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We will be visiting Busan (Princess cruise) on May 2, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are 4 of us, and we would like to DIY.

1. Any suggestions on what must do/see?
2. Any ATM in the cruise terminal or nearby?
3. Anyone taken the Loop bus before? See link below.
4. If so, how do you like it?
5. Which stop is the closest to the cruise terminal?

[URL="http://www.citytourbusan.com/en2/02course/01.php"][COLOR=#065ea8]http://www.citytourbusan.com/en2/02course/01.php[/COLOR][/URL]

Thank you in advance for any assistance.:)

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When we had a stop at Busan in 2015, there was a complimentary shuttle bus that transported passengers to town. We just walked around on our own, visiting the fish market and the department store. There were enough for us to spend a few hours there.

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We went to Busan but that day there was neither a HOHO/Loop bus nor a shuttle to the centre. There were local folks helping pax with shared taxis to the Fish Market which was fairly central. From there we explored on foot before taking another taxi back to the ship.

As not everyone who has been to Busan will regularly check new posts the SEARCH THIS FORUM facility is your best bet. Simply insert the word BUSAN and read the results for info which will answer your questions. This is an example:
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[URL]https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1846797&highlight=busan+loop+bus[/URL]
. Edited by edinburgher
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And if you have not already done so, check the DESTINATIONS section on cruisecritic for port info re ATM's etc. although not all ports are listed.

And do you know there are also websites such as "whatsinport" which often have great info and maps on an enormous number of ports around the world? They are a great resource.

I just now checked for Busan and as there is lots there it would be worthwhile checking it yourself.

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[quote name='edinburgher']And if you have not already done so, check the DESTINATIONS section on cruisecritic for port info re ATM's etc. although not all ports are listed.

And do you know there are also websites such as "whatsinport" which often have great info and maps on an enormous number of ports around the world? They are a great resource.

I just now checked for Busan and as there is lots there it would be worthwhile checking it yourself.[/quote]

Thank you for your information and suggestions.:)

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We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.

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We really liked Busan. We went to the tower, then to the fish markets and then wandered around the shopping area and ate wonderful street food. Loved it.

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We will be there on a Sunday.

We were thinking of taking the ship shuttle and wanted to confirm --- drop off is by Busan train station or closer to Jagalchi market and BIFF square?

Did you do the park/tower as a DIY? Did you go via taxi from the drop off? Edited by HiMagicFan
Busan Tower/park

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/QUOTE]



This tour sounds amazing and just what we’re looking for! Can you share any more information?


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Yes, Rodlim, what you described was amazing. I will be visiting Busan next March so would really appreciate if you could share more info. Where did you find this tour? Any name and contact info?

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/QUOTE]



Will you please give me contact info for the tour operator.


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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/quote]
I would like to know the tour operator please.

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We were there a couple years ago and cant' remember what guide we used but we went to the UN Cemetary there. It was one of the most beautiful cemetaries. As a Canadian it was wonderful to go visit the graves of our soldiers. If you are American it might not mean as much as your soldiers were brought back to the US.

The other site that is well remembered is the market.

Sarah

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/quote]


which tour company did you use?

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/quote]


Could you e-mail me the details on this tour [email]Bobby400@aol.com[/email]

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/quote]

How much time did you have in Busan? Will be in Busan this July and we will only be in port from 2:30pm - 8:30pm. Would that be enough time to go visit all the sites you mentioned and enough time to get back into the ship? How was immigration, was it hassle-free?

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[quote name='ycruiser']we will only be in port from 2:30pm - 8:30pm. Would that be enough time to go visit all the sites you mentioned and enough time to get back into the ship? How was immigration, was it hassle-free?[/quote]

I would definitely message rodim to get more details because those places to visit sound great but when we were there this past April from 2p to 8p, it didn't seem like a lot of time so we didn't go on a tour.

We used the ship shuttle ($5-10) and got dropped in town near Gukje Intl Market and Yongdusan Park and wandered around BIFF and the Ja-Gal-Chi Fish Market area. The last shuttle was at 7p back to the ship and this totally felt like we didn't have enough time to wander, eat and shop.


a) guestimate about an 1/2 hour to an hour for immigration (at least) unless you are going on a ship tour (lines were somewhat fast though). This would bring you to 3:30p.

b) then consider that the ship wants you on board about at least 1/2 hour before departure so that would be 8:00p.

This gives you 4.5 hours to get to where you want to go and return plus time there. So enough time to visit all those sites - probably not unless he went on a tour and can share that with you.

