Bombay Brau- Haeundae Review

A few weeks ago we went to Busan City in South Korea for Chuseok ( Korean Thanksgiving). We always love going to Busan over the holidays because its close to where my brother lives and we usually get to visit the ocean.

We usually go to Haeundae because we once read that it was a great place to visit. There are always a lot of great western and foreign restaurants. One of these restaurants is Bombay Brau. It’s an Indian restaurant that sells THE BEST curry. If you’ve ever had the shop bought curry here in Korea you’ll know that its not all that. But this place has the best curry for sure!!

We’ve been there twice and will definitely visit them again. Their prices are reasonable at around 14,000 Korean won ($14). We usually take the Butter chicken with garlic naan but my brother has eaten lamb curry there and it’s just as good. They also have a variety of their own custom beer that you should definitely try.



Bombay Brau is a franchise and they have restaurants all over Korea

Prices ( roughly)

Curries 14,000 won

Naan 2,500 Won

Contact Details

  • Haeundae 해운대, Haeundae Branch
  • 2f, 1321 Beonji, Woo-Dong, Haeundae-Gu, Busan T.051-747-3855 부산 해운대구 우동 1321번지 2층 Opening Time:11AM till 10PM. 영업시간:오전11시~오후10시

Southern Hemisphere beaches (Day 5 – places I’ve been)

In the spirit of Summer I have decided to share some of the beaches I’ve visited in the Southern Hemisphere

New Zealand – North Island

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Towards the interior there are many walking trails through their gorgeous flora.


Australia – Perth

Australia has lovely weather and amazing waves, even in winter.


South Africa –  Hartenbos, Cape Town

We use to go here every year. The beach was always packed over the December holiday.


First time camping in Korea

I’ve never been much of a camper.  The last time that I can actually remember camping was when I was 14 years old.

We’ve been planning to go on a camping trip for about 4 months now so we slowly started buying everything we needed for our summer trip. My husband bought a “one touch tent”, some sleeping bags and a small grill. I packed some “braai” meat (in South Africa we call BBQ-ing… braai), potato and avocado salad, bread dough and some no bake cheese cake.

So on Saturday morning we packed all our camping gear and hopped on a bus to Boryoeng beach near Daecheon. When we got to Daecheon we had to take a 10 minute bus to Boryeong Beach.

There is no laws against camping on the beach in Korea except if there are camping grounds nearby. Boryeong has camping grounds near the beach so that’s where we went. When we arrived at the camping grounds we couldn’t find any ticket offices. Luckily after walking around looking dumbfounded for a few minutes another foreigner explained to us that we can just set up our camp and that the management will walk around later and charge us for the amount of days we are staying.

We set up our little “one touch” tent and started the barbecue. We had a lovely weekend. The atmosphere was great and the beach was right across from our camping grounds. We walked around on the beach, ate ice cream and some coffee when we weren’t sitting around our camp-fire. There are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops and street vendors on the Beach strip. Although we only stayed one night I will easily do it again. it was also great to have a small break from technology and the internet.

Deoksugung Palace Korea Part 1

I’ve been in Korea more than a year and only recently had the opportunity to visit one of the Palaces. Contrary to popular belief, as a teacher in Korea, you do not have all the time in the world to do the touristy thing. But we had some time to spare on Sunday and decided to walk to one of the Palaces. Deoksugung Palace is situated in the Myeongdong district in Seoul.20160424_130827


Deoksugung Palace served as the king’s residence twice during the Joseon Dynasty. It was originally the home of King Seonjo and Prince Wolson who temporarily lived there after the Japanese forces withdrew from Korea in 1593. He lived here because all the main palaces where destroyed during the war. Prince Gwanghae renamed the Palace Gyeongungung Palace after rebuilding the palace and making it his main resident. The palace was used as a main residence by Gojong again during 1897. During the Joseon Dynasty the state was proclaimed an empire. The palace halls were rebuild and the compound was expanded to some three times its present size. Unfortunately Gojong was forced to hand his empire over to his son who became Emporor Sunjong in 1907. Emperor Sunjong Moved into Changdeokgung Palace and bestowed the title of Deoksu (virtue and long life) on his father, wishing him a long life. The compound came to be called Deoksugung Palace and the former emperor remained here until his death in 1919

Both Korean and Western architecture dominate the site. While walking amongst the Korean style buildings it feels like you’re walking in a different time. Almost like you’re part of a different era. It was quite an amazing feeling.




To get there you can take the dark blue line (line 1) and get off at the City Hall, across from Seoul Plaza. Alternatively if you get off at Myongdong (light blue line) you can walk about 2 blocks down Eulji-ro, past Lotte Duty Free to get there. Its right across from Seoul Plaza.

Next week I will feature the western style architecture at Deoksugung Palace.


Interesting reads to help save money in Korea

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Fun Beaches in Korea

In the Summer Korea has a very popular festival that gathers thousands of people on the beach, its the Boryeong Mud Festival. The mud is said to ex-foliate your skin and those who ought to know say that your skin feels really soft after you wash all the mud off your body. My husband and I decided to go to Boryeong a few weeks in advance to look at the sites before the actual festival and this is what we found.

We took the local city bus to Boryeon and got off at what looked like a summer wonderland. It turns out it is a water park with all various fun activities like slides, pools and one of the only flow-riders in Korea.100_3840

We also discovered a very cute park to take pictures and where some boys were riding bikes and skate boards

100_3867100_3855Boryeong isn’t just for those who want to visit the mud festival, it has a variety of activities like zip lining and paint balling along with many eateries and hotels for those who want to stay for the weekend. There is also a camping site and a lovely spa that sells mud beauty products at affordable prices. 100_3864

To get to Boryeong from Seoul you can take a bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal,  to Boryeong (보령). From Boryeong Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Daecheon Beach. There is a bus every 10 minutes. alternatively you can take a train from Yongsan Station or Yeongdeungpo Station, to Daecheon Station. From Daecheon Station, take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach.

From our humble city Seosan you can take a bus (40 minutes) to Boryeong bus terminal and then from there a bus to Deacheon Beach. Getting back to Seosan takes some planning though because there is only a bus every 2 hours and the last bus leaves at 7 pm

The 2016 mud-festival this year will take place during the weekend of 15 July.