New iPads to Finally Go on Sale in Korea Dec. 12, After Korean Consumers Wait a Full Seven Weeks for Apple`s Latest Tech
BUSAN, South Korea -- Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. has announced that the latest versions of its mega-selling iPad will finally hit Korean shores on December 12th—a full seven weeks after their initial release in the US on October 22nd.
Once again, while the world has been enjoying Apple's latest high tech gadgetry, the Korean consumer has been forced to wait for the country's cumbersome approval process to run its course. The new iPad Air and Mini with Retina Display have been available in East Asian countries, such as Japan and China since November 1st and in Southeast Asia since the 15th.
SEOUL, South Korea -- The Japanese embassy in Seoul hosted a congratulatory party on Friday for Japanese Emperor Akihito's upcoming 80th birthday on December 23rd. According to Korean media outlets, the occasion made "some Korean citizens uncomfortable with the occasion."
While several Korean business leaders, along with former government officials, were in attendance, no currently serving Korean officials accepted invitations to join in the gathering at the Lotte Hotel in Jung-gu.
BUSAN, South Korea -- How many times have you gone to Haeundae Beach during the summer and wished you had the open water all to yourself? Well, now you almost can but it will be winter instead, at the 27th Polar Bear Swimming Festival on January 12th.
The yearly event, which occupies the top spot on the BBC’s “Top 10 Unusual Winter Sports” list, draws well over 3,000 participants every year. Starting with a morning of beachfront activities, participants then take the plunge into the icy-cold waters off Haeundae Beach.
BUSAN, South Korea -- While there is no current legislation that tacks on punishment for the stupidity or poor planning of a crime, a 29-year-old Busan man would likely qualify for his shabbily put together method of spying on women at his running center in the Saha-gu area.
According to Busan police, the owner of the center taped a mobile phone to the wall of the women’s dressing room and then taped a sign with a hole in the Korean character “o” to conceal it from his customers.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Winter's chill makes a return this weekend, but a host of great events may want to make you step outside to check out the great events going on around the city.
This weekend his highlighted by some great music going on around the city, with local bands doing it up around KSU, both beaches and PNU. If you're looking to get into the holiday spirit, head on out to Nampo-dong to check out the Christmas lights, or check out one of the many exhibitions going on around the city.
You can check out the Haps Calendar for everything going on around the area. Enjoy!
BUSAN, South Korea -- The Ministry of Environment announced that 151.48㎢ encompassing a total of seven districts including Geumjeong-gu Yeongdo-gu and Haeundae-gu in Busan are to be certified as a national geopark.
These national parks are designated by the Korean government to manage and preserve areas of natural beauty and significance. It is hoped these areas can be used as tools to not only educate the public but to also promote the development of local tourism and regional economies.
The Geoparks initiative was launched by UNESCO in response to the perceived need for an international initiative that recognizes sites representing an earth science interest.
BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Hanbok Hall celebrated 100 days of operation on November 22, 2013. The Hanbok Hall, which opened at BEXCO in Haeundae in August 2013, was designed to promote Korean culture to domestic and oversea tourists. It has enjoyed favorable reviews and has welcomed a total of more than 6,000 visitors as of October 2013.
The hall celebrates the hanbok, which is a traditional Korean dress. Upon arrival, visitors are able to try on various styles of hanbok's including modern designs as well as those worn during the period of the Joseon Dynasty. On weekends, cultural heritage commentators provide information and interesting stories about the history of the hanbok.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Love & Healing” and will showcase Christmas tree decorations with fabulous illumination and movement. The festival will be held under five themes in five sections.
The theme of the main gate, which is the entrance of Gwangbok-ro, will be “Shower With Love.”
BUSAN, South Korea -- So you want to live by the beach, have a few months of vacation every year and teach students who are actually attentive to their studies? Get in line. A university teaching position in Busan is one of the most coveted in Korea. And yet, contrary to what most people think, landing an academic job here is not as elusive as one might believe.
BUSAN, South Korea -- Korail’s Busan/Gyeongnam branch announced that the Haeundae and Songjeong Train Stations will move to new locations due to the opening of a new railway route between Allak and Gijang on December 2, 2013.
The new route is part of a railway construction project on the Donghae Nambu line, which runs from Busan to Pohang. The new railway line is roughly 2.6 km shorter than the current route, and promises to shave about five minutes off commuting time. .
The coastal train route from Haeundae to Songjeong via Cheongsapo will be operated until December 1, 2013. The new Haeundae and Songjeong stations will begin operations from December 2, 2013.