(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht Emphasizes “i” – I Love Myself

On September 19, Consul Daniel Gedacht performed a reading of his Korean translation of “i” by the American Pulitzer and Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar at the “Eoulim Poem Recitation 2018” of the Busan Municipal Simin Library.  The audience of over 100, ranging from elementary school students to retirees, participated in the call-and-response of “I love myself,” spreading ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht on KNN TV’s “People Focus”

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus.“  Consul Gedacht introduced the functions and roles of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his personal stories as a U.S. diplomat.  The interview was conducted all in Korean, and he even surprised the anchor and audience by singing ...
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(Photo Gallery) Discussion on Geo-Politics with High School Students

On September 12, Dana M. Jea, Public Diplomacy Officer of the U.S. Embassy and Consul Daniel C. Gedacht met with thirty local high school students at Busan Foreign Language High School for an open and interactive discussion on geopolitical issues, trade, and the U.S.-ROK alliance.   This served as a great opportunity for Mission Korea to ...
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Press Releases: Special Representative Biegun Travel to the Republic of Korea, China, and Japan

Washington, DC September 6, 2018 Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea; Beijing, China; and Tokyo, Japan from September 10–15. The Special Representative will meet with his counterparts and continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul “Interviews” with Busan e-FM and Dynamic Busan

On July 24, Consul Daniel Gedacht was invited as the special guest of Busan e-FM’s hour-long interview program, “The Interview.”  He answered wide-ranging questions from host Daniel Shin on the role of the U.S. Consulate, as well as his life and career as a diplomat.  Click the link below to listen the interview. http://www.befm.or.kr/radio/ProgramAction.do?cmd=PlayListMgr&prgmId=scent&tab=PRGM_SCRIPT   In the ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Integration At the AEIF Symposium

On July 20, Consul Daniel Gedacht delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the “Symposium of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017”, and members of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy staff participated in a roundtable discussion. AEIF is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and selects the recipients annually.  At the symposium, participants ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Lays A Wreath at Memorial Service of General Whitcomb

On July 12, Consul Daniel Gedacht attended the 36th memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  General Richard S. Whitcomb is widely respected for his efforts to help Busan children who were orphaned during the Korean War.  He is also recognized for helping ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Students from Ulsan Foreign Language High School

On July 9, Consul Daniel Gedacht welcomed 16 students and a teacher from Ulsan Foreign Language High School.  Consul Gedacht opened with welcome remarks and gave a special lecture on the life and career as a U.S. diplomat and shared his experiences from the various countries in which he has served as an American diplomat. ...
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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Conducts CLP Training at Gimhae International Airport

On July 5, CBP Attaché Edward V. Bayron and Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training for employees of Gimhae International Airport and airlines.  The CLP program is designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S.A, Guam, ...
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U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

On July 3, U.S. Consulate Busan celebrated the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence with over 220 distinguished guests at the Park Hyatt Busan.  Charge d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper delivered welcoming remarks and introduced the new Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht, who addressed how excited he was to be in Busan by leading a toast.
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(Photo Gallery) Spokesperson Turnbull Demystifies U.S.- Korea Relations for Students

Filling in for Consul Dae Kim for two weeks, Embassy Spokesperson Daniel Turnbull had opportunity to discuss U.S – Korea relations with students at two prominent universities in Busan.  Mr. Turnbull visited Dongseo University and, after a courtesy call with President Chang Jekuk, gave a lecture to forty undergraduate students on the four dimensions—defense, political, ...
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(Photo Gallery) CDA Marc Knapper Bids Bon Voyage at Korea Maritime and Ocean University

On May 9, Chargé d’ Affaires Marc Knapper delivered congratulatory remarks at the ‘Bon Voyage’ ceremony to celebrate the departure of approximately 280 students, faculty, and crew for overseas on-the-job training aboard ‘Hanbada-ho’ and ‘Hannara-ho’ training vessels of the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan.  After the ceremony, CDA Knapper joined a fishing class ...
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(Photo Gallery) ACS and USCIS Provide Off-site Service at the Consulate

