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Burger and Pasta

The Overview

This is the latest incarnation of the Thursday Party empire. On the side street of the Seacloud Hotel. Great service - the staff even welcome you when you walk in the door. There's plenty of open air with its patio seating. Good pasta and selection of wine.

Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.       


Busan, the Best Way to Get to Yeosu Expo

BUSAN, South Korea - Visitors to Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea can maximize their trip by incorporating a tour of Busan City. As such, Busan City is now working to secure convenient transportation between the two cities during the three-month expo period. The organizing committee of the expo has also designated 20 hotels in Busan (about 4,000 rooms) as official accommodations of the Expo. Busan city is busy preparing for its guests by developing tours that connect with the expo theme. 

As Gimhae International Airport is the closest international airport to Yeosu, Busan City is expecting about 130,000 foreign tourists will visit Korea through Gimhae International Airport and Busan Port during the Expo period. This represents about 26 percent of the total 490,000 expected foreign visitors to the exposition.

Busan’s Fountains Ready to Shine

BUSAN, South Korea - The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream, which stands at the entrance of Dadaepo Beach, changes its color and water stream in accordance with a lively musical soundtrack to keep visitors enchanted and entertained. The fountain shoots different-looking streams of water up into the sky in line with the music.

The Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream opened in 2009. It is 60 meters in diameter and shoots water up to 55 meters high, making it the largest water fountain in the world. The water changes form according to which of the 300 songs are playing, including K-pop tracks, pop songs and classical music. Sometimes the jets of water appearing to be running back and forth; at other times, they create the impression they are shaking hands, or shooting up in a mist. These are arranged under 27 different themes. 

International flights increase 47 percent from previous year

BUSAN, South Korea - International and local routes from Gimhae International Airport, the air gateway to Busan City, are being ramped up this year in tandem with growing tourist traffic as more people visit the country and also head out on outbound trips and package tours.

Busan Regional Aviation Administrator has adjusted flight schedules at the airport from March 25 to October 27, with international flights increasing 47 percent from 458 flights a week to 672. Meanwhile, domestic flights will grow 6 percent from 778 to 826.

The region’s four local airlines will operate 430 flights a week, marking an increase of 155, while foreign airlines will run 242 weekly flights, 59 more than that of last year.

Compared to last summer, flights to Southeast Asia will have grown by 84 a week to 230. There will also be an additional 78 flights to Japan, making a weekly total of 224, and 52 to China, for a new total of 180.

Bombay Indian Restaurant

Busan Awesome Review - Good Indian food seems to be becoming more and more common here in Busan. Fewer than nine months after reading about how difficult it was to find decent Indian food here, there are at least three good options. The most recent one I’ve tried is Bombay Indian Restaurant in Nampo-dong.

The owner and cook is a really friendly guy who speaks perfect English. He explained that they serve western Indian food, which shares a lot of elements with Pakistani and Afghan foods. The menu lacked some of my personal favorite Indian dishes, but there were also a lot of things I’d never heard of and would like to try.

Largest Global Cloud Data Center in Korea to be built in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea - Busan City and LG CNS held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the LG CNS Busan Global Data Center at Mieum Industrial Estate, in Gangseo-gu District, on February 13, 2012. The LG CNS Busan Data Center will be a 133,000? facility built on a 39,000? site.

The Data Center will be the largest data center in Korea, and will be earthquake-resistant. For the first time among all data centers in Korea, base isolation will be applied to the Busan Data Center. This is a structural design technique in which dampers are used to protect buildings against the effect of major earthquakes with a magnitude of 8 on the Richter Scale.

The Global Data Center will have an operational capacity of 72,000 servers and is scheduled to be completed in December 2012. Busan City and LG CNS plan to expand this capacity on a yearly basis until 2014.

Haps Promo Video Released

BUSAN - Busan Haps Magazine released their promotional video last night to a full crowd at Sharky's in Haeundae at the 17th issue launch party. The five minute, forty-one second video, was written, directed and produced by Nichole Blair Post.

The promo tells the tale of a girl who visits the city, and is taken around to local sights by her male friend. The video, which was shot last summer, was extremely well-received, a testament to the cast and crew's hard work.

Post attended the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines. Since then, she has returned to South Korea where she teaches English, as well as works on creative projects with other local filmmakers and artists.


Lauren Howells, Joshua Kim


New Comedy Show Starting to Turn Some Ears

BUSAN, South Korea -- First, Busan eFM (90.5FM) is Busan’s only all-English radio station. From what I can surmise from the few times I’ve listened to the station, is that the programs are intended for Korean people who want to learn English. Fair enough.

The hosts are cheerful if not a bit bland and the subject matter covered on the several shows that run throughout the week is quite similar – wacky things in the news, what’s going on in Korea (festivals, events, etc.) and music that breaks down to  about 70-30 Western pop to K pop. Generally, not something I would even listen to back home. 

As Competition Grows, More Teachers Turn to TESOL

BUSAN, South Korea - With the recent cuts of teachers by the Seoul Metropolitan Board of Education and in Gyeonggi-do, there will be a plethora of teachers looking for a job this spring, suddenly finding themselves without a place to teach.

With the recent, and future cutbacks which are planning to happen around the peninsula, the competition for jobs is going to be fierce. 

As prospects become more bleak, and being in a job market saturated with teachers, anything you can do to make yourself more attractive to employers is a plus. Gone are the days when just setting foot on the peninsula, degree in hand, could guarantee you employment.

Photo Essay: The Light of Busan

Health workers performing vibration therapy in Gwangan.

 A silent street in a small neighborhood in Jeopo-dong.

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