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PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games Torch Comes to Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Olympic torch for the PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013 which has been lit in Athens, Greece on January 17, 2013, arrived in Busan on January 25. The Special Olympics is for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and is held biennially, alternating between winter and summer Games. It is separate from the Paralympic Games, which are held after the summer and winter Olympics for athletes with physical disabilities.

The PyeongChang Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013 will take place from January 29 to February 5 for eight days in PyeongChang under the slogan of ‘Together We Can.'

The Olympic torch arrived at Incheon International Airport on January 19 and begun its journey round Korea in Gwanghwamun Plaza in Seoul on January 23.

The Olympic torch relay runners consist of 56 foreigners, 13 Koreans with intellectual disabilities. The police will also assist.

11th International Cultural Exchange Activity Recruitment Underway

BUSAN, South Korea -- Nowadays, according to the flow of globalization, universities attract a large number of foreign students, and for Korea to evolve, the number of foreigners living in Busan area is growing rapidly. But the ties between Koreans and foreigners don't get closer, and foreigners from unfamiliar environment do not adapt well to the hard reality.

ICEA is a volunteering to exchange mutual culture to each other. That means we make a Buddy Program between Korean students and foreign students and we have various cultural activities and we visit many attractions and so on.

Through the many activities, we will experience another culture and we can make an appropriate attitude to globalization.

* Qualification: Anyone who has passion!!

- ICEA team is composed with 28 korean students and 28 foreigners.

- Foreigners who want to understand another culture and want to share their culture.

Haps Weekend Picks January 25,26,27

BUSAN, South Korea -- If fun is what you're looking for this weekend, then you've come to the right place. The forecast is set to cool down after a mild week, but looks to be sunny for another great weekend in the city.

The Freezin for a Reason 2013 Charity Polar Bear Swim highlights this weekend, but there are a ton of great musical events going on as well in the early evening and late nights that are worth checking out. There's also ballet, a cribbage tourney, ice skating and many other fun things to do with your mates, a loved one or the family.

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

Busan Kids Oral Hyigene Lowest in the Country

BUSAN, South Korea -- Children in Busan have the lowest rate of oral hygiene in the country according to statistics by the Korean National Mouth Health Organization.

Recent statistics show that only 19.8% of elementary school children brush their teeth at school after lunch, much lower than the national average of 33.8%.

Currently, 42.4% of elementary school first graders, 85.6% of middle schools first graders, and 77.9% of high school first graders are suffering from stomatopathy, or mouth diseases.


New Little India

The Overview

Situated on the second floor in the heart of Nampodong, New Little India specializes in the finest authentic Indian cuisine. The elegantly-styled interior and superior service complements the remarkably fresh ingredients on their vast menu. A great destination for those looking to enjoy a fine meal at affordable prices and a quiet ambiance.


Address: 48-2, 2 ga, Changsun-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

open: 11am - 10pm

Busan, Yangon, Myanmar Become Sister Cities

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan City has signed a sisterhood city agreement with Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar.

Hur Nam-sik, the Mayor of Busan, and Yangon Mayor Hla Myint put their signatures to the agreement on January 14 at the Yangon City Hall to become sister cities. The two signed a joint declaration promising cooperation and development in economics, culture, tourism, sports, education and private citizen exchanges. Yangon City becomes Busan's 26th sister city.

Yangon City is Myanmar's largest city and commercial capital. It was also the capital city until 2006 when the capital was moved to Naypyidaw. Leading global multinational corporations and major economic, commercial and port facilities are located in Yangon, the main gateway to Myanmar.

For more information, please contact the International Relations Division at 051-888-3546.

City to Host Game Exhibition for Four More Years

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan has succeeded in becoming the host for G-STAR from 2013 to 2016, a four year extension from the original commitment. Busan has hosted the game festival from 2009 to 2012 and will host it again for another 4 years, a total of 8 years in a row. This is a stepping stone to becoming the permanent host.  

The Korea Association of Game Industry recently decided to host the event in Busan from 2013 to 2016. The city pointed to its achievements and strong will to host the festival developed over the past four years and so succeeded in becoming host again. Other positives included expanded exhibition facilities such as BEXCO's second exhibition hall and auditorium and plenty of luxury hotels, including those near Haeundae. Busan's plentiful experience in hosting international events successfully was another reason it was chosen.

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.

BJFEZ Authority Signs MOU with Brighton College

BUSAN, South Korea -- On December 11, 2012 BJFEZ Authority and Busan Metropolitan City singed the MOU with Brighton College from England to establish a branch campus at Myeongji International city. At the signing ceremony Commissioner Ha (BJFEZ), Mayor Hur (city of Busan), Chairman Park (Don Woon Educational Foundation), and Director Paul Westbrook (Brighton College) attended.

Prior to the MOU signing, Brighton College and Don Woon Educational Foundation established a consortium for advancing the Busan and Don Woon Educational Foundation to play a role such as school construction have signed this MOU on behalf of the consortium.
Brighton College to invest about 300 billion Won for campus buildings on approximately 15,000m² land size, and will recruit about 1,000 students. The curriculums and school staffs will be organized by the Brighton College and will open during 2016.

Haps Weekend Picks January 18,19,20

BUSAN, South Korea -- Another week is wrapping up in the Bu, and the cold snap of the last couple days is making way for what looks to be a nice weekend of weather to enjoy outdoors.

The city's 26th Polar Bear Swim highlights this weekend, with the annual pilgrimage into the freezing waters by a few thousand brave or crazy souls (depending on how you look at it). There's also a ton of great music going on, from classic to dance to rock hitting stages around the city and basketball, a laser show and sports activities ready for you to enjoy.

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

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