BUSAN, South Korea -- Along with the international film festival every October, this is the time of year when Korea’s second city shines. Or at least the time of year when seemingly everyone in the country descends on Haeundae and Busan’s surrounding beaches for some sunshine and their square meter of sand guaranteed them by birth.
On top of the roughly one million people expected to swarm Haeundae Beach daily in the coming weeks, should they clear out a spot for the extraterrestrials as well?
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- While the Western media has at times taken great delight in publishing somewhat fantastical stories about the influence that Japanese ‘nationalists’ hold over the contemporary Japanese imagination, China’s own home grown group with questionable interpretations of history for the most part seemed to escape the attention of analysts and journalists – until recently.
BUSAN, South Korea - Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge, connecting Hwamyeong-dong, Buk-gu, Busan with Daedong-myeon, Gimhae, Gyeongnam opened on July 9, 2012.
As the 7th bridge across the Nakdong River, the 1.54 kilometer Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge carries a 4-lane highway. At a total cost of 180.6 billion won, the project has been completed in 5 years and 5 months, having started in March 2007. Travel time between Hwamyeong-dong in Busan and Daedong-myeon in Gimhae by car will now be reduced by some 30 minutes compared to when traffic had to use the Nakdong River Bridge.
Daedong Hwamyeong Bridge is the largest concrete-decked cable-stayed bridge in the country. The construction methods minimized pollution to the Nakdong River and construction costs, thereby attracting a lot of attention from domestic and international engineers.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Immigration Service Center will open to the public on July 23, 2012. The center is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Korean Air Bldg., in Jungang-dong and serves people in the Busan, Gimhae, Yangsan and Gyeongsangnam-do areas. Services include registration, visa application & extension, citizenship, and other immigration-related matters. For more information, please call 051-461-3091~6.
Location: 1F and 2F of the Korean Air Building. (Address: 146 Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan)
How to get there: take Metro Line No. 1 to Busan Station and leave by Exit No. 2 (or to Jungang Station, then leave by Exit No. 14), or take Bus No. 17, 26, 27, 40, 41, 81, 87, 88-1, 1000 or 1004 and get off at the Yeongju-dong stop.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The city of London has waited seven years, but the time has finally come for the 2012 Summer Olympics to take the British capital by storm.
London is hosting the games for the third time in the modern era, the only city to lay such a claim. With a budget of $14.7 billion, the Olympic Park, a former deprived industrial center, is ready to take center stage for two weeks of joy, heartache and pain.
BUSAN, South Korea - If you're wondering just how much rain we got over the weekend, wonder no more - 293.5mm. Busan was hit hardest by the monsoon that swept across the peninsula over the weekend, as almost a foot of rain fell over the two day period.
The hardest rains brought 80.5mm per hour during the storms, the third highest total ever recorded.
The rains shut more than 30 streets and resulted in the cancelation of 35 flights from Busan's Gimhae International Airport according to Arirang News.
More rains are expected to hit Busan tomorrow and for the rest of the week, as Typhoon Khanun moves over Korea after slamming Eastern China earlier this weekend.
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BUSAN, South Korea -- It’s not often that big international acts come to Busan, but three-time Grammy Award-winners Maroon 5 will stop into the city for a second time this year on September 14 as part of the Hyundai Card Super Concert series. Featuring songs from their fourth studio album, Overexposed, and past hits, the Los Angeles-based band will also play in Seoul on the 15th at Jamsil Sports Complex.
BUSAN, South Korea - Busan Nakdong River Project Executive Office has opened a children’s outdoor swimming pool (water depth: 55 - 60cm) at Samnak Waterfront Park, Sasang-gu. The outdoor swimming pool facility has a 925.4 square-meter children-only pool and two infant-only pools with a water depth of under 20 cm as well as convenience facilities.
The outdoor pool opened for the summer season on July 5 and will remain open till August 31, 2012. It is free of charge. The pool opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The pool will be closed in the case of severe weather, heavy rain, thunder and lightning.
The wearing of a swimsuit and a swimming cap in the pool is compulsory and parents must accompany their children in the water.
Besides the children’s swimming pool, the park also has various family entertainment facilities such as an inline skating track, and a bike rental facility.