Events and activities around South Korea.

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.


Korea Loses its Fastest Internet Title

BUSAN, South Korea -- The fastest peak Internet speed is no longer the pride of South Korea—that distinction now belongs to another Asian powerhouse—Hong Kong.

The South China Morning Post reported that the Hong Kong Internet eXchange is credited with making it cheaper for different internet service providers to share content, thus allowing the country to reach a peak speed of 54.1 megabits per second, the first country to crack the 50 barrier, while South Korea maxes out at still an impressive 48.8 megabits per second according to the State of the Internet report issued by Akamai Technologies.

All is not lost however, as South Korea still leads the table for fastest average speed at 14.7 Mbps. The SCMP also noted that to download an HD version of the movie Battleship could be done in about four minutes at the peak broadband internet speed—about the same time it takes to make a cup of coffee.


Busan Aquarium Breeds Weedy Sea Dragons

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Aquarium now holds the distinction of being the only place in Asia to successfully breed Weedy Sea Dragons in captivity. A native to the waters of Southern Australia, the Weedy Sea Dragon is close kin with the seahorse and a pair of them bought from the Melbourne aquarium in 2011 managed to complete the mating process which can take up to six months and involves the female laying up to 200 eggs for a male to incubate.

Under the watchful eye of a specialist flown in from the UK, 20 of the eggs produced offspring making Korea only the third country in the world to breed Weedy Sea Dragons in captivity along with Australia and the United States. The roughly two centimeters long dragons will feed on crustaceans such as tiny shrimp and if all goes well, eventually reach a full size of about 35 centimeters.



Luxury Hotels On The Rise in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- As Busan is increasing its name as a popular tourist destination, hotels have taken notice and have begun either renovating or building as the demand for luxury accommodations rises. Currently, there are only six five-star hotels in the city, but with the planned Grand Hyatt to open in Marine City in February, the Hilton planning to open in 2015 in Gijang and the Hotel Shilla in 2016, Busan is establishing itself as a major competitor on the hotel build wish list.

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