Monday, July 9, 2018

Busan Museum of Art

Having no plan for the last day in Busan, I closed my eyes, and randomly pointed on my map. I wish I was that spontaneous! I am not. But, honestly, I didn't have any plan, and I just looked at my map to check if there was anything of interest near where I was at the moment. And it led me to Busan Museum of Art, just 1.5 kilometers away by foot from Jwasuyeong-ro or two stations away by subway from Millak Station.


Even before I reached the entrance of the museum, I was already greeted by large pieces of art: sculptures by local and foreign artists.



Inside the Busan Museum of Art were two floors of exhibit halls, not including the children's gallery in the basement. All the exhibits at that time were admission-free.

Admiring the work of Cho BuGyeong, an artist based in Busan

"Sea2016 Standing Sea1" by Chun MiKyung, another artist from Busan

"Blue Moss" by Cho EunPil

There was a gallery of artworks by Japanese artists who came to Korea during the Japanese occupation (1910-1945). There was also an exhibit called "Busan as the Wartime Capital" with artworks by Busan artists created in the years after the liberation of Korea (1945). And a gallery of black and white photographs of Busan taken from the 1950s to 1980s (the exhibit is entitled "The Warmth of a Moment") by three local photographers: Jung InSung, Choi MinSik, and Kim BokMan.





A short film

On the left is "Walking in Shoreditch" by Julian Opie, a British artist

The Warmth of a Moment Exhibit


In the Children's Gallery in the basement were whimsical paintings and an installation called "Welcome Home", which was an all white room with colorful art projected on the walls, chair, cabinet, shelf, sofa, TV, etc.


"Welcome Home"


Busan Museum of Art had plenty of paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculptures, and short films of landscapes, people, still life, and abstract. It kept me occupied for two hours! By the time I went out there was no more time to explore other places. I had to go back to the guesthouse to retrieve my bag and head on to the airport.

Busan Museum of Art
부산시립미술관
58 APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
Tuesday to Sunday 10AM to 6PM (Closes at 9PM on Saturday)
Admission is free for the Permanent Exhibition and Children's Gallery. Special Exhibition may require a fee.

Directions to Busan Museum of Art: Take subway line 2 to BEXCO/Busan Museum of Art Station, exit 5.


South Korea Spring 2018
Jeju Accommodation: Sum Guesthouse Jeju Airport
Traveling Around Jeju by Bus
Checking out Cafes in Jeju
Jeju: Location, Location, Location (for a Photoshoot)
Jeju Eats
History and Nature in East Jeju
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jeju
Hiking Hallasan via Yeongsil and Eorimok Trails
Daegu International Airport to Gyeongju
Gyeongju Accommodation: Chacharang Guesthouse
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas
Walking Around Gyeongju
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Yangdong Historic Village
Joining the Cherry Blossom Loving Crowds in Jinhae
Cherry Blossom Binge Continues in Busan
Busan Museum of Art (you're here!)
(more soon)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Cherry Blossom Binge Continues in Busan

Fresh off the bus from Jinhae, I continue my cherry blossom binge in Busan.

Samnak Ecological Park

Just 800 meters from Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal is Samnak Ecological Park, where earlier on the bus I had seen a long pathway lined with cherry blossom trees. At Samnak Ecological Park families, friends, and couples are enjoying walking under the cherry blossoms or having a picnic on the grassy areas.

Directions to Samnak Ecological Park: Take subway line 2 to Sasang Station, exit 3, and walk 800 meters west to Samnak Ecological Park. Or at Sasang Station, transfer to Busan Gimhae Light Rail and get off at Gwaebeop Renecite Station.






Oncheoncheon Park

It was still early afternoon and I had time for one more stop: Oncheoncheon Park. From Dongnae Station, through a dark underpass, and out into the sunlight with artsy walls leading to Oncheoncheon Park. Oncheon Stream runs through the middle and throughout the length of the park (about 3 kilometers). There are stepping stones crossing the stream in some sections. Running parallel on both sides of the stream are cherry blossom trees. The park is filled with color not only from the cherry blossoms but also from the patches of different types of flowers—canola flowers, pansies, daffodils, roses, etc. There are picnickers on the grassy areas, runners on the path, and cyclists on the bicycle lane. Busanites gather on the bleachers when there's a performance to watch.

Directions to Oncheoncheon Park: Take subway line 1 or line 4 to Dongnae Station, exit 2. Or take subway line 1 to Busan National University of Education, exit 6.

