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Sewol Protest

Tensions High Between Police and Sewol Protestors in Seoul [VIDEO]

Sewol demonstrations have been taking place in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square  on-and-off since the April 2014 ferry sinking, but a planned sit-in and march to the Blue House this weekend has seen a sizable rise in tensions as police put up barricades while deploying water cannons and pepper spray to contain what they call an illegal protest. Amnesty International is […]

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Korea Mourns One Year Anniversary of Sewol Tragedy

President Park Geun-hye today offered deep condolences to the family members of those killed in last year’s deadly ferry disaster. It comes as South Korea marks the first anniversary of the tragedy with somber ceremonies across the country. Park gave a national address at the southwestern port of Paengmok at Jin Island, near the shipwreck […]

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Gov’t Holds Aviation Safety Meeting

The South Korean government said today it plans to hold a safety inspection meeting with officials from eight local airlines, one day after an Asiana airplane veered off the runway while landing at Japan’s Hiroshima airport, injuring 18 passengers. The accident quickly renewed airline safety concerns, which first attracted special attention in July 2013 after […]

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Bulmosan Tunnel Rates to Rise

The minimum toll rates for the Bulmosan (불모산) Tunnel, the second phase of the Busan-Changwon private investment project, will be increased from the existing 900 won to 1,100 won. An official of Gyeonnam said that the fees will be adjusted to 1,100 won for compact vehicles, 1,700 won for mid-sized vehicles, and 2,300 won for […]


Haps Weekend Picks April 17,18,19

A great weekend of activities is planned around the city to enjoy.

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BIFF, Venice Film Fest to Collaborate on Asian Film

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and the Venice International Film Festival will work together to support Asian independent films. The Asian Cinema Fund of BIFF announced that it has concluded an agreement to support one Asian film to be selected among three projects by ‘Biennale College Cinema’, a budget cinema support program run by […]


BISFF Tickets Go On Sale

The Busan International Short Film Festival has announced that it started its ticket reservation service for the opening film and other screening films from today. This year’s film festival will be held at the Busan Cinema Center from the 24th to the 28th. Tickets can be reserved online through the center’s website. The ticket price […]

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Kakao Story Most Popular SNS in Korea

KakaoStory, a photo-sharing service operated by Daum Kakao Corp., was the most popular social networking service (SNS) in South Korea last year, a poll showed today. The service outpaced Facebook and other global platforms. According to the survey conducted by Hankook Research on 9,381 people aged between 13 and 69, 51.8% picked KakaoStory as their […]

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Only 3 in 10 Have Healthy Lifestyles in Busan

A new report shows that only three out of ten Busan residents have healthy lifestyles. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s 2014 survey on the health of local communities, only 30.5% of the respondents in Busan were non-smokers, walked more than thirty minutes a day for more than five days a week, and […]


Smoking at Record Low, Drinking at All-Time High Among Koreans

Drinking among South Korean adults hit an all-time high last year, while the smoking rate edged down to a record low, a poll showed yesterday. The drinking rate for adults — those who drink once or more per month — rose to a record high of 60.8 percent last year, up from 59.5 percent tallied […]

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Koreans Eating More Meat, Much Less Rice

South Koreans are consuming more meat than ever while their annual intake of rice continues to set record lows every year, a government report showed today. According to the report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the country’s annual per capita consumption of meat came to 42.7 kilograms in 2013, up nearly […]

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Le Jardin Adds Four New Wines

Kyungsung area French restaurant Le Jardin has added four new wines to its ever-expanding wine collection. Red: Château de Fesles (Anjou Vieilles Vignes 2012) and Château Le Pey (Médoc 2011) White: Les Dauphins  (Côtes du Rhône Réserve) Rosé: Château de Fesles (Rosé d’Anjou 2013) You can check out the popular French restaurants information here. The Latest Haps

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Binggrae Recalls 128k Cartons of Melon Milk

Purchasers of Binggrae’s popular “Melon Milk” will want to check their cartons after a Gimhae-based factory recalled 128,000 cartons of the milk after being found to contain salmonella. According to the company, the milk was processed on March 31 and has an expiration date of April 11th. A lab report found the bacteria Thursday prompting […]

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Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams Begins Operations Saturday

An official of Saha-gu, Busan said that the Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams will officially open on April 18th with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. that day. The fountain is scheduled to operate until November 1. From Tuesday to Sunday every week during the operational period, visitors can enjoy playing in the fountain and […]

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Weather Hampers Jinhae Cherry Blossom Fest Attendance

Recent data shows that a total of 2.52 million people visited the 53rd Jinhae Gunhang Naval Port Festival that was held from April 1 to 10. The number represents a 500,000 decrease from normal years. The festival’s organizing committee revealed that approximately three million people visit the festival each year, but this year’s figures were […]

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Travel in Korea: Seonyu-do

Sometimes we all need a little time away. The balli-balli life that many of us, foreign or Korean, live in Busan can drive one crazy. The islands hugging the Korean coastline have been a refuge for anyone looking to escape the city, relax and find a little (comparative) peace and quiet. While most of us have been to Geoje or Jeju, there are dozens of smaller, less popular islands within reach of Busan. Among the best of the bunch is Seonyu-do.

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Jeonbuk Make History With Victory of Busan IPark

Down but not out, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors got a piece of South Korean professional soccer history Wednesday night, thanks to a 2-1, come-from-behind away victory over Busan IPark. After rallying from a second-half deficit in the K League Classic showdown, Jeonbuk has not lost in 21 matches. They tie the record for the longest unbeaten […]

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Korea Gets Easy Draw For 2nd Round of Asian WC Qualifiers

Korea will take on Burma, Kuwait, Laos and Lebanon in the second round of Asian qualifiers, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The results of Tuesday’s draw in Kuala Lumpur appear largely favorable for Korea, which has avoided such potentially troublesome opponents as Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Uli Stielike, manager of the […]


Former Player Cho Dong-hyun Named KT Sonic Boom Coach

Busan’s KT Sonicboom, the local member of the Korean Basketball League, have appointed former Ulsan Mobis coach Cho Dong-hyeon as the new head coach. Cho was a Busan KT franchise star from 2004 to 2013, showing strong leadership as a team captain. He expressed his desire to reform Sonic Boom into a team with strong […]