Ulsan, South Korea ~ November 24, 2010
Ulsan is a city that is about 2 hours north of Busan along the eastern coast of South Korea. When I met Catherine I was actually living in a small village area, called Seochang. It was a rural suburb of a larger city Yangsan. When I say that we were in the middle of nowhere, I mean that we were in the middle of nowhere. We lived directly in between Ulsan & Busan. So for Catherine and I, it was only an hour bus into either city. I had a friend from high school, Brett, that moved to Ulsan, so we were familiar with the bus route.
We got off the bus at the Lotte Center and since it was almost a month until Christmas the center was wonderfully decorated. People lined up all around the Christmas tree to take photos. We did too, but they didn’t turn out very well.
*Lotte – a multinational food and shopping corporation that started in Tokyo, Japan by a Korean born national. Lotte distributes their stores and products in 12 countries across the world. In South Korea, Lotte is as common a name as Walmart for Americans or Pick ‘n Pay for South Africans.
Imagine if Walmart/Pick ‘n Pay had their own cinemas, Duty Free Shopping, Insurance, could issue lines of credit, build high rise Apartments, set up Amusement Parks, and had their own International Trade department.
The reason why we rode a bus for an hour was what was on top of the Lotte Center. The Lotte Wheel. It was on the top floor of the Lotte Center building. We rode the elevator up and made our way onto the ferris wheel. Being it was November and a bit chilly, so fortunately we didn’t have to stand in line long.
While on the ferris wheel we acted silly and checked out the view. The combination of the top of the ferris wheel on the 7th floor of a building made for a more impressive view.
Korean buildings ~ We love the neon lights at night!
It was going quite slow, so we had some time to get comfy.
These might not work so well at night!
We made each other laugh and had an amazing date night in Ulsan. Catherine would be leaving in a couple days for Cape Town. After that we would be apart for 2 weeks until I went to meet her family in South Africa. So this night was about quality time!
Kiwi Soju Pitcher ~ Delicious!
After the ride was over, we walked around and found a restaurant to get a bite to eat. We were drawn into the restaurant when we saw that they hot miso soup to warm out bodies, and Soju Cocktail pitchers to relax us!
What a great night out on the town!!