Haeundae Beach @ Busan

The day after landing at Busan, I took a stroll around Haeundae to get a feel for the place. It's a culturally diverse, tourist friendly and extremely expensive area; reminding me of the general feeling you get walking around Santa Monica.

Sand sculpture on the beach

Haedong Yonggungsa & Dalmaji Hill @ Busan

Haedong Yonggungsa is a Buddhist temple which was originally constructed 700 years ago, and like most tourist attractions, was recently restored. The temple rests on the edge of the ocean north of Busan, nestled within mounds of coastal rock formations. The contrast between the ancient architecture and the natural beauty of the sea shore is clearly the selling point which brings tourists here.

Haedong Yonggungsa

Galmegi Pub & Tap and Tapas Gastropub @ Busan

With it's location on the third floor of a building a bit off of the Gwangalli strip, Galmegi Pub seems like a decent place to sneak off to if you don't want to be seen while your getting loaded. It was nice to try some of the local beer here, however lots of them had a very similar taste, and my favorite turned out to be an import from the US. The food menu was mainly pizza, which I've personally not enjoyed as a compliment to craft beer, so I decided to skip having a meal here and move on to the next place. This place didn't strike a chord with me, however to be fair this also isn't their main venue, their sister place Galmegi Brewery is located in the back streets of Gwangalli and may offer a different array of choices.

Galmegi Pub from the street

Taejongdae Lighthouse @ Busan

Getting to the Taejongdae Lighthouse from where I was staying in Haeundae Beach took about 2 hours, and consisted of a subway ride, a bus ride, and mini tourist train called the Danubi for the final leg of the journey. After hopping off the Danubi, there seemed to be infinite stair steps from the road to the Sinseon Rocks below the lighthouse. The rocks have a steep drop-off, going maybe 250 meters down, with no barrier or signs to prevent a naive tourist from stepping right over the edge.

What I learned later after a bit of research is that the lack of protection may very well be a gimmick, as the Korean word Sinseon translates to suicide. Apparently many locals come to this spot each year specifically to jump off of this cliff.

Taejongdae Lighthouse
Looking down toward Sinseon Rocks

Roundhouse Taproom @ Hong Kong

The bar I visited the most during my Hong Kong visit was Roundhouse Taproom. Located half way up the hillside from Central Station, the process of getting here justifies a beer in itself. The selection offered here is from all around Asia, giving you a true taste for how the regions craft beer is developing. I was slightly shocked to see that they had my favorite beer, Chai Masala Stout, from Great Leap Brewing on tap here. Great Leap is literally a 5 minute walk from my apartment in Beijing, and was the last thing I was expecting to see after a 1900 kilometer flight. 

Beer and some Tex Mex

Rua Central @ Macau

The cityscape of Macau combines the feelings of China, Portugal and Las Vegas all into one landscape. The historical Portuguese tourist attractions are roughly 500 years old, and there are about 25 of them dotted across the town. It's probably enough to warrant spending the night here in order to fit time for each attraction, however for this trip I was limited to a single day. 

Senado Square