There’s a noticeably absent cosmopolitan feel in this port city known for raw fish and a harsh dialect that people in Seoul sometimes find incomprehensible. Underneath the drab urban landscape created by an unimaginative use of concrete, quirky people jump the queue, shout while conversing and giggle at the sight of international travellers. Rough around the edges indeed, but like any rogue there’s a charming side that begins to emerge once formal barriers have been dropped over dinner and drinks. Cultural mores prevent most people from initiating contact with foreigners. But if you take the first step, the level of kindness and generosity extended your way can be surprising.
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Korea - Busan & Gyeongsangnam-do (Chapter)
Busan’s easily accessible mountains and beaches, as well as its colourful seafood and drinking scene make it very easy to love, while Gyeongsangnam-do has a natural beauty, inspired by verdant mountains and coastal towns untouched by tourist...
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3-Day Tour from Seoul: Gyeongju and Busan
Get an in-depth look at Korean history, culture and religion on this 3-day tour of Gyeongju and Busan, traveling by comfortable private vehicle from Seoul with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto on the coast of the East Sea, and learn about the Silla dynasty’s 1,000-year rule in Gyeongju, site of the ancient city capital.