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Actress Jo An Releases Pre-Wedding Photos

Source | 2016/10/21 | | Permalink

Actress Jo An unveiled her pre-wedding photos taken on Jeju Island. She and her fiancé plan to marry later this month...More

Park Bo-geom to Celebrate Show's Success with Public

Source | 2016/10/14 | | Permalink

Actor Park Bo-geom will appear at a signing event in central Seoul next Wednesday for fans of his TV series.

"Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", which ends its near three-month run next Tuesday, has enjoyed great popularity with viewer ratings topping 20 percent...More

Jo An to get married in October

Source | 2016/10/10 | | Permalink

Actress Jo An is getting married to someone 3 years older than her.

She's getting married on the 28th of this month at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul...More

K-Pop Contest Draws Performers from Around the World

Source | 2016/10/02 | | Permalink

Devotees of Korean-style pop from all corners of the globe are set to strut their stuff in a festival in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province on Friday...More

Attendance at Baseball Games Passes 8 Million for 1st Time

Source | 2016/10/02 | | Permalink

Over 8 million spectators filled the stadiums to watch professional baseball games this season. This is the first time Korea's professional baseball league has reached the mark in its 35-year history.

The record turnout has been attributed to a combination of factors including the expansion to a 10-team league and the construction of new stadiums...More

Annual Festival in Busan to Screen Over 300 Films This Year

Source | 2016/09/30 | | Permalink

This year's Busan International Film Festival will start its 10-day run next week.

Some 300 films from 69 countries will be screened at the annual event, which opens on Oct. 6 with the Korean film "A Quiet Dream" directed by Zhang Lu. The movie revolves around a young woman who runs a small bar and the young men who try to win her heart...More

K-Pop Couple Splits After 6 Months of Dating

Source | 2016/09/28 | | Permalink

Seolhyun (left) and Zico

Seolhyun of girl band AOA and Zico of boy band Block B split up after dating some six months, their agencies said in a separate press release on Tuesday...More

Park Ji-sung to Study for Master's Degree in U.K.

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Park Ji-sung, who aspires to a career in football administration, has taken his first step toward becoming a sports administrator. Park enrolled in a course at De Montfort University in the U.K. to earn a Master's accreditation.

The former Manchester United player will spend three months at the university...More

Seoul Drama Awards held today, Yoo Ah-in competes with Benedict Cumberbatch

Source | 2016/09/08 | | Permalink

Yoo Ah-in is competing with Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Seoul Drama Awards is being held at KBS Hall in Yeouido on the 8th. The 11th SDA is the only drama special awards show in the world. 265 dramas were selected out of 51 countries and 28 drama producers and artists from 28 dramas....More

Over 100,000 Foreigners Study in Korea

Source | 2016/09/04 | | Permalink

The number of foreigners studying in Korea has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. The Education Ministry on Tuesday said there are 104,262 foreign students at universities and colleges here, up 14.2 percent from last year.

The overall number of university students has been falling for two years as the young population dwindles, but foreign students keep increasing...More

Incheon Airport Wants to Boost Transfer Passenger Traffic

Source | 2016/09/04 | | Permalink

Incheon International Airport on Tuesday announced measures to recover declining transfer passenger traffic.

They include allowing passengers who bought their ticket directly from an airline to transfer to different flights at the airport, and offering them half-day tours while waiting for their flights and discounts at duty-free shops...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/09/03 | | Permalink

South Korea's advanced cinematic technologies reach Wales, Short List explores North Korea's fascination with moving images, Taste of Cinema has 20 South Korean thrillers you won't to miss, and visit Darcy Paquet's website on Korean films for the best reviews and insight around...More

'Drinking Alone' Ha Seok-jin and Park Ha-seon in deep V neck outfit

Source | 2016/08/22 | | Permalink

Ha Seok-jin and Park Ha-seon exuded elegant and provocative mood together.

Fashion magazine 'Cosmopolitan' has revealed tvN's new drama "Drinking Alone" co-stars, Ha Seok-jin and Park Ha-seon's pictorial. To match the title of their drama, the pictorial was taken in a luxurious bar...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Gangneung" July 28th-31st

2016/08/20 | | Permalink

On the northeastern coast of South Korea lies Gangneung. Though not heavily populated, Gangneung is easily reachable from most bus terminals in South Korea by virtue of its proximity to the ocean. I went to Gangneung in anticipation of the Jeongdongjin outdoor film festival and my time in the city was marked by constant ceaseless wandering, Sure there's a pretty big beach, but by and large the center Gangneung is your standard urban area. And at this time of year it's murderously hot even at night...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/08/20 | | Permalink

Discover two "outrageous" attractions in Korea tourists can't get enough of, take a look inside Korea's massive "Taekwondo Town", The Discovery Seoul Pass will ensure you get the most bang for your buck in Seoul, and Adventure Korea makes it easy for visitors to have the time of their lives...More

Park Shin-hye turns into an elegant goddess for Elle pictorial

Source | 2016/08/19 | | Permalink

Fashion magazine Elle has revealed Park Shin-hye's fascinating behind-the-scenes images.

Park Shin-hye, a new muse for Swarovski, wore contemporary style pearl accessories and a watch and earrings from the Fall and Winter 2016. Park Shin-hye, beloved for her natural beauty, exudes the pure-hearted and yet chic moods...More

[Photos] Seolhyun's beauty shines more than the jewelry

Source | 2016/08/17 | | Permalink

AOA member Seolhyun displayed the cover of the September issue of Cosmopolitan.

Seolhyun posed in 9 different manners with the jewelry brand. She went from innocent, charismatic and even sexy...More

AOA's Seolhyun Dating Boy Band Rapper

Source | 2016/08/11 | | Permalink

Zico and Seolhyun

Seolhyun of girl band AOA and Zico of boy band Block B have been in a romantic relationship for five months.

Seolhyund's agency on Wednesday said they two became close because they "counted on each other while going through tough times"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/08/06 | | Permalink

Jeonju to host two special events to celebrate the cities traditions and culture in August and September, the Japan Times takes a look at the Andong Hahoe folk village and its importance now and in the past, Pokemon Go glitch causes spike in tourists, and the Korea Tourism Organisations should be your first stop to discovering Korea your way...More

90s Stars Kim Gook-jin and Kang Su-sie Admit Relationship

Source | 2016/08/05 | | Permalink

Kim Gook-jin (left) and Kang Su-sie

Comedian Kim Gook-jin is dating singer Kang Su-sie, their management agencies said on Thursday.

The pair have been appearing together on a reality show since March last year and their relationship gradually developed...More

'Beautiful Mind' actress Park So-dam flashes slim legs

Source | 2016/07/26 | | Permalink

"Beautiful Mind" actress Park So-dam showed off her slim gorgeous legs.

Park So-dam recently posted a photo of herself on her personal Instagram...More

Wake-Up Calls Offer Lifeline to Young Unemployed

Source | 2016/07/24 | | Permalink

Making phone calls to strangers to wake them up in the morning is fast becoming a popular part-time job among young people in a dismal labor market.

The wake-up call service costs W30,000-50,000 a month (US$1=W1,140). Customers post wanted ads seeking wake-up calls online and choose service providers on a trial basis for a day before they commit themselves...More

Kim Woo-bin's uncontrollably ardent eyes and broad shoulders adorn the cover page of Elle magazine

Source | 2016/07/15 | | Permalink

Kim Woo-bin adorned the cover page of Elle August issue.

During the photo shoot, which took place on July 6th, Kim Woo-bin pulled off the pieces by Louis Vuitton Men's Collection perfectly...More

'KCON 2016 New York' up close

Source | 2016/07/10 | | Permalink

The hallyu movement is growing faster than ever. While the popularity of K-Pop has been accelerating rapidly since 2010 in North America, KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota has been arranged for fans who cannot meet hallyu stars easily due to vexing geography. KCON invites large number of hallyu stars to New York and LA. Since KCON 2016 Presented by Toyota held their first concert in California in 2012, they've expanded their venues to the east side of New York. KCON now comes to Abu Dhabi, UAE, Chiba Prefecture, Japan and Paris, France in order to meet the international fans around the globe...More

[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON New York 2016 Beauty Booths + 3 Beauty Giveaways

2016/07/09 | | Permalink

KCON New York 2016 presented by Toyota featured over ninety booths in the outdoor convention, and many of them were beauty booths. HanCinema stopped by the booths to chat with the businesses that bring Korean beauty products and skin care to New York and the rest of the world outside beauty-forward South Korea. Let's take a look a four amazing companies that set up booths at the Prudential Center June 24 and June 25 for KCON New York 2016! Don't forget to check out the instructions at the bottom of the article to enter our giveaway. Three mystery beauty gift bags are up for grabs this go 'round...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Daegu" June 9th-12th

2016/07/01 | | Permalink

On a daily basis my main frame of reference for what "looks" like Daegu was bizarrely enough this old Anglican Church, built in 1917 and dedicated to Saint Francis (the guy Pope Francis named himself after). The irony of this being, of course, the fact that an old style Anglican Church is fairly obviously not representative of Daegu in any way but I passed by it all the time in my favored back streets...More

Park Bo-yeong, Ji Seong Voted Best Korean Actors in U.S.

