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Busan Writing Group Now Meeting Sundays in Seomyeon

If you are an aspiring writer in the Busan area who would appreciate input from others like yourself, but cannot make the Wednesday night meetings in Oncheonjang, then here is some good news.  Starting March 29th, BWG will meet every other Sunday at the Angel-in-us cafe near Seomyeon yeok’s exit 7 at 3 pm.  The […]


27 Samsung C & T Employees in Bizarre Surveillance of Elderly Stockholder

Last week, Samsung C&T, the founding company of the present day Samsung conglomerate empire, posted an official apology on their blog from company president Choi Chi-hun. The statement from Choi read: “Our employees kept watch on a civil petitioner’s movement, which was very wrong to do, in preparation for the stockholders’ general meeting. It is something that cannot […]


City Drug Crackdown Nets 46

The drug task force of Busan Regional Police Agency carried out a crackdown on people who committed drug related offenses from October 2014 to February 2015. A total of 46 people were arrested, including five gang members. Also, a 39-year-old man charged with drug related crime, identified by his surname Lee, swung a baseball bat […]

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South Korea – New Zealand Ink FTA

South Korea formally signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand today, the latest in a series of deals Seoul has inked to boost the country’s exports. South Korean President Park Geun-hye and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key observed the signing of a deal after their summit talks at the presidential office. The signing […]


Haps Weekend Picks March 27,28,29

The last week of March is here bringing with it the some nice spring weather and the blooming of the cherry blossoms, sure to make areas of the city congested with traffic all weekend.

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BeFM Expands Frequency Band, Revamps its Programs

With spring coming up, the Busan English Broadcasting (Busan e-FM) radio station will greet listeners with an overhaul. The revamp will include the enlargement of its frequency band, the expansion of Chinese shows and the overall modification of programs. By adding the new frequency band FM 103.3MHz to the existing FM 90.5MHz, the local radio […]

BIFS International Day

Celebrate Diversity on International Day at BIFS

Busan International Foreign School is holding International Day 2015 in Gijang campus on Saturday, April 11th from 10 AM  – 2 PM. This will be a day filled with food, activities, and fun for all ages, as the school invites everyone in the community to celebrate diversity together!


Azaleas Late to Bloom This Year in Busan

The Busan Regional Meteorological Administration announced that azaleas have begun blooming in Busan. This year’s bloom comes 17 days later than last year and four days later than average. For Busan, azaleas began sprouting on March 10, and took 13 days to reach their full bloom. The administration also stated that the reason for the […]

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Credit Card Firms to Remove Active X Framework Soon

Major South Korean credit card firms will remove the Active X framework starting later this week in a bid to enhance convenient and faster e-commerce payments, industry sources said yesterday. The system has been the main cause for complaints from online shoppers. Shinhan Card Co., the largest card issuer by market share; Hyundai Card Co., […]


BNU Hospital Sees 49% Foreign Patient Increase

Busan National University Hospital has reported that 8,067 foreign patients were treated at the main building of the hospital last year, an increase of 49 percent compared to 2013. The total number of foreign patients at all branches, including the Yangsan branch, totaled to about 13,300. A special ward solely for foreign patients was recently […]

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Have Your Say – Do You Want More Foreign Food Chains?

Love them or loathe them, Busan has gotten the short end of the stick on foreign chain restaurants in the country.

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Park Hyatt Busan

Park Hyatt Busan Offers Weekend of French Cuisine

The recent announcement of the “Taste of Spring Vegetables” special menu at the new Park Hyatt Busan in Marine City during the second week of this month can now be supplemented with even more joyful news. Besides the Dining Room, its main restaurant, the Park Hyatt also contains the Living Room, which is dedicated to French […]

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HAPS St. Patrick’s Day Party Guide 2015

March 17th is just around the corner which means it’s once again time for the annual drunkfest that the annual commemoration of Patron Saint Patrick has become. Busan has its fair share of parties, and we’ve got you covered on where to go to celebrate this year. As the party falls on a Tuesday this […]

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Northeast Asian Tourists on the Rise in Busan

A new study shows that the number of tourists from Japan, China and Taiwan, who entered the country through Gimhae airport last year recorded 514,659 people. Among them, about 194,000 people have used AirBusan, a low-cost airline headquartered in Busan, which shows that one out of three foreign tourists have used AirBusan last year. Particularly, […]


The Beauty of Korea’s Bijindo Island – The Weather is Getting Just Right

Most people often find themselves in the situation where they really have the need to get away for a weekend, but don’t necessarily have the budget for it.

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Best Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in Busan

Spring in Busan is a magical time when the entire city transforms into a wonderland of color and scent. According to the Korean Meteorological Administration, March 28th is the date when the blooms should make their first appearance in Busan. There are several great spots in Busan to check out the flowers this spring if […]

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Park Tae-hwan Suspended 18 Months for Doping

South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan has been suspended for 18 months for an anti-doping violation, officials in Switzerland announced yesterday (local time). The ruling came merely hours after FINA, the international swimming governing body, held a doping hearing with Park in attendance in Lausanne, Switzerland. Park, a four-time Olympic medalist and two-time world […]


KBO Says Leave the Booze at Home

As part of the Korean Baseball Organization’s “B Safe Campaign”, fans will no longer be able to bring in outside alcohol into the leagues stadiums beginning this year. “People will not be allowed to bring alcohol drinks in cans or glass bottles into the stadium from the outside. Paper cups or bottles less than one […]

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Choi Dong-won’s Mom to Throw Opening Day’s First Pitch

The mother of the late former Lotte Giants player Choi Dong-won, has been chosen to throw out the first pitch at the Giants’ opening home game against KT on March 28th. A representative for the Giants said it had come to the decision because of Choi’s popularity among fans due to his being from Busan. […]