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Brrrrr. Busan Hits Record Lows

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Brrrrrr. Record Breaking Cold in Busan

If you were thinking this past weekend that it was one of the coldest days you’ve ever experienced in Busan, you’d be right.

The temperature dipped to -12.8’C (9’ F) on Sunday morning, the coldest day in Busan since 1915. However, with the windchill, it felt more like -19.8’C in the city. Ulsan also broke a 44-year-old record with a low of -13.5’C.

It doesn’t appear that it will get much warmer anytime soon either, as high temperatures for this week are between 2’C and 5’C, though at least it will be sunny.

Bundle up and stay warm, but keep this in mind — at least you’re not in Seoul which reached -26’C with the windchill on Sunday. Ouch!

 

Upcoming Musicals in Busan

The musical ‘Peter Pan’ will be performed at KBS Hall in Namcheon-dong, on January 22nd and 23rd. The first show begins at 11 a.m. and the second show starts at 2:30 p.m.

If you’re worried about the quality of the production, don’t be: they use the original ZFX flying effects, which is the leading U.S. company in theatrical effects. Peter Pan will be flying all over the stage, as well as over the audience, so it looks to be a good show for kids and parents alike.

Tickets range from 33,000 to 55,000 won.  For more information, you can contact 1600-1716.

On the same weekend, the musical 'The Ballerina Who Fell in Love With a B-boy' will be playing at Busan Citizen’s Hall in Beomil-dong. Tickets range from 44,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, you can contact (02) 2266-3727.


On February 4th through the 13th, there will also be an encore presentation of ‘Mama Mia’ at Busan Citizen’s Hall. 

Performances are held everyday, except Mondays.

Jasper Johnson Pours in 46 Points in KBO Action

The KT Sonic Boom maintained the overall spot this week, and increased their win streak to six games with a 96-91 victory over KCC Egis on Sunday in front of a packed crowd at Sajik Indoor Stadium.

Jasper Johnson scored a career high 46 points, including a crucial 3 pointer to send the game into overtime. He then took over and scored nine points in the extra frame to seal the victory. Park Sang-oh added 22 points for KT, while Ha Seung-jin scored 26 for KCC in a losing effort.

The victory leaves KT with a 24-8 record, increasing their lead to 1.5 games over second place Incheon ET Land.

The Boom have two home games this week: Tuesday night against Seoul Samsung, and Friday night’s big game against second place Incheon. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Changwon to get 9th KBO Team

Last week in Seoul, the KBO’s owners voted to accept two more teams into the league, hoping to have ten teams in the league so it may be possible for two divisions. The expansion of the new teams will likely take place in 2013. 

As reported here earlier, Changwon appears to be the lucky recipient of the first franchise. Only one club, the Lotte Giants, opposed a quick expansion, as a team in Changwon has the possibility to cut into Lotte’s extremely large fan base. Lotte is the only club to have drawn more than 1 million fans in each of the past three seasons, and in total, 6,400,000 people attended games around the country last year.

NCsoft Corp., an online game developer, looks to be the sponsor most likely to gain the rights to start the Changwon-based team.

Though the other franchise has not been identified, rumors are that Ansan, in Gyeongi Province, seems to be the front-runner, with sponsor Hyundai Engineering building the first domed stadium
in the country.

Jeff Liebsch has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Eurobasket, Tribal Football and Yonhap News. He can be followed on Twitter at @chevybusan.

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