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Samsung Considering Raising its Dividend Payout

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said today it is considering raising its dividend payout for the year by up to 50 percent in order to boost shareholder value and join a drive to help pep up sagging domestic demand. The flagship unit of the country’s top conglomerate said in a regulatory filing that […]

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Busan Zoo to Hold Family Caroling Contest

Busan’s only zoo ‘Samjeong The Park’ said that it will host a family caroling contest. The contest is part of the winter season’s Saturday special event program called Zoo Star, a children’s talent show. The preliminaries will run three times on the 20th, 21st and 24th. Source: Busan eFM News The Latest Haps      

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Historic Vote Disbands Pro N. Korean Political Party

South Korea’s Constitutional Court today ordered the dissolution of the Unified Progressive party. It marks the first outlawing of a political party in South Korea since the country adopted its first constitution in 1948. The 8-1 ruling effectively spelled the immediate demise of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) created in 2011. All five sitting lawmakers of […]

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Cold Snap to Continue Until Tomorrow

The morning low today in Busan recorded 5.7 degrees below zero as a cold wave continues today. According to the Busan weather agency, the morning low today of minus 5.7 degrees is 7.2 degrees below the seasonal average. The weather agency said the high temperature in Busan will be around 4 degrees as the cold continues. In […]


Haps Weekend Picks December 19,20,21

The few before Christmas are here, with great events around the city after you get out and finish up your holiday shopping this weekend.

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Sony Pictures Cancels Release of “The Interview”

Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned US release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it. The film is about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Hackers have already carried out a cyber attack on Sony and warned the public to stay away […]

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Interview: Indie Hip Hop Recording Artist Sage Francis

What does a former self-proclaimed non stop “rapper, writer, label CEO, and song and dance man” do after a four-year break from recording and touring? If you’re Sage Francis, you launch yourself back into the world with a critically acclaimed album and an 80-date world tour. Using the hiatus to get some order back into […]


Jirisan Re-Opened to Hikers

An official at the Jirisan National Park office said it has begun fully opening regular hiking courses to the mountain since hiking was restricted from the 17th of last month to prevent forest fires during the autumn season. The office advises climbers to remain cautious of forest fires saying that the risk of forest fires […]

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Coast Guard to Crackdown on Drunk Sailing

The South Regional Headquarters Korea Coast Guard will conduct a special crackdown on drunk-sailing until January 15th of next year. The coast guard predicts that acts of drunken sailing will increase around the coming of the New Year and has decided to conduct a special crackdown on all ships including fishing boats, leisure boats and […]

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Department Stores to Offer Steep Discounts Sunday

US Black Friday fever has swept through large retail stores in Busan this year. Lotte Department Store in Seomyeon will have a “Black Sunday” sale on the 14th offering discounts of up to 80% from over 120 brands. Shinsegae Centum City will also be joining in on “Korean Black Friday”with online shopping websites. Hyundai Department Store […]

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Le Jardin Closed for the Christmas Holidays

Le Jardin, the very popular French restaurant in the Kyungsung University area, will be closed for the Christmas holidays from December 21st through January 1st, 2015. They will re-open for business January 2nd, 2015. The Latest Haps      


Starbucks to Toughen Free Wi-Fi For Foreign Customers

Starbucks has come under fire from its Korean customers over the lax details foreigners need to sign up for its free Wi-Fi service nationwide. Currently, foreign guests at the coffee giant must only register their name and number to use the free service, while Koreans must enter their name, e-mail address, mobile number and carrier. […]


Business Maker Profile: J-Pub’s Min Jae-Ha

If you’ve spent some time dancing in Busan’s hottest clubs or perhaps spent a night on Haeundae beach, you probably know Min Jae-Ha. He is a jet-setting entrepreneur/ bartender/DJ/hotel and club manager/innovator who has transformed the scene here for twenty years running. Even with his success from various popular projects around his beloved Busan, his […]


Pan Star’s “One Night Out” Cruise Gaining Popularity

A new report shows that the number of people who have used Busan port’s One Night Cruise from the Pan Star Corporation that sails along the coast of Busan during the weekend is up to 116,000 people in 10 years after starting service. The survey reflects that nearly half of the passengers are citizens from […]

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Gyeongnam Winter Festivals Look to Attract Visitors

Gyeongnam province has announced 14 places that are worth visiting before the end and beginning of the New Year and during winter vacation. Six winter festivals will be held including Gimhae Christmas, three sunrise places including Samcheonpo Bridge and five places that are worth visiting with children during winter vacation, including the Bugok Hawaii ice […]

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Alien Accommodations on South Korean Shoreline?

Via DeZeen Magazine  Photography by Indiphos / Gimyoun Song. Architect: Yoon Space- design (Seokmin Yoon) / Song Pyoung R/D (Park jungsu)   The Latest Haps [/su_tabs]    


K League Classic Punishes Officials for Bad Calls

The national professional football federation said referees in its top competition made incorrect calls in “one in every seven matches” in the 2014 season. It added that guilty officials were all punished for their mishaps. The K League Classic said referees made wrong calls in 33 out of 225 matches this past season, revealing for the […]


Biggest Local Sled Park Open Until March

LetsRun Park Busan Gyeongnam of the Korean Horse Affairs Association will begin its operations of its horse theme sledding slope. The horse theme sledding slope is 20 meters in width, 8 meters in height and 100 meters in length, and is established in the 8,750 square meter parking lot of the park. It is the largest […]


South Korea to Face Saudi Arabia in Final AFC Tune-up

South Korea will take on Saudi Arabia in its final tune-up match before the AFC Asian Cup football tournament next month, officials said today. The 2015 Asian Cup will kick off on Jan 9th in Australia. South Korea will play Saudi Arabia on Jan. 4th at 6:00 pm in Sydney Korean Time, six days before its […]