Source | 2016/06/29 | | Permalink

Park Bo-yeong (left) and Ji Seong

Park Bo-yeong and Ji Seong were named best Korean actors by the U.S.-based Asian drama streaming website DramaFever on Monday...More

Taeyeon's New Album Gets Over 100,000 Pre-Orders

Source | 2016/06/28 | | Permalink

Taeyeon of Girls' Generation broke the 100,000 mark in pre-orders with her second solo mini-album, according to SM Entertainment on Monday...More

Young Teens Caught Up in Beauty Craze

Source | 2016/06/26 | | Permalink

After 10 years teaching in middle school there is one thing that baffles Lee S oo-jung -- how many of the girls are wearing makeup. "Just 10 years ago only a couple of girls in a class wore makeup, but now more than half of them do", she says.

The school tried to ban it, but to no avail. "Many girls put on makeup after coming to school, and we aren't sure where to draw the line", Lee says. "We can't simply tell students not to do something without explaining why, plus many girls are very sensitive about how they look"...More

DJUNA, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee…it's annoying"

Source | 2016/06/23 | | Permalink

Movie critic DJUNA expressed her disapproval about this whole Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee issue.

She posted on her SNS, "Hong Sang-soo is the most transparent person in the movie industry. I would keep as far away from him as possible but then again, how would I know what their story is? They decided to take the risk and chose to live like that"...More

'Uncontrollably Fond' script reading, Kim Woo-bin and Suzy show off first class chemistry

Source | 2016/06/23 | | Permalink

KBS 2TV's forthcoming Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Uncontrollably Fond" has revealed some snapshots taken during their script reading session through the drama's official website.

In the revealed photos, actors look focused on their acting. The actors show off the perfect matching look for each of their characters as shown in the making film unveiled prior to these snapshots...More

Moviegoers Prefer Older Stars, Watching Alone

Source | 2016/06/19 | | Permalink

Hwang Jeong-min and Kim Hye-soo have been named the most popular actor and actress in an email survey of 10,286 people by the Chosun Ilbo and ticketing site Max Movie.

Kim was also voted best actress, while best actor went to Song Kang-ho.

All three are all in their 40s, while only a few stars in their 20s made it into the top 10. The results clearly reflect the changing demographic of moviegoers in Korea...More

Daughter of Top N.Korean Actress Among Defectors

Source | 2016/06/05 | | Permalink

North Korean actress Choe Sam-suk performs in this undated screen grab from the official [North] Korean Central News Agency.

The daughter of decorated North Korean actress Choe Sam-suk is among 13 North Korean restaurant workers who recently defected from China, Radio Free Asia reported Saturday.

The revelation came after the parents of the defectors in a statement demanded their "rescue", apparently under pressure from the North Korean regime...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/06/03 | | Permalink

The Korea Tourism Organisation releases a new guide for tourists in various languages, discover why South Korea is perfect for family travel, check out six top travel blogs/websites, and The Korea Times has a host of exciting events happening around town...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2016/06/03 | | Permalink

Dive head first into the wonderful world of Korean webcomics with a great list from Korea Boo, visit a naughty park in Jeju, explore National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art's website for all their latest news and events, and browse Shutterstock's impressive gallery on South Korea...More

Korean Women Most Suspicious of Their Husbands

Source | 2016/05/29 | | Permalink

Korean women seem to be most suspicious of their husbands, according to big data analysis by market researcher Daumsoft.

The firm analyzed 530 million words that appeared on blogs and community websites and found that the word "husband" appeared most often along with the words "suspicion" and "can't trust"...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2016/05/28 | | Permalink

Find out why "Spirits' Homecoming" was a "small miracle", check out the top Korean films on IMDb, Film Doo analysis Korea's film industry in relation to VOD, and visit KOBIZ's website to discover the highest-grossing films released in Korea this year...More

Korean movies opening today 2016/05/26 in Korea

Source | 2016/05/26 | | Permalink

Korean movies opening today 2016/05/26 in Korea: "Dear..Lena", "Wind on the Moon" and "Madame Aema 2016"...More

Jeong Yoo-mi's street summer style

Source | 2016/05/23 | | Permalink

Jeong Yoo-mi, who is currently starring as Chae Yeo-gyeong in KBS 2TV's Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Master - God of Noodles" has revealed her summer fashion pictorial for InStyle June issue.

In the pictorial with the title, 'Every Beats', Jeong Yoo-mi showcases street summer style. Compared to her usual simple and refined style, this is her transformation to try the new looks...More

[Photos] Added new stills for the Korean documentary 'Wind on the Moon'

Source | 2016/05/23 | | Permalink

Added new stills for the upcoming Korean documentary "Wind on the Moon"...More

Businesses Help Consumers Who Are Spoiled for Choice

Source | 2016/05/22 | | Permalink

Consumers are increasingly so spoiled for choice that it paralyzes them and they end up buying nothing, which is where new "curated" or personally tailored shopping services and goods collections come in.

Assisted choice of this kind ranges from evening meals to baby products and everything in between...More

Sex-Education Manuals Slammed for Medieval Attitudes

Source | 2016/05/22 | | Permalink

Critics accuse official sex education materials of perpetuating chauvinism and medieval attitudes to women and their sexuality.

They perpetuate such chestnuts as that men are excited by seeing women without their clothes on whereas women are aroused by "mood", and that girls should avoid "provocative" clothing...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Gamgok" May 6th-7th

2016/05/21 | | Permalink

Next on my itinerary to return to Seoul via the most unnecessarily complicated route was Gamgok, which is located to the north of Jincheon in Eumseong County. Gamgok District (감곡면) is farmland. Peaches are the main crop grown there. Unfortunately the peaches are not in bloom in May so Gamgok looks rather nondescript right this minute. It's the kind of township where solar panels look really cool, simply because they're different from most of what else is available to look at...More

Ha ji-won's summer style

Source | 2016/05/17 | | Permalink

Ha Ji-won and women's fashion brand Crocodile Lady revealed 2016 summer fashion pictorial.

In the revealed pictorial, Ha Ji-won matched a white ethnic blouse with a pair of neutral tone cropped wide pants to create the clean and cool summer look. Her long wavy hair added innocent appeal to the look...More

[Photos] Added new poster for the Korean documentary 'Wind on the Moon'

Source | 2016/05/17 | | Permalink

Added new poster for the upcoming Korean documentary "Wind on the Moon"...More

New Web Variety "Topp Dogg: All-Kill" To Air May 23

2016/05/15 | | Permalink

A new web variety coming your way brought to you by our buddies over at Soompi: Topp Dogg: All-Kill. You may have seen teasers floating around on social media. If you haven't, check the official "Topp Dogg: All-Kill" twitter account and the links below to stay on top of the most current news...More

Thank You, Lee Min-ho's 10th year anniversary shot

Source | 2016/05/11 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho is celebrating his 10th year anniversary.

He showed off the 10th anniversary cake his fans prepared for him on his Instagram...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.05.06 ~ 2016.05.08

2016/05/09 | | Permalink

"Civil War" continues to dominate despite a host of new challengers...

