BUSAN, South Korea –In light of what the Japanese government is estimating to be $300 billion in damages, this Saturday, March 26th, a fundraiser will be held in Kyungsung-dae, at Ol’55 and HQ. The two are combining to raise money for Japan, in lieu of the recent events in the country.
Starting at 6 p.m., tickets for 15,000 won will be sold, which includes a BBQ Pork dinner and a beer at HQ, plus two drinks at Ol’55. Check this link for further information about drink specials and availability.
Raffle tickets will also be sold for 3,000 won for one, or two for 5,000 won. There will be donation buckets at both bars which you can contribute to, and 100% of all money from the raffle will go to Japan relief. Prizes to be won include two bottles of Jameson, a bottle of Sky Vodka and a bottle of Tequila.
At 11 p.m. in Ol’55, Lady Goodman will also be performing, so go on out listen to some good music and support a good cause to help those affected by the aftermath of the earthquake.
Busan Haps Expanding Local Coverage
Busan Haps staff have been busy lately adding new content to the site, which may be of some interest to our readers.
We have started a City News page, in cooperation with Busan Life Magazine, which delivers news from around the city that will be of interest for those living here. In addition, in time for the upcoming summer season, we have included a surfing page, a guide to English hair salons, the new, but still web-unfriendly subway map with the new line 4 stops, as well as the Lotte Giants and Busan I’Park schedule’s for the entire season in the events page.
We at Busan Haps will continue to give you the latest news around the city as we get it first, so keep looking out for new things around the site as we do our best to keep you informed of what’s happening around the city.
Cherry Blossoms In Bloom By Next Week
According to the Korean Meteorological Society, the Cherry Blossoms will be out next week, starting about four days earlier than normal, around March 28th. Only Jeju’s trees bloom earlier than Busan, which will happen this weekend.
As the weather has turned warmer, signs of spring are popping up around the city, which is a welcome relief from the drab winter experienced this year.
As the cherry blossoms bloom, there are plenty of festivals around the country to enjoy. The Jinhae Naval Port Festival, is probably the biggest and most well-known, though traffic to get there during the festival usually takes a few hours. In Busan, Gwanganli, Young-do Island and Dalmaji are considered to be the best spots to view the first blossoms of the year.
Official Dates for other cities around Korea:
Jeju – March 24,
Tong Yeong – March 29
Jinhae, Pohang – March 30
Daegu – March 31
Daejon – April 4
Seoul – April 9
Subway Line Four to Officially Open
The fourth line of the subway will officially open to the public, Wednesday, March 30th.
The fourth line is the first automatic line, and runs from Minam, near Dong-nae to Ahn Pyong Village in Kijang. The new line will also connect between lines 1 and 3, making the new line much more convenient. With the expansion, there will be 99 stops around the city served by the Busan Transportation Commission.
As reported earlier, the line will consist of 14 stations – 8 underground, 1 on-ground, and 5 above-ground. The new line will run more than 300 times per day.
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