Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Birthplace of President Kim Young-Sam

The house, situated at 1383-3, Oepo-ri jangmok-myeon in the city of Geojw, is the place where President Kim Young-Sam (Presidential term 1993-1998) was born. President Kim was born on 20 December 1927 and went to Oepo Jangmok Elementry school. In 1951, as a senior at Seoul National University, he married Son Mywong-Sun, a junior of Ewha women's University, and the newly married couple spent some time in the house.
Elected in Geoje as the youngest congressman in the history of Korea at age of 26, President Kim lead the fight for the democratization of the country for forty years, was elected congressman nine times and finally in 1993, launched the first civilian government. Until 1998 when he finished his term as President, President Kim devoted all of life to the Korean democracy.
the wooden house built in 1893 and four other buildings had become very old after more than one hundred years and general renovation was neccessary. In August 2000, Mr. Kim Hong-jo, father of President Kim Young-Sam, donated the house and its land to the city rebuilt the house as present, finishing construction on May 9 2001. In a total area of 536㎡ there are three tile-roofed wooden buildings . The stone embankment and the 130m wall have been constructed. The inscription on the main beam in the mail building was written by former President Kim. As seen from the house, located on the left mountain ridgeline, is the tomb of president Kim's Father, Mr.Kim Hong-jo and mother, Mrs.Park Bu-Yeon.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Busan Cinema center ushers in new era

The quiet revolution that is changing the map of the local film industry has begun, marked by the opening of the Busan Cinema Center in September. The new center has drawn the attention of filmmakers and other movie industry figures from around the world. The architectural landmark, which was designed to represent the theme of communication between the sky and ground, features the world’s largest cantilevered roof. The roof is 1.5 times the size of a soccer field and houses 120,000 light-emitting-diodes. However, it is not just the building and its exterior that are captivating people in the film industry, but rather the expectations these have generated in terms of Busan City’s status and what role the city will play in the future as a movie hub. The striking impact of the center has already been felt in conjunction with the successful hosting of the 16th Busan International Film Festival in October. With the branding power of the festival, as well as the increased networking and marketing opportunities this has created, the local film industry has been revitalized and Haeundae District Centum City – where the cinema is located – will be transformed into a film industry and cultural cluster. Last month also saw the opening of the Busan Culture Contents Complex. In 2013, the Korean Film Council, Korea Media Rating Board and Game Rating Board will move into the area, meaning that all of the nation’s key film-related institutes and infrastructure will be gathered in one spot near the Busan Cinema Center. This will lead to the formation of a new cluster of film-related culture, industry and tourism. With the opening of Busan Cinema Center, the city aims to be recognized as a UNESCO creative city of film after years of hard work. Busan City is also working at breakneck speed toward becoming a film industrial city. In the near future, it aims to add more brand value to stand among the upper ranks of global media cities. By Kim young-joo The launch of Busan Cinema Center represents a new era for the city and its film industry. The photo shows the opening ceremony of the 16th BIFF at Busan Cinema Center in 2011.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The 25th polar Bear swimming competition of 2012 of Haeundae Busan

The 25th polar Bear swimming  competition of 2012, held by busan newspaper,
will begin in front of the event sqaure of Busan, Haeundae outdoor swimming pool on Sunday, January 8st 2012.

What is Polar Bear swimming competition ?
Just like the bear who enjoys swimming in cold, icy artic ocean, is an officail swimming
competition where we can enjoy swimming in cold weather.

This competition provides an opportunity to make an exciting memory for the participants, while presenting their health and beauty.
For the tourists, this is the most unique festival which provides many attractions of winter sea in Korea.

The polar Bear swimming competition started with 100 participants, with the commemoration of Seoul Olympic, 1988 in Westin Chosun hotel. After the year of 2000, it gained more popularity and became the very famous festival with more than 1000 competitions.

This competition had difficulty of operation atone time, facing crisis, but it developed into more stable competition  after Busan newspaper has taken it over in 2009.

In this year, the competition is already presenting its 24th event.
It will be presented with many various programs along with the concept aims for the best competition of East Asia of the winter. Yur can experience many things beyond your imagination. Please come and enjoy, and bring many memories with you.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

420 years ago, the naval port facilities of Sucheon city Korea.

Daebangjin Port Facilities

One of the naval port facilities established in the late Goryeo dynasty (918 ∼1392),
Under the command of the headguarters of Guraryang its task was repel the many
Japan pirates on the southern coast.

It was used by Admiral Yi soon shin during the Japan invasion of 1592.
The port's stone dike was only finished in 1820 during the reign of king Sunjo(1800 ∼1834). A military commander under Jinju adminisration completed the task by modilizing people living in 73 person (disticts). this naval base had communication
 with Jeokryangcheomsa on the island of Changseon in southern sea and more than
 300 navy solders and two War ships were stationed there at the time.