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Sightseeing in Busan — Busan Tower and 누리마루 APEC하우스 (Nurimaru APEC House)

After our visit to Jagalchi Market (which you can read about here) we spent the rest of our Saturday doing some more sightseeing around Busan.  We had originally planned to go to the beach Saturday afternoon, but we changed our schedule to go Sunday morning instead, since the forecast projected clear skies.

Busan Tower

I posted recently about our ISA trip to Namsan Tower (which you can view here), and Busan has a similar tower called, appropriately enough, Busan Tower.  We stopped briefly at the park where Busan Tower was located but we didn’t stay long due to a sudden downpour of rain.  We were all so soaked that we didn’t even attempt to go up into the tower, nor would we probably have been able to see much inside the tower.  Similar to Namsan, there was a railing where couples could put locks, and there was also a great view.

The APEC Memorial

The next place we stopped to see was the APEC Memorial at Nurimaru APEC House (누리마루 APEC하우스).  APEC stands for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and it’s an annual meeting attended by representatives from different countries.  In 2005, this meeting was held in Busan, and the Nurimaru APEC House is the building they built to house the meeting.

If you’re a history/politics aficionado and you happen to be in Busan, you might want to stop by and check it out.  Even if you’re not a big fan of history or politics, like me, you can still enjoy looking around the building and the gorgeous scenery (the building is right on the ocean).  I found the interior design of the building to be really cool, with a mixture of modern and traditional Korean features.

I think there were a few trails in the park surrounding the Memorial building, but again, because of the weather we didn’t linger in the area.

Tomorrow I’ll post about the one other sightseeing adventure we had on Saturday, which was a beautiful temple on a cliff.  I took so many pictures there I think it deserves a post of its own.


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