BUSAN, South Korea - Entering its ninth year, the Busan Chinatown Special Zone Cultural Festival brings a taste of Asia’s largest country to Choryang, in Dong-gu which is located across from Busan Station. Street performances, exhibitions, food and plenty of musical performances are on offer at the three day festival which is the biggest gathering of the Chinese community in the city each year.
The 9th Busan Chinatown Special Zone Cultural Festival
Jun. 22nd ~ 24th, 2012
BUSAN, South Korea - Construction of the new International Cruise and International Passenger Ferry Terminals at Busan's redeveloped North Port site has started.
Busan Port Construction Office of the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Office held the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction of the international cruise and international passenger ferry terminals on May 18, 2012. With a total investment of 56.6 billion won, construction of the 718 meter long international passenger ferry terminal and 360 meter long international cruise terminal is scheduled to be completed in November, 2014.
BUSAN, South Korea - Four English teachers were arrested this week for smoking pot according to a YTN News report.
An American English teacher has been charged with bringing back 264g of weed from Cambodia in May, which he smoked and sold to three foreign English teachers working at elementary schools and hagwons in the Haeundae area. The three teachers were also regularly taking oxycodone according to the report.
The American teacher has been detained by the police pending charges, while the three teachers have been rumored to been deported from the country after being booked without detention.
Under Korean law, marijuana users can be sentenced to a maximum of five years jail or fined up to 50 million won.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Sixteen European nations will vie for the crown in the 14th European Championships for football starting this Friday (Saturday morning local time), which is being co-hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine in eight host cities.
Spain will be looking to defend their 2008 victory and are making a strong push to add more hardware to their impressive resume, though Germany has the title for most championships with three. The games start well into the night due to the time difference, but if you can’t make it out to the pub to watch, you can always try to catch it online with English commentary, or locally, where will be shown on KBS N Sports.
BUSAN, South Korea - The Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO) has now completed its expansion project. The new 2nd BEXCO Exhibition Center and the BEXCO Auditorium opened to the public on June 1, 2012.
As a multi-purpose international conference & exhibition facility with a total floor space of 29,317 square meters, the 4,002-seat auditorium with tiered seating is capable of hosting not only exhibitions and conferences but also cultural, art and music events. The exterior of the building resembles a sailboat cutting through the waves.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The summer beach season has returned and once again will extend 40 days longer than usual this year at four of the major beaches. Haeundae, Gwangalli, Seongjong and Songdo beaches will open today through September 10, while Dadaepo, Imrang and Ilgwang beaches will be open for swimming for the usual two-month period between July 1 until August 31.
Though quite unusual, the swimming season in Korea is usually limited to July and August, but city officials are extending the period again this year to encourage more people to use the beaches. Public facilities, including beach parasols, changing rooms, showers, foot washers, drinking water fountains and public restrooms will be open to the public.
BUSAN, South Korea - The body of a 16-year-old found dead in front of an apartment building last Thursday shocked the Sasang community, when it was revealed that he was strangled to death by a classmate.
The body was found at 11:41 pm by a tenant of the apartment, when she noticed that another boy was hovering over the dead body. When asked if the boy was ok, the classmate of the boy claimed, "I didn't do it!" and ran off. Soon after, the classmate of the boy jumped off the apartment building.
The boys were apparently classmates, and the murder victim was intimidated by the much larger classmate. The 5'9, 90 kg, boy named Kim strangled the victim much smaller victim Min (5'4, 60 kg) with a string.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan International Motor Show is back in the city after a year hiatus, but this year's show promises to be bigger and better than ever. If you can recall the show two years ago, they booked it at the same time as the Beijing International Auto Show and most foreign car companies decided to forgo Busan and hit China instead.
Organizers took note of the lower than expected attendance and disappointment of 2010 to garner more than 96 companies from six countries this year.
BUSAN, South Korea - Busan City has produced English language editions of its Galmaetgil trail maps for foreign residents and tourists.
The English language edition of the Galmaetgil trail map includes Trail #2 and #3, the two most popular of the 9 Galmaetgil trails according to the results of a citizens survey. Galmaetgil Trail #2 was voted by Busan citizens as their favorite trail, and connects to Galmaetgil Trail #1 via the Moontan Road path, which was designated as one of Busan's 'slow city' attractions along with the Bosu-dong Bookstore Alley this April and which takes walkers along a beautiful clifftop coastal footpath.