On April 17-18, American Citizen Services (ACS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul provided their off-site services at the Consulate on a walk-in basis, answering inquiries on immigration and citizenship process, accepting applications for passports and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), performing notarial services, etc.  The next ...
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(Photo Gallery) Dan Gedacht Explains Diplomat’s Life to Eighth Graders

Daniel Gedacht, currently a Korean language student at FSI Seoul, visited Busan April 4-6 for a foretaste of the city and the Consulate.   Mr. Gedacht toured and consulted with officials at the Busan American Corner, United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), Busan Modern History Museum, and several other museums in Busan and Gimhae. Mr. ...
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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper Pays Respects to Fallen U.S. Soldiers

On March 21, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper visited and laid a wreath at the “Hill 303 Memorial Park” in Chilgok County with County Mayor Baek Sun-ki.  The Memorial Park commemorates 42 fallen U.S. soldiers killed by North Koreans at “Hill 303” during the Korean War.  Chargé d’Affaires Knapper expressed his gratitude to Korean authorities for ...
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(Photo Gallery) NEW INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AMBASSADOR VISITS CONSULATE BUSAN

On March 9, Busan city’s new Ambassador for International Relations WOO Kyoung-ha paid a courtesy call on Consul Dae B. Kim.  After exchanging pleasantries the Ambassador expressed hope that the Consulate would provide Non-immigrant visa (NIV) services in the near future to obviate the need for citizens of Busan and nearby regions to travel to ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks and Sings at Busan e-FM’s “Morning Wave in Busan”

On January 16, Consul Dae Kim was the special guest on the popular live talk show “Morning Wave in Busan,“ Busan e-FM’s radio program.  During the live interview, he explained the role and function of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his own work experience.  He also played the guitar and sang John Denver’s ...
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Consul Addresses Cultural Differences, Life in Silicon Valley

On October 12, Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a lecture on “Cultural Differences from a Diplomat’s Perspective and Life in Silicon Valley” to a group of 40 Korean youths at K-Move, an organization which assists young Koreans find employment overseas.  For over two hours, Consul Kim shared his insights from the six countries he served ...
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Consulate Busan Hosts ‘Pizza Chat’ With Policemen

On September 29, Consulate Busan invited 40 policemen who guard the Consulate to chat with Consul Dae B. Kim for an hour over pizza, using the spacious facilities of “K-Move,” the Consulate’s next-door neighbor.   Consul Kim explained the role and function of the Consulate and fielded wide-ranging questions from the young policemen, who provide protection ...
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Consulate Busan Inks MOU With ‘K-Move’

On September 6,  U.S. Consul Dae B. Kim and ‘K-Move’ Director-General Choi Hee-sook signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stipulating that the Consulate occasionally provide speakers to K-Move’s programs in exchange for the use of its spacious facilities for the Consulate’s programs.  K-Move is a Korean government agency that assists young Koreans find employment overseas.
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Engages Buddhist Community Through Music

On August 25, Consul Dae B. Kim performed two songs at a musical gathering organized by a prominent Buddhist temple in Busan.  More than 100 monks and family members from various temples in Busan attended the evening gathering at the “Hongbeopsa” temple.  Consul Kim sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” followed by a ...
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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Shines at Pohang Fireworks Festival

On July 29, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper was one of the distinguished guests to press the button on the outdoor stage to officially kick off the “14th Pohang International Fire and Light Festival” with over 100,000 Pohang citizens in the audience. Earlier in the evening, CDA Knapper proposed a toast at the official VIP dinner ...
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(Photo Gallery) Concert Celebrates Anniversaries of CNFK, ROK Navy

On July 20, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and the Republic of Korea Fleet Command celebrated their 60th and 65th anniversaries, respectively, and the close bilateral alliance, by hosting a joint concert at the KBS Concert Hall in Busan.  The concert featured navy bands of both countries, prominent pop and classical singers, break dancers, ...
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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Trains Airline, Airport Security, Immigration Service Staff

On July 7, Edward V. Bayron, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché from Embassy Seoul, conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training at Gimhae International Airport. Designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S., Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana ...
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(Photo Gallery) Happy 241st Birthday, America!

