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Busan Grand Sale Continues Until October 10

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan's flagship festival, 2013 Busan Grand Sale, began September 1st and will last until October 10 at major venues including hotels, department stores, duty-free stores and restaurants in areas like Haeundae, Nampo-dong, Gwangalli and Seomyeon.

One of the biggest draws will be discounts of as much as 70 percent, making the 40 days of the Grand Sale one of the prime times of the year to tour Busan. 

Busan in Photos: Winners of the 14th Busan Tourism Photo Contest

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan City and the Photo Artist Society of Korea (Busan Branch) have announced the winning photos of the 14th Busan Tourism Photo Contest. 

The contest was held July 1-29 to promote Busan as a beautiful and dynamic city. A total of 1,174 photos were submitted, and 91 were selected to receive awards. The winning photos were exhibited at BEXCO during the 16th Busan International Travel Fair, September 6-9.

The awards ceremony was held at BEXCO on September 7, 2013, at 11a.m.

Winners of the contest:

Grand Prize: Yoon Jung-hye, Jung Young-ho

Special Prize: Kim Mi-jeong

Selection: Nam Jong-hak, Bae Byung-wook, Shim Kyu-sook

Runner-up: Kim Myung-sin, Kim Yoon-hee, Na Eun-yong, Lee Myung-jae, Jeong Jae-kyo

Hwangryeong-ro Home to Worst Air in the City

BUSAN, South Korea -- A new study shows that the air pollution of Hwangryeong-ro is the most severe among main roads in Busan. 

According to the result of the investigation on the air condition on twenty-five main roads of Busan by the Busan Institute of Health Environment, the levels of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and nitrogen monoxide in Hwangryeong-ro reached their highest. 

Additionally, it was revealed that the air pollution condition in Suyeong-ro, Taejong-ro, Mandeok-ro, and Beonyeong-ro were also a severe pollution level. 

Source: Busan eFM News


First Global Water Forum Produces Positive Results

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 1st Busan Global Water Forum was held in Busan yesterday, attended by 340 water experts from 100 countries. 

In the forum, Jung Rae-gyeon, the advisor of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, announced the development strategy of water resource against climate change, and the experts of World Bank from Singapore announced the prospect on the private and public partnership in the water industry. 

This water forum is held until today. 

Source: Busan eFM News


Busan International Travel Fair Begins Tomorrow

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 16th Busan International Travel Fair that will display world travel information will be held between the 6th and the 9th at BEXCO.

In this event, 241 institutions and companies from 43 countries will participate and show local tourists products and information from each country and place. Particularly, the participation of new countries, including Colombia, Paraguay, Senegal, Iran, and Fiji reflects the international travel fair's elevated status. 

The opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, attended by ambassadors and heads of tourism bureau in Korea from other countries.

Source: Busan eFM News

Photo: VisitKorea.or.kr

Shinsegae-Simon Busan Premium Outlets Open in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Shinsegae Simon, a joint-venture between Shinsegae Group and Simon Property Group, Inc. has opened its third Premium Outlet Center in South Korea after Yeoju and Paju.  

The new outlet features 180 outlet stores, including luxury fashion brands and casual living and outdoor brands, on 33,259 square meters of retail space within a 154,663 square-meter site. The distinctive architectural design of the location was also inspired by the Tuscany region of Italy. 

The outlet is open from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and on public holidays.  

Beehives Becoming a Problem Citywide

BUSAN, South Korea -- As beehives have been increasing recently in downtown Busan, a warning on a swarm of bees has been issued. 

According to the Busan Fire Department, the number of beehives to be removed last month was 984, and the daily average number this month is 50. Beehives have been found in various places, including schools, buildings, parks and houses. 

An official of the Busan Fire Department advised that if you touch a beehive on accident, avoid big gestures to stimulate bees and move to another place by bending low to the ground. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Over 40 Million People Hit the Cities Beaches This Summer

BUSAN, South Korea -- A study shows that the number of summer vacationers to visit the seven beaches of Busan was over 40 million people this year. 

According to the city of Busan, in total 40,167,000 people flocked to the seven beaches in the city, an increase by 1.5 percent, or 4,149,800 people, compared to 36,017,200 last year. It is the second time that the number of summer vacationers to visit Busan beaches is over 40 million in history. 

The number almost reached the 2007 number of 41,317,000 tpeople, the highest record in history. 

Specifically, 15,763,000 people, the largest number in history visited Haeundae Beach, while 9,949,000 people visited Gwangalli Beach this summer.

Source: Busan eFM News

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Typhoon Toraji May Hit Southern Regions Friday

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Korean Meteorological Administration has predicted the possibility of a typhoon hitting the region this Friday. Heavy rain is forecasted with gusty winds affecting the Gyeongsang provincial areas.

Typhoon Toraji, the 17th typhoon of the season, formed in waters east-northeast of Taiwan around 3 a.m. Monday with a central pressure of 980 hPa and wind speeds of about 18 m/s while moving northeast. 

'We're uncertain which course typhoon Toraji will take due to the influence of a trough of low pressure,' Kim Sung-mook of the KMA. Currently, forecasters have the chance of hitting the southern and central regions at 60 percent.

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