In a city as large as Busan, there is always something new to discover. I think it’s important to take the time to explore everything a city has to offer, especially if it’s something completely new and different to you.
This past weekend, Cody and I ventured over to the Pusan National University (PSU) area to visit the Busan Marine Natrual History Museum. Cody is a massive fan of all things aquatic, so he was pretty excited when he came across this museum on one of the tourism pages. I love a good museum trip, so I was looking forward to the visit too.
The museum is free admission, which is always a plus. There are audio tours you can rent, but we chose to wander by ourselves. It’s two four story buildings linked by a bridge, but you’ll never get lost because Korean museums almost always have arrows on the floors to tell you exactly which path to walk to see everything. There are thousands of items on display (including models of fish and some of the worst taxidermy I’ve ever seen) as well as a reptile house, fossil room, and aquarium.
My favorite part of the museum was the display of Korean mother-of-pearl handicrafts and other works of art made from shells and abalone. They were absolutely stunning to see in person. (I apologize in advance for being a reflection in every picture. Everything was behind glass, so I did the best I could.)
One of my favorite things about Korea is how when you go to visit one place, you discover a ton of other little things of interest all around it. A prime example of this is what Cody and I discovered out behind the museum. Along with a “Dinosaur Park” (which, sadly, only featured one loney Iguanadon statue that I named Lonesome Iggy), there was a beautiful temple/burial memorial, a small amusement park, and a cable car that would take you to the top of the mountain to see the fortress city that has been restored.
It was too late in the day to take a ride up to the mountain fortress (the map made it look absolutely massive!), but we have plans to check it out soon. I’m definitley glad we made the decision to wander around outside the museum instead of just heading back to the subway and going home, or else we never would have know that those things were there. Have you ever found any hidden gems when you went exploring?