Monthly Archives: August 2014

Misc: Inside Subway Station in Busan

During my stay in Busan, I mostly used the Metro/Subway system because it’s easy and it has stations near tourist attraction sites. The company website is very informative. They have information pages in English from how to buy the ticket, the routes and tour routes using the metro service. Humetro website. For information on Transportation Card (Bee Card), please read it at CIty of Busan’s website.

One thing that I noticed was how well prepared each station to face emergency situation. I know it’s a must but somehow the emergency facilities in Busan’s metro station were well situated and they were eye-catching. They were placed on the train platform level:20131110_120304 20131110_081739

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Beomeosa Temple – Hiking Trail

November 10th, 2013

From the main hall, there’s a path to the left side of the complex that leads to the woods. There’s a hiking trail through the woods. I didn’t have to go very far into the woods to find peace and tranquility.

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Beomeosa Temple – Inner Courtyard

November 10th, 2013

After the second gate, on higher ground, several steps above, there was the third gate, called Burimun Gate. The view from the gate to the ground below and the colorful trees on the mountain was awesome.IMG_8084 Continue reading Beomeosa Temple – Inner Courtyard

Beomeosa Temple – The Front Yard

November 10th, 2013

Since I had taken so many pictures at Beomeosa Temple, I will share them in separate posts. Please enjoy them leisurely. ^_^.

In this post, you’ll see the temple’s front yard.

From the bus stop, there were several steps to ascend and after that there’s the small creek with the temple name plate and a flat screen TV showing information of the area and a wooden information board with the map of the temple.

Beyond that point, there was a road that lead to the first gate. There were trees and big posts from rocks on each side of the road.IMG_8055 IMG_8056 IMG_8058 IMG_8059

I saw there were several trees being taken care of using bottles with IV lines. It’s interesting to see how the people here took care their national treasures seriously that even the trees were not neglected.IMG_8057 IMG_8060 IMG_8061 IMG_8062 IMG_8064

When I almost reach the first gate, there’s a parking lot on the right side and there was a pagoda, colorful trees and a recently built hall.IMG_8063  IMG_8068 IMG_8066 IMG_8069IMG_8070IMG_8071IMG_8077IMG_8076This is the first gate, ljumun, or according to the temple map, it’s called Jogyemun Gate.IMG_8067IMG_8196IMG_8195A short walk after that, there’s the second gate, Cheonwangmun Gate.IMG_8072 IMG_8073 IMG_8074 IMG_8075Inside the gate, on each side, there were two giant statue. It’s interesting to see coins on the statues’ feet. Hemm….did people toss coins there? For offerings? IMG_8082 IMG_8083 IMG_8081IMG_8078 IMG_8079

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Morning at Beomeosa Temple

November 10th, 2013

This Sunday morning, I woke up at 7 AM. Around 6 AM I was awoken by someone’s phone ringing. Twice. T_T. It was the Chinese girl’s phone. I guessed she would checked out because she brought all of her things outside the room. I tried to go back to sleep after that, but I couldn’t sleep longer because I had strange dreams. T_T.

I left the hostel at 8 AM. It was a quiet morning. the road was still wet from the rain the night before. I hoped it wouldn’t rain again but I wore my thick jacket…just in case…20131110_080923 20131110_080949I took the metro (subway) to Sassang direction because I had to change to lane 1 at Seomyeon station. My calves were sore that morning because there were sooooo many stairs to get to and from the metro station.20131110_081417 Inside the train, I was amazed, there’s a woman putting on mascara. Trust me, it wasn’t easy to do it while sitting or standing still but she’s clearly an expert to be able to do it while sitting inside a moving train. It’clear that she’s done that many times. kekeke.

The train was rather empty but I saw several people…older people…in their hiking gears. Perhaps, they were going to Beomeosa temple too.

At Seomyeon station, I followed the sign to change to direction to Nopo. It’s the last station of the subway lane that run through Beomeosa area.

It was around 8.35 AM when I arrived at Seomyeon. There’s a LCD monitor showing the progress of the train. Nice touch, especially for people who don’t like waiting for too long. They would be able to know when the train would arrive at the station.

There were more people inside the train to Nopo than inside the train to Seomyeon. I sat beside two men who were conversing in Indonesian with Javanese dialect. There’s a boy sitting across from me and he wore a pair of glasses but only the frame. The glasses didn’t have any glasses…kekeke. I saw another young male doing the same on the train from the Busan airport. It’s a fashion trend created by Korean celebrity.

Arrived at Beomeosa station. I followed the crowd of people wearing hiking gears to exit 5 and 7. From exit 5, on the street level, go to the left, into a small alley. It’s a bit of a hike to the bus station.20131110_091231 20131110_091438 At the bus station, I took bus no 90. The bus fare was only KRW 200 using Bee card, the normal fare was KRW 1000.

It’s 9.15 AM and I was on the bus to Beomeosa. The sky was clear. The sun was shinning brightly. Kamsahamnida cunim. Thank you Lord.

The bus ride was not long. We went up to a hill and the closer we were to the temple, the more colorful trees were seen. I was happy because even though I didn’t go to Jirisan as planned, I got another beautiful autumn scenery here.

This is the bus stop at Beomeosa temple:20131110_092400 20131110_092640 20131110_092649 From this bus stop, there were steps to go uphill. But before climbing up those steps, I took pictures of these interesting colorful plants. They looked like cabbages though:IMG_8046 IMG_8047 IMG_8045 IMG_804820131110_092658IMG_8049

The short walk from the bus stop to the temple gate was so peaceful. There were big trees, little stream. It felt like walking in a fairy land.IMG_8050IMG_8051IMG_8052IMG_805320131110_093209IMG_8054