise. Matt unfortunately didn’t join us because he was too exhausted…and hungover, naturally! As the sun rose, music blasted through speakers while a plethora of colorful balloons and lanterns were lifted into the gradually-lightening morning sky to ring in the Year of the Monkey.
Needless to say, after that, we rushed back to our hostel and collapsed back into bed!
When we finally rose in the afternoon, we instantaneously went for some much-needed brunch, then later to a seaside temple. Unfortunately, our bus was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, so we ended up getting there at night.
I apologize for the blurry and dark images
The following day, we went to my favorite sight during our vacation: Gamcheon Culture Village. This village is absolutely spectacular. Cascading along the mountainside, the village is a rainbow sea of houses of various sizes and shapes. Among the houses are numerous hidden alleyways and alternatively open streets, both of which hold gems of cafes, shops, and eateries. We walked along the street with hundreds of other people, stopping to take in the views and snapping pictures along the way.
We decided to stop at a small cafe with retro nic nacs and get some passionately-made and delectable alcohol. Surprise– not coffee! While enjoying some drinks on their deck, we enjoyed the view.
That night, we went to a bar and had some seriously delicious food and drinks from a bar called Sharkie’s. On our way back to our hostel, we walked along the beach. It was a wonderful way to end a great vacation.
The following day, we made the trek back to Sejong with heavy hearts.