Events and activities around South Korea.

Shinsegae-Simon Busan Premium Outlets Open in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Shinsegae Simon, a joint-venture between Shinsegae Group and Simon Property Group, Inc. has opened its third Premium Outlet Center in South Korea after Yeoju and Paju.  

The new outlet features 180 outlet stores, including luxury fashion brands and casual living and outdoor brands, on 33,259 square meters of retail space within a 154,663 square-meter site. The distinctive architectural design of the location was also inspired by the Tuscany region of Italy. 

The outlet is open from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and on public holidays.  

Wide Angle, New Currents Jury Selected For BIFF

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 18th Busan International Film Festival has selected this year's jury members for the New Currents competition section for Asian films. The New Currents section introduces the works of up-and-coming directors who are leading the way for Asian cinema and the jury members will select two films, each of which will be awarded USD 30,000. 

Busan International Comedy Festival Begins

BUSAN, South Korea -- The first Busan International Comedy Festival, hosted by the Busan Cinema Center, Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and the organizing committee of the festival raised its curtain yesterday afternoon and started its four-day schedule. 

In the comedy festival with the subject of 'Busan sea, laughing sea', the most popular Korean comedians from all broadcasters will turn out. 
Popular foreign comedians will also visit Busan during the festival. 

Seventeen comedy teams from seven countries, including Korea, Australia, and Germany, will hold fifty-five performances in Busan for four days. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Dong-A University Museum Gains Popularity

BUSAN, South Korea -- The number of visitors continues to increase every year at Dong-A University Museum. The museum moved from Gudeok Campus to Bumin Campus in May 2009. The number of visitors almost doubled over those at Gudeok Campus. 21,799 people visited the museum in 2009, 26,256 in 2010, 34,813 in 2011 and 43,701 in 2012.   

A large collection of artifacts including national treasures and cultural assets, easy accessibility, convenient facilities, and various experience programs are attracting more visitors to the museum.

Dong-A University Museum houses a collection of about 30,000 valuable academic artifacts, including 2 national treasures, 11 treasures, 20 Busan City tangible cultural assets and more.

The museum first opened on Gudeok Campus in November 1959, and then reopened at the (former) government building of the provisional capital located on Bumin Campus.

BIFF to Pay Tribute to Im Kwon-taek

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 18th Busan International Film Festival pays tribute to the Korean Master director Im Kwon-taek and presents the Korean Cinema Retrospective – Fly High, Run Far: The Making of Korean Master Im Kwon-taek.

Charles Tesson to Receive Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Award

BUSAN, South Korea -- Leading French film critic and film historian Charles Tesson has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Korean Cinema award at the 18th Busan International Film Festival.

French film critic and film academic, worked as the editor of Cahiers du cinema between 1998 and 2003. In 1999, as the editor of Cahiers du cinema, Tesson introduced around 30 Korean films as a part of the film section of the Paris Autumn Festival. At the festival, works by great Korean directors (such as Shin Sang-ok, Im Kwon-taek, Yu Hyun-mok, Kim Ki-Young, Lee Doo-Yong, Park Kwang-su, Jang Sunwoo, Lee Myung Se, Hong Sang-soo, and Lee Kwang Mo) were introduced.

Foreigners Get a Chance to Show Off Hangul Handiwork

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Foundation for International Activities is seeking participants for the 2013 Foreigners' Korean Language Competition to be held on October 2 from 2-5p.m. at the Main Auditorium of Busan City Hall. Contestants should be confident speakers of Korean and must be foreigners residing in Busan recommended by universities, foreign school or related institutions and organizations. 

The competition will be divided into speaking and performance categories. In the speaking contest, applicants can choose any subject for three-minute speech in Korean. In the performance category, teams of up to five persons present a five-minute dialogue, dramatic skit, musical, TV show parody or comedy sketch. Previous first prize-winners of the Foreigners' Korean Language Competition (2006-2012) are not eligible to enter the competition. Applications must be submitted by September 13 and include a copy of their presentation material.

Marine City Coastline to Turn into Film Experience Street

BUSAN, South Korea --The coastline road of Marine City of Haeundae-gu will be transformed into a film experience street. 

An official of Haeundae-gu said that the gu has a plan to make eight-hundred meters of the coastline road of Marine City from Hyundai IPark to Adeles a film experience street by June of next year by investing 1.2 billion won, coming from the government, city, and gu. 

For this project, Haeundae-gu chose a design plan that was submitted by a consortium of Enart Design and Wonil ENC, through a design competition. 

The film experience street will be created by using the bank and five-point-five-meter-wide sidewalk with three themes, including a symbolic space, an experiencing space, and a rest place. 

Source: Busan eFM News

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