Love Locks, Parks and Monuments

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During the weekdays that I spent in Busan, South Korea, I had time to myself until around 5 or so, when my friend Alex would get out of work. We’d come up with a train station exit to meet at, and before then, I would be free to roam Busan at my own leisure. Equipped with a map marked with circles and notes, I spent one of my days exploring the Nampo area.

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The Lotte Department Store has a scenic viewpoint of the city. This is the view facing towards the city, and looking towards Busan Tower, a watchtower that I made my trek to later in the day. IMG_8916

There are fences at these overviews where couples leave locks to symbolize their love. Often the locks have names, dates and hearts scrawled on them.

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Bike lock heart – so cute!

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View from the top of the Lotte Department Store, facing the sea.

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There was also a “zoo” at the top of this department store. There were some pigs and bunnies.

It seemed wrong not to fill you in on that.

After this scouting, I headed towards Busan Tower. IMG_9122

Busan citizens’ bell pavilion

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Flower clock

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(L) statue of General Lee Sunsin (R) Cheongdongyongtap, a statue of a bronze dragon.

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Busan Tower is pictured above. The ornate building also pictured houses a museum of musical instruments.IMG_9175

View from Busan Tower overlooking the citizens’ bell pavilion, flower clock, and statue of General Lee Sunsin

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View from Busan Tower looking towards the harbor

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Men playing a game outside of Busan Tower. There were lots of old men playing this game in Yongdusan Park, where the tower is located.

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There were also more love locks attached to fences and benches surrounding Busan Tower.

The picture above is a photo shout out to my sister and brother – 2/26 is our birthday. I love and miss them and was thinking of them when I took this.

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After seeing the sights in Yongdusan Park, I took a trip farther north. I hopped in a cab, pointed at a spot on my map that read “Jung-ang Park,” and found myself on a scenic journey up some mountains. I hadn’t been in a car since my arrival to Japan in January, which was an odd realization for me to have.

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Jung-ang (or Daecheong) Park turned out to be the location of the Monument to the Loyal Dead, a memorial to those that fought and died in the Korean War.

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View from the top of Mount Daecheong

Just a few minutes away from this site is Minju Park Busan, also called Democracy Park.

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There are many sculptures and monuments located at Democracy Park.

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