On July 5, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper hosted Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception at Park Hyatt Busan. He greeted over 240 guests individually and gave welcome remarks, during which he highlighted Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s recent visit to Washington, DC. After a brief, dignified ceremony the mood quickly turned festive, with the guests ...
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(Photo Gallery) CDA Attends Musical Rehearsal

On July 5, prior to Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception, Chargé d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper conferred with Dongseo University President Jang, Je-guk, observed a rehearsal by the University’s musical theater students, and hosted them to an informal pizza lunch. Dongseo is the only university in Busan which offers a major in musical theater.  
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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Headlines Security Conference

On June 9, Professor Bernard Rowan of Chicago State University, visiting Korea under the auspices of Consulate Busan, spoke on “Prospects for Korean Unification” at an international conference of the Korean Association of Area Studies (KAAS), held at Dong-A University in Busan.  Around 100 professors, students and distinguished guests, including Korean Ambassador for North Korean ...
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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Discusses Barriers to Korean Unification

June 8, 2017 – Visiting Korea on a Department of State-sponsored program, Dr. Bernard Rowan, Professor of Chicago State University, spoke on “Some Barriers to Korean Unification” to 40-50 undergraduate students and faculty members, and 10 invited guests at the Pukyong National University.  He also took part in a live radio interview with the highly ...
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(Photo Gallery) American Dancers Shine at Dance Festival

Four American dancers from New York-based Brian Brooks Company performed their modern dance repertoire at the 13th Busan International Dance Festival, at the outdoor stage on Korea’s most popular Haeundae beach.  Their performance was the finale on Saturday, June 3, the most popular evening of the June 2-4 Festival.  Their visit was made possible by ...
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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper Crisscrosses Jeju Island

May 20, 2017 – Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (CDA) Marc Knapper visited the island of Jeju, taking the pulse of its leadership and engaging in public outreach.  The CDA first exchanged views on the bilateral relationship with Governor Won Hee-ryong.  He then traversed to the eastern coast of the island to  attend the “6th International ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Quotes Lincoln – “of, by, for the People”

On May 19, 2017 –  Consul Dae B. Kim gave a lecture on “U.S. Democracy” to around 400 students at the Busan International Foreign Language High School.  Borrowing Lincoln’s famous words from the Gettysburg Address, Dae Kim began by describing democracy as “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”  He explained ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Highlights Cultural Differences

April 24, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a presentation on “Cultural Difference from a Diplomat’s Perspective” to a group of 15-20 educators, community organizers and businesspersons.  Sharing his work and life from six countries, Dae Kim humorously highlighted the values and customs of those countries.  The group, members of which have been studying ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Sings at Hospice Ceremony

On April 1, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim gave congratulatory remarks and sang at the opening ceremony of a major hospice in Busan.  The owner of the hospice is a well-known third-generation doctor and an active community organizer; around 200 guests – including prominent National Assembly members, district ward mayors, city council members, hospital ...
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Kim Gives Presentation on “Culture and Policy”

March 21, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim gave a presentation to around 30 academics, businessmen and women, third-country diplomats and honorary consuls on the topic of “Culture and Policy.”  The audience was a combined group of Busan World Affairs Council members and Pukyung National University’s continuing education class on International Relations.  A lively discussion ...
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(Photo Gallery) Cultural Affairs Officer Discusses the Movie “Hidden Figures” With Busan’s Moviegoers

March 18, 2017 – U.S. Consulate Busan and English radio station E-fm co-arranged a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” at Busan Cinema Center.  Mark Canning, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, led a post-movie discussion on African-American history, highlighting important contributions made by the movie’s protagonists to the U.S. space program.
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(Photo Gallery) Ambassador Mark W. Lippert Visits “Beomeosa” Temple with 21 Aspiring Flight Attendants in Busan

November 30, 2016 – Ambassador Mark W. Lippert visited Busan’s famous “Beomeosa” Temple with 21 female students of Aircraft Cabin Service Management Department, Dongeui Institute of Technology, in Busan.  The Ambassador and the students were given a guided tour and was briefed on the history of Beomeosa by the Senior Monk.
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Dae Kim Addresses “Career Track Development Seminar” at Hanyang University

