We woke up really early for the cable car. It opens at 9 30 and we got there just after 10 am. It's a good thing we got there when we did because our waiting time was an hour and a half. We were amazed to see our ticket number was 2467. Within about 40 mins of opening there were over 2000 people who bought tickets for the cable car. While we were waiting we saw other people with wait times close to three hours. There was literally nothing to do in that area as we waited. Everyone just sat around doing nothing, eating or talking. But it was so hot outside it was kind of unbearable. We were so bored we went to the rooftop of the building and just took pictures.
They had a really good system of only calling 50 numbers at a time so everyone isn't waiting in line. When we finally got called we were so excited. This would be the longest cable car I had ever been on.
The cable car only took 10-15 mins to get to Mireuksan mountain. Once there, they have an observatory where you can look at the view. The only problem with this is that it's not an open view. It's closed off for safety so you don't get the best view. The other option is to hike up the mountain for better views. It wasn't a hard climb at all because they actually had stairs. But we didn't go to the top, we just went to the next took out spot. It had such a beautiful view.
You can see a lot of the islands in the background. If you look to the bottom right of the picture you can see the cable cars.
It was really windy up there which was great because it was a hot day. But not great because I had to hold my dress down the entire time. I guess I didn't think out my outfit very well! You can see the glass observatory with the green windows.
I think we were up there for about 40 mins then made our way back down to the cable car. We had a lot of things we wanted to do since it was our last full day. After we headed down in the cable car we got into a taxi to head to the public beach. The driver actually told us around that area was nothing but the beach. So instead he offered to drive us there so we could see. If he left us there we probably would not be able to get a taxi for awhile. So he offered to drive us around Tongyeong, that way we could see the tourist areas we planned to go. We passed by the beach, tourist complex and Nara park, there was really nothing there. But we stopped at Nara park because apparently they had great views. The taxi driver waited for us as we went to go have a look and he was right. The view was beautiful, but that's all there was here.
We got back in the taxi. I think we drove around for about 40 minutes and the taxi only cost us 30k. A 20 minute ride back home in a taxi was about $80. I love how cheap the taxis are in Korea. The taxi took us back to around the Tongeyong Port because we were hungry. He recommended that we eat anywhere along the street. So we walked around and chose a random restaurant which were all quite pricey. In Ullengdo I didn't get to try the live squid (30k) so we ordered that with a seafood platter (80k) which included sashimi and sushi with a whole bunch of sides. We even got service, free extra sides, it was like having a huge feast but there was only two of us. I snapchatted my whole trip and forgot to save most of the pictures.
This was my first experience eating live octopus. I thought it was delicious! It only had sesame seeds on it and I dipped it in sesame oil. Sesame oil makes everything taste delicious.
After eating we decided to walk in the undersea tunnel. It was actually quite boring which is why there are not pictures. It's just a tunnel with lights. But at least I can say I've been under the sea! After that we walked along the port taking in the views.
After walking, hiking, and eating we decided to go for coffee. We found a place right by the port which had a great view and just sat by the window and people watched for an hour.
By the time we were done people watching it was dark. The night before on our way back to the hotel we saw that lots of people were at the fish markets so we decided to go tonight. We went to the bigger fish market, Joong Ang Market. There were lots of different types of fish and seafood for sale, as well as treats and other stuff.
Walking through the market one thing I noticed was that it was mostly women who cut the fish and try to sell. As you walk by they tend to get you to come over and buy whatever they're selling.
I have never seen anything killed before, so walking through the market I was a little on edge. We actually stopped by one lady just to watch to see how they kill the fish and I found it to be a bit disturbing. After that I didn't want to watch anymore. It's a totally different experience. It's kind of exciting walking through that environment just because there are so many people and it's very lively. But I wouldn't want to watch my food be killed in front of me again.
The market was really big. There are so many different alleys selling fish and other goods. It's a really fun place to explore at night if you have nothing else to do.
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