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Gukje Market Benefitting from Movie Success

A new study shows that after the movie “Gukje Market” has been released, the number of people visiting the market in Busan has increased by three times. The Busan City and Jung-gu office said after the showing of the movie on December 17th, an average of about 80 thousand people visit Gukje Market every day. […]

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Four Koreans Released After Philippines Gang Kidnapping

Four South Korean nationals have been released after being held as hostages by an unidentified gang for four days in the Philippines, Seoul’s foreign ministry said today. The release was made late Monday, four days after a 35-year-old man, only identified by his surname Cho, and another three men were kidnapped in the city of […]

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Part Ownership of Dodgers in the name of the Republic of Korea?

Last week, the Korea Joongang Daily and Naver Sports reported that a Seoul-based investment group was looking to buy a 20% stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers for about $370 million. An unnamed source was quoted as saying: “The consortium [of Korean investors] was formed when one of the five joint owners tried to sell his shares. The deal […]

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iPhone Captures a Record 33 Percent of Korean Market

With the release of Apple’s larger screen iPhone 6 series, the Cupertino, California-based company has put a big dent in Samsung’s dominant slice of the home turf market. Apple captured a record 33 percent market share in South Korea for the month of November, which was the highest ever for a foreign brand. This caused Samsung’s share to […]

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City Denies it Pressured BIFF Director Lee to Step Down From Post

The Busan city government’s alleged pressure on the director of the Busan International Film Festival, or BIFF, to step down have sparked fierce backlash from the local film circle. Citing film industry sources, local dailies reported Saturday that a high-ranking official in the city government recently met with BIFF director Lee Yong-kwan to deliver the […]

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Busan International Music Festival – Through Feb. 2

The Busan International Music Festival is a chamber music-oriented festival where the world’s best performers work together to create a perfect ensemble and show and instruct their excellent skills to participatory students through Music Academy. Event Details Period: January 27- February 2, 2015 Venue: Busan Cultural Center Tickets: R 50,000 won / S 40,000 won […]

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Busan Int’l Music Festival Begins January 27th

The Busan International Music Festival is a chamber music-oriented festival where the world’s best performers work together to create a perfect ensemble and show and instruct their excellent skills to participatory students through Music Academy. Event Details Period: January 27- February 2, 2015 Venue: Busan Cultural Center Tickets: R 50,000 won / S 40,000 won […]

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Traditional Korean Sledding Still Open in Gijang-gun

In Gijang-gun, a traditional Korean sled riding area located near Cheolma Sports Park, Yeongu-ri, Cheolma-myeon on some idle agricultural land where water celery, a specialty of Gijang-gun has been harvested, is still open. A traditional Korean sled is made of a small wooden board with metal blades attached to it. The rider kneels on top […]

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Uni Students Trust Strangers More Than Politicians

South Korean university students find strangers to be more trustworthy than local politicians and companies, a survey showed today, demonstrating the high level of pessimism among the younger generation about the political and economic agents in the country. In a survey of 2,300 students from 130 universities throughout the country, 2.6 percent responded that they […]

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Sledding Slope Opened at the Hwamyeong Outdoor Swimming Pool

The Busan Nakdong River Project Management Office has opened a sledding slope at the public outdoor swimming pool at Hwamyeong Ecological Park in Buk-gu. The slope will be open to sledders through February 22, 2015. The artificial snow slope will allow visitors to enjoy sledding into early spring. The slope itself is 31.5 meters long, […]

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Paris Baguette Introduces New Coffee Brand

Paris Baguette, the country’s leading bakery operator, has launched a new, cheaper coffee brand “Adagio” to compete against lower-priced coffee brands. The new brand will sell at its approximately 3,200 locations nationwide, with an Americano selling for 2,500 won and mochas and lattes for 3,000 won, cheaper than leading low-priced chain Ediya. “We were able […]

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Busan Neighborhoods: Jeonpo Café District

As the winter continues on, that warm apartment floor might tempt you to stay inside all day, but there are plenty of cozy places in Jeonpo’s Cafe District that provide a fun day or night of exploring. This relatively new, funky little neighborhood is rich in character and design that you won’t often find in […]

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Haps Guide: Places to Ring In Your New Year’s in Busan

There’s plenty to do around the city this New Year’s, from the traditional to bars and clubs across the city or a quiet sunrise on the beach. Around one million visitors and locals hit the city’s festivals, which turn into the city’s largest winter gathering. The Dadaepo Sunrise Festival, the Haeundae Beach Sunrise Festival and […]

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Kkangtong Market Reopens After Four Day Shutdown

The Bupyoung Kkangtong night market, which has been closed for four days because of a conflict on the operating time resumed business yesterday. The merchants’ union agreed on the plan of forwarding the opening time to 7 p.m. and donating a part of the earnings to the market development fund. The night market, the first […]

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The Legend of Jim Thompson

Ok, I admit it. I’ve always been a sucker for a great expat story. Stories of success – or complete failures – of expats in their chosen countries have always fascinated me. Most everyone has a great story of someone who completely went off the deep end, but it’s the stories of those that have […]

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Foot Jacuzzi Anyone? KTX set to offer Luxurious Upgrades

Korail, Korea’s state-run rail operator, announced that next month it will be launching  a new train equipped with heated foot baths and traditional Korean heated floors. Dubbed the “West Gold Train”, the cafeteria section of the carriage will feature foot jacuzzis with seats facing the windows. The train also has a carriage with nine rooms with heated floors, which will allow […]

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Olympic Hero Park Tae-hwan Fails Doping Test

Reeling from the shocking news of a failed doping test, South Korean Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan faces an international hearing, officials said today. The news of Park’s positive test emerged Monday. His Seoul-based agency (Team GMP), while confirming the result, blamed it on an injection (given by a local hospital). The Korea Swimming Federation […]

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S. Korea Reaches AFC Final After 2-0 Win Over Iraq

South Korea defeated Iraq 2-0 to reach the final of the AFC Asian Cup today. Forward Lee Jeong-hyeop and defensive back Kim Young-gwon scored a goal apiece in each half to put South Korea on the path to its first Asian Cup title since 1960. South Korea will make its first appearance in the final […]

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Part Ownership of Dodgers in the name of the Republic of Korea?

Last week, the Korea Joongang Daily and Naver Sports reported that a Seoul-based investment group was looking to buy a 20% stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers for about $370 million. An unnamed source was quoted as saying: “The consortium [of Korean investors] was formed when one of the five joint owners tried to sell his shares. The deal […]

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