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Busan Metro Promotes BIFF and Busan Choral Festival

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Transportation Corporation announced that it will operate a ‘BIFF Train' during the 2013 Busan International Film Festival and a ‘Sing Sing Train' during the 2013 Busan Choral Festival & Competition to promote the festivals taking place in Busan in October.   

To bolster Busan's reputation as a city known for its cinema, two of the trains running on metro line 2 travelling to Centum City and Haeundae will wrap one car with BIFF themes and designs. Inside, the cars will also be decorated with a red carpet and posters of films being screened at the festival. 

The BIFF train will run 24 times daily, and a total of 240 times from October 2 - 11, 2013.

Latest Update on Typhoon Danas

BUSAN, South Korea -- Typhoon Danas possesses a central pressure of 960 hectopascals, a maximum wind speed of 40 meters per second and is moving toward north, closer to the country. Many organizations are preparing emergency measures to prevent accidents. 

Busan is expecting direct impact from Danas, and rains with more than 30 mm per hour is expected with strong winds. Danas is forecast to hit near the eastern coastal areas of Busan around 9pm. 

Typhoon Danas Could Impact Southern Region This Week


BUSAN, South Korea -- The Korean Peninsula could face a double threat early this week moisture from Typhoon Fitow being pulled northward across the region by a trough to the north. Secondly, Typhoon Danas currently moving toward the Ryukyu Islands in Japan will be pulled across Korea by the same trough according to the World News Network. The combination of moisture from both of these typhoons will result in a deluge of rainfall for parts of the Korean Peninsula, leading to the threat for life-threatening flooding and mudslides. 

Gwangan Bridge Chosen as Number One Tourist Attraction in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- The number one tourist attraction of Busan is Diamond (Gwangan) Bridge. Other popular destinations are Haeundae Beach, Taejongdae, Jagalchi Market, Gwangalli Beach, Igidae, Gukje Market, Geoga Bridge and Dalmaji (greet the moon) Hill. Those are the results of a Busan Tourism Organization survey to determine the Nine Best Places of Busan in commemoration of the 2013 Visit Busan/Ulsan/Gyeongnam Year. 

The organization will promote the results as must-visit destinations of Busan by creating tourism-related materials for domestic and foreign tourists. 

This survey was conducted June 26 to July 31 through the websites of the Busan Tourism Organization and Busan City Culture and Tourism Department. It generated 5,360 responses from residents of Korea, including 1,635 from people living in Busan, who each selected three favorite destinations.

Haunted House (only one in the whole country, as far as we know)

In 1950 Asia Community School had a brand new program to have an exchange program between Korean students and students throughout the world. This program brought children from places such as Peru, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Russia and many others. It was a wonderful program and the children really loved the chance to learn something new.

In that same year, June 25th of 1950, the North Korean forces invaded South Korea in what is known as the Korean war. When the war broke out all of the people from the Northern cities fled to the south to avoid capture. In the ensuing exodus, all free South Koreans arrived in the last city to be occupied by the Northern forces, Busan. Once arriving in Busan, there were not enough facilities to feed, provide fresh water, housing or even toilets for the mass quantities of new residents in the city.

Nakdong Estuary Eco Center Looking for Volunteers

BUSAN, South Korea -- Nakdong Estuary Eco Center decided to create a feeding place for migratory birds in the Eulsuk-do migratory bird park from October 11th to October 13th, and are asking for civic groups and volunteers to help. 

Two feeding places will be prepared, each area, each area about ten-thousand square meters. 

One place will be in the wetlands of the vital preservation zone and the other place in the picnic square in the Eulsukdo education and use district. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Busan to Increase Tourism and Economic Exchanges with Beijing

BUSAN, South Korea -- The mayor of the City of Busan, Hur Nam-sik, visited Beijing, China from September 12-13, 2013, to participate in the 2nd Council of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF). Mayor Hur promoted the city's strength as a tourist destination to other world-renowned cities participating at the event. 

At the founding summit of the WTCF which was held from September 14-15, 2012, in Beijing, Beijing mayor Wang Anshun proposed to organize various exchanges between the two cities. Hur's participation at the second council of the WTCF was made in response. During his time with the council, Mayor Hur enhanced cooperation with 83 members of the World Tourism Cities from 31 different countries and successfully promoted Busan as a world class tourist destination.  

Eve Festival to Celebrate BIFF

BUSAN, South Korea -- The official Eve Festival, which will begin the Busan International Film Festival, will be held in BIFF Square, in Nampo-dong, October 2nd at 6 pm, according to a Busan Jung-gu official. The event is titled 'Connecting BIFF' 

The hand-printing ceremony, the highlight of the Eve Festival, will take place. 

Busan City to Celebrate Citizen’s Day

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 34th Citizens' Day will include a lot of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city's promotion to a metropolitan city. 

On the 4th, mayor Hur Nam-sik and the city's major officials will make a morning visit to Choongryul-sa to lay flowers. At 4:30 pm, a 'Hope Busan Century Time Capsule' will be buried and a memorial sculpture will be unveiled at Busan Citizens' Park. 

About an hour after that, events to celebrate the 34th citizens's day will be held at the Busan Citizens' Center. Over 1,600 are expected to attend. 

Source: Busan eFM News

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