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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Busan, South Korea (Celebrity Millennium)

Today we arrived in a wintry, near-freezing Busan, South Korea, at noon and after clearing immigration headed out on an excursion to several historic sites around the city. 

Our first stop was the beautiful 14th century Haedong Yongkung Temple, a sprawling Buddhist worship complex situated on a rocky coastline, where we saw preparations for celebration of the lunar new year, called Seollal by Koreans (at bottom is a larger-than-life golden idol of the Buddha). 

We then went on to the APEC House, a site used for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and other events, and then the colorful Busan international and fish markets (a display from the latter appears at right). 

We had a traditional Korean meal, one of the best of the trip, at a restaurant at the huge Aqua Mall and then spent time browsing local consumer goods before returning to the ship and sailing out around 10:30 p.m. 

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