Marvel's latest outing continued to reign supreme atop the Korea box office, but a string of new releases shuffled the rest of the pack considerably. This latest superhero flick was released in Korea late last month and topped the charts its frist weekend out by capturing over 90% of the box office pie. Over the weekend, Marvel's mighty movie added another 1.5 million admissions (64.8%) to bring it total tally now to 7.3 million ($52.7 million). Worldwide, "Captain America: Civil War" has, to date, banked an incredible $678.4 million...More

[Video] Added new trailer and poster for the Korean documentary 'Wind on the Moon'

Source | 2016/05/09 | | Permalink

Added new trailer and poster for the upcoming Korean documentary "Wind on the Moon"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Beautiful Gong Shim"

2016/05/07 | | Permalink

Finding a romantic comedy drama that does not go majorly dark and depressing or then lose its coherence completely is hard. "Beautiful Gong Shim" promises a return to the good ol' days, where people trying to hook up with people happily was possible without major physical and emotional scarring. There is still a mean grandmother in the mix, but that is a rom-com staple in Korean drama...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites

2016/05/07 | | Permalink

The Korea Herald has its roundup of travel news from around the world with great specials for travelers, see the celebrities that are enjoying the Land of the Morning Calm, discover great deals and events at some of Korea's top hotels, and how 'smart' is the city of Songdo, exactly?...More

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : Most Popular Actress in a Drama Nominees List

Source | 2016/05/03 | | Permalink

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : most popular actress in a drama nominees list...More

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : Most Popular Actor in a Drama Nominees List

Source | 2016/05/03 | | Permalink

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : most popular actor in a drama nominees list...More

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : Most Popular Actress in a Movie Nominees List

Source | 2016/05/03 | | Permalink

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : most popular actress in a movie nominees list...More

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : Most Popular Actor in a Movie Nominees List

Source | 2016/05/03 | | Permalink

52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : most popular actor in a movie nominees list...More

Seoul City to Hold Free Screenings of Indie Films

Source | 2016/05/03 | | Permalink

Free screenings of independent films will take place at 29 public facilities including art galleries, museums and libraries from May to December, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Monday.

The city government organized the event to promote the independent film industry...More

Graphic Novel Brings Historic Naval Battle to Life

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

American gaphic novelist Onrie Kompan has illustrated the famous naval Battle of Myeongnyang in which Admiral Yi Sun-shin defeated a 330-strong invading Japanese fleet ships with only a dozen of his famous turtle ships...More

[Guest Video Film Review] "My Sassy Girl" from Asian Filmist

Source | 2016/04/30 | | Permalink

Ever dated a sassy girl before?

You know, the one that was a bit different than your normal, typical girl. She's a bit strange, wild, and aggressive towards their significant other...More

Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin are going to be parents

Source | 2016/04/29 | | Permalink

Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin are going to be parents.

On April 29th, a news report announced Bae Yong-joon's wife, Park Soo-jin, is in the early stages of pregnancy. We've put together all of the important moments of the couple from their engagement announcement to their most recent pregnancy news...More

Three issues about Song Hye-kyo's image rights

Source | 2016/04/28 | | Permalink

The battle between Song Hye-kyo and the jewelry brand J. Estina is intense. Song Hye-kyo sued J. Estina for using her image without notice in March and both sides are radical. The core of this situation is image rights.

As the issue got heated up, J. Estina claimed that it understands how Hallyu contents influences national finance and that it respects the actress and her company. However, that doesn't mean the issue has died down. Sports Dong A took a look at three issues related to this case...More

This Year's Jeonju Film Fest to Feature Shakespeare Adaptions

Source | 2016/04/28 | | Permalink

This year's Jeonju International Film Festival is set to kick off its 10-day run on Thursday.

A total of 211 films -- 163 feature and 48 short films -- will be shown on 19 screens at five theaters in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province...More

Lee Joon-ki owns his surroundings with the passionate eyes

Source | 2016/04/27 | | Permalink

Lee Joon-ki exuded his mysterious charms in his recent pictorial for men's style magazine Geek.

In the revealed pictorial, Lee Joon-ki showed off the charismatic glare in his eyes while he pulled off the various swoon-worthy styles perfectly...More

Park Hae-jin's tenth anniversary fan meeting presents touching moments beyond expections

Source | 2016/04/24 | | Permalink

Park Hae-jin made unforgettable memories along with his fans on the tenth anniversary of his debut.

Park Hae-jin's Fan Meeting Celebrating Tenth Anniversary of debut was held at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on April 23rd. Boom emceed the evet, which was streamlined live on Naver V live and the Chinese video streaming website, Youku...More

Roh Moo-hyun's Home to Open to Public in May

Source | 2016/04/24 | | Permalink

The Roh Moo-hyun Foundation is opening the former president's home in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province to the public on May 1.

The opening coincides with the seventh anniversary of his death on May 23...More

Singles Turn to Houseplants for Comfort

Source | 2016/04/24 | | Permalink

A growing number of singles have only their houseplants for company because they cost less and require less attention than cats or dogs.

According to online shopping site 11st, sales of cactuses rose 17 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period of 2015. Sales of hydroponic plants grew 22 percent...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Frankie and Friends the Movie: The Tree of Life"

2016/04/23 | | Permalink

The official website for Frankie and Friends describes the franchise as an "eco-friendly growing up story". In short, the television show's main operating gimmick is that the characters live in a world where food has to come from a specific place- their garden. The usual kids' show moral lessons all come from that vein, and the film version, "Frankie and Friends the Movie: The Tree of Life" is no different. It's a story about how if you wastefully throw away food, a witch will use the energy of the food's unfulfilled souls to power super beetles devoted to absorbing immortality sap from the tree of life. Magic mushrooms are involved...More

[Photos] "Lucky Romance" Hwang Jeong-eum and Ryu Jun-yeol

Source | 2016/04/17 | | Permalink

Hwang Jeong-eum and Ryu Jun-yeol pretended to be lovers for a magazine.

The two are starring in the upcoming MBC drama "Lucky Romance"...More

Young Korean Singer Grabs Spotlight at U.S. Music Festival

Source | 2016/04/17 | | Permalink

Talent alone won't make a singer a pop star. To captivate the public, to capture their imaginations, he or she needs something more -- charisma or "star quality". Whatever it is called, 24-year-old singer and composer Dean definitely has it.

Dean gave mesmerizing performances at South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the world's largest pop music festivals, in Austin, Texas last month. Some 100 American fans wearing "Dean" stickers on their chests followed him around throughout the festival. Dean made his debut in the U.S. before establishing himself in Korea...More

Park Seo-joon's agency confirms, "His injury is not from the filming set of 'Flower Knights: The Beginning', he is taking a rest"

Source | 2016/04/15 | | Permalink

On April 15th, Park Seo-joon's agency, Keyeast Entertainment confirmed through their official website and Facebook, "Park Seo-joon's recent injury did not occur while filming" and "His next drama is currently being filmed under safe environment".

The agency also said, "Park Seo-joon has been making continuous appearances without taking a break since he debuted. Thus his health was affected by the accumulated fatigue" and "The injury has occurred due to the health condition during his training before the filming begins fully"...More

Half of Gangnam Rentals Now Let for Monthly Charge

Source | 2016/04/03 | | Permalink

New rental contracts in Seoul dwindled in March by more than 20 percent on-year, but the proportion of monthly rentals reached a record 47 percent.

According to a property information website run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, 37,049 rental contracts were signed in Seoul from March 1 to 28, roughly 1,235 a day and down 23 percent from the same period last year...More

[Canada] SHINee's First Time in Canada for Hallyu North 2016 #SHINEEinTORONTO #HANO16

Source | 2016/03/27 | | Permalink

The Hallyu wave and Korean culture craze is taking over Canada! Hallyu North is breaking pop culture limits

Hallyu North is proud to announce that SHINee's first time in Canada will be hosted by the Hallyu North 2016 expo taking place on May 6 and 7, 2016 at the Enercare Centre (Canadian Exhibition Place) in Toronto...More

Today's Photo: March 23, 2016 [2]

Source | 2016/03/23 | | Permalink

Hong Soo-ah poses at the JARRET fashion show at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul on Tuesday...More

Park Hae-jin to star in Chinese drama

Source | 2016/03/17 | | Permalink

Actor Park Hae-jin is taking over China.

Park Hae-jin is starring in the Chinese drama "Long Way Love" as a good looking CEO named Sim Ahn. The drama started on the 1st of March and every episode has been getting tremendous feedback...More

'Hong Seol' Kim Go-eun-I shows off innocent and refreshing look in Hawaii

Source | 2016/03/17 | | Permalink

Kim Go-eun-I's refreshing Hawaii pictorial has been revealed.

In the pictorial for the fashion magazine 'Cosmopolitan', Kim Go-eun-I showed off her lovely smile and her endless charms on the Hawaiian beach. She presented the various stylish looks using the ethnic print dress along with pants and blouse of unique patterns...More

Ten style icons including Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-geom awarded at SIA 2016

Source | 2016/03/15 | | Permalink

Song Joong-ki, Yoo Ah-in, Park Bo-geom, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, Li Yifeng, Song Seung-heon, Lee Jeong-jae, Lee Honey, Ha Ji-won have been selected as the ten style icons who will lead the fashion trend in Asia.

