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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 5

2016/05/29 | | Permalink

Episode 5 of "Beautiful Gong Shim" was all about Dan-tae and his massive crush on Gong Shim. A crush is nothing new, but his awkward, childlike crush and the uniqueness of Dan-tae as a person is what makes his endearingly sweet and great drama material. It counterbalances the usual dose of chaebol backstories, family strife, and evil unnis.

Speaking of evil unnis, Gong Mi gets a little taste of karma as she is framed and forced to resign...More

Provincial Populations Dwindle as Few Babies Are Born

Source | 2016/05/29 | | Permalink

Provincial populations are dwindling as deaths simply outnumber births, even as no one moves away to the big city.

According to Statistics Korea, South Jeolla Province's population first shrank naturally in 2013, and Gangwon Province's in 2014.

In North Jeolla Province, net population growth hovers around a mere 400 so far this year, so it will likely become another area to see a natural population decline next year. North Gyeongsang Province is also expected to see more deaths than births in 2017...More

Man Booker Winner Speaks of Amazement at Prize

Source | 2016/05/29 | | Permalink

Novelist Han Kang poses at the launch of her new novel at a café in Seoul on Tuesday. /Yonhap

Han Kang, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize, on Monday told reporters she felt "strange" on winning the award for a novel published nine years ago.

"The Vegetarian", was completed 11 years ago but only published in English last year. Kang spoke of her amazement at winning an award overseas...More

Late-Shift Workers More Prone to Depression, Disease

Source | 2016/05/29 | | Permalink

Workers pulling late shifts are twice as prone to depression as people working from nine to five, a study finds.

A team of researchers led by Noh Myung-sook at Busan Adventist Hospital found that one in 10 people who work 24-hour shifts feel depressed for more than two weeks out of every year.

That is twice as much as workers who work regular hours...More

Tourism Patterns Slow to Improve

Source | 2016/05/29 | | Permalink

Slightly more tourists visited destinations in Korea other than Seoul last year, but the proportion is still disappointing, a survey published Monday finds.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism surveyed 12,900 foreign tourists and found that 78.7 percent visited Seoul, down 1.7 percentage points from the previous year, while there was a slight increase in the number of visitors to Gyeonggi Province, Busan, Incheon and other destinations...More

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