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Jagalchi Fish Market Busan

Fish Market

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Jagalchi Sea Food Market.

This is the wonder of Busan in South Korea . Busan is the second largest city of South Korea after the capital Seoul. The Jagalchi sea food market is the jewel in the crown of this famous port city . Known for it’s cargo ship’s and port’s this the trading hub of Korea and connect’s it to the world .
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Jagalchi is a huge market and one can get all kind’s of fish and other delicacies here.From trout to salmon to star fish . Crab’s , shrimps , lobsters , trurtels and oysters .This market has variety like no other .The other amazing thing to see are the eels which float around in plastic tray’a and glass aquarium’s used to store them . Water is available in large quantities as fountain’s , pipes , tap’s and bubbles are used to keep the fish alive and fresh . The market is very clean and does not smell at all , like other fish market’s .
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I strolled around the market taking pictures and enjoyed haggling with the shop keepers . The array and quality of fish was exceptional .The storage and packaging was A class. Crab’s were over flowing and some even dropped on the ground and ran helper shelter causing a pandaemonium at times .It seemed the whole of Busan shopped here and everyones need’s were being catered too in this market . mY korean driver Wu was not very keen to enter the market and stayed back .” I am allergic to fish sir “ he said i will just walk outside , you enjoy the place . Not very far from the bUsan Beach this market was a real delight and one of the wonders of Korea . It is part of the CMM Travel’s top 50 places to see in South Korea and now after seeing it i realise why . Just the very space and canvass of the fish Market want’s you to dive into your bowl of prawn curry.
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Near by the market are restaurant’s that serve delightful recipes made out of the fish .I had worked up an appetite and was now ready to enjoy the fish . I had trout and baked salmon for lunch along with roster oysters with saki (Japanese liquor). I burped like hell but the food was light and my tummy was feeling just right . I had a multi coloured purple ice cream for dessert and then instructed Wu to march on , in our quest to discover this wonder-us country.

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Anesenyo Korea

south Korea

So my journey around Korea is coming to an end . I am booked for my trip to Hong Kong tomorrow where i will meet some old friends from my school Christ’s College and my dear friend Siddhart Moudgil . Seoul and south korea has been a fascinating experience . Meeting Hyun after 25 years and then my 10 day road trip around the country . I found the korean’s a cultured lot , with a great sense of aesthetic , technology and art . They are a bit shy though , as i experienced on the beaches of Bosan , even when one has to bathe in the sea , one must wear beachwear . I was surprised that my driver was so shocked when he saw me jumping into the sea with just my underwear on.

It is a country with a deep rooted buddhist belief’s and a culture of tolerance . Seoul remind’s me of New York and i took many a walks down town with Hyun to explore it’s infinite beauty . I have had my fill of beef stew with noodle's , kimchi , oysters and the local liquor . I found Nami island a revelation and bathed myself in spirituality of the Bulguk temple . The beauty of the Anapaji pond and flower garden where breathtaking . I went berserk with my camera taking one picture after another capturing the infinite flowers and lilies that i saw . Even dragged one of the korean girls with me into the flower pit to take pictures. The wifi system is so good in the country that i could upload these instantly on my Facebook page and update my friend about my travelthon . My driver whan was a bit unfriendly though , he barely spoke english , so the journey from one town to the other was a bit boring . I dozed off at times and at times enjoyed the rain and the scenery around me . The might Han river the shipyards and ports of Busan .

I like the seafood in Gyenongpo city , as i wandered around the lake chatting with the local korea’s telling them about my travelthon , sharing pictures and showing them my advertisement’s and bollywood movie scenes . Most people were fascinated that i was an indian movie actor and wanted to know more . I savoured the many flavoured ice cream’s that were being sold in the Gyeongju Yangdong village . The thatched roof hut’s which and huge farm land . Then there was the folk dance and flute play that was vibrant and energetic .

The Juknokwon Bamboo garden was a sight to behold , with tall lush green bamboo’s everywhere . Here i got a portrait made of mine from a korean artist . The drawing made me look more oriental then indian . I got it framed and will carry it to india .

The last and the most dramatic was the Media Facade show at the Seokjojeon Hall . This was dramatic show of laser , light , sound and special effects to celebrate the 70th anniversary of reestablished independence of korea. This went instantly on my Facebook page and was liked by all my friend’s .