The ten stars received awards at the Style Icon Asia Awards 2016 (SIA 2016), which was held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza on March 15th...More

Style Icon Asia will be livestreamed on the KCON USA website

Source | 2016/03/14 | | Permalink

Style Icon Asia will be livestreamed on the KCON USA website at 4:00am PST, 7:00am EST. Tune-in and see what G-Dragon, Girls Generation, Yoo Ah In, Song Joong Ki and more all decide to where to one of Asia's premiere fashion award shows...More

From Lee Byung-hun to Seolhyun, Marie Claire film festival reveals behind-the-scenes images

Source | 2016/03/10 | | Permalink

The fifth Marie Claire Film Festival took place at the Cheongdam CineCity in the afternoon on March 10th.

This year's award recipients include Lee Byung-hun for his role in 'Inside Men: The Original' for Pioneer Award, Seolhyun for her role in 'Gangnam Blues' for Rookie Award, Busan International Film Festival team for Special Award...More

[Press Release] RYU Entertainment has just opened an official website for its fans & friends

Source | 2016/03/06 | | Permalink

- Artist & Contents Production Management Company 'RYU Ent.' will open its official website 'RYU GENERATION (aka. RYUGEN)' again on March 1st after its renewal.

- 'RYUGEN' is the official website of 'RYU Ent.' as well as a brand channel and a market platform for contents distribution of its artists...More

Spending on Private Crammers Hits New Record

Source | 2016/03/06 | | Permalink

Average per-capita spending on private crammers for schoolkids reached W240,000 a month last year, the most since the government began tallying statistics in 2007 (US$1=W1,238).

The statistics were gathered in a survey of 43,000 parents across the nation, but since some of them probably underreported their spending, the total is estimated over W30 trillion overall...More

Park Hae-jin, "I'm fine. I was happy to be Yoo Jeong"

Source | 2016/03/03 | | Permalink

Actor Park Hae-jin said his goodbye.

On the official website of "Cheese in the Trap" on the 3rd, Park Hae-jin posted something beginning with the title, "This is Yoo Jeong"...More

Microsoft to Open Cybercrime Center in Seoul

Source | 2016/02/28 | | Permalink

Security experts work at the headquarters of Microsoft's Cybercrime Center in Redmond, Washington, in this picture from the Microsoft website.

Microsoft will open a Cybercrime Center in Seoul next month, it was confirmed Thursday.

The company hopes to share information with international law enforcement agencies...More

Orders for Park Hae-jin's DVD flood in and crashes site [Updated]

Source | 2016/02/24 | | Permalink

As Park Hae-jin's behind-the-scenes stories have been revealed, it drew explosive attention from his fans.

According to Park Hae-jin, as soon as the sales site for the DVD, 'Yoo Jeong's Story: Yoo Jeong's untold story' was open at 6 PM on February 23rd, the online traffic from all over the world rushed in and the sales site crashed as the result...More

Kim Yu-na Makes Smoothie to Promote Youth Winter Olympics

Source | 2016/02/21 | | Permalink

Kim Yu-na (left) holds a smoothie she made, in this video grab from the official website of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. A video clip of figure skating star Kim Yu-na making a smoothie has been uploaded to the official website of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Kim is currently serving as a promotional ambassador for the Youth Olympics.

Kim's smoothi...More

Park Hae-jin to Celebrate a Decade in Showbiz with Fans

Source | 2016/02/19 | | Permalink

Actor Park Hae-jin is planning a special treat for his fans to celebrate 10 years in the entertainment business. He will meet several thousand of them on April 23, though the venue has not yet been set.

Park said it was his wish to stage the event to thank his fans for the undying support they have showed since he made his debut on April 1, 2006...More

Jeong Ryeo-won and Yoon Gyoon-sang pair up to present chic and natural style with Kenneth Cole

Source | 2016/02/15 | | Permalink

Jeong Ryeo-won and Yoon Gyoon-sang's couple pictorial has been released.

Jeong Ryeo-won and Yoon Gyoon-sang together have been selected as domestic models for the fashion brand, Kenneth Cole since the brand launched in Korea...More

Korean movies opening today 2016/02/11 in Korea

Source | 2016/02/11 | | Permalink

Korean movies opening today 2016/02/11 in Korea: "Malice" and "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

Lee Seung-gi's photo in military uniform has been revealed

Source | 2016/02/11 | | Permalink

Singer actor Lee Seung-gi's photo from his military training center has been revealed.

On February 11th, the official website of the Korea Army Training Center posted a group photo including Lee Seung-gi along with other trainee soldiers who enlisted same day...More

f(x) Luna says, "Want to film a melodrama with So Ji-sub"

Source | 2016/02/09 | | Permalink

f(x) member Luna said she wanted to co-star with So Ji-sub in a melodrama.

Movie "The Lightning Man's Secret" leading actor and actress Jeong Hyeon-jin and Luna appeared in the February 9th's episode of SBS Power FM radio show, 'Two O'clock Cultwo Show'...More

Young Illustrator Who Defied the Odds

Source | 2016/02/08 | | Permalink

Wooh Na-young

Wooh Na-young, better known by her pen name Obsidian, has established herself as a well-regarded illustrator with creative interpretations of classics with a modern and Korean twist...More

[Video + Photos] Added new character posters and making video for the Korean movie 'The Lightning Man's Secret'

Source | 2016/02/01 | | Permalink

Added new character posters and making video for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

More Seniors Looking for Part-Time Work to Pay the Bills

Source | 2016/01/31 | | Permalink

An increasing number of seniors are looking for part-time jobs, as more people retire at a younger age, only to find they still have to make ends meet but cannot afford to open their own businesses.

According to part-time job portal Alba, 24,682 resumes of people aged 50 or over were posted on its website last year, a whopping 664 percent increase from 3,232 in 2010. A similar portal, Albamon, saw its resume count for the over-50 age group grow by 26 percent last year compared to the previous year...More

[USA and Canada] Korean movie "A Melody to Remember" to be released in theatres in North America on January 29th

Source | 2016/01/27 | | Permalink

Korean movie ""A Melody to Remember"" to be released in theatres on January 29th in CGV Los Angeles and nationwide on February 2nd


War took away many things
But hope was never gone.

South Korean platoon leader HAN Sang-ryul (Si Wan) lost his family and comrades due to the Korean War. He assigned to another unit and comes across war orphans, some of whom are exploited for profit. He decides to help the orphans by creating a choir, thereby healing their wounds with beautiful songs with the help of volunteer teacher Park Ju-mi (Ko Ah-seong). Their beautiful voices rise from the battlefield and begin to melt everyone's hearts...More

Politicians Weigh into Taiwan Teen Starlet Controversy

Source | 2016/01/24 | | Permalink


The Twitterstorm surrounding a teenage member of manufactured girl group TWICE who waved a Taiwanese flag in a webcast refuses to subside.

Tzuyu (16) of of the nine-member multinational group has apologized for waving the flag in the webcast, but so vociferous has been the online response that politicians are now getting involved in the non-event...More

[Video + Photo] Added main trailer and first stills for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"

Source | 2016/01/22 | | Permalink

Added main trailer and first stills for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

Suzy's spring collection

Source | 2016/01/15 | | Permalink

Singer actress Suzys pictorial has been revealed.

On January 15th, Beanpole Accessories has unveiled their spring 2016 pictorial starring Suzy. Suzy exudes her innocent, fresh and vivacious appeals in the pictorial...More

[Photos] Added new poster for the Korean movie 'The Lightning Man's Secret'

Source | 2016/01/15 | | Permalink

Added new poster for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

Song Il-gook to narrate Korean literature

Source | 2016/01/12 | | Permalink

Actor Song Il-gook is going to narrate the EBS FM "100 Actors, Read Korean Literature".

He will be reading a novel by Song Yeong called, "Stonemason"...More

Yoo Ah-in, Lee Min-ho and Lee Seung-gi, '86-87 year-borns enlist?

Source | 2016/01/12 | | Permalink

Actors Yoo Ah-in, Lee Min-ho, Lee Seung-gi, Kim Joon-soo, Choi Seung-hyeon (T.O.P) from Big Bang, Joo Won and others have the military coming up ahead of them.

First of all, Yoo Ah-in, born in 1986, is on the top of the list. He debuted in 2004 with the drama "Sharp 1" and has been building on his filmography ever since. He's made it big with "Tough as Iron", "Punch", "Veteran" and "The Throne". He's currently performing in the SBS drama "Six Flying Dragons" as Lee Bang-won and is looking forward to the release of the movie "Like for Likes"...More

[Video] Teaser trailer released for the Korean movie 'The Lightning Man's Secret'

Source | 2016/01/11 | | Permalink

Teaser trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Where Is My Son?"

