Busan News

Busan-Jeju ferry service resumed on April 19th


BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan-Jeju car ferry resumed operation on April 19th. The operation was halted at the end of May 2012. 

Two car ferries travel from Busan to Jeju on the following schedule:

Route: Busan ? Jeju
Car Ferries: Seokyung Paradise (began operating April 19) and Seokyung Island (began operating April 23)

Seokyung Paradise (6,626 tons, 613-passenger and 300-car capacity)
Busan (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 pm ) ? Jeju (the next day 6:00 am)

Jeju (6:30 am) ? Busan (7:30 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

Seokyung Island (5,223 tons, 880-passenger and 250-car capacity)
Busan (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 7:00 pm ) ? Jeju (the next day 6:00 am)

Jeju (6:30 am) ? Busan ( 7:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

No ferry service on Sundays.

Haps Weekend Picks April 26,27,28


BUSAN, South Korea -- The end of April is here and the calendar is absolutely jam-packed with events to do this weekend.

The Vagina Monologues are back for their fourth year with three great performances, Voices for Vaginas and a huge dance party aimed at raising money and increasing awareness of violence against women. Millstone Grit also bids adieu this weekend with a huge final performance at Club Realize with some special guest bands in what is sure to be a great night of music. The BIWA Charity Ball, yachting, soccer and some fun festivals are also scheduled, so get on out and enjoy one of the many events scheduled day or night.

Sea Art Festival 2013 to Open in Under Theme of ‘With Songdo: Remembrance, Marks, People’


BUSAN, South Korea -- Sea Art Festival 2013 will be open on the Songo Beach from Sept. 14 to Oct. 13 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Songdo beach under the theme of 'With Songdo: Remembrance, Marks, People.'

The festival is organizing a competition to select 20 outstanding works and 15 invitational works for a total of 35 installations from in and outside of Korea. Park Tae-won, Planning Chairman of the Busan Fine Arts Association has been named the artistic director of this festival.

All 35 art works and installations will be on display at the festival with 20 of them being selected through an international competition.

From April 15 to May 20, individuals and organizations can apply for the competition with the limit being one entry each. For college students under the tutelage of mentor professors, it is possible to participate in the festival if they maintain the group to 10 students.

Foreign Direct Investment Heats Up Across Busan


BUSAN, South Korea -- The Buy Busan wave for foreigners is heating up. Foreign investment in Busan has reached new highs including an increasing number of real estate purchases by foreigners in Marine City, which overlooks Haeundae.

Despite the economic slowdown,  Busan achieved a high level of foreign direct investment (FDI) at $480 million last year. In 2011, FDI was $359 million, and in 2010, it was $253 million. This is an increase of $121 million and $227 million, respectively.

Passenger Boat Service to Jeju Island Resumes This Friday


BUSAN, South Korea -- An official of Busan Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Office said the passenger boat service between Busan and Jeju which was stopped from May last year will be reopened from the nineteenth. 

Two passenger ships including Seokyeong Paradise ship and Seokyeong Island ship of SK FERRY Corporation will be operated on the sea route and it takes eleven hours starting from Busan at seven p.m to Jeju-do. 

The passenger capacity of Seokyeong Paradise and Seokyeong Island are six hundred and eighty-hundred-eighty, respectively and each of the ships are capable of carrying three-hundred cars.

Source: Busan eFM News

Korean Adults Struggle to Prepare for Retirement


BUSAN, South Korea -- A government survey showed that South Korean adults want to work until the age of sixty-four on average, but only fourteen percent of them are actively preparing to re-orient themselves in the job market after retirement. 

The survey of two-thousand adults, conducted by the state-run Korea Employment Information Service between October and November last year, said they hope to work until the age of sixty-three-point-nine on average. 

The survey found that only 14 percent of them are actively managing their career to help them transfer to new jobs after retiring from their primary careers. 

In South Korea, the average retirement age stands at fifty-eight.

Source: Busan eFM News

Haps Weekend Picks April 12,13,14


BUSAN, South Korea -- Tensions may be rising on the peninsula (so they say), but don't let that stop you from getting out of the house this weekend.

A great night of music headlined by Outlier's CD release party tops our Saturday choices. A bachelor/bachelorette auction, football, more great music and some great photo exhibitions round things out, but there's a whole lot more in store in what looks to be an overcast weekend in the city.

You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!


Foreign Students Support Commission Founded


BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Foundation of International Activities (BFIA) had an inaugural meeting with dignitaries from 17 universities based in Busan and with representatives of immigration offices overseas on March 26 to attract more foreign students to Busan.

There are currently 6,300 foreign students in Busan. Thanks to this inaugural meeting, Busan has been able to provide more detailed information to foreign students considering coming to study in Busan.

It also has a plan to execute aggressive marketing campaigns, putting an emphasis on the advantages of studying in Busan. This meeting was a good opportunity for dignities from each university to share their opinions and information about attracting foreign students.

BFIA helps foreign students enjoy a trouble-free stay in Busan and provides various kinds of programs for them, including foreign student scholarships, internship programs and job placement service.

New Dog Registration System Enacted for 2013


BUSAN, South Korea -- All dog-owners in Busan are now required to register dogs over three months old with the city, under revisions to the Animal Protection Act. Dog owners must also attach an identification tag to their dogs when in public.   

The new registration system is intended to address the rising number of dogs that go missing or are abandoned each year. 

Dogs over three months old must be registered at a designated veterinary clinic and bear identification tags in their district of residence. When registering their pet, owners are given three choices: an embedded RFID chip (KRW 20,000), an electronic tag (KRW 15,000), or an ordinary dog tag (KRW 10,000). Guide dogs and adopted strays may be registered for free, and a 50-percent discount is available for dogs that already have an RFID chip, for spayed or neutered dogs, and for dogs belonging to low-income families.

Haps Weekend Picks April 5,6,7


BUSAN, South Korea -- The first weekend of the month may bring some April showers, but there is a full docket of things to do this weekend indoor or out to keep you busy.

Headlining this weekend is the Haps 24th issue launch party at Sharky's in Haeundae Saturday night, where you can check out the latest issue with its new feel and look. There's also a lot of great music, soccer and baseball, and a few festivals that get the spring underway in traditional Busan fashion. 

You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!


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