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Blazing Around South Korea - A Road Trip

South Korea

Blazing Around South Korea - A Road Trip

So here i was in Seoul at last spent a few days with Hyun and did some sight seeing of the city . But i had to cover the country and see the country as a whole . I figured out that the best way to do it would be to take a road trip around the country . I went on googol and bang got a list of the top 50 places to visit in Korea as per the CNN Travel guide . I approached a local tabour operator and said i wanted to cover at least 20 of these places in the next ten days . Wallah by the evening an itinerary was prepared . I did some haggling and we fixed price of 4070000 won for the whole trip .It was to be a private tour with my own van and driver , motel charges were included . I had to pay for my food and entry tickets to all the places i was to visit . The tour would start at 9:00 am every morning and end at 4:00 pm .The motels were a bit cheap around 50 dollars a night but who was complaining i got the opportunity to cover a lot of Korean cities . Like Busan , Namwon , Bosung , Suncheon and Syreyange.

I strolled around Nami Island a utopian island full of wild flowers , Ostrich and a music hall which played popular korean songs and exhibited the best of korean popular music culture . I trekked up Juknokwon Bamboo garden and explored it’s wild beauty . Here i got myself a portrait made , the artist was of course korean and he made me look like a oriental rather then an indian . I framed the photo and kept it as a souvenir . I tasted the amazing korean ice cream green , pink and purple in colour all exotic flavours .

Then their was Naganeupseone Folk village , where i saw folk dances and flute play in the authentic korean style . For lunch i tried Kimchi the korean dish made from noodles soup and vegetables . Language is a bit of a barrier outside seoul but one can get by . I was sitting at a french caffe in Busan when i abruptly murmured the words konichiwa to the waitress . A young korean walked unto me and said in an heavy american accent “ Hey thats Japanese mate , i don't mean to be rude mate , but you should try the new google translate app , you can speak to it and it will translate into any language you want .” I was wiser now and will use this app for my further travels. I tried roast beef Korean style with wine at the garden of morning calm.

Korean’s are an interesting lot their culture is a mix of American Japanes and Chinese . The buddhist faith prevails and dominates this country and they are for ever in battle with North Korea . I went to the Haeundae Beach where i took off most of my clothes to jump into the sea . I was asked to wear beach wear if i wanted to swim , it is a special transparent t shirt with shorts , koreans are a bit shy taking of their clothes . But i could not care less and jumped in just with my underwear on.

The beauty of the Han River the wild mountains of the suburbs and the many bridges and highways of the country made me feel tizzy at times as our van moved from one city to another . A road trip indeed is the best way to get a good idea of a country and it’s culture and i will do this again during my travelthon to other nations.

The people and society is very cultured people bow their heads to say yellow , the month of August has been very hot though and many use umbrella’s and paper fan;s yo escape the heat . korea is also the most weird country internet and wi fi is available very where and the access is easy and fast . My road trip ends in three days but the Korean people have left a mark on me . I have enjoyed their hospitality and taken a peek into their way of living.

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Hopping around Seoul Getting my Khojo Yanked

Seoul

Basho my taxi driver arrived sharp at 8:00 am to take me to a tour of Seoul . He was a fine looking Korean man in his 50’’s . He had worked for some trading companies in England and the US and was also in the Korean army for a while , may be that was the reason why he spoke such good english . “ you know anuj we in south korea concentrated on development and technology , that is why we progressed so fast . In North Korea they were only busy building their army and buying more weapons and look where they are today .They don’t even have food to eat .” I nodded as if to affirm .” Basho but it is amazing how fast countries like Korea , Hong kong , Singapore and the other asian tigers progressed . I think it was the impact of the Hiroshima bombings and the second world war . The Asian tigers realised that they had to be self sufficient and grow on their own steam , otherwise they would not survive.” We strolled across Jogeysa Buddha temple and Gyeongbokgung Palace in the heart of seoul. The grand place which was built by the Joseon Dynasty is a huge maze of Bamboo and Wood room’s with curved roof’s . Pillars and court yards run on either side with huge free ground area in the middle. I saw the emperors thrown which was ornamented with a colourful canopy and a symbolic painting of the sun the moon and five mountains in the middle . This gave the throne a grand look.

