Monday, May 12, 2008

Busan and Back (Part 2 of 2: The Photographs)

BUSAN: The Photographs

After taking the overnight bus down to Busan from Seoul (~$30), Steve and I met up with some of his friends. Our first stop was Beomeosa, the largest Buddhist Temple in Busan - about 1500 years old.

Beautiful lanterns lined the pathway into the temple. This would have looked amazing at night.

The Main Gate and I

The lines and colours in the paint still show through after hundreds of years of exposure.

One of the Main Temple buildings had this huge drum inside and two fantastic dragons outside.

Close-up on Dragon 1: looking very serpent-like.

Close-up on Dragon 2: looking less serpent-like and more European dragon-like.

Tall, tall, tall bamboo

An amazing tree (that I don't know the name of). The picture is the right-way up!

The best shot I could bet of this cool earwig-like insect. It was about 3.5 cm long!

Overlooking a portion of the temple complex

The use of bamboo

As spring arrives, flowers bloom

The Waterfront
...Where development meets nature.

Steve and our two friends.
The domed space-age building where Korea hosted the leaders of countries bordering the Pacific Ocean for the 2005 APEC conference.

A friendly robot who greeted us in the lobby of the APEC conference center.

Ajashi (older Korean gentlemen) playing Baduk (or 'Go' in English)

Chillin' on the Beach
To the beach! Haeundae Beach - why Busan is so popular!


Steve juggling beer and water bottles.

I love this shot because it looks like wings are erupting out of the little girl's head!
Seagull hat!

Eating a Traditional Korean Seafood Dinner

Korean food is always eaten with many side dishes!

Eating Bundagae (Silk Worm Larvae)...

For more of me eating weird seafood, including *gasp* live octopus, watch the short film - the Peter Bond Travels: Food Attacks in Busan!

Dig in!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs of the Temple, Peter! The colours and details are amazing - I particularly like the shot of the Temple with the bamboo in the background! ~K

Peter Bond said...

Hey, thanks K! I am very much loving photography!

cheayee said...

Hello... where did you catch the bus from Gyeongju to Busan?

My itinerary would be from Gyeongju to Busan, and then only to Hakata.
I guess an overnight trip on a bus during winter would be too cold, right??

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