November 29, 2016 – As a special guest speaker at the “Career Track Development Seminar for Students of the Mechanic Engineering Department”, Consul Dae B. Kim spoke to the students of Hanyang University on the topic of “Cross-cultural Communication from a Diplomat’s Perspective”.
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(Photo Gallery) Consul Kim Addresses “Global Economy and Leadership Seminar” at Pusan National University

As a special guest speaker at the “Global Economy and Leadership Seminar,” Consul Dae B. Kim spoke to the students of the College of Economics and Trade of Pusan National University on the topic of “Cross-cultural Communication from a Diplomat’s Perspective” on November 8, 2016.
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(Photo Gallery) “Ty Stephens and the Souljaazz” Sizzles, Dazzles Crowds in Busan

October 28, 2016 – U.S. Consulate Busan hosted the New York-based Broadway jazz band “Ty Stephens and the Souljaazz” for the citizens of Busan from October 23 – October 28.  They were invited to Busan twice in as many years due to their remarkable impact on the local jazz scene and demand from the local ...
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(Photo Gallery) Deputy Chief of Mission Presides over the Commission Meeting of the UNMCK

October 24, 2016 – Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Knapper presided over the 43rd Commission Meeting of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), held at the Westin Chosun Hotel on October 24, 2016. The Commission, which oversees the financial and administrative affairs of the UNMCK, consists of 11 member nations which include Australia, ...
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(Photo Gallery) Deputy Chief of Mission Delivers Remarks at the U.N. Day Ceremony

October 24, 2016 – Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Knapper attended the UN Day Ceremony held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) on October 24, 2016.  He delivered commemorative remarks to congratulate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, to honor the memory of the Korean and U.N. troops ...
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September 26, 2016

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark W. Lippert takes a moment of silence at a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Dutch fallen heroes at the United Nations Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) in Busan, alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Dutch Ambassador to Korea Lody Embrechts, Dutch Veterans who fought for Korea during the Korean War, and Minister Park ...
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September 2, 2016

Consul Dae B. Kim presided at the “97th Sub-Committee Meeting for the Commission for the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK)” held at the Westin Chosun Hotel on September 2, 2016. The Commission for the UNMCK consists of 11 member nations which include Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Turkey, United ...
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August 22, 2016

Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a welcoming speech at Jangdaehyun School for North Korean defector children, during a visit by Japanese and South Korean students participating in an exchange program administered by “BEYOND Tomorrow.”  BEYOND Tomorrow is a Japanese NGO that sponsors and administers Japan-Korea youth partnership programs to promote understanding between the two countries.  ...
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July 5-6, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert visited Busan and Changwon on July 5-6, 2016. On July 5, the Ambassador gave an interview to reporters at Busan City Hall and celebrated 240 years of American independence at Busan Lotte Hotel. He also announced the official re-designation of the “American Presence Post in Busan” to “U.S. Consulate in ...
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We Are A “Consulate”

On July 5, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert announced to the media at Busan City Hall that the “American Presence Post in Busan” is being officially designated as  the “U.S. Consulate in Busan.”  Ambassador Lippert also made the same announcement at the Independence Day reception that evening. The decision to ...
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June 23 – 24, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert visited Busan on June 23-24, 2016. On June 23, the Ambassador gave special lectures to students and answered questions at Busan American Corner and Busan International Foreign Language High School. He granted an interview to Busan e-FM 90.5, Busan’s sole English-language radio, on the morning of June 24.
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June 3 -9, 2016

Three members of the Los Angeles-based repertory Dance Company “Body Traffic” performed twice in the Busan International Dance Festival, held from June 3 – June 7, 2016 at the outdoor stage on Haeundae Beach. APP Busan and the Festival organizers co-sponsored their visit. Following the festival, APP Busan conducted additional PD outreach with the visiting ...
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May 11-12, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert chatted with members of Busan-based intercollegiate English conversation club “Campus Bonanza,” which consists of students from several universities, at an open-air spa. Students asked the Ambassador a variety of questions ranging from U.S. – Korea relations to choosing a career path after graduation.
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March 15, 2016