2016/01/09 | | Permalink

In the rural outskirts of Andong a seventy-year old man pushes his ninety-five year old mother home in her wheelchair. And that's about all there is to "Where Is My Son??"- a documentary focused almost entirely on ambience. There's the love between a son and his mother, the sense of peace that comes as the elderly mother slowly but steadily moves toward the end of her life, and then there are the visuals of rural Andong, where traditional architecture and greenery overwhelms every shot...More

[Photos] Added new poster for the Korean movie 'The Lightning Man's Secret'

Source | 2016/01/06 | | Permalink

Added new poster for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

Bae Doona participates in Louis Vuitton commercial campaign

Source | 2016/01/04 | | Permalink

Actress Bae Doona has become the first Korean to participate in the commercial campaign of the luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton has unveiled their global commercial campaign, Series 4 starring Bae Doona on January 4th. This campaign is based on the inspiration of the the last 16 years of Spring and Summer collection by Louis Vuitton and the campaign is targeted at the global patrons worldwide...More

[Photos] Added poster and updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"

Source | 2015/12/29 | | Permalink

Added poster and updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"...More

SBS Drama Awards 2015 Best Actor Vote Now Open

Source | 2015/12/22 | | Permalink

SBS Drama Awards 2015 vote for best actor is now open until December, 30...More

Lee Min-ho, Kim Soo-hyeon-I and Yoo Jae-seok, the Hallyu Stars of 2016 in China

Source | 2015/12/20 | | Permalink

Actors Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, comedian Yoo Jae-seok and singer Kim Jong-kook were chosen by the Chinese as the most anticipated Hallyu Stars in 2016.

The Korean Consumer Forum announced the results of the vote on the 21st...More

Lee Min-ho makes announcement in four languages

Source | 2015/12/13 | | Permalink

Lee Min-ho said a word of caution after hearing that counterfeit tickets were being sold in China.

Lee Min-ho is holding an exclusive concert called 'MINOZ MANSION' on the 16th of January in Korea and in Japan on the 25th. Other countries haven't been confirmed yet...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Namsan Tower

2015/12/12 | | Permalink

Namsan Tower, officially named the "N Seoul Tower", is one of the quintessential romantic spots found in Korean film and drama, and is also a tourist attraction for Koreans and international visitors alike. The communication and observation tower is famous for it's night glow, the "Locks of Love", and the spectacular cityscape view that is lovely during the day and mesmerizing at night...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2015/12/12 | | Permalink

The Korea International Photo Festival wraps up its third year, see how North Korean interior design needs a reality check, the Academy of Korean Studies showcases nine images from their research catalogue, and see how Korean beauty trends came and went in one time-lapse video...More

Yeon Jeong-hoon and Soo-ae to receive Excellence in Acting Awards at Grime Awards 2015

Source | 2015/12/10 | | Permalink

Yeon Jeong-hoon and Soo-ae received Best Actor and Best Actress awards at Grime Awards 2015, which took place in the afternoon on December 10th at KBS New Building in Yeouido-dong, Seoul on December 10th. Yeon Jeong-hoon and Soo-ae received Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their roles in SBS "Mask". Drama More

Hwang Jeong-eum Confirms Dating Businessman-Golfer

Source | 2015/12/09 | | Permalink

Actress Hwang Jeong-eum on Tuesday confirmed that she is in relationship with a professional golfer and businessman Lee Young-don.

The admission came after the couple were papped by a gossip website holding hands on a date...More

SBS Drama Awards 2015 Partial Nominees List

Source | 2015/12/07 | | Permalink

SBS Drama Awards 2015 partial nominees for the 2015/12/31 ceremony...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 5

2015/12/06 | | Permalink

As it turns out "Riders: Get Tomorrow" is now finally firmly in the whole rickshaw business stage, so throughout the entire episode we're getting snippets of how the rickshaw business is managed / mismanaged. See, Gi-joon is making the rather questionable decision of getting So-dam involved in the plot by hiring her to do a job it's not clear the rickshaw business actually needs- at least on a full-time basis. The quoted salary really was a tad high, and the dinner especially was unnecessary even if it could probably be written off as a business expense...More

[Video] Lee Min-ho's single "The Day" places 2nd on Oricon Chart

Source | 2015/12/01 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho's single "The Day" is in second place on the Japanese Oricon Charts.

The single album which came out on the 30th in Japan made it to Top 2 without promotion which is a rare case...More

Chow Yun Fat, Jolin Tsai to Attend 2015 MAMA

Source | 2015/12/01 | | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that best-known Chinese actor CHOW YUN FAT and famous Taiwanese singer JOLIN TSAI are confirmed to attend 2015 MAMA, which is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd.
CHOW YUN FAT, born in Hong Kong in 1955, started to gain immense popularity after starring in TV series "Hotel" in 1976. In 1980, his role as Hui Man Keung in another television smash "The Bund" made him a household name throughout Asia. In 1986, Asia's legendary gangster action film "A Better Tomorrow" made him a mega star and won him Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 11

2015/11/30 | | Permalink

In a fairly radical turnabout, this episode ignores the present day adventures of Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah altogether, instead having the story take place entirely in flashback. I wasn't sure what to make of this creative decision at first, but upon further reflection "Bubble Gum" really did need the reprieve. The melodrama had become just about completely unbearable. At least in flashback mode there are decently long stretches of time between individual sad events...More

Final Line-up For 2015 MAMA Unveils

2015/11/28 | | Permalink

HyunA, Jessi, San.E confirm to join star-studded night in Hong Kong. GOT7, MONSTA X, Seventeen, Vivian Koo to perform on the red carpet event

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announced HyunA, Jessi, San.E as final additional lineup for 2015 Mnet Asia Music Awards, which is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

EXO, Shinee, Taeyeon To Perform At 2015 Mama!

Source | 2015/11/27 | | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has officially announced that EXO, SHINee and TAEYEON from Girls' Generation will join the line-up of the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, which is set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

Lee Min-ho's New Year Talk show sold out in one minute

Source | 2015/11/24 | | Permalink

Lee Min-ho has showed off his unbeatable popularity again as the tickets for his first talk show in the year of 2016 was sold out as soon as the tickets were out for sale.

Lee Min-ho's solo talk show, 'Minoz World (second title, MINOZ MANSION) will take place at 8 PM on January 16th, 2016 at Grand Peace Palace of Kyung Hee University...More

Choi Si-won and Max doing well in training camp

Source | 2015/11/24 | | Permalink

The photos of Choi Si-won and Max, who enlisted at the same time, have been revealed.

In the photo revealed on the official website of Korea Army Training Center, Choi Si-won and Max look happy and manly. Max with his clear-cut face features and Choi Si-won, reminding of the image of the dissembling Ttol reporter from his recent drama, "She Was Pretty", made the fans seeing the photos happy...More

2015 MAMA Announces Yet Another Star-studded List of Performing Artists and Celebrity Presenters

Source | 2015/11/24 | | Permalink

- PSY, acclaimed for sweeping various global music charts and breaking Youtube records, is set to perform at 2015 MAMA
- Celebrity list includes Kong Hyo-jin, Lee Gwang-soo, Choo Ja-hyeon, Soo Hyeon, Han Chae-young, Lee Jeong-jae, Park Bo-yeung, Son Ho-joon, Yeo Jin-goo and more
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a list of artists and celebrities who will take part in 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), set to take place at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on December 2nd...More

[USA and Canada] Korean thriller "The Priests" opens in N. American Theaters Starting Thanksgiving Day

Source | 2015/11/23 | | Permalink

CJ Entertainment's latest thriller "The Priests" makes its North American debut beginning Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015 in Los Angeles and Dallas, followed by a wider release on December 4, 2015 in San Francisco, New Jersey, Honolulu, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and more...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] National Theater of Korea

2015/11/21 | | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyeon-I and Jeon Ji-hyeon stand atop the stairs of the National Theater of Korea in episode 21 of "My Love from the Star" and share a heartbreaking kiss just before he suddenly disappears. This "red carpet kiss" is one of the most famous drama kisses in recent history and it was filmed on the steps on the first national theater in Korea, a space dedicated to supporting Korean traditional arts and the arts in general. As the home of three national performance groups, the theater holds a lot of history even though it was established fairly recently in 1950...More

Son Heung-min Dating Ex-Girl Group Member

Source | 2015/11/21 | | Permalink

Son Heung-min (left) and Yoo So-yeong

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Son Heung-min has been papped on a date with Yoo So-yeong, an ex-member of girl group After School who has turned her hand to acting.

