City Hall improves quality of life
Asti Hotel's center, featuring real plants and floor-to-ceiling windows, is on floor 24 of the hotel.
New workplace trends, such as "working from home" and "remote work," have become commonplace due to COVID-19. Recently, an additional trend that has grown in popularity is "workation" or "workcation," a portmanteau of "work" and "vacation." This neologism refers to the practice of working flexibly from a location traditionally associated with leisure.
Since last year, the Busan Metropolitan City has been working toward its workcation initiative to strengthen the city's position as a leader in work-life balance. To support this project, the City Hall invested 2.5 billion won last year and 3.5 billion won this year. The initiative focuses on three designated areas with declining populations, Dong-gu (district), Seo-gu, and Yeongdo-gu and two districts of interest to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, Jung-gu and Geumjeong-gu.
Last month, Busan opened the base center at Asti Hotel, located near Busan Station and additional satellite locales at Preferred Korea, THE HYUIL on Yeongdo Island and pathfinder (PATHFINDER) in Geumjeong-gu. Mayor Park Heong-joon and participants from various companies around the world, including Google Korea, Slack Korea, MediaZen, and Megazone Cloud, attended the opening ceremony.
The 708.5-square-meter center at Asti Hotel consists of several spaces, including individual workspaces, conference-style seating areas, private phone booths, conference rooms and event lounges. In addition to these workspaces and trial programs, the city plans to operate customized support programs that include accommodation costs and workspaces for companies looking to relocate their headquarters or establish branches in Busan.
The base and satellite centers are open weekdays from 8. a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on weekends and holidays. More information about Busan-based workcation locales and reservations, are available online (busaness.com).
Base center interior.
Busan Workcation Base Center at Asti Hotel
Address: 7-8, Jungang-daero 214beon-gil, Dong-gu