Stormy Busan: I Am In Love
Busan is meant to be the warm and laid-back coastal city of Korea compared to the crowded and colder capital. As luck would have it, my friend's birthday trip to Busan was met with cold, rainy weather which ended up making our experience that much more magical.
The last day of the trip, we headed to a beach called Tae-jong-dae (태종대) in the middle of a torrential downpour. Sounds like a bad idea right? So did I.
We head to the hiking path (or rather, the very nice and clean paved road^^) early in the morning and had the cliffs almost completely to ourselves.
The wind and rain made the ocean look absolutely amazing and there were plenty of rest stops along the way to escape the weather.
The real magic happened half way along the trail, which loops around the peninsula. We were heading for one of the lighthouses marked on the map and saw a large piece of the cliff jutting out into the ocean just begging to be climbed on.
I'm from San Diego where the cliffs are known to buckle under too much weight, so I wasn't exactly thrilled to climb out there, but *spoiler alert* I did, I survived, and it was gorgeous.
True, we were almost blown half way to Japan by a few gusts of wind but besides that it was amazing!
Hidden on the path leading down to these cliffs was literally a hole-in-the-wall cafe. A bare menu of teas and coffees, this tiny place became the home of my favorite memory of Busan.
I doubt I will ever find a view from a cafe that beats this one I had on a stormy November morning.
So if you're traveling to Busan and see some nasty weather heading your way, don't fret! You might experience a magical moment like this one :)
To find Tae-jong-dae, check the map here or get on the 101 or the 88A bus from Busan station (come out exit 7 and walk straight until you see a bus stop) and get off at Tae-jong-dae!