Opposition blasts novelist backing ruling candidate 2012/04/11, Source, Lee Oi-soo
By Kim Jung-yoon
Opposition supporters attacked Lee Oi-soo with fierce criticism after the novelist-turned-instigator tweeted support for a ruling Saenuri Party candidate on twitter Monday.
"I support Han Ki-ho, Saenuri candidate running for underdeveloped border areas of Cheorwon-eup, Hwacheon-eup, Yanggu-gun and Inje-gun of Gangwon Province, as I believe Han has firm determination and enthusiasm", said Lee on his Twitter account, instead of backing Jung Tae-soo of the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP),...More
Parties to capitalize on social media 2012/01/07, Source,
Activists stage a rally calling for the revision of the Election Law in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, Thursday. The rally came immediately after the court ruled that the Election Law prohibiting pre-election campaigning via Twitter and other social networking services was unconstitutional. Korea Times file
By Chung Min-uck
The Constitutional Court's ruling Thursday on the use of social networking services (SNS) for election campaigns has prompted political parties to take full advantage of the new tool prior to the general and presidential elections this year,...More
Many Young People Believe Online Rumors 2011/11/10, Source,
A substantial proportion of younger Koreans believe online rumors of impending doom as a result of the Korea-U.S. free-trade agreement and other conspiracy theories, a straw poll suggests. Some 49 percent in their 20s through 40s believe Korea will become an economic colony of the U.S. if the FTA takes effect,...More
Winter Olympics a Bigger Boost for Korea Than K-Pop 2011/11/09, Source,
Foreigners who live in Korea or have visited the country say Pyeongchang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics did more to boost Korea's image than K-pop.
The Corea Image Communication Institute, which looks for ways to improve Korea's image abroad, surveyed 211 foreign diplomats, academics, CEOs, artists and other opinion leaders from Oct. 10 to Nov. 7, and 55.3 percent said the Pyeongchang bid played the biggest role in improving Korea's image,...More
Celebrities support Park 2011/10/20, Source, Gong Ji-young
By Chung Min-uck
The liberal camp is elated by famous public figures rallying behind Park Won-soon, the unified opposition candidate, with less than a week left before the Seoul mayoral by-election on Oct. 26.
The mayoral vote has become even more unpredictable, in a neck-and-neck race, as various opinion polls show.
Many celebrities Thursday gathered at the headquarters of the liberal camp's joint election committee in Anguk-dong, Seoul, to discuss how to support Park, who is recently slipping in the polls though he had led in the initial stage,...More
More celebrity donors rush to help Japan quake victims 2011/03/15, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon donated 200 million won for emergency relief in earthquake-stricken Japan. / Korea Times file
By Lee Hyo-won
An increasing number of local artists and cultural organizations, including "hallyu" celebrities and religious groups, are making donations to earthquake-struck Japan.
On Monday evening, actor Song Seung-heon, popular in the neighboring country through TV soaps, donated 200 million won for emergency relief to the Salvation Army Korea Territory, said the organization,...More
Koreans who shine in 2010 2010/12/27, Source, Politics
In the June 2 local elections, Kim Moon-soo of the ruling Grand National Party was reelected as governor of Gyeonggi Province, defeating Rhyu Si-min, the opposition's unified candidate and a close confidant of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Since then, Kim, with the image of a hard-working administrator, has enjoyed solid support in his province, emerging as a potential candidate for the next presidency.
As governor, he has pushed for an ambitious project to build an underground high-speed train, the GTX, short for Great Train Express. The express train, once completed by 2017, will link satellite cities and the capital, running up to 200 kilometers per hour,...More
So Ji-sub to release a photo essay 2010/08/24, Source,
Korean actor So Ji-sub from his book "The Journey of So Ji-sub" [51K]
Korean actor So Ji-sub will be releasing a photo essay about his travels during the summer of 2010, according to his agency 51K Entertainment on Tuesday.
51K announced that the book titled "The Journey of So Ji-sub" will feature photographs and stories from his summer trip to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and various regions in the Gangwon Province, the eastern region of Korea,...More
Hye-seon: 'I Have Become Positive as I Directed Movie' 2010/06/17, Source,
When we mention actress Koo Hye-seon, the modifier "jack-of-all-trades" always follows. She undertakes various activities such as writing a novel and drawing illustrations and plays all over in and outside of the picture tube. At this time, she is attracting interest as she has directed a movie for the first time.
The interviewer met Koo Hye-seon at a café located in Samcheong-dong in Jongno-gu on June 15. When she listened to the phrase "jack-of-all-trades", she burst into laughter and said, "You have given too big a compliment to me even though there are actually not many things that I can do very well. Why do you call me 'jack-of-all-trades?' I do not understand. Anyway, I really appreciate that you call me such a nice word. I feel much more responsibility. I hope that I can do things, which I like to do, very well in the future not just to be remembered for my favorite work",...More
Korean Singer Kim Jang-hoon made waves in the New York Times, financing a full-page advertisement regarding Korea's sovereign claim over the islands of Dokdo and naming rights to its surrounding body of,...More
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