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July 27, 2013

Our amazing trip to Ulsan, Gyeongju, and Busan

Filed under: Busan,Gyeongju,Seoul,Ulsan — geakorea @ 1:52 am

By Maggie Deagon and Daniel Kim

On July 18th at six in the morning, our group braved the Seoul drizzle with sunnier visions on our minds. Busan was the destination that thrilled us—a southeastern city known for the friendliness of its people and beauty of its beaches. Little did we know of our coastal adventure’s true magnitude.


We boarded KTX (Korea Train eXpress) to most efficiently arrive at our destination. KTX is famous for its role in Korea’s time revolution. In a word, “balli-balli” sums up the importance Koreans place on efficiency. The faster things can be done, the better! Thus, the creation of KTX helped minimize travel time between Korea’s coasts, increasing productivity. Although the trip is shorter to the southeastern coast than it would be via other methods, our group still had plenty opportunity to catch up on the rest we lacked the previous night.

Lauren, Ari and Melina on KTX

Lauren, Ari and Melina on KTX

Jay is starting to look a little sleepy over there!

Jay is starting to look a little sleepy over there!