Huge Week Planned at the Busan Sea Festival
4 days 14 min ago

Starting August 1st and running for seven days, the 19th Busan Sea Festival is the biggest highlight on the city's summer calendar and one of the top festivals in the country. Taking place around the five city beaches, numerous concerts, performances, sporting events and fun for the whole family is planned. 

Over 1.5 million people visited Busan's five beaches last weekend, and with the Korean vacation season now in full swing, expect to see huge crowds wherever you plan to be this weekend....

Six Booked in Gijang Kindergarten Abuse Case
4 days 20 hours ago

A Busan Gijang-gun police investigation into alleged child abuse in a Gijang-gun kindergarten revealed four teachers committed acts against 16 children. 

The police agency has requested an arrest warrant for a 30-year-old female teacher, Mrs. A, for abusing eight kindergartners 20 times including ordering two 5-year-old kindergartners to fight each other. 

The police also booked three teachers, including a 23-year-old Mrs. B for abusing eight kindergartners five times, without...

Over 1.5 Million Visit Busan's Beaches Over the Weekend
5 days 1 hour ago

More than 1.52 million vacationers visited Busan's seven beaches yesterday. Yesterday also marked the first week of Korea's summer vacation season. 

City officials believe Busan's summer vacation season will reach it's peak when Busan's beaches will host the 19th Annual Busan Sea Festival. The Festival's opening ceremony will be August 1st and the ceremony will continue until August 7th. 

Source: Busan eFM News


One Dead, Six Injured After South Korean Tour Bus Crashes in Australia
1 week 1 day ago

The government has confirmed that the one person was killed and six others were injured in a tour bus crash in Victoria, Australia on Thursday. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that a minibus carrying South Korean citizens crashed off the Great Ocean Road, resulting in the death of a woman in her 40's and the injury of six others. 

The injured are being treated at three local hospitals, and one male teen is in critical condition. 

The ministry sent an...

Heat Wave to Continue, Monsoon Rains Forecasted for Southern Region
1 week 1 day ago

The continuous heat wave has led to numerous tropical nights around Busan and the Gyeongnam region, as Busan's low temperature last night was 25.5'C, while Tongyeong, Geoje and Namhae's overnight temperature was also more than 25 degrees. 

The weather agency has forecasted monsoon-season rains around the region, but the heat wave will be in full effect during daytime and nighttime hours for a significant period of time. Today is expected to reach a daytime high of 33'C with...

Busan to Cut 3,000 Taxis by Next Year
1 week 4 days ago

The city of Busan will reduce the number of taxis in the city next year to bolster the local taxi business. The plans include cutting 3,000 taxis, worth about 114 billion won, by 2018. 

Additionally, taxi drivers will be compensated with 13 million won per car. 

Source: Busan eFM News


Female Teacher Who Ordered Bullying Faces Charges
2 weeks 23 hours ago

Criminal Court 1, Dongbu Branch of the Busan District Public Prosecutor's Office is prosecuting a 38-year-old teacher named Mrs. A, who teaches at a Busan elementary school, for ordering students to bully other students in the class without detention. 

She was accused of engaging in bullying including ordering the class to treat a student as if she was invisible and also ordered students to look over her in the restroom in April last year. 

The office said they prosecuted her with the...

Fire on Subway Line 1 Sends Five to the Hospital
2 weeks 1 day ago

Five people were injured and some 400 others evacuated after the air-conditioning system on a subway train caught fire in Busan. 

The fire broke out at City Hall Station on Subway Line 1 at around 5:41 p.m. today and was brought under control in about 10 minutes, according to subway officials in the city. Five people were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries sustained by falling or inhaling smoke. 

The subway Line No.1 resumed its operation at around 6:55pm after being halted...

Five Firefighters Dead After Helicopter Crash in Gwangju
2 weeks 1 day ago

A firefighting helicopter crashed into a residential area of South Korea's southern city of Gwangju on Thursday, killing five firefighters on board, fire officials said. The chopper, carrying five firefighters, crashed into a road near the city's housing area of Gwangsan-gu around 10:50 a.m. this morning. 

A female high school student near the crashing site was also taken to a nearby hospital, the officials added. 

The firefighters were returning from an operation to search for...

Foreigners Account For 1.5% of Busan Population
2 weeks 4 days ago

An official with the city of Busan said there were 54,394 foreigners living in the city. This includes foreigners who have lived here for long periods of time, naturalized citizens and children of foreign residents. The results were based on the beginning of the year. 

The number accounts for 1.5% of Busan's 3,527,000 people. It also represents a 5.4% increased compared to 2013 numbers. 

Experts believe the increasing number is due to liberalizing immigration requirements for...

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