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Alleycon Korea 2015

Alleycon Returns to Gwangju September 19-20

Alleycon, the wildly popular geekfest gathering in Gwangju, is back for its third year. Jordan VanHartingsveldt gives us a little history behind the event.


Nearly 75% of Busan’s Students Get Private Education

The Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education has announced that 73.3 percent of students in elementary, middle and high schools in the city receive private education. A survey on private education was conducted by the education office in April, with 62,470 parents being the respondents. According to the survey, private education participation rate was 78.8 …

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New International Passenger Terminal Boasts Top-tier Amenities

The new International Passenger Terminal in Busan, Asia’s largest, just had its grand opening on Aug. 26 and began full operations from Aug. 31. The new terminal is fully outfitted, and includes an international passenger terminal, gate, warehouse, rest area and duty-free shops. The venue takes up 93,000 square meters, equivalent to 13 football fields. …


Catholic University of Busan Receives City’s Highest Ranking

The Catholic University of Busan was the only four-year university in Busan to receive a score of “A” given under the government’s university structural reform evaluation program. Eleven universities, including Busan National University and Dong-A University, received grades of “B” with Kyungsung University and Silla University receiving marks of “C”. No universities in the city …

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2015 Busan Maru International Music Festival Begins September 3

The 6th Busan Maru International Music Festival (BMIMF), supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Busan Metropolitan City and organized by the BMIMF Organizing Committee, will be held from September 3~11 at the Busan Cultural Center, Eulsukdo Cultural Center and Busan National Gugak Center. Since its inauguration in 2010, this annual classical …


Park Joong-hoon, Moon So-ri Named Jury for BIFF Actors Award

The 20th Busan International Film Festival announced the jury for this year’s Actor & Actress of the Year award: Park Joong-Hoon and Moon So-ri. The Actor & Actress of the Year award is an effort to focus more attention on actors and actresses. One renowned Korean actor and actress each select an actor and an …


BIFF International VIP List Released

Actresses Tilda Swindon, Tang Wei and actor Chang Chen are slated to appear at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival this year as the festival has released its VIP international guest list. A host of international directors, including directors Johnnie To, Lav Diaz, Eric Khoo and Jia Zhangke are also scheduled to appear. Also in attendance …

Alleycon Korea 2015

Alleycon Returns to Gwangju September 19-20

Alleycon, the wildly popular geekfest gathering in Gwangju, is back for its third year. Jordan VanHartingsveldt gives us a little history behind the event.


Free Translation Services for Foreigners Expanded from 7 to 12 Languages

The City of Busan and the Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA) have expanded free interpretation and translation services offered to foreigners from a total of 7 to 12 languages. Since September 2012, Busan and the BFIA have been providing free interpretation and translation services to foreigners who have difficulty communicating in Korean, in particular …


Busan to Launch Suicide Prevention Campaign

The city of Busan has announced that it will launch various suicide prevention activities and campaigns to promote September as a month of ‘respect for life’. In celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, the city will host a commemoration ceremony as well as cultural performances focused on a respect for life at …


Subway to Open New PNU Location

Subway is coming to PNU this September as the world’s largest fast food operator has announced its fourth Busan location opening on September 19th on its Korean website. The stores opening, along with a new Ilsan location in Gyeongi province, will be the 139th and 140th locations in the country. The Latest Haps    

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Les Planches on Songjeong Beach Brings Another Taste of France

Though still nowhere near Seoul in its number of French eateries, Busan has further consolidated its second place position with Les Planches, which opened in December 2014. And unlike the other four dedicated French restaurants in this town–Tres Bon, Merciel, Le Jardin and The Living Room–this one is not hard to find: it is a …


“Tim Mortons” Knock-off Makes Canadian Headlines

A South Korean knock-off product copying Canada’s beloved Tim Horton’s coffee franchise made headlines this week in national media outlets in Canada after a report in the Toronto Star about a “Tim Morton’s” coffee spotting in Dongdaemun by a Canadian expat teacher. According to the Toronto Star, Canadian teacher Mike Elgar spotted a familiar name …

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Expats Look Back on Busan Then and Now

From nightlife to the price of a subway seat, longtime expats recall how Korea’s second largest city has evolved.


25 Things to do in Busan

Having friends or family coming to Busan for a visit? Or planning a visit to the city? Though it’s by no means a complete list of what the city has to offer, HAPS gives you 25 great starting options to get out and have fun.

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Air Busan Has Highest Percent of Aging Aircraft in Korea

A new report shows that AirBusan, a local low-cost airline, has the highest percentage of aging aircraft in the country. An official from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said that 35 percent of the airline’s fleet is more than 15 years old, totaling 5 of the company’s 14 airplanes. The total includes one …

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Kim Yu-na Named Ambassador of 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Retired figure skating champion Kim Yu-na on Thursday was named an ambassador for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Norway. To mark her appointment, Kim visited the Norwegian city of Lillehammer where she paid a visit to the Youth Olympic Village and met local organizers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said …


Songjeong Beach to Host International Surf Festival

The 2015 Haeundae District Office is set to host the International Surf Festival from September 11 to 13 at Songjeong beach. The competition is made up of eight events and twelve divisions, including a long board event. Various events will be held in conjunction with the international surfing event including surfing lessons for people of …


New Baseball Complex Breaks Ground in Gijang

A baseball complex consisting of the Korea Baseball Hall of Fame, a baseball stadium and indoor practice fields will be established in Busan. A Gijang-gun official revealed that the county has begun construction on the complex located in 425-1, Dongbaek-ri, Ikwang-myeon. Four baseball fields for public use will also be built at the site. After …


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