A few months back, I was on Facetime with my friend Blyss. She told me she was itching to travel. So she asked me when I’d be able to have a visitor and within the week had booked a flight to Korea. After months of waiting, she finally arrived at the end of January. On a cloudy Thursday morning she landed in Busan at 11:30 and we were off on our adventure. Leading up to her visit, I spent a lot of time planning our time together in Korea. All the planning paid off because over the course of six days, we visited four different cities!
Since Blyss flew into Busan, that was obviously our first stop. We spent just two days in Busan seeing different sites. Many of the places we went in Busan were places I hadn’t been yet, which was exciting for me.
The first thing we did was get lunch at Dajeon Cafe, a restaurant that serves veganized versions of Korean food. We had quite the feast, and the leftovers were used for breakfast the next morning.
After lunch, we checked into our hostel, One Way Guesthouse. If you’re in Busan, I recommend staying here, it was great. Then, we made our way to the Gamcheon Culture Village. Since it was the day before the Lunar New Year weekend began, many of the places in the village closed up early. Despite nearly everything being closed, we had a great time exploring the streets and enjoying the murals painted throughout the village. From the village, we walked back toward our hostel, stopping at an outdoor market along the way. We snacked on some vegetable kimbap and hotteok.
The following morning we headed out early to the Oryukdo Skywalk. I think we were both incredibly excited to visit this oceanside treasure. At the skywalk, there were some hiking trails and we spent some time hiking and taking in the breathtaking view. From there, we did the Skywalk and Blyss touched the Pacific Ocean for the first time!
We spent the rest of the day by the beach in Haeundae, at Spaland, and then at the beach again. The next morning, we would take the subway to the bus station, then take a bus to Gyeongju to slow down a bit and experience a more historical city in Korea.
I went to Gyeongju last January and had a lovely time. Originally, Gyeongju wasn’t on my list of places to go. Instead, I was planning on spending a day in Tongyeong, but the weather was against me, and I made some last minute changes to the schedule. Rather than going back to Jinju on Saturday, I found a lovely little guesthouse in Gyeongju called Guesthouse Santa and we spent one night there.
When we arrived in Gyeongju, we checked into our hostel before heading to the historical sites, like the tombs, Cheomseongdae, and the Confucian School and Village. After an afternoon walking around, we discovered the joy that is Isaac Toast and shopped around downtown before relaxing at the hostel for a bit. The game plan was to head back out in the evening to eat dinner at Son, a beautiful cafe we found and go to the Donggung Palace and Wolji Pond.
The final city we visited on Blyss’s trip was Jeonju. I’ve wanted to go to Jeonju for a while, and I thought her visit would be a good opportunity. We headed to Jeonju around 10:30 in the morning, which got us there abour two hours later. From the bus station, we took the city bus toward the Hanok Village, stopping at a Chinese restaurant serving vegetarian options.
After lunch, we went to the Hanok Village and rented Hanbok. Despite being in Korea over a year, this was the first time I wore a Hanbok. Then, we walked around the village, had coffee from a cute cafe, and took pictures. Wearing the Hanbok was fun, but even better was people watching. So many people were dressed up, but by far the best was a group of young men wearing the women’s clothing, hats and all. They were really rocking the look.
After returning our Hanbok, we walked back to the bus station, stopping at Artbox along the way. Before this trip, I hadn’t realized that some places have MASSIVE Artbox stores. I loved walking through the two story Artbox stores, looking at the wide array of goodies they sell.
The remaining days of Blyss’s trip were spent in Jinju. We ate ramen, went to the fortress, and watched a lot of Vine compilation videos on Youtube. We even went bowling, and I realized just how bad I am at bowling. On her final day here, we walked to the bus station and she was off on the 11:20 bus to the airport. I’m incredibly lucky to have friends who are willing to spend countless hours in airports and on airplanes just to visit me.