Events and activities around South Korea.

BIFF News – Ties That Bind Announces its Participants for 2013

BUSAN, South Korea -- TIES THAT BIND Asia - Europe Producers Workshop (TTB) announces ten participants for its 2013 program. Organised by Busan International Film Festival, the Udine Far East Film Festival, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, and EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), the program brings together five producers with feature fiction projects from Asia and five from Europe to participate in two workshops.

Interview: Busan Israel House Opens Featuring the First Holocaust Museum in Asia

BUSAN, South Korea -- Jay and Keum-won Kronish were looking for flights out of Korea when the Israeli ambassador called. There was a problem, he told them. Keum-won knew immediately what was wrong—the ambassador had asked her, a Korean native and American resident who'd retired in Israel, to find someone in Busan to lead the city's first Israeli cultural center. And she had done this—two years ago. Unfortunately, the person she recruited for the position had backed out, leaving the ambassador with a headless operation and many gears already in motion. So he asked her, flat-out, over the phone: Why don't you and your husband do it?

American Student in Busan Wins National Spelling Bee, Now Heading Home to Represent Korea

BUSAN, South Korea -- Hi! My name is Rishi Srinivasan and I am a seventh grader at the Busan International Foreign School (BIFS). I was born in Houston, Texas and completed my elementary school in nearby Katy, Texas and I am currently in Ulsan, South Korea, where I have studied since June, 2011. I love it here!

This year was a special one for me because I won the Korean National Spelling Bee, so the editor of Haps asked me to share my experience about how I did it.

Madame Tussauds Wax Figures Set to Wrap-up Nine Month Run in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Have you ever wondered if Bruce Lee's outfits really fit that that tight, how Elvis got his fans all shook up with his blue eyes and what Madonna's muscular legs would look like from up close?

Why not see for yourself as the famed Madame Tussauds wax figure exhibition, currently on display at Shinsegae in Centum City since last year, wraps up its run on the peninsula this month.

Saint Paddy`s Day Party Guide 2013

BUSAN, South Korea -- March 17th is just around the corner, which means it's once again time for the annual drunkfest that the annual commemoration of Patron Saint Patrick has become. Busan has its fair share of parties, and we've got you covered on where to go to celebrate this year. 

As the party falls on a Sunday this year, some of the bars and clubs are celebrating a day or two early so make sure of the date so you don't get disappointed if you show up and you've missed all the fun.

Check back as more updates come during the week.

2013 Busan International Performing Arts Festival: The 10 Minute Open Plays and BIPAF ZONE

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan International Performing Arts Festival Organizing Committee is accepting applications of The 10 Minute Open Plays and BIPAF ZONE performing teams for the 10th Busan International Performing Arts Festival (May 3-12, 2013).

BIPAF ZONE, located at Gwangalli Beach, has been operated for the citizens' outdoor performance since 2012. To mark the 10th anniversary of the festival, BIPAF ZONE performance will be expanded with more citizens' participation. Without limit of genre and type of performance, all those who share a love for the performing arts and have dreamed of becoming performers can apply with a 40-minute performance. In addition, BIPAF ZONE teams will be published on the festival promotion brochure.

Film Archive Special 2 Gets Underway Tuesday at the BCC

BUSAN, South Korea -- The second Film Archive Special series gets underway Tuesday, February 26th at the Busan Cinema Center. The program will run for two weeks until March 14th, though there are no screenings on Mondays. Tickets cost 6,000 won for all or 4,000 won for members. For more information you can call 051) 780-6000 or check out their website at

* Film List
Last Days
Paranoid Park
French Cancan
Illusion ???
Man who Shot Liberty Valance
The Rising of The Moon
My Darling Clementine
How Green was My Valley
The Grapes of Wrath
Mala Noche
Drums along the Mohawk
Steamboat round the Bend
The Iron Horse
All the Mornings of the World
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
French Cancan
Forbidden Games

International Marriages on the Rise

BUSAN, South Korea -- The number of international marriages between Koreans and foreign nationals reached nearly 39,000 in 2012 according to Statistics Korea.

Since 2002, more than 320,000 international marriages have taken place in the country, with Chinese leading the way with approximately 130,000 marriages, while Japanese came second with 20,000 over a ten year period.

According to Kukinews, from 2004 to 2011, over the last seven years 18,715 Korean women divorced their foreign husbands, and 27,775 Korean men divorced their foreign wives.


Cine Concerto Open Cinema to Screen ‘Enchanted’

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Cine Concerto Open Cinema series has chosen the Disney classic 'Enchanted' for its February screening. Enchanted is a 2007 American fantasy romantic comedy musical film focusing on Giselle, an archetypal Disney Princess, who is forced from her traditional animated world of Andalasia into the live-action world of New York City.

The film will be screened Monday, February 25th at 2 p.m. at the Busan Cinema Center. Admission is free. To register online for seats, you can find more information at or call 051 663-0037.


Culture and Sports Facilities to Remain Open During the Holidays

BUSAN, South Korea -- BEXCO, Busan Cinema Center, Busan Cultural Center, the Busan Museum of Art and other sports facilities will remain open during the Lunar New Year's holiday, which gets underway this Saturday until Monday.

The Busan Museum of Arts and the Busan Cinema Center will also remain open, continuing their schedules as normal.

The Busan City tour bus service will halt service on February 10th.


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