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Record Minimum Wage Hike Approved

Source | 2017/07/23 | | Permalink

The government on Saturday approved a record 16.4 percent hike in the minimum wage next year or an increase of W1,060 to W7,530 (US$1=W1,136). This is the first time ever that the minimum wage has risen by more than W1,000 over a year.

Korea introduced a minimum wage in 1988, and the biggest hike so far was in 2000, shortly after the 1998 Asian financial crisis, when it rose by W265. The fresh increase is part of President Moon Jae-in's plan to raise the minimum wage to W10,000 an hour by 2020...More

More Than Half of Koreans Own a Car

Source | 2017/07/23 | | Permalink

More than 22 million cars are now registered in Korea, which means that more than half of Korean adults have a car.

As of the first half of the year there were 22.19 million cars on the roads, one for each 1.93 adults and up 1.8 percent from the end of last year, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Saturday...More

[Orion's Drama News] Man-Holing It Up

2017/07/22 | | Permalink

Dramaland is back to firing on all cylinders as new dramas are being announced and upcoming ones ramp up their promotional efforts. This week I take a little look at the surprisingly funny "Live Up to Your Name", I share my Ori-feels over "Mystery Queen 2" and also a few thoughts on my upcoming dramas. Here be manholes and hopes for a fun second half of my summer...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Falsify"

2017/07/22 | | Permalink

The time has come to once again tap into our unlimited reserves of hate for the corrupt rich as "Falsify" brings more revenge on the Korean drama table. This time around the struggle involves the world of journalism; a welcome twist to the usual business- and law-related takes. Let me guide you through my current thoughts.


Han Moo-yeong (Namgoong Min) is a reporter who uses his own methods in order to reveal the truth about the death of a loved one. When the law no longer supports justice and the press hides the truth, the only measures that work exist outside of the norm...More

Actor Kim Jung-hyun, from Gong Hyo-jin's Little Bro to "School 2017"

2017/07/22 | | Permalink


"School 2017" have many fresh faces, and the 3 main casts are gathering much excited anticipation from the viewers. Among the three, there's a face that is indeed fresh, yet somewhat familiar to our eyes! His name is Kim Jung-hyun...More

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