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Marine Sports Center now open in Songjeong, offering scuba diving and jet-skiing

BUSAN, South Korea -- Korea's largest marine sports center, the provisionally named 'Haeundae Songjeong Marina' is now partially open for business. Songjeong Marina, located at the western end of Songjeong Beach is a marine sports complex built to encourage a greater interest in marine sports among local citizens and visitors alike. It recently completed construction of the main marine facilities and the main marine sports building will be completed by the end of this year.

Songjeong Marina has been running marine sports experience and education programs since July, including banana boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, motor boating, scuba diving and snorkeling. Registration for the marine programs is available via the website (www.beachsports.kr) or by visiting the center. Programs will run every day during the summer season, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Busan Selected to Host OMAE in 2016

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan City has been selected to host the 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) in 2016, following concerted efforts by Busan City, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Pusan National University, the Korea Shipbuilders' Association, Busan Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the BEXCO, to attract OMAE. 

The Ship and Offshore Research Institute in Pusan National University announced that Busan City had been selected to host the 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2016) during the OMAE 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June.

Enjoy Water Sports at Songjeong Beach

BUSAN, South Korea -- In order to develop the Haeundae Special Tourist Zone and water sports in general in Busan, the ‘Haeundae Songjeong Marina’, the biggest marine leisure center in the country, is currently being built at Songjeong Beach. 

The berthing facilities for water sports programs were opened on July 27, 2012. The marine leisure center will include accommodation, a restaurant, and marine sports related facilities, and is scheduled to be completed in 2013. 

A variety of water sports including motor boating, jet skiing, banana boating, scuba diving, fishing and snorkeling are available at Songjeong Beach.

To register for any of the water sports programs, visit the center in person or visit the website at www.beachsports.kr

Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge Opens

BUSAN, South Korea - Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge, connecting Hwamyeong-dong, Buk-gu, Busan with Daedong-myeon, Gimhae, Gyeongnam opened on July 9, 2012.

As the 7th bridge across the Nakdong River, the 1.54 kilometer Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge carries a 4-lane highway. At a total cost of 180.6 billion won, the project has been completed in 5 years and 5 months, having started in March 2007. Travel time between Hwamyeong-dong in Busan and Daedong-myeon in Gimhae by car will now be reduced by some 30 minutes compared to when traffic had to use the Nakdong River Bridge.

Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge is the largest concrete-decked cable-stayed bridge in the country. The construction methods minimized pollution to the Nakdong River and construction costs, thereby attracting a lot of attention from domestic and international engineers.

Busan Immigration Service Center to Open Today

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Immigration Service Center will open to the public on July 23, 2012. The center is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Korean Air Bldg., in Jungang-dong and serves people in the Busan, Gimhae, Yangsan and Gyeongsangnam-do areas. Services include registration, visa application & extension, citizenship, and other immigration-related matters. For more information, please call 051-461-3091~6.

Location: 1F and 2F of the Korean Air Building. (Address: 146 Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan)

How to get there: take Metro Line No. 1 to Busan Station and leave by Exit No. 2 (or to Jungang Station, then leave by Exit No. 14), or take Bus No. 17, 26, 27, 40, 41, 81, 87, 88-1, 1000 or 1004 and get off at the Yeongju-dong stop.

Almost a Foot of Rain Hits Busan Over the Weekend

BUSAN, South Korea - If you're wondering just how much rain we got over the weekend, wonder no more - 293.5mm. Busan was hit hardest by the monsoon that swept across the peninsula over the weekend, as almost a foot of rain fell over the two day period.

The hardest rains brought 80.5mm per hour during the storms, the third highest total ever recorded.

The rains shut more than 30 streets and resulted in the cancelation of 35 flights from Busan's Gimhae International Airport according to Arirang News.

More rains are expected to hit Busan tomorrow and for the rest of the week, as Typhoon Khanun moves over Korea after slamming Eastern China earlier this weekend.

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Child and Infant-only Outdoor Swimming Pools to Open at the Nakdong Riverside

BUSAN, South Korea - Busan Nakdong River Project Executive Office has opened a children’s outdoor swimming pool (water depth: 55 - 60cm) at Samnak Waterfront Park, Sasang-gu. The outdoor swimming pool facility has a 925.4 square-meter children-only pool and two infant-only pools with a water depth of under 20 cm as well as convenience facilities.

The outdoor pool opened for the summer season on July 5 and will remain open till August 31, 2012. It is free of charge. The pool opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The pool will be closed in the case of severe weather, heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

The wearing of a swimsuit and a swimming cap in the pool is compulsory and parents must accompany their children in the water.

Besides the children’s swimming pool, the park also has various family entertainment facilities such as an inline skating track, and a bike rental facility.

Busan Opera House Project Moves Forward with 2018 Planned Completion Date

BUSAN, South Korea - The project to build the Busan Opera House is now making good progress. The City of Busan launched the International Design Competition for the Busan Opera House at the end of June. The City of Busan will select the winning design at the end of September and, after more design consultations, it will complete the Opera House in 2018. The 1,800 seat auditorium and convention facility will be built in the Marine & Culture Zone in Busan's North Port Redevelopment Area (34,928?), at a total cost of some 300 billion won.

Busan Metro to Allow Bicycles Onboard on Weekends and Holidays

BUSAN, South Korea - Busan City announced an expanded plan to allow bicycles on all metro lines on weekends and holidays starting from July 1, 2012. Currently, only Busan Metro Line 3 has allowed bicycles onboard on weekends and holidays.

The expanded plan is aimed at increasing the accessibility of bike paths for the steadily increasing number of mountain bikers and cyclists touring the riverside paths.

Busan Transportation Corporation conducted citizen surveys on Busan Metro’s bicycle boarding policy from the end of April until the beginning of May. According to the results of the survey, the majority of survey participants agreed with allowing passengers on all metro trains with their bicycles on weekends and holidays.  

Footpath Between Oncheoncheon Stream and Suyeong River Finally Connected

Recently, Busan City has completed the 685 meter long stretch of footpath from Oncheoncheon's Allak-gyo Bridge, Allak-dong, Dongnae-gu to the stream's confluence with the...

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