Busan News

Making the Most of the Water this Season

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan City's 2012 Marine Sports Academy is up and running at 10 different venues, including the beaches of Nakdong River (Eulsukdo), Yeongdo (Korea Maritime University), Dadaepo and Haeundae, from April through October for seven months. Courses are open to anyone who would like to enjoy learning about any of 10 different sports, including dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and rowing, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily (except Mondays).

The Marine Sports Academy, under the slogan "Let’s Enjoy Marine Sports", is aiming to open up the enjoyment of marine sports all year round to citizens of all ages.

Busan Cultural Contents Complex (BCC) Opened at Centum City, Haeundae

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Cultural Contents Complex (BCC) opened in Centum City, Haeundae on April 30, 2012. With a total investment of over 31 billion won, the nine-story Busan Cultural Contents Complex building has a total floor space of 19,809 square meters.

The BCC consists of a co-production center equipped with a Solid State Drive-based super computer, culture technology, a joint research center for researching 3D stereo images, a digital contents exhibition hall and corporative leasing information center for companies related to digital image content, animation and games.

For more information, please contact the Film & Culture Industry Division at 051) 888-8124.

Source: Busan City News

Busan Indonesia Center Opened on April 13

BUSAN, South Korea - The Busan Indonesia Center gives visitors a one-stop option to take care of issues relating to consular affairs, tourism, labor issues and flights. Now the Indonesian residents in Busan City can get their visas, collect business information and deal with other matters with greater convenience.

Busan, the Best Way to Get to Yeosu Expo

BUSAN, South Korea - Visitors to Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea can maximize their trip by incorporating a tour of Busan City. As such, Busan City is now working to secure convenient transportation between the two cities during the three-month expo period. The organizing committee of the expo has also designated 20 hotels in Busan (about 4,000 rooms) as official accommodations of the Expo. Busan city is busy preparing for its guests by developing tours that connect with the expo theme. 

As Gimhae International Airport is the closest international airport to Yeosu, Busan City is expecting about 130,000 foreign tourists will visit Korea through Gimhae International Airport and Busan Port during the Expo period. This represents about 26 percent of the total 490,000 expected foreign visitors to the exposition.

Busan’s Fountains Ready to Shine

BUSAN, South Korea - The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream, which stands at the entrance of Dadaepo Beach, changes its color and water stream in accordance with a lively musical soundtrack to keep visitors enchanted and entertained. The fountain shoots different-looking streams of water up into the sky in line with the music.

The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream opened in 2009. It is 60 meters in diameter and shoots water up to 55 meters high, making it the largest water fountain in the world. The water changes form according to which of the 300 songs are playing, including K-pop tracks, pop songs and classical music. Sometimes the jets of water appearing to be running back and forth; at other times, they create the impression they are shaking hands, or shooting up in a mist. These are arranged under 27 different themes. 

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.


Lauren Howells, Joshua Kim


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."