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Heavy Rain, Strong Winds Expected Until Tomorrow

A low pressure system coming from the central area will affect the southern region, as heavy rainfall this morning in Busan saw 17 millimeters by 7 a.m.  The Busan Weather Agency has also forecasted an additional 40 to 100 more millimeters, or up to four inches of rain until tomorrow. The weather agency also forecasts strong winds tomorrow […]


Interview: Busan Jin-gu Police Chief Lee Soon-young

Safety is one of the biggest concerns when one visits overseas, but Lee Soon-young, Chief of Police of Busan-jin Police Station in Seomyeon, assures tourists and residents alike that safety is the key priority for officers around the nation. Lee, who took over the reigns of the largest precinct in the city in early July […]

Gilded Age

Welcome Back to the Gilded Age and Other Dangers to American Democracy

A recent television documentary on the History channel provided much interesting information..

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Breaking News: 15 Dead, 10 Injured at Outdoor Concert

At least 15 people are dead and 10 are critically injured after a facility covering a ventilation window at an outdoor theater crashed.


Kristjan Järvi Absolute Ensemble to Perform With Sarah Chang

Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi leads the exciting new project, Absolute Korea, featuring violinist Sarah Chang with a performance next Sunday, October 26th, at the Busan Cinema Center Outdoor Theater. Show time begins at 7 p.m. According to the group, they take familiar traditional and modern Korean songs and add a pinch of modern flavor. The Korean-inspired […]

The Move Film

Review: Marat Sarulu’s ‘The Move’

Marat Surulu’s The Move, a rare film festival entry for the nation of Kyrgyzstan, is a laborious, meditative, and plodding film. Though the sedating tendencies of its pace stymie the easy enjoyment of the nearly three hour epic, The Move will crawl into one’s senses as Surulu hypnotizes the viewer with beautiful cinematography. The mise-en-scene of the […]

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Haps Weekend Picks October 17,18,19

October continues its tradition of being one of the best months in the city for events as another weekend of great activities is planned around the city.

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Guide to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Plenipotentiary Conference, dubbed the “IT Olympics,” is set to kick off in Busan. It is slated to open today at BEXCO in Centum City for three weeks from Oct. 20-Nov. 7. The conference is one of three recent mega-scale global events along with Russia’s Sochi Winter Olympics last February and Brazil’s […]

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Coffee Makers in Korea: Choose Your Brew

A homebrewed cup can wake you up without the guilt of a 5,000-won latte

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Fast Fashion and the Clothing Swap

Locally based English teachers Kara Bemis and Brittney Gail Desch have organised  a seasonal clothing swap, and they hope it is the first of many. The event is to be held at Table Talk English Cafe in KSU on Sunday, October 19th from 2pm-5pm. In a recent interview Kara explains the event is meant to […]


The Big 2014 Haps Halloween Guide

Browse our guide and start making your plans for fright-night now.


Egg McMuffins Go On Promotion

McDonald’s Korea has cut the price of its McMorning Egg McMuffin by 900 won during its latest promotion. The breakfast special usually priced at 2,400 won is now on sale for 1,500 won through November 6th. The Egg McMuffin is one of the biggest breakfast sellers for the company and comes with Canadian bacon, egg […]


Pizza Hut Korea Pushing the Envelope: Dinner and Dessert in a Pizza?

Pizza Hut Korea’s new offering tests the bounds of mixing dinner and dessert together with its “Star Edge Pizza”. Shaped like a star, the new pizza is surf and turf on top, with shrimp, calamari, homemade sausage, bacon, and steak. The crust is folded into bite-sized turnovers, filled with either cranberry and cream cheese or a cinnamon apple […]


Day Tripping: Wonderful Oedo

One of the most secretive islands in Korea’s past, Oedo (pronounced WAY-do), is a little bit of paradise less than two hours from Busan and offers nature at its best for anyone looking for a respite from the city. The small, 14.5-hectare island, just a 20-minute boat ride south of Goeje Island, gives the impression […]


The Charms of Changnyeong County, Part I

The county’s main claims to historical fame are that a minor victory over the Japanese was scored there in 1592

Suwon Festival

Photos: Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

Fall in South Korea brings with it the perfect outdoors temperature to make the most of being outdoors. One of the best ways to enjoy a day in the sun is to experience a few of the abundant festivals taking place all over the peninsula. Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival runs over five days from Wednesday […]


IPark Dominate Gyeongnam 4-0

The Busan IPark used their best offensive output of the season to easily defeat Gyeongnam 4-0 at the Asiad World Cup Stadium Sunday afternoon. With the victory, their second in a row and seventh of the seasson, the IPark moved into ninth place, one point ahead of Seongnam. The IPark are now undefeated in five […]


Samsung Clinches Fourth Straight Reg. Season Title

The Samsung Lions clinched their fourth consecutive pennant in the top South Korean baseball league with a narrow victory on Wednesday.

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KT Defeats LG 84-79, Improves to 2-1

Five KT players scored in double digits as the new look KT Sonic Boom improved to 2-1 on the season with an 84-79 victory over last year’s league finalists LG Sakers in Changwon. Marcus Lewis and Yoon Yeo-gwan led the KT attack with 14 points each, with Lewis adding 11 rebounds. KT outscored LG 24-15 […]