Busan News

Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge Opens

BUSAN, South Korea - Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge, connecting Hwamyeong-dong, Buk-gu, Busan with Daedong-myeon, Gimhae, Gyeongnam opened on July 9, 2012.

As the 7th bridge across the Nakdong River, the 1.54 kilometer Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge carries a 4-lane highway. At a total cost of 180.6 billion won, the project has been completed in 5 years and 5 months, having started in March 2007. Travel time between Hwamyeong-dong in Busan and Daedong-myeon in Gimhae by car will now be reduced by some 30 minutes compared to when traffic had to use the Nakdong River Bridge.

Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge is the largest concrete-decked cable-stayed bridge in the country. The construction methods minimized pollution to the Nakdong River and construction costs, thereby attracting a lot of attention from domestic and international engineers.

Busan Immigration Service Center to Open Today

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Immigration Service Center will open to the public on July 23, 2012. The center is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Korean Air Bldg., in Jungang-dong and serves people in the Busan, Gimhae, Yangsan and Gyeongsangnam-do areas. Services include registration, visa application & extension, citizenship, and other immigration-related matters. For more information, please call 051-461-3091~6.

Location: 1F and 2F of the Korean Air Building. (Address: 146 Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan)

How to get there: take Metro Line No. 1 to Busan Station and leave by Exit No. 2 (or to Jungang Station, then leave by Exit No. 14), or take Bus No. 17, 26, 27, 40, 41, 81, 87, 88-1, 1000 or 1004 and get off at the Yeongju-dong stop.

Almost a Foot of Rain Hits Busan Over the Weekend

BUSAN, South Korea - If you're wondering just how much rain we got over the weekend, wonder no more - 293.5mm. Busan was hit hardest by the monsoon that swept across the peninsula over the weekend, as almost a foot of rain fell over the two day period.

The hardest rains brought 80.5mm per hour during the storms, the third highest total ever recorded.

The rains shut more than 30 streets and resulted in the cancelation of 35 flights from Busan's Gimhae International Airport according to Arirang News.

More rains are expected to hit Busan tomorrow and for the rest of the week, as Typhoon Khanun moves over Korea after slamming Eastern China earlier this weekend.

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Child and Infant-only Outdoor Swimming Pools to Open at the Nakdong Riverside

BUSAN, South Korea - Busan Nakdong River Project Executive Office has opened a children’s outdoor swimming pool (water depth: 55 - 60cm) at Samnak Waterfront Park, Sasang-gu. The outdoor swimming pool facility has a 925.4 square-meter children-only pool and two infant-only pools with a water depth of under 20 cm as well as convenience facilities.

The outdoor pool opened for the summer season on July 5 and will remain open till August 31, 2012. It is free of charge. The pool opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The pool will be closed in the case of severe weather, heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

The wearing of a swimsuit and a swimming cap in the pool is compulsory and parents must accompany their children in the water.

Besides the children’s swimming pool, the park also has various family entertainment facilities such as an inline skating track, and a bike rental facility.

Busan Opera House Project Moves Forward with 2018 Planned Completion Date

BUSAN, South Korea - The project to build the Busan Opera House is now making good progress. The City of Busan launched the International Design Competition for the Busan Opera House at the end of June. The City of Busan will select the winning design at the end of September and, after more design consultations, it will complete the Opera House in 2018. The 1,800 seat auditorium and convention facility will be built in the Marine & Culture Zone in Busan's North Port Redevelopment Area (34,928?), at a total cost of some 300 billion won.

Busan Metro to Allow Bicycles Onboard on Weekends and Holidays

BUSAN, South Korea - Busan City announced an expanded plan to allow bicycles on all metro lines on weekends and holidays starting from July 1, 2012. Currently, only Busan Metro Line 3 has allowed bicycles onboard on weekends and holidays.

The expanded plan is aimed at increasing the accessibility of bike paths for the steadily increasing number of mountain bikers and cyclists touring the riverside paths.

Busan Transportation Corporation conducted citizen surveys on Busan Metro’s bicycle boarding policy from the end of April until the beginning of May. According to the results of the survey, the majority of survey participants agreed with allowing passengers on all metro trains with their bicycles on weekends and holidays.  

Footpath Between Oncheoncheon Stream and Suyeong River Finally Connected

Recently, Busan City has completed the 685 meter long stretch of footpath from Oncheoncheon's Allak-gyo Bridge, Allak-dong, Dongnae-gu to the stream's confluence with the...

Chinatown Special Zone Cultural Festival This Weekend

BUSAN, South Korea - Entering its ninth year, the Busan Chinatown Special Zone Cultural Festival brings a taste of Asia’s largest country to Choryang, in Dong-gu which is located across from Busan Station. Street performances, exhibitions, food and plenty of musical performances are on offer at the three day festival which is the biggest gathering of the Chinese community in the city each year.

The 9th Busan Chinatown Special Zone Cultural Festival
Jun. 22nd ~ 24th, 2012

Groundbreaking of International Cruise Terminal at Busan North Port

BUSAN, South Korea - Construction of the new International Cruise and International Passenger Ferry Terminals at Busan's redeveloped North Port site has started.

Busan Port Construction Office of the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Office held the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction of the international cruise and international passenger ferry terminals on May 18, 2012. With a total investment of 56.6 billion won, construction of the 718 meter long international passenger ferry terminal and 360 meter long international cruise terminal is scheduled to be completed in November, 2014. 

Foreign Teachers Busted For Pot in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea - Four English teachers were arrested this week for smoking pot according to a YTN News report.

An American English teacher has been charged with bringing back 264g of weed from Cambodia in May, which he smoked and sold to three foreign English teachers working at elementary schools and hagwons in the Haeundae area. The three teachers were also regularly taking oxycodone according to the report.

The American teacher has been detained by the police pending charges, while the three teachers have been rumored to been deported from the country after being booked without detention.

Under Korean law, marijuana users can be sentenced to a maximum of five years jail or fined up to 50 million won.

The Busan Beaches Officially Open

BUSAN, South Korea -- The summer beach season has returned and once again will extend 40 days longer than usual this year at four of the major beaches. Haeundae, Gwangalli, Seongjong and Songdo beaches will open today through September 10, while Dadaepo, Imrang and Ilgwang beaches will be open for swimming for the usual two-month period between July 1 until August 31.

Though quite unusual, the swimming season in Korea is usually limited to July and August, but city officials are extending the period again this year to encourage more people to use the beaches. Public facilities, including beach parasols, changing rooms, showers, foot washers, drinking water fountains and public restrooms will be open to the public.

Teen Murder-Suicide Shocks Busan

BUSAN, South Korea - The body of a 16-year-old found dead in front of an apartment building last Thursday shocked the Sasang community, when it was revealed that he was strangled to death by a classmate.

The body was found at 11:41 pm by a tenant of the apartment, when she noticed that another boy was hovering over the dead body. When asked if the boy was ok, the classmate of the boy claimed, "I didn't do it!" and ran off. Soon after, the classmate of the boy jumped off the apartment building.

The boys were apparently classmates, and the murder victim was intimidated by the much larger classmate. The 5'9, 90 kg, boy named Kim strangled the victim much smaller victim Min (5'4, 60 kg) with a string.