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Heatwave in Busan Continues

The ‘tropical nights phenomenon’ was in effect again last night in Busan and Gyeongnam. The nighttime temperature in the area has been at least 25 degrees for the past five days in Busan, Gimhae and Yangsan. Heat waves will become much stronger in the afternoon, with heat warnings being expanded to all parts of Busan […]

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Police to Crackdown on Drunk Drivers

Highway patrol units from the Busan Regional Metropolitan Police Agency will begin enhanced crackdowns on drunk driving with checkpoints being setup at highway tollgates and entrances to popular summer vacation spots including beaches and amusement parks. Local police will assign 34 police officers per day from now until the end of August to oversee the […]


Hyundai Design Secrets Leaked to China

Korean police have detained two people and suspect 20 other for allegedly leaking Hyundai Motor Group car designs to a Chinese car company. Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said that a former employee of a Hyundai subcontractor, identified only as Kim (per Korea’s strict confidentiality laws), is suspected of having stolen designs for the company’s latest models last year from […]

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Trial English Program Set to Begin for Elementary School Students

A Busan official has said that the city will support an intensive English program for elementary school students in daycare programs, a first-time offering in the city. The trial program will be open to elementary students in second, third and fourth grade from ten schools in western Busan. The city will decide whether to expand […]

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Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival Begins

The 10th Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival kicked off yesterday at the Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae and will run until August 4. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘We are All Unique’, with more than 120 films from nearly 30 countries being shown during the festival. In addition to film screenings, […]

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BeFM Documentary Wins Major Radio Honor

The special documentary, “The Korean Wave, Shaking North Korea,” produced by the Busan English Broadcasting Foundation (BeFM) recently won a gold Radio Award for social issues at the 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs announced the 2015 award-winners on Monday, […]

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Bon Jovi Returns to Korea in September

Grammy award winning rocker, Bon Jovi, will return to South Korea after a 20-year hiatus with a concert scheduled at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, set for September 22nd. “We are excited to reunite with our Korean fans again after 20 years! See you on Sept. 22, 2015,” Jon Bon Jovi said. Formed in 1983 in […]

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Smoking Rate Drops Amongst Korean Men

A survey finds that the male adult smoking rate in the country has sharply dropped since the steep hike in cigarette prices early this year. The Health and Welfare Ministry conducted a telephone survey of 25-hundred men and women for 15 days beginning in May and found that 35 percent of South Korean adult men […]


The Drag Prom Strikes Again!

It’s that time of year again when the beautiful people of Busan celebrate diversity in all its forms! Step right up to the Busan Drag Prom! On July 4th, KSU is going to be draped in red, white and blue fabulousness… Come be part of the event of the summer! Our theme: “Americana, Who’s your Mama?” Since […]

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KTO Releases MERS Prevention Information

The Korean Tourism Organization has released information on advised preventive and corrective measures for safe travel in Korea. ■ Overview of MERS and Symptoms Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). *MERS have been linked to countries in and […]

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Subway to Open New Busan Location in PKNU

Subway will open its second location in Busan with its newest location set across from Pukyoung National University. The new location is set to open July 23rd according to the company’s Korean website. The store is located in the Kyungsung/Pukyoung University district at the stoplight closest to the edge of the Pukyoung National University campus’ […]

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Review: Maitre Artisan French Bakery in Namcheon

In a town that before three years ago lacked many dedicated French restaurants, it is good to report that June 2014 saw the opening of the bakery Maitre Artisan (master artisan), which lives up to its name by having a French chef. A native of Angers in the Loire Valley, Damien Guilleux studied cooking and […]

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Centum Beer Festival Postponed

The annual Centum Beer Festival, scheduled to take place from June 25th – July 4th, has been postponed until further notice due to the MERS outbreak in Korea. The organizers of the event notified ticket holders on their official website and Facebook page that pre-ticket holders can hold onto their tickets until the event is […]

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Gimhae Airport to Get More International Flights

The number of airplanes leaving and arriving each hour, or “slot”, at Gimhae International Airport will increase by 1 to 2 times next month. Kim Do-eub, a lawmaker of the Special Committee on Budget and Accounts, said it received the go ahead from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of National […]

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Nurimaru APEC House Extends Hours for Summer Holidays

Nurimaru APEC House has extended its opening hours to 8 p.m. in the evening during the summer holidays. The hours will take effect from July 21 through August 20, 2015. Regular opening hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. Extended Summer hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 8:00 p.m. Source: Busan City News The Latest Haps  

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German TV Network to Highlight Haeundae Beach

A German broadcasting company has selected Busan’s Haeundae Beach as one of the top three beaches in the world for its upcoming documentary about the world’s beaches. An official from the Haeundae District Office said that the second largest public broadcasting company in Germany, ZDF TV, will capture various images at the beach including the […]

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S. Korea Women Gear Up For East Asia Cup

South Korea announced a 23-player roster for its women’s national football team today for an upcoming regional tournament, with the majority having recently played at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Head coach Yoon Duk-yeo’s lineup for the Women’s East Asian Cup features 18 players who took South Korea to the round of 16 at the […]

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Gwangju Summer Universiade Considered a Big Success

The 2015 Summer Universiade was “a big success” thanks to hard work put in by local organizers and volunteers, the head of the event’s international organizing body said today. Claude-Louis Gallien, president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), said that all delegations were “very happy” to have taken part in the Universiade, in Gwangju. […]

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Public Outdoor Swimming Pool at Hwamyeong Ecological Park to Open June 27

The city of Busan has announced that outdoor public swimming returns to Hwamyeong Ecological Park on June 27th. ❍ Period: Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, August 30 Open only Saturdays and Sundays from June 27 – July 16, 2015 Open daily from Friday, July 17, 2015 ❍ Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on […]