8 Confirmed Killed, 288 Still Missing as Search Continues in Day 2
4 hours 46 min ago

JINDO, South Korea -- Eight people have been confirmed killed, with the fate of 288 others unknown, in the sinking of a South Korean ferry off the country's southwestern coast, officials said early Thursday. 

As military divers and other rescuers resumed a desperate search for survivors shortly after noon yesterday, two more bodies were recovered, the Coast Guard announced. 

The death toll is feared to soar, as search-and-rescue efforts have been hampered by swift...

Busan Citizen's Park Temporarily Opens for Three Day Run
2 days 2 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Citizens Park began its three-day temporary opening today. An official with Busan city confirmed that the park will be open to everyone beginning April 17th at 2 pm, the third day of the temporary opening. 

The first and second day of the temporary opening is only for people who donated trees to the park. More than 900,000 trees were donated. 

The park's official opening will be on May 1st. 


Lotus Lantern Festival's Set for April, May
3 days 1 hour ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The large-scale lotus lantern festival will be held in Busan before the day of Buddha's birthday on May 6th. 

The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival is held with the subject of "Happiness will come if we share" around Yongdo Mountain Park, Gudeok Stadium and Gwangbok-ro from 18th to 27th of this month. 

During the festival, the lotus lantern parade is prepared with the high light over 10 meters, the creative lights exhibition and lamp...

Cruise Ship Tourists Rise Dramatically in Q1
4 days 21 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A new report released by Busan Customs shows the number of tourists who visited Busan by cruise ships significantly increased in the first quarter of 2014. 

According to the report, 13 cruise ships came to Busan during this period. This is a slight decrease from the 17 ships that visited Busan during the first quarter of 2013. 

However, an expansion of capacity of cruise ships increased the number of cruise ship passengers from thirteen-...

Indian Film Festival Held at the BCC This Weekend
6 days 11 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Cinema Center will host the Third Annual India Film Festival in Haeundae, running from April 11 through 13. 

The festival will also be hosted by the Embassy of India in Korea and the Indian Cultural Center in Busan, which opened in December 2013. 

The festival began in 2012 to inform Busan about Indian culture in Mumbai, India, which is a sister city to Busan. 

Five Indian movies, which have previously not be released in...

Haps Weekend Picks April 11,12,13
6 days 18 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The weekend is back with a lot of fun events going around the city once again.

Two grand openings happen this week, with Thursday Party and Sharky's Haeundae Strip holding a 1/2 price breakfast and lunch special. Some great music is also on tap, as well as the last chance to visit the Life Photo Exhibit in Daeyeon-dong which is definitely worth checking out.


International Animal Protection Groups to Visit Gupo Dog Market
1 week 2 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Gupo Project will visit the Gupo Dog Market in Busan Buk-gu for the first time. The Project is made up of executives from four international animal protection groups: The Humane Society International, Animal Asia, In Defense of Animals and Change for the Animals. 

The group will also visit the Busan International Film Festival organizing committee, from April 16th, for four days. 

The group will also meet people concerned with each...

Busan Population Over 15 Increases Slightly
1 week 5 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- A new survey shows that the number of population of Busan over 15 years old was 2,955,000 people as of the end of March, which was increased by 0.4% compared to the same month of last year. 

According to Dongnam Local Statistical Office, the economically active population was 1,693,000 people, which was a decrease by 130,000. 

The number of women and men was 712,000 people and 981,000 in a row, which was a decrease of 6000 and 7000 people...

Busan Establishes Friendship City Ties with Nagasaki Prefecture
1 week 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The City of Busan has established a Friendship City Relationship with Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan to strengthen ties of cooperation and expand mutual understanding through exchanges in areas including culture, tourism, education, urban restoration and the economy. 

Busan mayor Hur Nam-sik and Governor Hodo Nakamura of Nagasaki Prefecture signed the agreement on March 25 at Busan City Hall.

With the inclusion of the Nagasaki Prefecture, the City of Busan...

UN Peace Park to Hold Spring Flower Festival from April 28
1 week 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- An official of Busan Nam-gu said it will hold the spring flower picnic festival from the 28th of this month through May 6th in UN Peace Park. 

Over 200,000 flowers and 23 flower sculptures including a flower carriage and a wedding pavilion will be exhibited, among 40 different varieties of flowers.

Also, various experience events including a floral arrangement demonstration, cultural performances, a coming-of-age ceremony, writing contest and...

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