Busan News

International flights increase 47 percent from previous year


BUSAN, South Korea - International and local routes from Gimhae International Airport, the air gateway to Busan City, are being ramped up this year in tandem with growing tourist traffic as more people visit the country and also head out on outbound trips and package tours.

Busan Regional Aviation Administrator has adjusted flight schedules at the airport from March 25 to October 27, with international flights increasing 47 percent from 458 flights a week to 672. Meanwhile, domestic flights will grow 6 percent from 778 to 826.

The region’s four local airlines will operate 430 flights a week, marking an increase of 155, while foreign airlines will run 242 weekly flights, 59 more than that of last year.

Compared to last summer, flights to Southeast Asia will have grown by 84 a week to 230. There will also be an additional 78 flights to Japan, making a weekly total of 224, and 52 to China, for a new total of 180.

Bombay Indian Restaurant

Busan Awesome Review - Good Indian food seems to be becoming more and more common here in Busan. Fewer than nine months after reading about how difficult it was to find decent Indian food here, there are at least three good options. The most recent one I’ve tried is Bombay Indian Restaurant in Nampo-dong.

The owner and cook is a really friendly guy who speaks perfect English. He explained that they serve western Indian food, which shares a lot of elements with Pakistani and Afghan foods. The menu lacked some of my personal favorite Indian dishes, but there were also a lot of things I’d never heard of and would like to try.

Largest Global Cloud Data Center in Korea to be built in Busan


BUSAN, South Korea - Busan City and LG CNS held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the LG CNS Busan Global Data Center at Mieum Industrial Estate, in Gangseo-gu District, on February 13, 2012. The LG CNS Busan Data Center will be a 133,000? facility built on a 39,000? site.

The Data Center will be the largest data center in Korea, and will be earthquake-resistant. For the first time among all data centers in Korea, base isolation will be applied to the Busan Data Center. This is a structural design technique in which dampers are used to protect buildings against the effect of major earthquakes with a magnitude of 8 on the Richter Scale.

The Global Data Center will have an operational capacity of 72,000 servers and is scheduled to be completed in December 2012. Busan City and LG CNS plan to expand this capacity on a yearly basis until 2014.

Haps Promo Video Released


BUSAN - Busan Haps Magazine released their promotional video last night to a full crowd at Sharky's in Haeundae at the 17th issue launch party. The five minute, forty-one second video, was written, directed and produced by Nichole Blair Post.

The promo tells the tale of a girl who visits the city, and is taken around to local sights by her male friend. The video, which was shot last summer, was extremely well-received, a testament to the cast and crew's hard work.

Post attended the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines. Since then, she has returned to South Korea where she teaches English, as well as works on creative projects with other local filmmakers and artists.

Actors:

Lauren Howells, Joshua Kim

Crew:

As Competition Grows, More Teachers Turn to TESOL


BUSAN, South Korea - With the recent cuts of teachers by the Seoul Metropolitan Board of Education and in Gyeonggi-do, there will be a plethora of teachers looking for a job this spring, suddenly finding themselves without a place to teach.

With the recent, and future cutbacks which are planning to happen around the peninsula, the competition for jobs is going to be fierce. 

As prospects become more bleak, and being in a job market saturated with teachers, anything you can do to make yourself more attractive to employers is a plus. Gone are the days when just setting foot on the peninsula, degree in hand, could guarantee you employment.

Photo Essay: The Light of Busan



Health workers performing vibration therapy in Gwangan.



 A silent street in a small neighborhood in Jeopo-dong.

Photo Essay: Busan, Thru My Eyes



"Tongdosa Temple - "My favorite of all ...the atmosphere, the surroundings, so full of beauty and grace."


Jagalchi Market - "The largest fish market in Korea, so diverse and yet, so well orchestrated."

Busan e-FM Launches Smartphone Application


BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA - Busan e-FM, the city's first English radio broadcasting station, FM 90.5, launched smartphone applications for the Android and iPhone in September 2011.

The smartphone apps provide a variety of content including news, music, weather and entertainment. The app users can listen to live broadcasts, as well as previously aired programs.

To find the Busan e-FM application, search for “BEFM” in the Android Market or the App Store, and download and install the app. 

What are you going to do this Chuseok?


BUSAN, South Korea - Ahhh Chuseok. It’s that time of year when the weather begins to turn into what is arguably Korea’s best season. Gone are the rains, the mosquitoes and the massive crowds in Haeundae, while the heat turns bearable and nights become cool, allowing for a better night’s sleep.

Graffiti in Busan: For the People


BUSAN, South Korea -- As a former resident artist at Agit Indie Space in Busan, I have been fortunate to meet some extremely talented graffiti ‘writers.’ This is the title by which they are known in Korea, where a subculture of dedicated writers has existed for over 20 years.

Bokcheon Museum


Bokcheon-dong Museum is a branch museum of Busan City built on the location of ancient tombs in Bokcheon-dong. The museum was created as a park with a historical concept and presentation based on the historical investigation of the local tombs. In addition to indoor exhibition rooms, is an outdoor dome exhibition room. The site of each tomb is indicated by a planting box tree, giving the visitor an idea of the overall historical layout of the area.

Korea – Haeundae Area Hotels

BUSAN, South Korea - Where to stay in Busan comes up from time to time on the forums, and I've answered a few emails about places to stay near Haeundae beach. For the benefit of other readers, and of Google, here are some options.