We wanted to see the show at the world's largest water fountain. We had read that the Sunset Fountain of Dreams musical water fountain was really something to see, so after the morning rain cleared up a bit, we headed out on an excursion to Dadaepo Beach where the fountain is located.
We took the subway line #1 right to the end of the line, and then we were supposed to transfer to a bus, but I had checked the map and thought that it was only about 2.5 kms to walk, and it wasn't raining so off we went.
Now, we think that it was about 5 kms (3 miles). Oh well...at least we got some exercise.
But it wasn't very scenic. Most of the walk was through an industrial area with a lot of manufacturing. We saw leather manufacturing, chains and shackles, auto parts...really industrial and a wide variety of businesses. Sometimes we could hear all kinds of machinery operating behind the walls and we could only wonder what they were making. But at least we were on a decent cycle/pedestrian path. We sure did look out of place though. Taxis kept on honking thinking we must be lost!
I had read that the fountain operates at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm...and the lighted show at 7:30pm. We were going to be too late for the 3pm show, but no problem for the 4pm.
We got to Dadaepo Beach and there's a whole lot of construction activity. Apparently they're extending the subway line out here. We walked down to where the the fountain show would take place.
And pretty quickly, we figured out that it wasn't going to take place!
At least not while we were there. We made our way to a little info booth and the girl didn't speak any English, but she did find a way to tell us that the show wasn't until 7:30pm.
Hmph. Not impressed.
The website had said... From March to November, the fountain show is four times during day, and once in the evening (twice on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays). No shows on Mondays.
It also said... Subject to change.
So I guess they changed things.
Here's what we would have seen...
Photo is not mine. Because they "changed" things so we couldn't see this! I know, we weren't going to see the night show anyhow. But still...
The center fountain shoots 180 feet high!
We're a little disappointed that we went all the way out there for pretty much nothing. Anyhow, such is life. We did go for a cloudy walk on the beach though, and there's a nice park there and a trail along the coast for a few hundred yards.
The new park at Dadaepo Beach.
Ruth, looking back at the beach.
Kevin, and the shoreline. This part is actually a bird sanctuary.
Above this area is the direct incoming flight path of the Busan airport. So for about two hours we had seen a constant line of airplanes coming into this city of 3.5 million people. Some of them were pretty interesting!
Some kind of military plane.
And another. This one was really loud!
We couldn't hang around for the 7:30pm show because we had to buy a new power supply for Ruth's laptop. And our couchsurfing host Kim had sent us the directions to get to a place where they might have one and he had said that they close at 6:00pm.
The power supply for Ruth's laptop had originally gone bad last year when we were in Namibia, and we had bought one there. It had been a very cheap "Made in China" one that you could tell was really cheap just by looking at it! But, we got a year out of it before it fell apart a couple of days ago.
Using our borrowed iPhone (thanks June!) and our portable wifi source from WiFi-Korea we were able to get ourselves to this little tiny store in the downtown area.
The picture makes this store look bigger than it is!
The guy searched his own inventory, then put his finger up in the air as if he was saying "wait here", and off he went leaving us in charge of the store. He was back in five minutes with the proper power supply! Total cost, 30,000 won (about $33). We had paid about $25 for the garbage one we bought in Africa, and this one was obviously better quality. Ruth had brought her little laptop with her, and sure enough it worked perfectly.
At least that part of our day came together!
Tomorrow is another travel day. Can't believe we're almost 3/4 of the way through our time here already!