Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

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Haedong Yonggungsa (해동용궁사) is unique among Busan’s Buddhist temples in that it lies not in the mountains, but on the seafront. It was founded in 1376, during the Goryeo Dynasty, and completely destroyed during the Japanese invasions. The current construction dates from the 1970s, but the temple has remained a major center of worship. In fact, I can’t imagine it being any more popular.

Teacher’s Day with an Athletic Twist


A Week in Photos #3

My bus ride was made so much better when I spotted this little boy “helping” take weight off her hands. He is so adorable!  I got a nice surprise in the package my mom was sending me. As I opened it I thought, “What the…????” and had to laugh. My poor mother knew I had been so [...]

Jinhae – Cherry Blossom Heaven


Edae 이대 ♥ Trendy Uni Shopping Area

Right in front of the famed Ewha Women’s University is an area called Edae 이대 which is a cluster of small shops weaving and twisting through many streets around the campus front gates. 

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Edae University was founded in 1866 by the American Missionary Mary Scranton,  today it is considered one of the top schools in Korea to attend along with Seoul University.  It is a very trendy area with a range of tastes and styles, and since its right next to the popular Hongdae and Shinchon university stations (the trend trinity!) it is a given that this area is usually packed with younger people shopping and having a good time on the weekend.

5 Fountains in Busan


The fountain at Lotte Dept. Store, Nampo

So, it’s a bit chilly now, but I’m sure everyone is dreaming of the spring to come. And to inspire more thoughts that there will always be a spring, here are my picks for fun fountains in Busan, both indoor and outside.

1) The Sunset Fountain of Dream

Lotte Dept Store Fountain, Nampo, Busan, Korea

Dadaepo Beach Hours of Operation Below

Haein Temple 해인사


House of Sharing 나눔의 집


This past Sunday I had the humbling and amazing opportunity to visit the House of Sharing in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do province, about 45 minutes from Seoul. The House of Sharing is both a museum and home to former “Comfort Women” – survivors of sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific War (1932-1945). It is the world’s first human rights museum centered on the theme of sexual slavery. 

Eight of these women live in the house today. They are called the halmonis (할머니), or grandmothers. During World War Two, they were what many called wee-an-bu (위안부) or “comfort women”,  200,000 of the girls and young women from all across Asia who were taken by the Japanese to work as sex slaves.

The term “comfort women” is obviously a euphemism used by the perpetrators in order to lessen the horrific reality of the situation.  The official name for these women is  ”Women drafted for military sexual slavery by Japan” or Cheong Sin Dae 정신대.

A bronze statue that represents what these women would have wanted from their life at the time – she wears a traditional marriage crown, on her right is a suitor and on her left is a family. The waves symbolize prosperity in childbirth.

Seollal in Busan


The Museum with No Walls – Gyeongju


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