Go through a dark underpass to get to Oncheoncheon Park

Art on the wall


Go on a picnic

Smell the flowers


Roses and cherry blossoms

Daffodils and pansies


Couples going for a stroll



Busanites watching a performance


Jwasuyeong-ro

As if yesterday's cherry blossom stops in Jinhae and Busan were not enough, I began my last day in South Korea with another visit to a cherry blossom lined area in Busan: Jwasuyeong-ro. Jwasuyeong-ro is a road parallel to a river (Oncheon Stream actually spills into this river) and right across Centum City. It is significantly less crowded than the parks I had visited yesterday. There are many condominiums in the area and it seems the people out and about in Jwasuyeong-ro were locals living nearby, just getting some exercise or walking their pets or relaxing by the river with their family or pursuing a hobby—like the elderly Busanite who was painting. When he saw me watching him, he offered to sketch me! I obliged and, because I wasn't sure what to do, I just stood as still as I could so he could properly draw my face. Haha! He gave me his sketch—the best souvenir I got this trip! Thank you Mister Busan Artist!

Directions to Jwasuyeong-ro: Take subway line 2 to Millak Station, exit 2.

Walking path by the water



Cycling lane


Walking her dogs...or are the dogs walking her?


Walking/Jogging path




Centum City across the river

Mr. Busan Artist


A family chilling by the river





South Korea Spring 2018
Jeju Accommodation: Sum Guesthouse Jeju Airport
Traveling Around Jeju by Bus
Checking out Cafes in Jeju
Jeju: Location, Location, Location (for a Photoshoot)
Jeju Eats
History and Nature in East Jeju
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jeju
Hiking Hallasan via Yeongsil and Eorimok Trails
Daegu International Airport to Gyeongju
Gyeongju Accommodation: Chacharang Guesthouse
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas
Walking Around Gyeongju
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Yangdong Historic Village
Joining the Cherry Blossom Loving Crowds in Jinhae
Cherry Blossom Binge Continues in Busan (you're here!)
Busan Museum of Art
(more soon)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Joining the Cherry Blossom Loving Crowds in Jinhae

I don't know if I considered myself lucky or unlucky. Lucky that the cherry blossoms were already blooming when I was in South Korea? Or unlucky that the only day I could squeeze in a visit to Jinhae was a Saturday which turned out to be the day before the first day of the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival? There was a ton of people and it was definitely an "expectation versus reality" experience!

Yeojwacheon Stream

It was a beautiful burst of flowers running about 1.5 kilometers alongside Yeojwacheon Stream. Some sections of the stream below were decorated with swans, deer, arches with hearts; and above were fairy lights, stars, and colorful umbrellas. On the road running parallel to the stream food stalls were set up, and there were people selling cherry blossom related and pink stuff. There was even a guy dressed up as Spiderman selling cherry blossom crowns. (Many of the female visitors were wearing these crowns!) It was quite crowded at the southern end (near Jinhae Station) of the stream. The blooms became thinner towards the northern end, and so did the crowds.





 


Would you buy a cherry blossom crown from Spiderman?



Gyeonghwa Station

The attraction at Gyeonghwa Station was the cherry-blossom-canopied train. If it was crowded at Yeojwacheon Stream, it was a whole other level at Gyeonghwa Station!!! The queue to have a photo in front of the train was so long and the crowd around the front of the train so thick, it would have been a nightmare for enochlophobic people!

So many people!





Directions to Jinhae from Busan: Take the subway to Sasang Station. From Sasang Station, walk to Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal. And from the bus terminal, take a bus to Jinhae (5100 won, 1 hour). There are buses to Jinhae every 15-20 minutes from 6AM to 9PM.

Directions from Yeojwacheon Stream to Gyeonghwa Station: Take bus 317 to Gyeonghwa Station bus stop (1300 won cash / 1250 won transportation card).

Directions from Gyeonghwa Station to Jinhae Bus Terminal: Take bus 307 to 남원로타리 Namwon Rotary bus stop and walk to Jinhae Bus Terminal (1300 won cash / 1250 won transportation card).



South Korea Spring 2018
Jeju Accommodation: Sum Guesthouse Jeju Airport
Traveling Around Jeju by Bus
Checking out Cafes in Jeju
Jeju: Location, Location, Location (for a Photoshoot)
Jeju Eats
History and Nature in East Jeju
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jeju
Hiking Hallasan via Yeongsil and Eorimok Trails
Daegu International Airport to Gyeongju
Gyeongju Accommodation: Chacharang Guesthouse
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas
Walking Around Gyeongju
UNESCO World Heritage: Gyeongju Yangdong Historic Village
Joining the Cherry Blossom Loving Crowds in Jinhae (you're here!)
Cherry Blossom Binge Continues in Busan
Busan Museum of Art
(more soon)