I came to South Korea for the first time in spring last year. I was so busy with language classes and other courses that I took and spent 4 months but went nowhere except some places in Seoul. Because of fieldwork research reason a year after that, I had chance to visit other cities like Daegu, Cheonan, and Busan. Among those cities, Busan was the great experience since the day I left Seoul.
I booked a round trip ticket of free shuttle bus that runs for Busan every day except Monday. Saturday morning, everything was perfect until my dumb departure plan ruined the first part of the journey. The bus departed exactly at 8 o’clock, without me. I arrived at the meeting point about 08.05 (Korea time). Well, I couldn’t delay more hours anymore because I have to arrive Busan that day — no choice — I took the cheapest train for Busan and pulled out 27.700 won from my dear red wallet.
It was not a happy trip after all and I was alone. There were many people in the train who wanted to spent weekend at home so I could see people who didn’t get a seat stood near other passengers who got seat. Even it was not as crowded as Bogor-Kota city train in Jakarta, still going with a companion would be much better.
I spent 2 days in Busan and did many things; attended mix marriage couple wedding, went to Beomeosa Temple (Korean: 범어사), visited the largest department store in the world, Shinsegae dept.store (Korean: 신세계) and enjoyed some hours at the most famous beach in the country, Haeundae (Korean: 해운대).
The day I went to Haeundae beach was the day I went back to Seoul. Felt worry that I will miss the free shuttle bus once again, I came very early. If you were me, what would you do within 4 hours waiting? Anyway, it was not that bad. I came to have chance to eat Doenjang Jjigae (Korean: 된장찌개) and met an old woman with her husband sitting on a wheel chair, the nicest people of Busan I ever met. I enjoyed the 5 hours journey from Busan to Seoul in very convenient bus and got to know an American who asked me to send his message to my mother, saying: “you gave birth to a beautiful baby.”