This is the home (we find this claim is made by a few different places) of the women divers who used to collect pearls, now abalone, octopus, sea urchins etc.
Thinking they are a thing of the past, as we learn that most are now in their seventies and older (what sweet young thing these days wants to take on such an arduous career) we are excited to see from the elevated walkway half a dozen of them, wetsuit-clad, towing floats and net bags, collecting abalone and octopus.
Beaches and hot-springs resorts may not be your first image of South Korea, but locals flock to Busan for just those things.
We visit Gamcheon… they call it Santorini of the east… tiny houses, close together, steep slopes, narrow streets.
We see some girls in traditional dress.
Carved parrots on rooftops, electric and other vehicles expertly driven in cramped and steep streets. Packed with people. How bigger vehicles manage it I don’t know.
Then to Songdo Beach, deserted in this cold air, but see pics of it with more people than grains of sand.
Gujke Markets cover several city blocks. Crowded, full of colour and sound, where you could buy anything. We resist it all, especially food vendors’ stalls. Doubtless tasty gear, but hard to get excited enough to sample it.
We leave Busan, and venture out once more into the Sea of Japan for the night cruise back to that country.
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