The Jogeysa buddha temple reminded me of lot of the buddha temples i had seen in Nepal and Srilanka . Devotees listened to the monks preach and prayed . I lit and tied a white lantern to pay homage to the dead spirit of my father Arun Kumar. The white lantern is a symbol of peace and the monks pray for the departed soul . I realised Korean script is also written like the chinese script it is written from top to bottom . Unlike hindi our english which is written form left to right . Urdu or Pharisee which is written form right to left.

We then walked into Insadong street which is a street where a lot of art , calligraphy , curios and other items are sold .It is an art street , i ventured into some art galleries and finally when Basho and me had both worked up an appetite , we decided to dine in Caffe Little India . This was a small caffe decorated with ethic indian wears and served indian food . Lassi , achaar , butter chicken , roti ,pullao and other such delicacies . The music from Shah Rukh Khan’s Film Happy New Year was playing aloud “ Kehtein hein hum ko pyaar se India Wale.” Basho was delighted that i would be treating him to an Indian meal . After we were over with the meal , i asked Basho to take me to a book shop where i bought a few books on Korea and it’s cultural heritage.

It was 6:00 pm by then i had smoked my last cigarette and was getting a bit tired and irritated . Basho came up with the perfect remedy “ why don't we get you a massage sir .” I said” I though paid sex and prostitution was illegal in korea .” He smiled and said “ it’s the oldest profession in the world sir , how can it be illegal , let me see what i can do .” We soon drove into an alley i pulled out 250000 won from the ATM and we walked into a basement . The lady of the joint took the money and walked me into a room full of towels with a bed in the middle. Soon Jueng entered a young korean girl all giggly , she took me by the hand into the shower , then took off her clothes and bathed me for a while , then she poured shampoo on me and made sure very part of my body including my Khojo ( in korean it means penis) was spankingly clean . She gave me a got oil body to body massage and a spanking blow job . It took all but 40 min and i was done . I thanked every one and Basho drive me back home .As he opened the door to let me go he took off his cap and said “ It was a pleasure taking you around sir , you truly are an Indian Maharaja.”

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Soju with Hyun

In Seoul Korea

Landed at the seoul airport from Singapore in the afternoon . The mers virus had subsided by now , but we were asked to fill a medical form before we got our visa checked. I got my Euro’s changed into the local currency which is Won and headed for a taxi . My hotel was booked through the website bookings.com and a room was waiting for me . Called up Hyun my old friend from Christ College days . He said he would land up in a while . The first glimpse of Seoul reminded me of New York huge high rise buildings and a very connected and wired city .It’s the New York of the orient.

Hyun landed up next day in the evening and it was like time stood still and nothing had changed we were meeting after 25years , but it was as if just yesterday . Bang we went into our past talking about our old days and how everything was so innocent during our school days . “ Those were the days anuj we were all so innocent and uncorrupted , no worries in the world .” Then he shared his life journey with me , His painful separation from his wife , photo’s of his lovely Kid called Daniel and his love for heavy metal music and rock . Hyun was always a heavy Metal freak and went on to work as a concert organiser for rock music bands . I shared my experiences of bollywood with him and the horrific death of my father .The Jack Daniels had just finished and it was time for us to head out to see the city at night . We stumbled up into a Korean restaurant , were for the first time i tasted chilly octopus . Soju is the name of the local alcohol , it is a softer version of vodka and is had as shot’s . I enjoyed it to the hilt and lightened the spicy taste of the chilly octopus with green leaf salad and sprouts.

“ Would love to pick up a Korean chick and bang her at my hotel .I have fucked girls in Cambodia , Phillipines and Singapore “ said i with a naughty smile . “Well prostitution is illegal in Korea , but yes there our places where you can get women and get a massage also , we will see if you can venture into those places latter .”

Eating joint’s close by 11:00 o clock in Korea and the owner wanted us to finish our meal fast . Time flew as both of us got so in grossed in conversation . What could be said it was a reunion of two bunk buddied after 25 years . “ I would love to be a father like you hyun , that is one thing i need to experience , having a kid of my own , but right now i just wish to travel the world .” i said after taking drag from my cigarette .” I think you will be a great father , but you will need to settle down .” Hyun replied . We both new that the next few days in seoul will be great as two mates from the past meet and share their vastly different yet similar bitter and sweet life experience.

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