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Busan Immigration Opens Offices in Gimhae, Yangsan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Immigration will now operate mobile offices in Gimhae and Yangsan to better serve the public. 

? Services available: Alien registration, permission for extension of sojourn, notification of change of employment and employment registration, among others.

Mobile Immigration Office in Gimhae

Gimhae Support Center for Foreign Workers Building, 7th floor, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., every Thursday.

Mobile Immigration Office in Yangsan

Yangsan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

For more information contact: Busan Immigration Office (051) 461-3030, 3031

Source: Busan City News

KTX System Operating at 73% Capacity Due to Strike

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan-Gyeongnam KoRail Headquarters announced the KTX Gyeongbu and Gyeongjeon Lines have been reduced to 16 total trains, two less than before the strike. 

The entire KTX system is operating at 73% capacity, with 103 trains running from the original 142. 

The Mugunghwa and Saemaeul lines are running at 51% capacity running 43 lines, down from the original 88.

Source: Busan eFM News


Busan Police Begin Holiday Crime Prevention Activities

BUSAN, South Korea -- An official with the Busan Police Agency announced the agency would begin special crime prevention activities for New Year's festivities. 

Measures include strengthening patrol activities around crime-ridden districts, banking and business establishments that handle cash and begin prevention activities of crimes against drunk and disorderly individuals and in red-light districts. 

Police will also station plain clothes policemen around main targets for robbery and burglary including convenience stores, department stores and various event halls. Plans also include continuing a crackdown on gangsters until the end of January of 2014. 

Police will also strengthen patrol activities and will stakeout locations by using the geographical profiling system, as well as a crime analysis and prediction map. 

Four Killed in Yeongdo Access Bridge Collapse

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Yeongdo Police Agency has started an investigation to establish the cause of the Yeongdo Access Road Collapse, which connects Bukhang Bridge and Namhang Bridge. 

The agency will further examine the scene of the accident and clean up the wreckage. 

Police also speculate that the accident was caused due to hectic work condition as the April 2014 bridge completion date nears. 

Busan city will conduct the investigation and safety inspection at the scene of the accident and halt construction until the cause of the accident is identified. Authorities hope to determine the exact cause of the accident by requesting professional institutions, including the civil engineering society, to examine the scene as well. 

Source: Busan eFM News


New Year’s Celebration Tower Lighting up Fountain Square

BUSAN, South Korea -- The City of Busan lit the 2014 New Year's Celebration Tower at Fountain Square in front of City Hall on December 17, at 5:30 p.m.

This 15 meter tall tower in the center of the square is decorated with about 4,800 energy saving LED light bulbs and a New Year's message.

The tower will be illuminated from one hour after sunset until 10:00 p.m. every evening through February 3, 2014, and until 1:00 a.m. of the next day on Christmas, January 1 and Lunar New Year's day.

Source: Busan City News

Police Nab Group for Extorting Money From Traffic Accident Scam

BUSAN, South Korea -- A number of former school classmates were part of numerous traffic hoaxes, where they inflicted injuries on themselves to extort money from individuals they forced to cause accidents. 

The Busan Saha police agency caught 28 people including a 21-year-old college student, Mr. Lee. 

The suspects were classmates at a school in Haeundae. They are believed to have extorted 58 million won over the past five months. In one case, they are suspected of causing a car to drive off the center line, and extorted six million won from their victim, posing as gangsters. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Second Annual SantaCon Takes Place this Weekend in Busan


BUSAN, South Korea -- It's that time of year again! Everyone dust off those Santa suits, get out the reindeer ears, and raid KSU with our holiday cheer!

Last year was a great success, with more than 250 Santas and 540,000 won donated to the Busan Women's Shelter. This year, we are raising money to donate to Habitat for Humanity®. They have a 'Re-build Philippines' project already happening right now.

Air Busan Begins Direct Flight Service from Busan to Kaohsiung

BUSAN, South Korea -- Air Busan is now offering direct flights from Busan to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 

The flights operate four times a week, every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The departure times of the flights are 10:40 a.m. from Busan and 1:35 p.m. from Kaohsiung. 

Currently, two airlines - Air Busan and Air China have regular flight service between Gimhae Int'l Airport and Taiwan.  

Air Busan operates 11 international flight services to Fukuoka, Osaka, Tokyo, Taiwan, Cebu, Hong Kong, Macau, Qingdao, Xi'an, Siem Reap and Kaohsiung. 

For more information, please visit the Air Busan website at www.airbusan.com

Source: Busan City News

Kang Min-ho and Sohn Ah-seop Win KBO Gold Gloves

BUSAN, South Korea -- Kang Min-ho and Sohn Ah-seop of the Lotte Giants were awarded Golden Gloves at the 2013 Korea Yakult Seven Professional Baseball Golden Glove Awards, yesterday, December 10th. This is the third consecutive year both players received the honor 

Kang received 178 of total 323 votes and Sohn, who has the most base hits, tied with Choi Hyung-woo and Park Yong-taek for the largest number of votes among outfielders. 

Meanwhile, Cho Seung-hwan of Lotte Giants got the Love Golden Glove for working with children who have childhood cancer and leukemia. Mr. Cho visits hospitals every year and donates to children's charities as well. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Busan-Russia Friendship Night on Dec. 20th to Provide Opportunity for Exchange and Assessment

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Korea-Russia Cooperation Center of the BFIA will hold a 'Busan-Russia Friendship Night' marking the end of the year at the Busan Cultural Center on Dec. 20th. Some 80 dignitaries related to Russia, including business people connected with the Center, university student supporters and international students, will look back on the past year's achievements. 

In addition, persons of merit will receive awards in recognition of their contribution. This year, the Korea-Russia Center has run regular gatherings for Busan's university students and international students from Russia, in addition to several forums to attract dignitaries related to Russia to Busan.

Moreover, the 'Busan-Russia Friendship Night' will open up the field of cultural exchange between Korea and Russia and help to establish more cordial relations between the two countries.

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