Busan, South Korea
Busan is the second biggest city in South Korea and a summer resort known for its beaches. Formally known as Pusan until the government adopted a new romanization of the Korean language in 2000.
Where You're Docked
The cruise terminal is approx three miles southeast of the city centre and a free shuttle is usually provided. The shuttle drops off in the Nampodong area. A previous stop at the Busan Tower may no longer be offered.
Money and Tipping
The shuttle drop off is on Gudeok Ro (the main street in the area) beside both Starbucks and one of the entrances to Nampodong metro close to both Jagalachi Fish Market and PIFF Square. You can take the metro to head further out. The metro stations are large and very deep doubling as bomb shelters complete with emergency gas masks. Metro fares are 1,300 or 1,500 Won depending on sections traveled for an adult single-use paper ticket. A day pass is 4,500 Won (July 2015). Ticket machines only accept coin and 1,000 Won notes but separate change machines will break down larger notes. http://www.humetro.busan.kr/english/main.do
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Must See Sights
Busan is a large city with many districts. Nampodong is the main tourist area and has the following attractions:
Outside of Nampodong area
Shopping & Restaurants
The area around Nampodong station and PIFF Square has plenty of restaurants, shops, and markets. Bupyeong (Kkangtong) Market and Gukje Market occupy several blocks north of PIFF Square. Bujeon Market is the largest in the area and a couple of stops away on the subway. For street food, try Hotteok, a deep fried pancake filled with sunflower seeds and sugar. At a restaurant, try Bibimbap, rice and vegetables and meat served in a very hot stone bowl and topped with a raw egg that cooks in the bowl. A recommended restaurant with English menus is Sanaebap (Junggu-Ro, 2nd floor of the building diagonally across from Artbox in Nampodong). Also try bulgogi which is grilled and sweetly marinated meat. McDonalds offers a Bulgogi burger.
Korea's largest department, Lotte, has an hourly fountain show in the atrium and a free observation deck on the top floor. There is a food court, restaurants and supermarket in the basement. There is also a Nonghyup supermarket on Gudeok Ro by Jagalchi metro station exit 10.
A couple shops west of the Starbucks in Nampodong is Daiso, a Japanese dollar store chain.
There is a post office a block east of the bottom of the escalators heading up to Busan Tower near the 7-11 on Gwongbokro Fashion Street.
Most coffee shops have wifi for customers as well as McDonalds. You can find a few around PIFF Square.
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Subway Map (Nampodong is line 1 station 111)
Busan Weather Forecast