Gwangalli Beach Area
Gwangalli Beach is about 2 miles from Haeundae Beach, where our hotel was located. We ate at Sharky's, which if it was the last place on earth to get supposed Mexican Food, might be considered "good"; or if you are from the northern US, where you can't get authentic and delicious Mexican or even Tex Mex so you don't know what "good Mexican food actually means, it might be considered good; or if you're starving and haven't had Mexican food in years, and so have taste bud amnesia; it might be considered good. Or if you like margaritas made with something resembling lime green koolaid....ok, enough of that. You get my point. If you know authentic Mexican, prepare to be disappointed in the food. However! It was a fun scene, sports bar-like, with blaring TVs broadcasting screaming football coaches, and a large expat crowd. The bartender was US or Canadian, and he was pretty awesome, but once it took 15 minutes to get a small plate of chips and salsa (and I mean for $12, it was very small - a plate, not a basket)- 15 minutes after the drinks arrived, that is-- we knew it would be less than thrilling. But we were having fun and enjoying the bustle and newness of Busan! This was the most expensive meal I've had in Korea, costing nearly $80 for two entrees, app, and 4 margaritas (you had to have more than one margarita to hide the taste of the food ha ha). Enough griping :-)) It was fun!
The view of Suyeongman Bay was spectacular, especially with the bridge light show that occurred every half hour or so! Since it was Lunar New Year, kids and adults were setting off Roman Candles over the water and lighting candle lanterns that blue over the waves (I tried to ignore the pollution effect). Videos below of the beach and bridge.
We ended the night at the Happy Monk Bar, for a surprisingly nice glass of house wine and wonderful service (not surprising!). It is customary in Korea (at least this southern area) to buy an entire bottle of wine, so it is rare to be able to find a place selling by the glass. Most people usually buy entire bottles of liquor too!
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