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Pawn shops thrive, even in Gangnam

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Jeon, a 54-year-old pawn broker, looks closely at a watch that was left by a customer of his pawn shop located in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul. Iron bars and handwritten notices make this store look old and surreal, but the number of pawn shops is increasing these days, especially in Gangnam, Seoul's most affluent area. By Kim Kyung-rok

Behind a set of iron bars, a man clad in a neat suit looks closely at a watch that was left by a customer. Handwritten notices are plastered here and there across the bars, and his face peeks out from behind a small window cut into the middle.

Through this hole, Jeon, the 54-year-old owner of this rundown pawn shop located in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul, communicates with his customers. He takes collateral, mostly watches and jewelry, and gives loans...More

Monami to release 'new' 153 pen for anniversary

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

The new 153 pen

Monami, a manufacturer of stationery, writing instruments and printer and office supplies, said yesterday that it will release a new edition of its iconic 153 ballpoint pen next month to celebrate its 51st anniversary.

"We are very thankful for the people's love of calling our 153 ballpoint pen the 'people's ballpoint pen' for 50 years", said Monami CEO Song Ha-kyung in a press release...More

Lotte launches new line as own-brand sales rise

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Three products for sale under the Prime L Gold brand, Lotte Mart's new private label. Provided by the company

Gone are the days when private-brand (PB) items at large discount stores were tossed aside as cheap alternatives to products manufactured by national brands. In an effort to counter falling profits, local chain stores are increasingly devoting their time and money to developing PB items to offer consumers more choice in quality and price - and Lotte Mart is in the lead...More

Makgeolli enlivens nightlife at traditional market

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Participants in the makgeolli-tasting event at Gwangjang Market offer up a toast on April 10. (photo: Jeon Han)

A tasting party for makgeolli, a traditional rice-based alcohol similar to beer and consumed by commoners throughout Korean history, was held at Gwangjang Market on April 10, a well-known traditional market located in central Seoul. Both international and domestic visitors enjoyed the food and nightlife of the market, tasting various varieties of the beverage...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "A New Leaf"

2014/04/19 | | Permalink

Amnesia is such a tricky thing in dramas. Much like a sworn enemy, it always pops up to ruin a work's credibility, lower its quality and save writers from their own inability to enrich their story. Also, it does not sit too well with many viewers. MBC's 'A New Leaf' takes a slightly different approach, making the recovery and reacquaintance with one's life after it its premise...More

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