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Proposed Major Hotel at Suyeong Bay Scrapped
7 weeks 12 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Plans for a tourist hotel that were part of the Suyeong Bay Redevelopment Project have been scrapped due to opposition by the Haeundae Office of Education. 

The office opposed the plans at a general meeting yesterday and over building permits. 

Parents of Haegang Elementary School students, which is near the redevelopment project, opposed the establishment of the hotel, saying the project will infringe on children's right to learn and...

Busan International Film Festival Appoints Asian Cinema Programmer
8 weeks 2 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan International Film Festival appointed Kim Young-Woo as a new Asian Cinema Programmer.

The Asian Cinema section has been co-managed by Kim Ji-Seok Executive Programmer and Cho Young-jung Programmer until Cho Young-jung’s departure at the end of 2013. The position remained empty until the addition of Kim Young-Woo who begins his duty this June. 
 
Kim Young-Woo majored in Visual Arts and Television at Rutgers, the State...

Investigation Concludes Drastic Change in Course Main Cause of Sewol Accident
10 weeks 6 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- A drastic change in course was the main cause of last month's ferry sinking off South Korea's southwest coast, which left more than 300 people dead or missing, investigators said today. As of today, 281 people, mostly high school students on a field trip, were confirmed dead with 23 others still missing. 

While passing through a narrow channel off the southwestern island of Jindo on April 16, the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol made a sharp turn at a 15-degree...

BIFF Unveils Official Poster for 2014
15 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 19th Busan International Film Festival (October 2 – 11, 2014) selected its official poster and marked the beginning of the intense preparation. 

 The official poster is based on original work Emotion1/4 Y.R.G.W by Korean painted sculpture artist Lee Hyuck Jin, and designed by the Busan International Film Festival’s art director, Choi Soon-dae. 
 
Emotion1/4 Y.R.G.W by Lee Hyuck Jin is a ‘painted sculpture’...

Best Sites to see Flowers in Bloom this Spring
17 weeks 2 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea - How about a beautiful flower picnic this spring? The frozen streams are finally melting and the pussy willows are ready to blossom. Red camellias can be seen on the roadside welcoming spring, while Japanese apricot trees are in full flower and rape flowers are painting fields with a golden hue as they start to bud. Cherry blossoms and rape flowers start to blossom from the end of March in Busan City and reach their peak in April.

Local hot spots to catch the best...

Busan International Film Festival to Start IPTV Service
21 weeks 6 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan International Film Festival will start IPTV businesses to provide real time broadcasting services and videos through the internet. 

A staff member of BIFF said they decided on the IPTV business plan in 2014 during a general meeting held recently. IPTV will allow people to see real time broadcasting and videos on demand. 

BIFF has plans to buy the publication rights of Asian and European art movies and televise them through IPTV...

Top 10 News Stories of 2013 in Busan
29 weeks 3 days ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Development Institute has selected the ‘Top 10 News Stories of 2013 in Busan’ from five separate categories that have had a very positive effect on the city’s development this year. The list includes Busan-based products, policies, people and organizations, architecture as well as companies. Most notably, Busan-based products...

Two Women Sentenced in Suyeong Child Abuse Case
31 weeks 18 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The individuals who stood trial in April for their part in the Suyeong-gu public child care center child abuse case were sentenced by the 3rd Independent Criminal Court of the Eastern Branch of the Busan District Court. 

Forty-two-year-old Ms. Min, the director at the center, will serve six months in prison and pay a 10 million won fine. Thirty-two-year-old Ms. Kim, a staff-member at the child-care center, will serve up to ten months in prison with a stay...

BEXCO to Host Tooniverse Studio for Kids
33 weeks 11 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The kids channel Tooniverse, which operates a channel consisting entirely of cartoons, will unveil a Tooniverse Studio as a potential winter vacation play place.

The studio will open December 14th and last until March 2nd, 2014, in BEXCO. Children can experience the animation field by becoming a member of the broadcasting staff. 

Children will get a staff ID and carry out various missions, including going around the studio to reproduce famous...

Busan-Russia Friendship Night on Dec. 20th to Provide Opportunity for Exchange and Assessment
33 weeks 1 day ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Korea-Russia Cooperation Center of the BFIA will hold a 'Busan-Russia Friendship Night' marking the end of the year at the Busan Cultural Center on Dec. 20th. Some 80 dignitaries related to Russia, including business people connected with the Center, university student supporters and international students, will look back on the past year's achievements. 

In addition, persons of merit will receive awards in recognition of their contribution. This year, the...

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