BUSAN, South Korea -- Temperatures are freezing the new year so far, but hopefully the weekend can warm your spirits. Look on the bright side: at least it's warmer than Seoul.
It's a pretty quiet weekend after a month of parties and holidays, but there is still plenty to go, see and enjoy for the first weekend of 2013. A month-long Woody Allen film festival is underway at the Busan Cinema Center, the Hwamyeong Toboggan Slope is once again open for business and there are plenty of indoor activities if you are looking to beat the chill this weekend.
You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!
BUSAN, South Korea -- Costco will observe a voluntary closure this Wednesday, December 12th in accordance of joining in the effort of the recent Chain Store Association and the RIDA agreement.
According to their website, Busan, Ilsan, Yangjae, Daejon, Sangbong and Ulsan will continue voluntary Wednesday closures on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month until revised DIDA ordinances are commenced.
Daegu and Yangpyung branches of the American discount wholesaler will continue to close on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.
Costco has drawn the ire of the Korean government in recent months by defying local governments ordinances to have discount stores closed twice a month.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan City successfully hosted the International Water Association's World Water Congress & Exhibition 2012 earlier this year, from September 16-21, as the biggest conference in the IWA's history, with the participation of about 7,100 water related professionals from 130 countries. As a follow-up project, the IWA Northeast Asia Regional Office will soon be established in Busan.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Nakdong River Project Executive Office is providing the public with free bike rentals at Nakdong River Ecological Park.
Park visitors can rent free bike at four locations in the Nakdong River Ecological Park - Samnak Riverside Park (130 bikes), Hwamyeong Ecological Park (120 bikes), Maekdo Ecological Park (80 bikes) and Daejeo Ecological Park (100 bikes).
The bike rental shop opens from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. all year round. Bikes are available for two hours a day per person during weekdays and for one hour a day per person for weekends. To rent a bike, you need to present your identification with your contact number. One person can rent as many as two bikes. The rental shop will be closed on rainy days.
An official of the Nakdong River Project Executive Office said, We opened free bike rental shops to encourage our citizens and tourists ride a bike and enjoy outside.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Construction work on the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal broke ground on October 26. One of the main facilities of the North Port Redevelopment Project, the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal is due to be completed in December 2014 and will be the largest international ferry and cruise passenger terminal in Asia.
At a total cost of 236.3 billion won, the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal will consist of five 5-story buildings on a 92,945 square meter site between the former Pier 3 and Pier 4 at Busan North Port.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Three teenaged girls jumped to their death together this week, sparking an intense debate over suicide websites where the girls apparently had contacted each other to end their lives.
The girls, aged between 16 to 19, jumped off a 15-story apartment building in Gwangan-dong after drinking soju together and locking the door to the roof. Two of the girls traveled from Gwang-ju and Daejeon to meet over the weekend, where they watched the fireworks Sunday night before ending their lives Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. According to the Joongang Ilbo, the police said two of the girls,Yoon and Kim, attempted suicide together back in August in a motel room in Busan. The charcoal they burned didn’t work, and the owner of the motel smelled the smoke, foiling their attempt.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan City has revealed a blueprint of the much anticipated Busan Opera House, which will become a new cultural icon for Busan City upon its completion. The winning entry of the Busan Opera House International Design Competition was submitted by Norwegian design firm Snøhetta.
The new Busan Opera House will be located in the Busan North Port Development area and will be very accessible, with a democratic use of space. It will even be possible for the public to access the large roof, where outdoor performances will be possible.
The new Busan Opera House will be located in the maritime culture district of the Busan North Port Development area and will house an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,800, designed exclusively for operatic performances.
For more information, please contact the Culture & Arts Division at 051) 888-5651.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Gone are the days when getting braces for that perfect smile is viewed only for children and teens. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adults in the US getting braces has risen 25 percent in the last decade, with roughly 20 percent of all orthodontic patients now comprising people over 25.
"The stigma of being 'too old' for braces has diminished for the most part," said Dr. Stephen Tracey in a recent interview with the LA Times, adding that his oldest patient was 80.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The eighth Busan Fireworks Festival takes place at Gwangalli Beach and Busan Asiad Main Stadium from Oct. 26 to 27. This year, the theme is love. The goal is to make Gwangalli Beach in front of Gwangan Bridge, the main stage of the fireworks festival, a world-famous proposal spot.
? October 26 - K-pop concert
Celebrating the Busan Fireworks Festival, top-class Hallyu stars will put on K-pop performances from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Busan Asiad Main Stadium. The three-hour performance will also include a small-scale fireworks show.