Korean and Japanese students gathered in Busan to learn about each other and discuss topics of keen interest to both countries. The APP, American Consulate in Fukuoka, and Busan National University of Education co-hosted this exchange program between Busan National University of Education and Fukuoka University of Education for which 11 Japanese students came to ...
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February 23-24, 2016

February 23-24, 2016 Deputy Chief of Mission Marc E. Knapper of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul visited Tongyeong and Changwon on February 23-24 and engaged in various activities. He paid a courtesy call on Mayor Kim Dong-jin, Tongyeong City; toured Daione Food Co., Ltd.; and toured Muhak Soju Company, the largest Soju manufacturer in Gyungsang-do.
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February 20, 2016

An interment ceremony of a Korean War veteran, retired Major Bernard James Delahunty, took place at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) on February 20, 2016.  During the Korean War, he served in combat with the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.  Major Ben Delahunty was one of the few remaining American Korean ...
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February 18-19, 2016

Ambassador Mark W. Lippert maintained a busy schedule during his February 18-19 visit to Busan. He appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus “; participated in a swim relay and led a discussion with approximately 20 students of Korea Maritime and Ocean University at Yeongdo Public Sports Center; toured Jagalchi fish market; and ...
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Ty Stephens and The SoulJaazz

The APP will host a Jazz Concert presented by “Ty Stephens and The SoulJaazz” of New York on October 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Haneulyeon Theater, part of Cinema Center in Centum City, Busan. Ty Stephens will perform original compositions, jazz standards, and Broadway show tunes. For more information and to purchase tickets, ...
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October 1-2, 2015

Chargé d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul visited Busan October 1-2 and engaged in various activities. He led a roundtable discussion with approximately 30 students at the symbolic “Walker House” of Pukyong National University, which was used as the headquarters of the Eighth U.S. Army by then-Commander General Walton Walker. The ...
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September 19, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul, the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, and the Ship Salvage Unit of the Republic of Korea Navy volunteered to participate in the 2015 Coastal Cleanup Day Diving Project. Co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the American Presence Post Busan, in partnership with the Korea Maritime and ...
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August 26, 2015

Terri Zavada (left), Deputy Assistant for Korea of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Juliana J. Kim (center), Trade Unit Chief of the American Embassy in Seoul, visited Busan for a familiarization trip. The APP assisted them to tour several major business operations in Busan which include KAL Tech Center (photo above), Chang Shin ...
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March 10 – 12, 2015

Consul General Roberto Powers (front, left), U.S. Embassy Seoul, came through Busan and Ulsan, March 10 – 12, for a wide variety of activities including three town hall meetings for U.S. citizens and their families in the region at Hyundai Foreign School in Ulsan and two other schools in Busan; visiting Hyundai Heavy Industries; paying ...
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February 26 – 27, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark W. Lippert visited Busan on February 26 -27, 2015, engaging in various activities which include paying a courtesy call on Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo (right); touring GE Offshore and Marine Technology Training Center, Boeing and KAL Tech Center; giving congratulatory remarks at the opening of the “World Association of Brick ...
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January 30, 2015

New York-based Battery Dance Company’s “Dancing to Connect” performance sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul was presented at Sohyang Musical Theatre in Busan on January 30, 2015. Over 100 Busan citizens from diverse backgrounds also participated in four workshop groups, each with their own choreography created with the help of Battery Dance Company dancers. ...
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January 27 – 28, 2015

Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the American Presence Post in Busan arranged various activities for Jonathan Hollander, President and Artistic Director of the Battery Dance Company, to engage with the citizens of Busan. Consul Dae B. Kim and President Jonathan Hollander conducted a live radio interview with Busan e-FM’s talk ...
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January 8, 2015

Consul Dae Kim spoke at “Youth Diplomacy and Activism Conference” (YDAC) at the Busan American Corner, located in the city’s Simin Municipal Library, on the topic of “The Importance of Diplomacy”. Fifteen students from the two southeastern provinces of Korea participated along with 4 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.
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