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Once more with pictures -- Day 8 continued (Haeundae Beach)

After visiting the temple and having lunch, we were taken to Haeundae Beach. First we visited the aquarium, but I didn't even try to take photos in such dim lighting. However, after we had seen enough fish, G and I went for a walk along the beach and round part of the headland, which actually used to be an island, but it sort of silted up, apparently, and became a small peninsular.

This was the sort of development that was happening just inland.

Tower blocks, Haeundae beach

But if you look along the beach, it looks very attractive. The guide told us that it's not a natural beach though. The sand is brought in for each season.

Haeundae Beach, Busan

The Shinsegae store is an upmarket chain store with shops all over South Korea.

Haeundae Beach, Busan

Just because there can never be too many cats on the internet! :)

These cats were enjoying the sun and having fun (like it says on the sign!) as they relaxed on the rocks. We saw two cats and either one kitten twice (on different days) or possibly it was two kittens, but they were all ginger and white. As the cats were in Busan and the kitten(s) were in Seoul, I don't know whether this means that ginger cats are remarkably common in Korea or whether it was just a complete coincidence.

Haeundae Beach Cats

Down at the bottom of the picture you can see the statue of Princess Hwang-Ok who came across the sea from the country of Naranda to marry the King of Mugung. She was a human by day and a mermaid by night, but never really settled and often wept for her homeland.

Mermaid statue, Haeundae Beach

And finally, a distant glimpse of some of the Five or Six Islands. As I explained before, the Five or Six Islands are so called because the number varies, depending on the height of the tide. They mark the entrance to Busan Harbour, South Korea.

The Five or Six Islands, Busan

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