Amphibious Bus Tours to Debut in Busan


An amphibious bus – capable of operating on land as well as in the water – is set to debut in Busan.

Aiming to boost maritime tourism, Busan City plans to launch an amphibious bus, which will operate in Gwangalli, Suyeonggang River and in Haeundae.

It is expected that tourists will be eager to witness and try out a unique, versatile vehicle aimed at revitalizing the tourism industry.

This unstoppable machine is actually a refurbished bus, which can be operated on land and at sea. On land, it will run just like a tour bus until it hits the water, where its wheels will retract, allowing it to float on the water.

This kind of tour using an amphibious bus is nicknamed the “Duck Tour” since it’s mobile on land and in the water, just like a duck.

Tours using amphibious buses are already catching on in major cities worldwide – Seattle has Ride the Ducks, Tokyo has Sky Duck and Singapore has the Duck Tour.

Last May, Incheon was the first to adopt an aqua bus. Gyeongin Arabaetgil (a canal between the Han River and the East Sea) operated the amphibious vehicle for the first time in Korea.

Under the guidance of the government, Busan City plans to roll out the first amphibious bus in the area near Suyeonggang River. The bus will start out from Gwangalli Beach, float on the Suyeonggang River, come back on land to run to Busan Cinema Center, Centum City, BEXCO, Busan Museum of Art, Gwangan Bridge and Samik Apartment. Then it will loop back to Gwangalli Beach.

Passengers will enjoy the hour-long tour, which includes 25 minutes on the water over 5 kilometers (3.3 miles) and 35 minutes on land, covering 15 kilometers.

Busan City plans to host a business seminar for the operation of the amphibious bus. It will also call on the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries to revise related guidances so that the vehicle can run both in the river and in the ocean to include both the Suyeonggang River and the sea off Gwangalli.

The Gwangalli area, in particular, is judged to have the best conditions to run such a bus, as the river meets the ocean there.

It also boasts stunning scenery, the Gwangan Bridge and Marine City. Expectations for this mode of transportation are high, and it is hoped it will lead to the development of more experiential tourism products, promising a one-of-a-kind experience for all.

Lead Image: Budapest Amphibious Bus Tour

Source: Busan City News via Dynamic Busan

The Latest Haps

korea post

Korea Post Adds Workers to Deal with Lunar New Year’s Mail Volume

Korea Post in Busan has enacted a special mail period up until the 26th because of Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year, and recently began emergency operations.


Busan Hits Winter Low Last Night, Temps to Return to Normal this Week

The strongest cold wave this winter has continued to grip the Busan and Gyeongnam area.

baby fat korea

Infant Obesity Rates Double in Korea Since 2008

The obesity rate among Koreans under the age of six doubled from 2008 to 2015, with the rate rising from 1.4 percent to 2.8 percent. This according to the 2016 Obesity White Paper, an annual report prepared by the National Health Insurance Service.

radio mic

BeFM Celebrating 8 Years with Special Contest for Listeners

Busan-EFM’s 8th Anniversary Special Program “Wanted: The eight DJs” are looking for applicants.


Video: Korean Billy’s UK Slang a Huge Internet Hit

A Korean student’s videos tackling UK slang and dialects has been racking up thousands of Facebook and YouTube views.


Estonian Trio “I Wear* Experiment” Coming to Busan January 7

Estonian Trio I Wear* Experiment will be performing in Busan as part of their Korean Tour at the Vinyl Underground on January 7th, 2017.

Image: Oshiri PFV

East Busan Tourism Complex Theme Park Blueprints Revealed

The East Busan Tourism Complex’s theme park blueprints have finally been revealed this week.

baby fat korea

Infant Obesity Rates Double in Korea Since 2008

The obesity rate among Koreans under the age of six doubled from 2008 to 2015, with the rate rising from 1.4 percent to 2.8 percent. This according to the 2016 Obesity White Paper, an annual report prepared by the National Health Insurance Service.


Three Places to Warm up With a Winter Spa Day

Frequented by Koreans and increasingly by expats, a spa can be a place to rest and relax, connect with friends, wash up, enjoy delicious foods, or even spend the night.

Side dishes (changeable everyday)

Eat Like a Local: Tough Winter Out with a Hot, Spicy Anchovy Jjigae

Located behind the beach road in Daebyeon, this restaurant offers a great Korean cutlassfish and anchovy menu.

hq gwangan

HQ Gwangan Closed Until Saturday

HQ Gwangan has announced that the bar will be closed this week for renovations.

Image: Facebook

“Yellow in the Box” Opens in Seomyeon’s Lotte Department Store

Yellow in the Box, a specialty Philly Cheese Steak sandwich company, is holding their grand opening today at Lotte Department Store’s Seomyeon branch.


2017 Winter Travel Season Events in Busan

Busan City is holding the “2017 Winter Travel Season Program – Morak Morak Busan Winter Story”, where tourists can enjoy eateries at traditional markets and hot springs in Busan through January 30.

Image: Wikicommons

KTO Recruiting Participants for “K-Drama Festa in PyeongChang”

In celebration of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics G-1 anniversary, the Korea Tourism Organization and Gangwon Province are hosting a ‘K-Drama Festa in PyeongChang’ on February 18 at Pyeongchang’s Yongpyong Dome.

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - 65th Anniversary

Dispatches: Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum

Step into Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum and the most immediate thing that strikes you is a clock hanging behind a glass panel. It stopped working at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, the minute the nuclear bomb was detonated over the city.

baseball lotte

Giants Hwang Jae-gyun to Leave the KBO

Infielder for the Lotte Giants Hwang Jae-gyun has decided to leave the Korean Baseball Organization to challenge the Major Leagues.


South Korea to Spend $780 Million on PyeongChang Preparations

The sports ministry said that South Korea plans to spend 937.2 billion won (US$779.7 million) this year in support for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games preparations.

Image: Lexington Herald-Ledger

Lotte Giants Add Former Blue Jay Andrew Burns

The Lotte Giants have added second baseman Andrew Burns from overseas, finalizing their three international players for this season.






HQ bar