|The Busan International Film Festival village sign|
Seoul Station WaitingEarly in the morning, before any cars were on the road, we caught a cab to Seoul Station. We had tickets for the first KTX train and figured we should get there early. Well, it is not nearly as difficult to catch a train as it is a plane. In fact, there was no security at all. You walk down to the train and just wait there. A sign says to make sure you have a ticket before you go to the loading area. "We trust you." Interesting use of guilt to stop criminals. A pigeon hung out with us while we waited.
|Inside Seoul Station from the second floor|
|Jackie waiting for the KTX|
|A pigeon cold chillin' inside Seoul Station|
Riding the KTX and Arriving in BusanThe train is comfortable. We had seats to ourselves just like on an airplane. Some of the other seats faced each other. Four people would sit around a table on those. While we wanted to sleep, the train never turned the lights off or dimmed them. It made it difficult, though not impossible, to sleep. Another negative was the wifi. There is a limit on how much data you can use, and we found it to be too easy to use all of. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant ride in the mostly darkened morning.
Busan is the last stop for the KTX. We picked up a tourist map at the Busan Station and looked for the area around our hostel and the film festival area. Luckily, it was all rather close to one another
It was nice and cloudy as we walked outside. The train station opens up to a beautiful view of the city. A fountain in the plaza creates a nice atmosphere for the first time you arrive in Busan. It is very welcoming.
|Jackie taking photos of Busan from the steps of the Busan Station|
|Good morning, Busan!|
|People watching the fountain at Busan Station|
|The fountain at Busan Station|
Mr. Egg HostelA short walk from our subway stop was our hostel, Mr. Egg Hostel. What a great name! The place is cute and homey. It is a bit hidden in an alley, but once you find it, you are near shopping, eclectic food, bars and the beach. It is all within walking distance. So far had we lucked out all over the place.
|The alley where you can enter Mr. Egg Hostel in Busan|
|The fun walls at Mr. Egg Hostel|
|The map of where the previous guests at Mr. Egg Hostel were from|
|The view once you walked into the room.|
Gecko's in BusanThen we needed some food. A ten minute walk later we were at the beach and had numerous styles of food to choose from. We decided to eat at Gecko's. In Jeju Island, we had gone to Gecko's and really enjoyed it. The place opened right when we arrived and before long we were eating decent, though disappointing compared to the Jeju location's, burgers.
|Gecko's bacon cheeseburger|
|An awesome cat hung out while we ate.|
|There are many stray cats all over Korea.|
|The morning at Haeundae Beach|
|There were not many people at Haeundae Beach to start with.|
|Mostly people feeding birds.|
Busan Museum of ArtWhile we were disappointed to not be able to see any movies, however, Busan has so many other things to do. Jackie and I love going to art museums, we have been to art museums in El Paso, Portland, Seoul and Jeju Island, so we decided to go visit the one in Busan too. A short subway ride later, we arrived at the Busan Museum of Art.
|Walking in to the Busan Museum of Art|
|The park outside the Busan Museum of Art|
|Looking up after entering the museum|
|This film of statues played in this darkened room. I loved it.|
An Evening at Haeundae BeachAfter the museum, we headed to the beach once again to hang out. The BIFF village was right there and many people were walking about. With no plans and no movies to see, we could have chosen to do anything. The aquarium is right on the beach. However, I looked up reviews on my phone and the consensus seemed to be that it is average at best. It also costs a lot, so we decided against it. Instead, we hung out at the beach until heading to a bar to eat dinner (a great dinner actually).
|Haeundae Beach at dusk|
|People watching at the beach.|
|The BIFF village at Haeundae Beach|
|The Pacific Ocean to the south of us, looking at Haeundae Beach at night.|
[You can find Part Two right over HERE. We get to see a couple movies even!]