South Korea Cuisine and Culture

Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest in South Korea and is a must see. Stall after stall line the inside of the market selling an amazing variety of seafood. Many of the offerings are familiar to the average westerner, but some will certainly amaze.

Korean cuisine is largely based on rice noodles, tofu, vegetables, fish and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes, banchan (반찬), which accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Kimchi (김치), a fermented, usually spicy vegetable dish is commonly served at every meal and is one of the best known Korean dishes.

 Jagalichi Fish Market - Busan, South Korea

Jagalichi Fish Market - Busan, South Korea

Gwangan bridge is the second longest suspension bridge in Busan and is considered one of the most notable landmarks.  It took eight years to build and and approximately 1 billion costs.

You can reach Gwangan bridge by bus (line 38, 140, 155, 240 or 302) or by taking subway line 2, at Geumnyeonsan stop or Gwangan Station.

Consider taking a taxi for crossing the bridge, taxi travel is not very expensive. Unfortunately, it is not possible to cross it by foot.

 Gwangan Bridge - Busan, South Korea

Gwangan Bridge - Busan, South Korea

Samkwangsa Temple (Samgwang Buddhist temple), meaning "Three rays of light from Buddha", originally known as the Gwangmyoung Temple, was built in 1969 and expanded in 1982. The temple has the capacity to accommodate 10,000 worshipers at once.

The nine-storied pagoda, Daebotap, has 53 Buddhas carved on the eight sides of the pagoda.

Samgwangsa is one of the most significant Buddhist temples in Busan and belongs to the Cheontae Order of Korean Buddhism.

How to get there: Take bus No. 5 (or 81 according to google) across from Seomyeon subway station exit 11. Approximately 20 minutes.

 

Celebrating Buddha's Birthday at Samkwang Temple

 Samkwangsa Temple - Busan, South Korea

Samkwangsa Temple - Busan, South Korea

 Samkwangsa Temple - Busan, South Korea

Samkwangsa Temple - Busan, South Korea