As Busan is a stop almost always done by Princess - I may consider messaging rodim as well because after a while there is only so much you can see in the drop off area. Edited by HiMagicFan
sorry - edited because used the wrong poster name

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We will be in Busan in October and are there from 7 AM to 5PM. Your tour sounds terrific. Whom did you use? You can email me at [email]tsbenner17@gmail.com[/email] thanks for any help you can give us.

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/quote]

We will be in Busan in October and your tour sounds wonderful. Can you email the contact for your tour. [email]Tsbenner17@gmail.com[/email]

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My family would also be interested in this tour. If anyone has any more information, please do share.

Thanks so much!


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[quote name='catsdinner']we went to the UN Cemetary there. It was one of the most beautiful cemetaries. As a Canadian it was wonderful to go visit the graves of our soldiers. If you are American it might not mean as much as your soldiers were brought back to the US.
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While the US had the most casualties in the Korean Conflict, most of the dead were brought back to the US.


There are some 30 US servicemen who are still buried in the UN Memorial Cemetary in Busan.

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Anyone find out who Rodlim arranged his tour with?
I've never PM'd anyone here (I know - DUH) and cannot for the life of me see where one does!:rolleyes:

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Check out tours by locals.. this tour is under shore excursions, busan day tour including haedong yonggungsa temple. I emailed Ken the guide and he answered right back. He will meet you at cruise ship port and you can change anything. Hope this helps... have a great trip! Hope you’ll report back.


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[quote name='bedford5']Check out tours by locals.. this tour is under shore excursions, busan day tour including haedong yonggungsa temple. I emailed Ken the guide and he answered right back. He will meet you at cruise ship port and you can change anything. Hope this helps... have a great trip! Hope you’ll report back.[/quote]

I thought that the tours by locals were primarily walking tours. Are there any that have a van to take you outside the city center as well? Edited by chiapet

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We were in Busan in Spring 2018 and was not expecting to like this port as much as we did. I echo another posters comment that the UN Cemetary was worth a visit as I am Canadian as well. The sights are quite far apart but the city is very modern. I highly recommend a tour just to get around. The fish market was amazing where you could pick your seafood and have it cooked upstairs. From tank to table. We had a private tour with Korea Private Tours. [email]KoreaPrivateTours@happimize.com[/email]

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October 2017 an ATM portable bank with/ or without tellers appeared at the Busan Port when our Celebrity ship docked. Very easy to use.



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Thank you good to know. Depending on how quickly we can get off the ship will determine what we do. I don't want to get a lot of cash in case we get off late. Getting cash there will be perfect.

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[FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="][FONT="]Not the OP, but we just came back from Busan (in May) and we formed a group through CC roll call and booked a tour through [URL="https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/busan-city-tour-private-van-tour"]Krazy[/URL] who contracted it to [URL="https://www.busanmate.com/"]BusanMate[/URL], the tour went to [/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]

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[*][URL="http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264404"][FONT="]Haedong Yonggungsa Temple[/FONT][/URL]
[*][URL="http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1998211"][FONT="]Busan Gamcheon Culture Village[/FONT][/URL]
[*][FONT="][URL="http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264407"]Nampodong Street (Downtown)[/URL] / [URL="http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SHP/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=705873"]Gukje Market[/URL][/FONT]
[*][URL="http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SHP/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=2382544"][FONT="]Jagalchi Market (International fish market)[/FONT][/URL]
[*][URL="http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1475231"][FONT="]Busan Tower (Yongdusan Park)[/FONT][/URL]
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[FONT="]We had a wonderful time with the tour above. Toursbylocal is actually more expensive than this one we found. We initially booked Frank from toursbylocal, but as we had more people interested in the tour, he increased the price (per person), we then found this other company and they were absolutely a gem and very easy to work with. The per person cost also came down significantly as we added more people.[/FONT]

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[quote name='rodlim']We just left Busan and heading in, we had zero expectations. Three days before the port I booked a tour, and having cruised a lot, I was STUNNED that this city actually was once of the best excursions I have ever been on. We had a private van, and avoided the herds. We went to the oldest mountain temple in Busan with gorgeous views. We hiked along the coast to the wide sandy beach in the city. We went out to a far island via van to beautiful cliffs and a see-through walking bridge (like in Jasper, Grand Canyon). We went to this hill side old village that reminded me of Santorilli (sp?). It was newly renovated for tourists and it was amazing to walk the narrow valleys and take part in all of the photo-ops. We then went to the fish market, and the international market for shopping. It was one after another show stopping stops. Probably my favourite port so far in Asia. Quite the surprise! Message me if you want further details etc.[/quote]
Will you please send me contact information for this tour company. This is just what we are looking for when we travel next March, Thanks. [email]lpeirce49@gmail.com[/email]

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