In an effort to ease our budget, we decided to do some research into the bus services – something that tourists typically steer clear of due to its complexity and user-unfriendliness. Best Western happened to have a bus stop just footsteps away, along the main road, so we decided to make use of it.
What we didn’t know though, was the service that we decided to take was a premium service, and it ended up costing more than a train ride would have. Despite that, it was an eye-opening experience, and there was a certain charm to sitting on a public bus in a foreign country.
After about 30 minutes, we were dropped off at Gwangan station and made our way towards the sea. It was quite a distance, but there was no shorter alternative. We passed by rows and rows of shops selling dogs, food, cosmetics – something very rare in Singapore – and condominiums. Eventually, the sea and subsequently the bridge came into view, and all that separated us from it was a traffic light.
To be honest, the Gwangandaegyo wasn’t even in our plans in the early planning stages. It was only when I made a casual search on TripAdvisor that I took notice – it was ranked #1 in the list of things to do in Busan. In our list it went, and we read up more about it over time – looking at photos, reviews and whatnot. Its magnificence shone through the pictures and words.
However, it was even more magnificent seen with our own eyes. It spanned the entire length of Gwangan beach and was so brilliant that it illuminated the dark night sky. It changed colours every few minutes and from time to time visuals danced across it. We were awed. I now understood its #1 ranking on TripAdvisor, and was so glad that we made the trip down to Gwangan beach. We stood there, snapping away, pausing only to glance at it.
Around the length of Gwangan beach were beachside cafes, restaurants and hotels, and I felt it’d be a nice alternative to have dinner at one of them with the bridge in full view. We strolled along a portion of the beach, enjoying the gentle sea breeze blowing to land.
After an hour or so, we left the beach in search of dinner! We couldn’t decide and ended up heading back to Haeundae, where we finally stopped by Mom’s Touch, a fast food joint which originated in South Korea and specialised in Cajun-style chicken.
We ordered takeaway and consumed our dinner in the comfort of our hotel room, because 1. we paid for it and 2. it was just such a nice room! The chicken we got was decent, and we paired it with the provided pepsi, just like how Koreans pair their chicken with beer (ours was the non-alcoholic version)!
Of course, we also watched TV, and that was when we happened to catch the very first episode of Let’s Fight Ghost, a drama gaining much popularity now!
Boo vying for attention from the professor!
And that was the end of our only night in Busan! Thank goodness it was such an excellent one!