The candid shots were published by online gossip rag the Fact...More

2015 Mama To Run Nominees' Day & Night Programs

Source | 2015/11/17 | | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced that there will be a new program added to 2015 MAMA this year from November 28th to December 1st called, '2015 MAMA Nominees' Day & Night', through which it plans to provide a whole new experience for fans...More

Commercial Landlords Ride High on Airbnb

Source | 2015/11/15 | | Permalink

Airbnb is conquering Korea, but resistance remains to the flagship of what is being touted as the "sharing economy".

Since it got started in Korea nearly three years ago Airbnb has listed 11,000 lodging spaces, a 2.3-fold jump from last year.

More and more younger people are discovering a simple and convenient way of making money by letting their home through the site, in full or in part, year-round or while they are away on holiday or business...More

Blue Dragon Film Awards to hold free screening event of 21 nominated films until Nov. 20th including 'The Assassination'

Source | 2015/11/12 | | Permalink

The 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards will hold a free screening event playing the nominated films from November 12th to 20th in Hall Two of CGV Yeouido.

This event has been organized for movie fans to enjoy the nominated films for free prior to the main award ceremony. This is a special opportunity for the public to be able to enjoy the best Korean films in 2015 at one spot...More

[Video] Trailer and music video released for the Korean documentary 'For Your Youth'

Source | 2015/11/11 | | Permalink

Trailer and music video released for the upcoming Korean documentary "For Your Youth"...More

[Photos] Kim Soo-hyeon-I presents suit styles for cold weather

Source | 2015/11/10 | | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyeon-I's new winter fashion pictorial has been revealed.

Men's clothing brand ZIOZIA has revealed their winter 2015 pictorial starring their exclusive model Kim Soo-hyeon-I in Korea and China simultaneously...More

CJ E&M Reveals 3 New Awards Added to 2015 MAMA

Source | 2015/11/10 | | Permalink

Best Producer, Best Engineer, and Best Live Entertainment in Asia
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced that they will be adding three professional awards categories including Best Producer, Best Engineer, and Best Live Entertainment for 2015 MAMA. Winners will be chosen from those who have played important roles in contributing to the development of Asian pop culture over this past year...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/11/08 | | Permalink

Did you know North Korea has its own car company? The New York Times examines the life and death of those who can't afford either, pressure to change Korea's image-orientated hiring practices, and is South Korea's fashion too petite for the rest of the world?...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - Lucy Hair Salon

2015/11/07 | | Permalink

One thing I love about these diary pieces is that I can tell you, HanCinema readers, about my adventures in Korea and bring you along with me no matter how big or small my adventure may or may not have been. One thing I particularly loved about the Korea Joa 2015 program was that I not only met dedicated colleagues of Korean entertainment, but I also made friends. There is nothing quite like sharing good times with a good friend...More

2015 MAMA Sweepstakes Kicks Off with KCON and COM2US

Source | 2015/11/07 | | Permalink

One Lucky Fan Will Win A Trip To The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards

KCONUSA'S COM2US MAMA 2015 Sweepstakes has begun. One lucky fan will win two roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong on December 2nd  with their accommodation paid for by KCONUSA to attend The 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), the biggest K-Pop award show of the year. The winner and their guest will fly economy class on Asiana Airlines from the United States to Hong Kong on November 30, 2015 and return to the United States on December 3, 2015. In addition to winning a trip to Hong Kong, the winner and their guest will have the opportunity to see their favorite K-Pop stars...More

[New York] The 13th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Starts this Friday! ***Free Tickets (First-Come, First-Served)***

Source | 2015/11/05 | | Permalink

Starts this Friday!

The 13th Annual New York Korean Film Festival showcases the nation's cinema doing what it does best: the crime thriller, the romantic fantasy, and feverish erotica. The Peninsula's filmmakers bend genre cinema to a uniquely Korean pulse and purpose, making the countrys national film industry the most vibrant in East Asia...More

[Spoiler] 'Oh My Venus' new teaser shows So Si-sub and Sin Min-ah in bed together

Source | 2015/11/03 | | Permalink

KBS 2TV's new Monday & Tuesday drama, "Oh My Venus" starring So Ji-sub and Sin Min-ah has revealed exceptional bed scene teaser.

The second teaser released on KBS' official website is 29 second video. In the new teaser, So Ji-sub and Sin Min-ah present the shyly sexy and romantic bed scene while an ambient music plays. The scene creates curiosity about an unusual and provocative side of the drama...More

Upcoming Korean documentary "For Your Youth"

Source | 2015/10/31 | | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean documentary "For Your Youth"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Nominees For 2015 Mama Announced, Online Voting Begins

Source | 2015/10/31 | | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has announced a full list of nominees across 18 categories for the upcoming MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards), set to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong on December 2nd. The announcement was broadcast live on Mnet and through Naver's mobile application V at 6 p.m. (KST) on October 30th.

The nominees have been carefully selected from a pool of artists, who have had songs and albums released during the period from October 26th 2014 to October 29th 2015...More

Take a look at who made Choi Si-won smile brightly

Source | 2015/10/29 | | Permalink

On the official website of MBC's "She Was Pretty", a series of behind-the-scenes photos with a caption saying, 'Who made Sin-hyeok wear a big smile on his face?!" have been posted.

In the revealed photos, Choi Si-won is looking at somewhere while smiling brightly. The following photos show Jeong Joon-ha and Hwang Kwang-hee wearing the funny makeup for filming 'Infinite Challenges'...More

Park Shin-hye fascinates Paris

Source | 2015/10/22 | | Permalink

Fashion magazine Elle met the beautiful actress Park Shin-hye in the romantic city, Paris.

Park Shin-hye had the special meet with the local people in Saint-Ouen in Paris. Although the environment was not familiar, Park Shin-hye's amiable and friendly personality fascinated the Parisians she met...More

Han Ji-min stuns in her new lipstick pictorial

Source | 2015/10/22 | | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-min is a enthralling fall woman in her new pictorial for magazine Cosmopolitan.

The synonymous name for a pure and innocent image, actress Han Ji-min has presented the five fall makeup looks in her pictorial taken for magazine Cosmopolitan...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lover's Lane

2015/10/18 | | Permalink

Find out how to make spicy shredded squid from Beyond Kimchi, make sure your kimchi fried rice comes out right every time, Maangchi has some tips for K-food newbies, and forget the pancakes you used to know with Jinjoo...More

[USA] "Northern Limit Line" Blu-ray and DVD Giveaway

Source | 2015/10/17 | | Permalink

"Northern Limit Line" DVD and Blu-ray giveaway for US residents only...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Deep Trap"

2015/10/17 | | Permalink

So-yeon (played by Kim Min-kyeong-III) has recently suffered through a miscarriage. She grieves in her own way, as does her husband Joon-sik (played by Jo Han-seon). So-yeong comes up with an idea to try and make the pain more bearable- a trip to a nice island villa with a view of the beach. There they meet the owners Seong-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) and Min-hee (played by Ji An). Seong-cheol appears to enjoy off-color jokes, and Min-hee suffers in silence. But are they really jokes, or is Seong-cheol...possibly evil..?...More

Senior Film Festival to Screen More Than 40 Shorts

Source | 2015/10/16 | | Permalink

The Seoul Senior Film Festival will open its three-day run on Wednesday next week, featuring 41 short films...More

So I-hyeon's pregnant pictures

Source | 2015/10/12 | | Permalink

Actress So I-hyeon took pictures of her pregnant self.

She participated in the 'Moms are women too' campaign run by skin care brand Biotherm...More

Violent Crime Increasingly Happens Anywhere

Source | 2015/10/10 | | Permalink

A woman sits on roadside late at night in Jongno in downtown Seoul on Sept. 23, 2015.

Violent crimes against women occur in such a wide variety of locations that it is becoming impossible to call anywhere safe.

The Chosun Ilbo analyzed cases of murder, robbery, rape and abduction from 2013 and found that 45.3 percent of murders and 21.7 percent of rapes occurred in homes, and 18.8 percent of murders and 16.6 percent of rapes in the streets. With robberies more than three out of 10 occurred on the streets...More

8th Korea Drama Awards 2015 Nominees

Source | 2015/10/08 | | Permalink

8th Korea Drama Awards 2015 nominees list...More

Taeyeon of Girls' Generation Releases Solo Album

Source | 2015/10/08 | | Permalink

Taeyeon of Girls' Generation unveiled songs on her first solo mini-album on major music-streaming websites on Tuesday at midnight and garnered tons of clicks overnight as soon as its release.

