Busan, South Korea, May 2017: Today I’m having one of those shall I, shan’t I dilemmas. For those of you that don’t know I have a pilots license, although somewhat out of date now, I feel drawn to visit the local aviation scene if such exists, just for curiosity sake. Here in Busan there is an airport but its right across the city at some distance away. I’ve read that the aviation scene there isn’t really that great. On the other hand its my final day here and I don’t have anything else to do with it! Yes lets head for the airport, maybe explore the neighbourhoods around it too.
Getting to the Airport is like getting to anywhere else in Busan – easy! Just 1 change at Sasang and the place is just across the river. Its quiet with a a burst of action a very now and again so not that exciting after all. On the other hand the scenery around here is. Planes are taking off towards Gimhae town and its mountains requiring them the climb and turn quickly, but a bit too far for a good photo unfortunately. Looking back at Busan from here and the skyline is, well, full of skyscrapers but against the back drop of hills making for some unique photos.
Looking back at Busan…the Sasang and Jurye Neighbourhoods.
A couple of hours here actually did produce an interesting item – a Korean Navy Maritime patrol aircraft, but now I’d better head off back to the city before arousing to much suspicion among the security guards. Just a 10 minute ride to the end of the line at Sasang where I can change for the line straight to Haeundae or walk a couple of stations along and explore the neighbourhood. Yes, lets explore the neighbourhood!
A 40 minute stomp towards the hills brings me to the neighbourhood of Jurye, according to Google Maps (Google Map Link). There’s a distinct European continental feel to the place, a residential neighbourhood spilling up the hillsides, flowing between mountains like a glacier. Yes, quite a different feel to the Busan explored earlier. A few shops, a very small vegetable market and some restaurants surrounding the Jurye Metro station.
Here’s one shop every British reader will recognise and it’s the only one I’ve spotted in all of Korea. In Britain, this was the mainstay of corner shopping in the 1970’s, not so much nowadays.
The Spar Shop, a great British institution for those of us growing up in the 70’s…
Here’s a look around the Jurye neighbourhood…