Busan News

City to Establish 400 Free WiFi Zones

BUSAN, South Korea -- An official with the city of Busan said it will establish free WiFi zones in 400 places, including traditional markets and welfare facilities to reduce the burden of wireless internet service fees on ordinary people and on those in need. The free service will begin next month. 

Busan, The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and three telecommunication companies will sponsor the project. 

In total, free WiFi will be established in 400 public spaces by 2015. The total cost of the project will be 2.2 billion won. 

This February, free WiFi service will begin in 70 places including Jagalchi Market, ShinDonga Market and Bujeon Market Town. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Foreign Medical Tourism on the Rise

BUSAN, South Korea -- According to Busan Jin-gu, Seomyeon Medical Street Medical Tour Association, 2,545 foreign tourists visited Seomyeon Medical Street last year. 1,511 visited the Medical Street two years ago, a 62.4 percent increase over 2012. 

The Medical Street saw 321 foreign visitors when it first opened in 2009. Last year's totals represent a 664% increase over its first year. 

Of nationality, 822 visitors were from Russia. Chinese and Japanese nationals also comprised a significant portion of the tourists. 

Source: Busan eFM News

KBO, Busan to Bring Baseball Hall of Fame to Gijang

BUSAN, South Korea -- The city of Busan, the Korea Baseball Organization and Gijang-gun will sign an agreement next month that will bring the Baseball Hall of Fame to Busan. 

Busan will take up the agreement after Gijang-gun accepted the agreement and all parties hope the final plans will be ratified. 

If the agreement is signed, Gijang-gun will receive the Baseball Hall of Fame. Seoul and Incheon were also competing to construct the Hall of Fame as well. 

Busan plans on completing construction on the project by 2016. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Busan to Host 7th Annual Asian Conference on Safe Communities

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan will host the 7th annual Asian Conference on Safe Communities. The World Health Organization recently designated Busan as an international safe community, a first among all metropolitan cities. 

An official with the city of Busan said the theme for the event will be Business in Metropolitan Cities.' BEXCO Auditorium will hold the event from May 12th to May 15th. 

Busan city and the Busan International Safety Community Research Center will run the event. Three-hundred professional and public officials from 60 cities in nine Asian countries will participate. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Foreign Land Ownership on the Rise in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- A study released by the city of Busan shows foreigners own more land in the city. This is, in part, due to the development of areas dominated by foreigners including the Miem Industrial Complex and Dong Busan Tourism Complex. 

According to the report, foreigners owned 5,438 thousand square meters of land, valued at 2,760,000,000 won at the end of last year. 
The total amount of foreign ownership has increased by ten percent over the last three years. 

In 2010, foreign ownership accounted for 4,912 square meters of land assessed at 1,478,200,000 won. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Mother Kills Daughter, Self Over Dermatitis Problem

BUSAN, South Korea -- A 33-year-old mother and her eight-year-old daughter were discovered dead in their apartment yesterday in an apparent murder-suicide over the child's dermatitis. The mother apparently choked her daughter to death before hanging herself in her bedroom. 

According to local police, the mother regretted applying a steroid ointment to her daughter which worsened the rashes which had affected her since the age of three. The mother believed the daughter then contracted Cushing's syndrome, a metabolic disorder that can be caused by excessive use of steroids.

She got Cushing's syndrome maybe because I used too much ointment, and I am afraid of its side effects, the mother's suicide note read as reported by the Joongang Ilbo. My stupidity screwed up [her condition].

Busan to Geoje Bus Route Begins Operations

BUSAN, South Korea -- The City of Busan announced that a local bus route between Busan and Geoje will begin operations on January 22, 2014. 

A total of ten buses (Bus No. 2000) will operate from Hadan Metro Station Bus Stop in Busan to Yeoncho Bus Stop in Geoje and vice versa. The first bus departs at 6 a.m. from Hadan Metro Station and Yeoncho Bus Stop with the last bus leaving at 10:30 p.m. 

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Songsanghyun Square to be Modeled After Gwanghwamun Square

BUSAN, South Korea -- An official with Busan announced the area surrounding Songsanghyun Square will be recreated as a representative symbol of Busan, similar to Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square. The area will be decorated with various theme streets. 

City planners completed the district unit plan for Songsanghyun Square and would soon notify the urban management planning and the general drawing teams. 

The plan calls for areas around Busan Jin-gu, Beomjeon-dong, Yangjeong-dong and Jeonpo-dong to be developed into various theme streets by district including a cafe street, a fashion street and a pet dog street. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Image: Busan City Website

Smoke Causes Disruption on Subway Line 1

BUSAN, South Korea -- Smoke was reportedly rising from the bottom of a train running on Metro Line 1 between Toseong and Sinpyeong Station this morning, leading to the evacuation of many passengers. 

Engineers cut electricity and helped 70 passengers to safety. The incident delayed metro trains approximately 10 minutes. 

The Busan Transportation Corporation initially believes the smoke came from the bellows motors on a cooling device. However, the corporation will inspect the precise cause. 

Source: Busan eFM News




Fine Dust Levels Rising in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan's fine dust level has been downgraded to bad by the Busan Institute of Health and the Environment today. 

Bad is the 4th highest among 5 warning levels. At this level, the institute recommends avoiding outdoor activities, especially the elderly, the sick and children. 

Concentration levels in Busan exceeded 100 microgram per cubic meter limit, reaching 187 micrograms per cubic meter in Saha-gu, 186 in Dongrae and 167 in Geumjeong-gu. 

Source: Busan eFM News


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