Fully Booked Closing its Doors for Good July 31
1 day 16 hours ago

Fully Booked, Busan's premiere English bookstore, will officially close its doors July 31st. According to the store, all books are on sale starting beginning today.

Fiction/Self-help paperbacks - $1, Fiction/Self-help Hardcovers - $2
Non-fiction paperbacks - $2, Non-fiction Hardcovers - $4

The store will be open July 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, and 30th. You can check out more information on the closing details and store hours on their Facebook page...

9th Busan International Kids Film Festival Begins Wednesday
2 days 10 hours ago

The 9th Busan International Kids’ Film Festival (BIKI) will be held July 23-27 at the Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae, the Busan Community Media Center and the Design Center Busan. The Festival is hosted and organized by the Busan Int’l Kids’ Film Festival Organizing Committee and supported by Busan Metropolitan City and the Busan City Board of Education. 

This year’s film festival is titled “Your Dreams on the Shelf” and will showcase movies based on children’s books and stories....

Hongbeop Temple Unveils Statue of Ghandi
3 days 13 hours ago

An official with the city of Busan said the city will host a ceremony to unveil a bust of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi at Hongbeop Temple, on July 21st. Busan Mayor Seo Byung-soo, the president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and Vishnu Prakash, the Indian ambassador to Korea, will attend the event. 

The Gandhi bust was donated from the Indian government to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and India as well as the opening of...

Busan to Open First Magic Theater
1 week 15 hours ago

The city of Busan will open its first theater exclusively for magic on July 25th.

A staff member with the Samju corporation said it will host the Choi Hyun-woo Magic Theater MBC Samju Art Hall Opening Ceremony, at 5 p.m. on the 25th at Busan’s MBC Art Hall.

The venue will be an exclusive theater to enjoy Choi’s magic, who is one of the most renowned magicians in Korea.

Source: Busan eFM News



Starbucks to Raise Prices on Wednesday
1 week 2 days ago

Get ready to shell out more for your favorite drink as Starbucks raises its prices on 23 of its 42 drinks nationwide July 16th. The price hike, between 100 and 200 won, will like affect all coffee shop chains around the nation as well. The price of its most popular drink, the Americano, will rise 200 won to 4,100 won for its tall-sized offering. Tall size cafe lattes will also rise to 4,600 won.

While prices on green beans have declined to $2.87 per kilo over the first half of 2014, a nearly 40% drop...

Seoul Lotte Hotel Cancels Major Japanese Event Due to Unfavorable Public Sentiment
1 week 5 days ago

South Korea's high-end hotel chain Lotte Hotel canceled its plan to host a Japanese annual event marking the establishment of the Japanese self-defense forces on Thursday, citing unfavorable public sentiment here. 

The Embassy of Japan in Korea had planned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the modern Japanese military at Lotte Hotel in central Seoul on Friday. 

"In consideration of the public sentiment, (we) canceled the Japanese embassy's special event...

Japan Viewed as 2nd Biggest Military Threat
1 week 6 days ago

South Koreans chose Japan as the country that poses the second-biggest military threat following North Korea, a survey showed today. This is seen as an indication of Koreans' discomfort with Japan's stance on history and moves to expand the role of its military. 

A total of 46.3 percent of Korean respondents selected Japan as the most threatening nation, trailing North Korea with 83.4 percent, according to the joint survey by the East Asia Institute in Seoul and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank....

Namcheon Samik Tower to Get New Digs
2 weeks 2 days ago

An official with the city of Busan announced it held a city planning council meeting and passed a plan to rebuild the Namcheon Samik Tower Apartment Complex, in Suyeong-gu. 

According to the plan, the apartment complex will be made up of eight buildings, 23 to 30 stories high, with a total of 850 households in a 44279 square meter area. 

The plan also calls for a 130 meter long, 12 meter wide road, linking the buildings with other nearby apartments, including Kolon Haneulche and Samik...

Busan Global Village Turns Five
2 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Global Village will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year. The organization was created by the city of Busan and the Busan Education Office to equalize English education and reduce private education expenses. 

More than 250,000 students, including 160,000 6th graders participated in the program. 90,000 adults also participated in BGV's programs for adults. 

BGV's future plans include expanding its regular program and other facilities...

BFIA to Begin World Language School
3 weeks 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Foundation for International Activities operates the second term world language school where citizens can learn foreign languages. 

Foreign residents living in Busan directly teach their own languages or nation's culture by Korean or English in the class. 

In the 2nd term course, in total 10 foreign language classes that citizens can't easily learn from the society such as Spanish, Vietnamese language, Russian and Portuguese will be...

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