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BUSAN, South Korea -- Another week is wrapping up in the Bu, and the cold snap of the last couple days is making way for what looks to be a nice weekend of weather to enjoy outdoors.

The city's 26th Polar Bear Swim highlights this weekend, with the annual pilgrimage into the freezing waters by a few thousand brave or crazy souls (depending on how you look at it). There's also a ton of great music going on, from classic to dance to rock hitting stages around the city and basketball, a laser show and sports activities ready for you to enjoy.

You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!


Haps Weekend Picks January 18,19,20


BUSAN, South Korea — Another week is wrapping up in the Bu, and the cold snap of the last couple days is making way for what looks to be a nice weekend of weather to enjoy outdoors.

The city’s 26th Polar Bear Swim highlights this weekend, with the annual pilgrimage into the freezing waters by a few thousand brave or crazy souls (depending on how you look at it). There’s also a ton of great music going on, from classic to dance to rock hitting stages around the city and basketball, a laser show and sports activities ready for you to enjoy.

You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!


New Year’s Concert: Busasn Philharmonic Orchestra @ Busan Cultural Center – Enjoy a night of sweet sounds, featuring songs from Brahms and Gershwin to name a few of the outstanding selections of classic music performed by the BPO. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Busan Cultural Center, Daeyon-dong.

Pachuco Quartet @ Soultrane – The final show of the jazz/funk group will have the house rocking as only Soultrane can on Friday nights.  Friday, 9:00 p.m., Soul Trane, PNU.


Wrecking Ball Show Vol. 2 @ Vinyl Underground - Six bands team up for a night of mayhem at the Vinyl with a 10,000 won entrance free which includes a free drink. Saturday, 9 p.m., Vinyl Underground, Kyungsung.

BASSment Vol. 11 @ Almost Famous – The new year’s 1st session with DIDJELIRIUM from Sub-Culture/Uprooted Sunshine crew leading China’s bass music scene and his old colleagues MCs ARMINDA & ESIA as well as MUNDO AKIMBO are on tap for a night of great dance music. Saturday, 10 p.m., Almost Famous, Kyungsung.


KT Sonic Boom vs. LG Sakers- LG makes the short trek up the road to Busan in a key positioning battle for both clubs. Friday, 7 p.m., Sajik Gymnasium, Sajik-dong.

26th Polar Bear Swim @ Haeundae Beach – The weather outside may be warmer than the water, which always makes watching the 2,000 or so people jumping into the freezing water a must-see event every year. Sunday, 9 a.m., Haeundae Beach.


New Year Laser Show @ National Maritime Museum - They’re not on top of sharks, but laser shows are always a cool thing to behold nonetheless. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., National Maritime Museum, Yeong-do.

Korean Music and Dance @ National Gugak Center - Enjoy an afternoon of Korean traditional music at the Yeonakdong Main Hall in the beautiful National Gugak Center. Saturday, 4 p.m., National Gugak Center, Busanjin-gu.

Woody Allen’s Latest Works @ Busan Cinema Center - Cinephiles can rejoice as more than 20 of Woody Allen’s greatest flicks are being played over the month of January at the Busan Cinema Center. Daily, Busan Cinema Center, Centum City.


Weather Forecast:

Friday – Sunny; 7’C/43’F

Saturday - Partly Sunny; 9’C/46’F

Sunday - Partly Sunny; 9‘C/46‘F


Don’t see your event listed? Well, ya didn’t put it on the calendar. Go, now, put it up on the calendar! ^^

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