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Hybe issues statement on who will front the bill for upcoming free BTS concert in Busan

  • HYBE issued a statement on Wednesday agreeing to pay for the remaining expenses of the free BTS concert in Busan.
  • The concert is part of Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
  • HYBE said the group’s members will perform the concert without pay, and that it has been their dream to put on a free concert for fans.
  • They recognize that South Korea is an underdog in the competition for the expo bid and wish to help in an important national event.

BTS’ label HYBE issued a statement on Wednesday agreeing to front the bill for the upcoming “Yet To Come” concert in Busan, South Korea. 

The concert was already being partly paid for by corporate sponsors and streaming advertisements, but now the Seoul-based label has said they will pay for the concert.

BTS fans angry after city of Busan requests HYBE pay the bill for free concert

BTS Busan
  • BTS fans are upset after the city of Busan, South Korea, insisted that label HYBE pay for the cost of a free BTS concert.
  • The concert is part of Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
  • The Busan Metropolitan Government and the Expo committee claimed they do not have the funds to pay for the concert.
  • Media outlets have estimated that the cost for the concert will be around $5 million, but HYBE says it will cost more and has agreed to pay for advertising costs through sponsors.

BTS fans, ARMY, are outraged with the government of Busan, South Korea, for insisting that BTS’ label HYBE pay for a free BTS concert in the city. 

The BTS concert is part of the city of Busan’s efforts to host the World Expo in 2030. The K-pop superstars were appointed as ambassadors for Busan’s expo campaign just a month ago. 

Tony Leung named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at Busan International Film Festival

  • Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai has been named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the Busan International Film Festival.
  • Leung will collect his award at the event’s opening ceremony on Oct. 5.
  • The festival will open with a screening of “Scent of the Wind” by Hagi Mohaghegh and close with “A Man” from Japan’s Ishikawa Kei.
  • Leung is well known for his role in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “In the Mood for Love.”

Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-wai has been named the Asian Filmmaker of the Year by the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Leung, who is known for his roles in films such as the 2000 romance “In the Mood for Love,” and most recently Marvel’s 2021 film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” will be honored at the BIFF with a six-film showcase titled “In the Mood for Tony Leung.”

World’s first self-sustainable floating city being developed in Busan

  • The United Nations’ human settlement program unveiled a prototype for a floating, sustainable city to be built in Busan.
  • The project is being developed by the firm Oceanix in cooperation with the South Korean port of Busan.
  • The city, which has a total of 15.5 acres in surface area, will feature three islands designed for a specific use such as living space, research facilities or lodging.
  • In addition to apartment buildings, markets, offices and parks, the city will feature modern amenities such as hydroponic farms, green energy grids and closed looped systems, which will allow it to generate 100% of its food, energy and water supply.
  • UN-Habitat explained that the project is an alternative response to rising sea levels that may affect 90% of the world’s coastal cities.

The world’s first sustainable floating city is set to be built in Busan, the United Nations’ human settlement program announced on Tuesday. 

UN-Habitat unveiled a prototype design for the ambitious project at the U.N. headquarters in New York City. 

‘I never knew there could be a good kind of discrimination’: Busan bar goes viral for ‘No Professor Zone’

'No Professor Zone' Busan Bar

A bar by Pusan National University in Busan posted a now-viral “No Professor Zone” sign to prohibit the entry of professors. 

A hierarchical abuse of power: The bar prevented professors from entering in order to provide a more welcoming environment for student customers, reported The Korea Herald.

South Korean Teen is Brutally Beaten By Bullies After Police Ignore Her Case

A 14-year-old South Korean girl in Busan was brutalized by a mob of teens who almost killed her in the process because they apparently didn’t like her attitude and the way she talked.

Five teenaged assailants brutally attacked the middle schooler for over an hour on September 1 by beating her up with a chair, a metal pipe and burned her with cigarettes until she was unconscious.

Indonesian Woman Allegedly Attacked By South Korean Club Bouncer Because of Her Race

An Indonesian woman, whose face was badly injured after being beaten up by a South Korean bouncer in Busan, claimed she was attacked because of her nationality. 

South Korean authorities are now investigating the brawl, which happened around midnight last Friday at a local club. The incident, which left 21-year-old Jessica Setia’s face bruised and wounded, has sparked outrage after images of her bloodied face appeared on social media.