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Interview: Canada’s New Ambassador to Korea, Eric Walsh

Interview: Canadian Ambassador to Korea, Eric Walsh

For Eric Walsh, it must have felt like quite a step up in the world to awaken one morning knowing that you’re officially an ambassador.

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Gori No. 1 Nuclear Reactor to Be Permanently Shut down by 2017

The Gori No. 1 nuclear reactor in Gijang-gun, Busan, the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant, will be shut down permanently. The united efforts of Busan Metropolitan City, local politicians, citizens and neighboring cities, including Ulsan and Yangsan, have finally paid off. This was one of the key pledges of Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo. The Energy […]

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Between the Lines: The Source of Expat Freedom

Moving to Korea from a country that bills itself ‘the land of the free,’ I found it odd that what struck me right away was the freedom I experienced here. The source of much of that freedom was obvious. Any talk of independence must begin with the large wad of freedom I was handed every […]


Transfer Fees to be Eliminated From Buses and Subways

Transfer fees for subways, city buses and neighborhood buses will be eliminated starting next month. The city of Busan has announced that it decided to eliminate charges for transfers, in hopes of increasing public transportation usage in the city. Officials have stated that they finished developing the project and entered its implementation phase. The transfer […]

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Concerts, Films to Resume at Busan Cinema Center

An official of the Busan Cinema Center said that its schedule for indoor and outdoor films, as well as matinee concerts will resume starting July 1st, after briefly being interrupted due to the MERS epidemic. Five outdoor films will be shown during the Busan Cinema Center’s summer film season. The Dureraum Saturday Outdoor Concert and […]


The 4th Annual Busan 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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More Acts Added to Busan Rock Festival

The organizing committee for Busan Culture and Tourism Festival has released the third lineup for the 2015 Busan Rock Festival. Nine groups from a variety of genres are scheduled to play at the event. Korean artists YB, Nobrain, Wiretap in My Ear, Park Si-hwan, The Hysterics, and Ryeongkyo(령교) Band are all scheduled to perform. Many […]

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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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Online Shopping Sales Continue to Surge

South Korea’s online shopping sales surged 22.7% on-year in April, fueled by brisk demand for communication devices and cosmetics, a government report showed today. Total transactions reached 4.33 trillion won in April, compared with 3.53 trillion won a year earlier, according to the report by Statistics Korea. Sales edged up about 0.6% from March’s 4.3 […]

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9th Busan Family Festival Set for Saturday

The 9th Busan Family Festival will be held at Dasom Square in Busan Citizens Park at 1pm on May 23rd, Saturday. The annual festival, which takes place in the family month of May, aims to create a family-friendly social and cultural atmosphere. This year’s events will include traditional Korean music, taekwondo performances, and magic shows, […]

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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 […]

Vegan and Vegetarian in Busan

Six Options for Vegan and Vegetarian Dining in Busan

: Interested in vegan cuisine here in Busan? Julian Warmington has scoped it out and served it up for you in this handy guide.

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All Busan Beaches Open for Beachgoers

Beginning today, all seven beaches in Busan – including Haeundae, Songdo and Songjeong Beaches which opened on June 1 – are available for beachgoers. Gwangalli and Dadaepo Beaches held opening ceremonies earlier this morning at 10 am and 10:30 am, respectively. In Gyeongnam, seventeen beaches in the Geoje area, including Hakdong and Mongdol Beaches, and […]

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Haeundae-gu to Offer Discounts in Lieu of Low Tourism

Haeundae District in Busan, currently experiencing a decline in visitors due to the ongoing MERS epidemic, has decided to offer discounts for the peak summer season. The Haeundae-gu office recently held a MERS countermeasure meeting and decided to promote various price reduction strategies, including coupons for rentals of beach items such as parasols, and 10 […]


Seomyeon to Get No-Vehicle Streets

The Busan-jin District Office is planning to designate “no-vehicle” streets in Seomyeon. The office has been in communication with local merchants who oppose the “no-vehicle” plan, which would include the street around Judies Tehwa. Gwangbok Road and areas around Busan National University are already designated as no-vehicle streets. The district office believes this plan has […]

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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 […]

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7th Mayor’s Cup Surfing Competition Begins

The 7th Busan Mayor’s Cup International Surfing Championship kicks off today at Haeundae Beach for a three-day competition. A total of 360 professional surfers from six different countries, including China, Japan and the United States, will compete in six different categories, including longboard surfing. Visitors to the event will also be able to visit a variety […]

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Women’s WC Squad Returns to Hero’s Welcome

The South Korean women’s national football team received a hero’s welcome today after making a historic run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Coached by Yoon Duk-yeo, South Korea reached the knockout stage for the first time, before losing to France 3-0 in the round of 16 on Sunday in Montreal. Making its […]