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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!

Korea Grand Sale Underway

BUSAN, South Korea -- Discounts up to 70 percent await foreign tourists this winter as 85 companies and 24,700 stores, including department stores, duty-free stores, hotels, major retail outlets, and convenience stores participate in this year's version of the Korean Grand Sale which takes place around the country. Halluyu concerts from Korea's best in K-pop allow foreign tourists to be able to enjoy music, as well as the fashion, traditional food and culture of Korea.

According to Katie Han, Executive Director of the Visit Korea Committee, Korea Grand Sale 2013 will be a more colorful, richer festival than previous occasions because foreign tourists can experience Hallyu culture contents along with shopping. We will have a wider variety of promotions and marketing so that the Korea Grand Sale becomes Korea's own, truly distinct festival, she added.

Busan City is Full of Festivals All Year Round

BUSAN, South Korea -- If you are preparing to visit Korea this year, you shouldn't skip Busan. Busan is full of festivals and attractions all year. In the spring, there are the Dalmaji Oncheon Festival and Haeundae Sand Festival. In summer, numerous tourists visit Haeundae and Songjeong. The Busan International Film Festival is held in the fall for Korean and overseas film makers, and the Busan Fireworks Festival lights up the night sky. Later in the year, there is the Busan Christmas Tree Festival that lights up the Nampo-dong area. These are reasons why you should not miss out on Busan during your trip to Korea in 2013.

Haps Weekend Picks January 11,12,13

BUSAN, South Korea -- The second weekend of the new year has arrived, and Mother Nature has decided to be kind and reward us with what looks to be afternoons of sun and warmer temps.

With the forecast expected to be pleasant, it's a great opportunity to head outdoors to climb a mountain, or take a stroll along the beach. There's plenty of music options to keep you busy this weekend, as well as basketball, films and exhibitions going around the city.

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

Tom Cruise Receives Honorary Citizenship to Busan

Hollywood blockbuster star, Tom Cruise, visited the city of Busan Thursday to receive honorary citizenship to the city in a ceremony at the Busan...

Busan Tourism Organization Opens its Doors

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Tourism Organization, now in charge of tourism initiatives, has officially opened for business. Tourism has been a long-cherished business of Busan, and with the tourism organization, Busan has prepared a stepping stone to becoming a luxury tourism city.

The tourism organization will work on tourism industry development, tourism marketing in Korea and other countries, developing tourism resources, operating Arpina Youth Hostel and Busan City Tour Bus, MICE industry development, fostering tourism talents, and promoting the Busan City consignment business.

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