Tag Archive | Busan

Suyong River, Busan, South Korea

A few shots of the river from the walking path near our apartment. These were taken in 2007. There’s been so much development since then. I’ll have to do another post on before and current pictures of this area.

The Heaviest Rainfall in 100 years – South Korea

Yesterday Busan had the heaviest downpour I’ve ever seen here. Several thunderstorms converged over the south end of the peninsula. Four people lost their lives in Busan and there was a lot of property damage in Masan and Changwon to name a few places. Seoul has been pounded this month as well. Good old el Nino coupled with la Nino are the culprits of this unusual weather I guess. I’ve never seen such a wet August in Busan. Rainy season never ended! Here are some pictures outside of our apartment:

across Suyong River during heavy downpour

across Suyong River during heavy downpour – can’t see much

rain pics (1)

rain let up a bit after

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from ABC online news - South Korea flooding

from ABC online news – South Korea flooding


Here’s a copy of the article written with this photo:

Record rainfall, landslides and flooding have killed more than 50 people in South Korea.

Nearly half a metre of rain fell in the capital of Seoul in less than three days, turning main roads into rivers of churning, muddy water.

At least 16 people died in landslides in the south of the city, while a raging river left 18 dead near the capital.

More than 30 bridges and roads in and around Seoul were also closed by the deluge.

Tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have started a massive clean-up effort after the wild weather, with about 40,000 troops joining thousands of police in the clean-up.



Korean Apartments

We live in Mangmi dong, Suyong-gu, Busan City, South Korea. Our apartment is situated on the Suyong River and when we look south out the window we can see the Pacific Ocean. Recently a new apartment complex is being built near ours. It’s called the Centum River SK View Apartments. A viewing center is set up across from our apartment and we took a few pictures to give you a look at the newest apartments being built in Korea.


Now for a review of the places we’ve lived since being here. First stop was Chung-li, Masan, South Korea:


Then we had a stint in Busan, Korea in 2003. We attended a Korean course and stayed in the Romance Motel. We lived here for 4 months. Yikes! No cooking facilities. Actually the people who owned this motel became like our older brother and sister (Oh Ba, Noona). We had another 7 months stint here in 2006 and 2 months in 2010.

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In 2005 we moved to Jang yu in Kimhae City. Here’s some pictures from there:


Last but not least is where we’re living now. We lived here for a year in 2007 and then returned in 2010.

Looks a bit different now. There has been a lot of changes around the neighbourhood with the addition of Costco a block away and Centum City across the river. Our home is a little more lived in now too:

There’s a little walk through our apartments in Korea.



Just Because I Can

Outside our apartment………Suyong River in Busan, South Korea. My husband was out for a bike ride and wrote this after.

Limericks, Jokes, and other poems by Clancy O'Lafferty and Maurie

just because i can

Just Because I Can

by Clancy O’Lafferty

Just sittin’ by the river

Not causin’ any harm

Sippin’ up some suds

and some of nature’s charms

No Gendarms to stop

what I never really planned

The reason that I’m doing it

Is because I CAN!

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Intermission Stories (3)

A great firsthand description from a man who came to Pusan, Korea to fight in the war.

Pacific Paratrooper

Bill Campbell Bill Campbell


Bill Campbell, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment

Bill Campbell was born in Glace Bay, N.S. on Breton Island, the son of a coal miner who passed away at 35 years of age, leaving his wife with 5 kids in the middle of the Great Depression.  Times were tough, but Mrs. Campbell raised them all on meager means.

In 1950, when the call went out for volunteers, the response was remarkable, as over 27,000 joined the Armed Forces of Canada to fight in a country they had never heard of.  Some would not return.  Bill joined up in Toronto and after training in Camp Petawawa, he was sent to Seattle to ship out for Japan and Korea.  “We left Seattle on a liberty ship…Most of the soldiers were really excited to travel to distant lands.  There were 2500 troops aboard, most of whom were…

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