Santa buses in Busan


With Christmas just around the corner, it’s common to see Christmas decorations adorning storefronts and lining the streets. However, it’s less common to find not 1, but 2 entire buses fully decked out in Christmas decor. Thanks to 2 enthusiastic bus drivers in Busan, the city now has 2 Santa buses bringing Christmas cheer to commuters this holiday season


Santa buses started with bus No. 77 in Busan


Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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On 2nd December 2020, the first Santa bus of the year hit the streets of Busan.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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The bus driver of Bus No. 77 voluntarily transformed his vehicle into a Santa bus using a variety of string lights, tube lights, and hanging light ornaments. He explained that he wanted to comfort citizens in these trying times by bringing Christmas cheer to everyone.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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The bus features rainbow-coloured lights and snow-themed decorations.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
Image adapted from: @w_ooon

Encouraging messages such as “today, you did well again” can be seen on the window frames, and Christmas stockings with free candy are hung throughout the bus.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
Image credit: @w_ooon


2nd Santa bus arrived on 16 Dec


Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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Soon after the 1st decorated bus was spotted, another bus driver in Busan also had the same idea and transformed his bus, No. 115-1, into a Santa bus. However, instead of filling it with rainbow lights like bus No. 77, the driver went for a cosy Christmas theme and a giant inflatable Santa perched atop the bus.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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The bus is decorated with felt Christmas trees, tinsel garlands, baubles, Santa hats, and a huge festive carpet spanning the aisle of the bus. The decor follows a festive colour scheme – red, green, silver, and gold – ensuring a cosy yet celebratory vibe.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
Image credit: @8.6.0.7

The fun doesn’t stop at the decorations – the bus driver also plays upbeat Christmas tunes so that passengers can hum along on their commute.

Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
Image adapted from: @water_hv

Imagine seeing your regular bus pull up at the bus stop with a giant Santa Claus laying on top – that’ll definitely put a smile on your face.


Santa buses in Busan, an annual tradition


Santa Buses Busan - Christmas decor
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@jung4828

Every year, bus drivers take the initiative to decorate their buses for the festive season. Besides Christmas, some even choose to decorate their buses for other occasions such as Halloween and Valentines Day.

Kudos to the bus drivers who go the extra mile and bring joy to commuters by decorating their vehicles.

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Cover image adapted from: @jujuju3840 and @8.6.0.7