She will make the rounds on music shows starting Thursday and will hold concerts from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25 and between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/10/04 | | Permalink

Korea's only specialised documentary project market, Docs Port, kicks off later this month; check out BIFF's official page to find out what's happening at Korea's biggest film festival; KOBIZ recaps the Hollywood blockbusters that made bank over the summer; and Hangul Celluloid shares their experience of the 'Korea Joa Project'....More

Busan Film Festival Opens with Indian Movie

Source | 2015/10/03 | | Permalink

The annual Busan International Film Festival kicked off its 10-day run in the southern port city on Thursday.

Actor Song Kang-ho and Afghan actress Marina Golbahari hosted the opening ceremony, during which Studio Ghibli received the Asian Filmmaker of the Year award...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] KOFICE Welcoming Banquet

2015/10/01 | | Permalink

HanCinema has begun its Korea Joa journey! KOFICE - The Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange - brought fifteen Korean culture-focused websites together to the Ritz Carlton Hotel of Seoul to commence the first year of Korea Joa, a program geared towards sharing Korean culture through its entertainment and the journalists' personal experience of Korea itself. September 30th was the orientation banquet where the journalists met with the KOFICE director general and staff, and with one another...More

[HanCinma's Digest] Culture Corner

2015/09/27 | | Permalink

Korean beauty trends via online videos are becoming more popular, 10 Magazine showcases 10 over-the-top gift sets for Chuseok, Eat Your Kimchi reflect on suicide in Korea, and how good is your K-slang?...More

Busan Film Fest to Mark 20th Year with Top 100 Asian Films

Source | 2015/09/25 | | Permalink

More than 300 films from 75 countries will be screened during the annual Busan International Film Festival, which starts its 10-day run on Oct. 1 in the southern port city.

The Indian film "Zubaan", directed by Mozez Singh, will open this year's festival. The film is about a young man's search for his true self. Closing the festival will be the Chinese melodrama "Mountain Cry", directed by Larry Yang. Set in a remote village, the film revolves around a young villager and a widow who fall in love...More

Ha Ji-won stuns in sizzling red dress

Source | 2015/09/21 | | Permalink

Actress Ha Ji-won turned into a goddess in Hawaii.

On September 21st, fashion magazine 'Cosmopolitan' has unveiled a pictorial starring Ha Ji-won...More

[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Culture Coverage Project

2015/09/19 | | Permalink

What is Korea Joa?

We have been looking forward to sharing this with our readers for months and the time is finally here. HanCinema has been invited by KOFICE (Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange) to attend ten days of events covering Korean culture and entertainment, including Korean cinema, Kdrama and Kpop. The project, named 'Korea Joa', includes 15 members from 9 nations. The events will take place mainly in Seoul and Busan, where we can also follow the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). Members of the 'Korea Joa' project will be creating content for their respective sites and we will also be collaborating to promote one another's content through social media, giving you a fuller experience...More

Taeyeon of Girls' Generation to Hold 1st Solo Show

Source | 2015/09/19 | | Permalink

Taeyeonof girl group Girls' Generation will stage her first solo concert next month in Seoul. She will hold six shows from Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at COEX in Samseong-dong.

It will also be the second in a series of concerts staged by SM Entertainment featuring artists on its roster...More

Park Si-hoo runs Internet travel agency

Source | 2015/09/14 | | Permalink

Actor Park Si-hoo is running an Internet travel site called PSH Tour. The website is currently gathering tour requests for the Kimje Jipyeongseon Festival from the 7th of October to the 11th. In April this year, the website held a birthday party tour for his fans.

What's unusual about this website is that, not only is it making it convenient for foreign fans to participate in his own events, he's linking them to domestic festivals as well. This is only possible due to Park Si-hoo's reputation abroad...More

Son Heung-min Ready to Don Tottenham Jersey

Source | 2015/09/13 | | Permalink

Son Heung-min, who recently transferred to Tottenham Hotspur, is set to make his English Premier League debut this weekend.

The London side announced on its website Wednesday that Son had been granted a work permit to play in England, finalizing the paperwork for his transfer from Bayer Leverkusen. Son is expected to play against Sunderland on Sunday...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "With or Without You"

2015/09/12 | | Permalink

Several decades ago Maggi lost both of her sons to unforeseen incidents, leaving behind only three daughters. In traditional Confucian culture this is a big deal- children and especially sons are supposed to care for you in old age. So Maggi dealt with this problem by buying Chunhee, a mentally deficient woman, to serve as her husband's temporary concubine. Now, in the present day, long after Maggi's husband has died, "With or Without You" chronicles the irony of their continued living arrangement...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Try to Remember - Documentary"

2015/09/12 | | Permalink

Being an American in my late twenties I have an appreciation (well, disgust is probably the better word) for the extent to which empty pop culture references pass for communication. And yet for all that, while I've heard the name Ed Sullivan, I never knew what Ed Sullivan actually looked like until I saw "Try to Remember - Documentary". There was this huge pop culture phenomenon regarding what I can best describe as lounge music, and today we don't even have a good word to describe what that genre of music even was. What does this have to do with Korea? Well, "Try to Remember - Documentary" is the story of the Kim Sisters- who became the first Korean girl group to break into international popularity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Danser avec Montaigne"

2015/09/12 | | Permalink

Director Lee Eun-ji-I came out of film school in her thirties at a bit of a loss as to what to do with her life. She ultimately ended up deciding that the best way to move forward, for the moment anyway, was to accompany her mother on a trip to France. Lee Eun-ji-I's mother, a professor who also does translation work, had been commissioned to produce a new translation of the works of Michel de Montaigne. And so it seemed that Michel de Montaigne, one of the world's most famous and influential philosophers, would help Lee Eun-ji-I figure out what she wanted to do with herself...More

Actress Han Seong-yeon looks fresh and youthful in school uniform pictorial with EXO members, Chen and D.O.

Source | 2015/09/08 | | Permalink

Actress Han Seong-yeon showed off the fabulous chemistry with EXO members, Chen and Do Kyeong-soo, while they are all dressed up in school uniforms.

On September 8th, Han Seong-yeon's agency said, "The school uniform brand, IVY Club has released a commercial cut through their official website, featuring their model Han Seong-yeon and the EXO members....More

[HanCinema's Industry Interview] 10 Questions for Actor Kahlid Elijah Tapia

2015/09/05 | | Permalink

HanCinema recently met up with actor Kahlid Elijah Tapia to find out about his experience working in South Korea's television and film industry.

You came to South Korea back in 2009 to teach English. What was it about the country and culture that inspired you to explore its film and television industry?

This is a funny one actually because it wasn't the country or the culture. I was living in Florida taking acting classes before I came to Korea and I actually was just wanting to live in this country for one year and go home. A fellow actress and now close friend recommended that I put my headshot and resume on Craigslist. I thought to myself, "For what?" "This is Korea, I can't get anything done here". But I did it and 28 credits on IMDb later, I'm still here. What I learned after posting my information is that I can be an actor anywhere. Especially in this internet driven age...More

Actor Ahn Yong-joon, singer Venny, younger man older woman couple by 9 years, to tie the knot in September

Source | 2015/08/26 | | Permalink

Actor Ahn Yong-joon and his lover, singer Venny, who is 9 years older than him, will tie the knot soon.

On August 26th, Ahn Yong-joon's agency has announced in a press release, "Ahn Yong-joon and Venny will tie the knot on September 19th at Ramada Seoul Hotel. Any further specific details have not been decided yet"...More

Most Part-Time Workers Suffer Abuse at Work

Source | 2015/08/22 | | Permalink

Young people who are making ends meet doing part-time jobs commonly suffer abuse at work, a straw poll suggests.

Job portal website Albamon polled 612 part-time workers and found that seven out of 10 suffered abuse at work. Part-time workers are people who are employed for less than one-year contracts, including temps...More

Lee Min-ho shows off tough manly appeal on Elle magazine

Source | 2015/08/17 | | Permalink

Fashion magazine Elle has unveiled their cover page featuring Lee Min-ho and his interview for 2015 September issue.

Elle Korea's exclusive cover page is drawing attention with Lee Min-ho's image set in the desert of LA in the background. Two more intense pictorial images featuring Lee Min-ho's strong and sexy appeals also have been unveiled...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - Live Shock"

2015/08/14 | | Permalink

Eun-beom (played by Baek Seong-hyeon) manages a part-time job search website. He has to take care of his little sister Eun-byeol (played by Kim Ji-yeong-III), but other than that life is mostly unremarkable. Matters take a turn for the dramatic when on a live debate show Seong-woo (played by Jang Se-hyeon) takes the entire production hostage. And from there the story takes an even more bizarre and outlandish turn. What could possibly be more extreme than a deranged hostage negotiation? Well...I don't want to ruin it...More

[North America] Well Go USA Presents "Beauty Inside" - In Theaters September 11th!

