Korea Trip 2018: Day 4 – from Busan to Ulsan to Gyeongju

Well, I’m really behind in terms of posting stuff from my travels. And given that months have passed, I may have gotten the days mixed up…. or not. (Well, I’ve been posting things out of order, or not in chronological order, so to speak…)

This is supposed to be Day 4 from my Korea Trip from Sept. 2018 – and as I’m posting this, it’s already April 2019, or seven months after the fact!! (Yes, it’s been that busy…).

While it was Day 4 of my trip, it was only the second day of the “Eastern Korea” tour with the tour company. I had arrived on a Sunday afternoon – on a really hot day – and the tour with this company began on Tuesday.

The Wednesday (second day) part of the four-day tour began with breakfast in Busan. Then, the tour bus took us (me and the other travellers) to Ulsan, where we passed through what is the world’s largest single automobile plant.


We then visited Daewangam Park, which was littered with rocks carved into interesting shapes by the wind and ocean.


20180911_180724.jpgNext, we explored Bulguksa Temple, the representative relic designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in Gyeongju. We explored Gyeongju National Museum and Daereungwon Tomb Complex.

On a jam-packed day of activities, we were taken to this costume place where we chose our preferred Hanbok (Korean National Costume) and had photos taken wearing Hanbok.


By that point, I was physically exhausted. Next on the itinerary was the Chomseongdae Observatory, which I chose to skip and just hang out with an Australian couple, an elderly female traveller, and the mom of the Cambodia/Florida family at a nearby coffee shop. This was the first of only two things I would skip during this four-day tour.

Then, the Gyeongju Hilton Hotel was the last stop of the night for check-in. Now, lunch and dinner were served en route at local restaurants. After hotel check-in, the rest of the evening was our free time.

I took photos on my iPad, iPhone, and Android device, so all of the photos are scattered all over. These next photos are the ones from my iPad, which were taken the following morning during breakfast at the Hilton… at 6:52 am.



Korea Trip 2018: Day 2 (Cont’d)

Monday morning, September 10, 2018 – Day 2 of Korea Trip 2018: Sights from around my hotel area… I was staying at the Center Mark Hotel in Seoul…

After breakfast, I took a walk outside the hotel – this was 8:30 a.m. and there were many people commuting to work (or school). It was WARM…. holy cow…




The walk had come after my breakfast at the hotel:


20180909_143641[1].jpgView from one of the top floors in the hotel – looking out the window…

IMG_7886Then, to a temple near the hotel… Man, tons of people were here – it was now after 10 a.m. … I guess these folks don’t have to work!

20180909_1753461.jpg20180909_175631[1].jpg20180909_18083120180909_18041120180909_175346-e1536929308805.jpg20180909_18100020180909_17594320180909_17570820180909_180724Food time… first, Subway for lunch….

Then, in the late afternoon, street food…



(More to come later…)

Center Mark Hotel Breakfast (Incheon)

This is Day 2 of my Korea Trip 2018.

Okay, so I’ll skip the ride from the airport to the hotel and just jump right into the breakfast the following morning. But I did recap a bit about the bus ride here. (Yes, that’s a different site that I write on, and I didn’t want to repeat too much of the same information here.)

Anyway, for part of my stay in Korea, I was at the Center Mark Hotel, and its breakfast room (as can be seen in the photo below) is called The Kitchen Restaurant.


I was given vouchers for breakfast when I checked in the night before (there is a fee for breakfast, but the price in my reservation for the hotel already included breakfast), so in the morning all I had to do was show up with one of those vouchers and then grab whatever I wanted in this buffet breakfast.

For my first round, I went with the salad stuff, plus egg, fries, and sausages. In the second round, I went with the traditional Korean dishes – specifically pork bulgogi and the traditional Korean side dishes that are served in Korean restaurants.