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Gaze at the Stars at the Busan Citizen’s Observatory

The Geumnyeonsan Youth Center will open the Busan Citizen’s Observatory to the public to give people the opportunity to gaze at the stars. The observatory is open every Saturday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. from February through December and admission is free. The observatory will run the following programs and activities: △ An astronomy lecture △ […]


German Classes to be Made Available

The Goethe-Institut Korea has launched its Busan Language Center at Germany Building, in Daechang-dong, Jung-gu (district), in Busan, and the center is now ready to greet citizens. The establishment aims to spread high-end German education in the Busan region and promote German culture. At the center, Busan citizens or any resident in the nearby area […]

BIFS Art Week

BIFS Holding Art Exhibition on Campus

Busan International Foreign School invites the local community to a whole school Art exhibition in the school gymnasium on Monday 2nd March from 2:30 until 4:30. Artworks created by the BIFS Elementary and Middle/High School students will be on display.

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Outbound Travelers Hits Record High in January

The number of outbound travelers hit a record high last month as cheaper airfare and the strong local currency encouraged more Koreans to head abroad, the state-run tourism agency said today. A total of 1.83 million Koreans traveled overseas in January, up 24.9 percent from a year ago, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) said. The […]

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Naturally 7 in Concert Sunday Afternoon

Formed in 1999, the distinct a cappella team from New York, who opened for Michael Buble’s ‘Crazy Love Tour,’ hits the main theater at the Busan Cultural Center for an evening of R&B and beatboxing, which have made them acclaimed around the world. ○Date & Time: March 1, 2015 5:00p.m. ○Venue: Busan Cultural Center ○Tickets: […]

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Korean Office Chairs that Cure Menstrual Cramps, Hangovers & More!

Korean chair maker Duoback has put together a fun and immensely popular ad campaign for their office chairs. Chairs so amazing that they help you find love with a co-worker, diminish menstrual cramps, cure hunger, and even take care of that brutal hangover from the night before. Just sitting in the chair will help you […]


CJ Hellovision Teams up with Google for Chromecast in Korea

  This past May, CJ Hellovision, Korea’s largest cable company, along with their streaming service TVing, launched a partnership with Google to make Korea the first country in Asia to offer Chromecast and its multi-device streaming technology. The 49,900 won device, which is available from places such as Hi-Mart and GMarket, makes good use of […]

Korean Ramen

Giving Your Next Ramen a Little bit of Flair

There is seldom a sense of refinement in the area of ubiquity. But Stacy Austin takes a shot at it with the anytime-anywhere meal that is Korean ramen.

Samsung Listening

Samsung Rewords Privacy Policy, Would like World to Calm Down

It all started with Samsung’s seldom read privacy policy that warns customers should: “be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.” Well now. That certainly sounds scary. That said, it […]


Busan Reforms its Policy on Medical Tourism

The City of Busan has announced a reorganization of its medical tourism policy, shifting from a focus on attracting foreign patients to an overall approach to medical care including anti-aging, bio, clinical tests, and health care industrialization. The city will also aim to attract domestic and overseas outstanding hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and medical tourism hotels, […]

Korean Yukhoe Steak Tartare

Variations on a Theme: French Steak Tartare Versus Korean Yukhoe

Some tell tales of culinarily ignorant American tourists in France who order steak tartare because they have heard of it and it sounds fancy, only to be mortified when they receive a plate of raw beef. I hereby admit that I was such as one of those mentioned above, but that rather than revulsion I […]


Blissful Busan Brunches: 5 Excellent Cafes You Need to Try

No matter how you like your eggs, pancakes or waffles (oh, my!), we’ve got you covered.

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Le Jardin Offers Winter Specials

Le Jardin, the popular French eatery in the Kyungsung/Pukyoung University area, has three winter specials on offer including mulled wine, beer and Raclette in addition to their always ever-expanding menu. With a menu that focuses on freshest produce, enjoy seasonal and daily specials at one of the cities best eateries.   The Latest Haps


Direct Route Between Busan-Helsinki in the Works

The opening of a direct route to Europe is moving toward completion at Gimhae International Airport. An official of Busan city said senior staff members from Finnair, the national airline of Finland, will visit Busan today and tomorrow, to discuss the opening of the direct route between Busan and Helsinki. The flight time between the […]

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Air Busan’s New Busan-Yanji Service to Open up Mt. Baekdu Tours

Air Busan, the city’s local airline, began a regular scheduled service to Yanji on January 7. This service, the 12th regular international route of Air Busan, is the first service provided by national airlines and will fly every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Passengers who live in the Yeongnam area, especially those living in Busan, can […]


5 Fascinating Temples you Need to Visit Before Leaving Korea

With thousands of Buddhist temples spread throughout the country, there certainly is no shortage of richly historic locations of the ancient philosophy. Haps has put together a collection of some to get you started.


Giants to Play 10 Games in Ulsan This Season

The Korea Baseball Organization has announced that 10 of the Lotte Giants’ home games for the 2015 season will be held in Ulsan. Three consecutive matches against the Hanwha Eagles from May 29th to 31st, and the NC Dinos from July 21st to 23rd will be held at Ulsan Stadium. Additionally, back-to-back games exhibition games […]

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KFA President Vies for FIFA Board Position

Jeong Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association (KFA), has registered his candidacy for a seat on the FIFA Executive Committee, the domestic football governing body said today. The KFA said that the 53 year old Jeong submitted his registration with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) earlier today. According to the KFA, the AFC president […]

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South Korea Rises to 54th in FIFA Rankings

Buoyed by its runner-up finish at the AFC Asian Cup in January, South Korea jumped 15 spots to No. 54 in the latest FIFA rankings announced today. South Korea soared in the FIFA standings after staying at No. 69 — its all-time low — over the past three months. At the Asian Cup in Australia, […]