The City of Busan jointly with the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation and Busan Immigration Office started a pilot operation of an interpretation service in 13 languages for foreigners residing in Busan.
The interpretation and counseling service is provided through the “Life in Busan” mobile app 12 hours a day from 9 am to 9 pm. Foreign residents in Busan can call and receive accompanying interpretation services (on-site interpreting/professional counseling) and chat on the “Life in Busan” mobile app when they are having difficulty communicating. The provided service is free to use.
The 13 foreign languages include English, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Mongolian, Burmese, Russian, Uzbek, Burmese and Thai. The interpretation and translation support service consists of Korean and foreign residents in Busan working as volunteers.
BFIC is holding a “Life in Busan” mobile app download event on its website (http://bfic.kr).
The pilot project will continue until this December, with the official service scheduled to launch next year. The city plans to expand the number of translation and interpretation support workers as well.
‘Life in Busan’ is an essential mobile application for foreign residents in Busan. It deals with daily life information for foreign residents, COVID-19 related information and severe weather forecasts. It is available in multiple foreign languages. You can download the application on Android/iOS devices.