Sunday, July 8, 2012

 Busan Familiarity Tour
Busan Familiarity Tour Bus
Busan Familiarity Tour (from 2nd to 4th July, 2012) sponsored by Busan Convention & Visitors Bureau and 4th Korea Brand Communicator (Presidential Council of Nation Branding). We started our super fast journey on the KTX from Seoul Station with 30 members from KBC. As we reached Busan station, we were greeted by a happy group of tour guides followed by group photos at the station.

Right before lunch we reached BIFF Square which is named for the Busan International Film Festival and the hand-prints of many famous film festival in the previous years can be seen there. We visited many incredible spots in Busan such as Gwangalli, BIFF Plaza, Haeundae beach, Sinsegae Department Store Centum City, Gwangan Bridge, UN Memorial Ceremony, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, BEXCO, Jagalchi Fish Market and Yacht Convention and Tour. Our tour guide said that the BIFF Square into a multiplex space for the enjoyment of films, shopping and other recreational activities, with its youthful ambience contributing greatly to the revitalization of local businesses.


The highlight of the Busan tour is the Yacht Tour offered for the first time by BEXCO. This was my first time nestling on the sea on a yacht convention. Yacht Convention is a unique combination yacht and convention which brought us beautiful natural sceneries of Busan including Gwangan Bridge, Oryukdo, Haeundae, Nurimaru APEC and Dongbaek Island. I later found out on the yacht that the yacht was made was purely Korean made yacht, with the maximum capacity of 26 people, designed and constructed by local manufacturer in Busan. I enjoyed the beauties of sailing on the ocean and felt safety and comfort. Facilities and spaces such as kitchen, foot spa, bow deck, karaoke, salon, stern deck, bed room and event room. We took a lot of amazing photos of the on the yacht.

Madame Tussauds
On the first night of the tour, we spent the night at the Toyoko Inn which was amazingly furnished. On entering the lobby, the receptionist offered warm welcome and professional service. I had a single room for one night where I slept like a log very conveniently. I loved the location of the hotel since it was just a step away to Busan station and it was so close to the Haeundae beach. Haeundae sightseeing at night was so amazing. Haeundae beach is full of spa bathing, leisure activities, and the beauty of the sea. At night we sat on the beach enjoying some recreational activities (drop the Handkerchief) which was really fun and walking on the wet sand felt really refreshing.
Madame Tussauds

Sinsegae Department Store Centum City was said to be opened in 2009 and it is popular for being the largest department store in the world and made an appearance in the Guinness Book of Records as the “World’s Largest Department Store”. Shopping facilities, a spa, ice skating rink, indoor golf, bookstore, and a movie theatre and all such entertainment facilities can all be enjoyed in one location. Taking photos with the "popular celebrities" such as David Bechkham, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Johnney Depp, Micheal Jackson, Elvis Presley, Spiderman, etc at Madame Tussauds.

Busan Cinema Center
With the broad beach and breathtaking high-rise skyline, Busan is one of the best contemporary cities in the world. 

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