Source | 2015/08/14 | | Permalink

Well Go USA Presents "Beauty Inside" - In Theaters September 11th!...More

Korean drama starting today 2015/08/14 in Korea

Source | 2015/08/14 | | Permalink

Korean drama starting today 2015/08/14 in Korea "Drama Special - Live Shock"...More

[North America] Well Go USA Presents "Memories of the Sword"

Source | 2015/08/12 | | Permalink

Well Go USA Presents "Memories of the Sword" in theaters August 28th!...More

Global Documentaries Set for Screening at EBS Festival

Source | 2015/08/08 | | Permalink

The annual EBS International Documentary Festival will be held in Seoul from Aug. 24 to 30. In its 12th year, the festival will feature 52 documentaries from 32 countries.

"Good Things Await", the opening film, tells the story of Danish farmer Niels Stokholm whose biodynamic farming methods aren't widely accepted in the European Union...More

Park Bo-yeong, Jo Jeong-seok's 'Oh My Ghostess' sold to eight countries before completion

Source | 2015/08/06 | | Permalink

Park Bo-yeong, Jo Jeong-seok's ghostly romance, 'Oh My Ghostess' has been drawing heated attention domestically and globally.

While the drama is still running, it has already been sold to eight different countries. Putting aside the high viewership rating, it has been receiving explosive reaction on VOD as well...More

So Ji-sub to release a summer song, 'Fizzy Hip Hop'

Source | 2015/08/06 | | Permalink

Rapper So Ji-sub will release a summer song.

So Ji-sub will unveil his new song, 'Cola Bottle Baby' at noon on August 10th through major music source websites. With his sparkling 'Fizzy hip hop', he will captivate the ears of music listeners...More

Voice-Changing Procedure a Hit in Gangnam Clinics

Source | 2015/08/02 | | Permalink

A growing number of young people are heading to ear, nose and throat surgery clinics in Gangnam to undergo surgery to change their voices.

Some are aspiring singers in their teens who want to be on reality TV show, while others are college students or jobseekers who want to work as TV presenters or flight attendants...More

Jecheon to Host Int'l Music Film Fest in August

Source | 2015/08/02 | | Permalink

This year's Jecheon International Music and Film Festival takes place in the North Chungcheong Province city from Aug. 13 to 18, featuring 101 films about music from 25 countries.

"Try to Remember" by Korean director Kim Dae-hyeon opens the festival. The documentary is about the Kim Sisters, the nation's first girl band who were active half a century ago...More

[Photos] Wonder Girls Unveil Teaser for New Album

Source | 2015/07/30 | | Permalink

K-pop girl group Wonder Girls unveiled a teaser on Monday for their third full-length album "Reboot".

The image was posted on their official website and JYP Entertainment's Facebook and Twitter accounts...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 29

2015/07/25 | | Permalink

Jin-han (played by Choi Jong-hwan) is the long-lost eldest brother of the Choi family, and the not-exactly-husband of Eun-soo. He's gotten amnesia and now lives a humble existence selling street food with his wife. Strictly speaking "Make a Woman Cry" hasn't actually confirmed that this person is Jin-han, but he's currently listed as such on MBC's official website. And besides, given how much of the conflict lately has been about Jin-han, it would be pretty ridiculous if the snack guy wasn't actually Jin-han after all...More

1 Million Cyber Attacks Target Korea Per Day

Source | 2015/07/25 | | Permalink

Intelligence officials look at screens at the National Cyber Security Center in Seoul.

The number of cyber attacks against South Korea has surged after it was confirmed that North Korean hackers obtained leaked data from a top Italian hacking software company.

According to intelligence officials, a total of 17,000 cyber attacks were aimed at major websites operated by the government and other agencies as of 8 a.m. Thursday. At 9 a.m., the frequency surged to 35,000, and a total of 1 million took place over the whole day, averaging at around 41,000 per hour...More

[North America] "The Assassination" - In Theaters August 7th!

Source | 2015/07/21 | | Permalink

Well Go USA Presents "The Assassination" in North America on August 7th...More

[Australia] Korean Cultural Centre: 2015 Session 2 MQ Free Korean Language Class

Source | 2015/07/20 | | Permalink

2015 Session 2 Free Korean Language Classes are back on Macquarie Campus on the 10th of August for 14 Weeks!!!!!!

Registration line will open on 27th of July, 10:00 AM (sharp), so don't miss out this time! Online application is on the KCC Official Website . Please be advised that any applications applied BEFORE the due date and time will be invalid...More

A Pink Release New Album

Source | 2015/07/19 | | Permalink

Girl group A Pink showcased their second full-length album in a live performance at Kyunghee University in Seoul on Thursday.

The group's six members, who have tried to set themselves apart from other "sexy" girl groups, said they had made a great effort to broaden their musical horizons on the new album...More

KCON 2015 USA Presents Latest Trends in Korean Beauty

Source | 2015/07/17 | | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M says that KCON 2015 USA will be an attractive site for K-beauty lovers, as the event is endorsed and joined by a large group of people from the beauty industry, ranging from small startups and individual YouTubers to cosmetics company sponsors.
"We are confident that KCON 2015 USA will be a good business opportunity for Korean beauty companies trying to find ways to expand their business overseas. Also, it will be a big K-beauty extravaganza for the visitors who want to catch the latest trends in K-Beauty", says Hyun-Soo Kim, head of Global Festival Business at CJ E&M, who is in charge of organizing KCON 2015 USA...More

Goo Ha-ra to Make Solo Debut

Source | 2015/07/11 | | Permalink

Goo Ha-ra of girl band Kara will make her solo debut next week.

"The songs of her first mini album will be released to major music-streaming websites on July 14", her management agency DSP Media said on Monday...More

Bucheon film festival to present world of love, fantasy, adventures

Source | 2015/07/11 | | Permalink

Movies of fantastic features including fears, grotesqueness, suspense and action, which fans cannot experience in real world, are coming in droves.

The 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Movie Festival (BiFan), which will take place on July 16 July 26, will showcase 235 movies under the theme Love, Fantasy and Adventure from 45 countries. The opening film is the French movie Moonwalkers (director Antoine Bardou-Jacquet) and the closing work will be "The Chosen: Forbidden Cave" by Kim Hwi...More

[North America] "Northern Limit Line" - In Theaters July 17th!

Source | 2015/07/08 | | Permalink

Well Go USA Presents "Northern Limit Line"

Kim Moo-yeol , Jin Goo , Lee Hyun-woo
Directed by Kim Hak-soon
Release date: July 17TH, 2015 (WELL GO USA)
New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Hawaii, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, New Jersey, Toronto, Vancouver...More

[Guest Post] Celebrating Family Outing Part 1 - The Cast

Source | 2015/07/05 | | Permalink

Seven years ago, an ambitious reality show called Family Outing appeared on Korean TV. Hosted by "The Nation's MC" Yoo Jae-seok (most may know him only as the guy with the bowl cut in PSY's recent videos), this variety show took outdoor reality to a level that is still trying to be reached. The show ran for nearly 2 years on SBS's 'Good Sunday' and had many of the same cast and crew members from the game show X-Man. What this show offered was more than just silly games and jokes, it was a travelogue of Korean villages and offered a glimpse into the Confucian-based society unheard of in America...More

Girls' Generation to 'Party' Back into the Spotlight

Source | 2015/07/02 | | Permalink

Girls' Generation will be back on stage with the release of a new single and music videos this weekend.

The single "Party" is set to be unveiled on major music-streaming websites on July 7 and will also be available at local stores the following day...More

'Scholar Who Walks the Night' actress speaks about her reality show and drama

Source | 2015/06/25 | | Permalink

Fashion magazine Elle had an interview with Kim So-eun, who has recently completed MBC's 'We Got Married', in which she co-starred with Song Jae-rim, and is getting ready for her new drama, 'Scholar Who Walks the Night'.

Kim So-eun, who has been loved much for the lovely chemistry between her and Song Jae-rim, first talked about the reality variety show. She said, "I have so many memories from the last 9 months. I felt so emotional when I thought I had to leave the people whom I had met on the set". She explained why she shed her tears in the last episode. She also said it was a good opportunity for her to share her truthful heart with the public...More

KCON 2015 USA Completes Lineup of Performing K-pop Artists

Source | 2015/06/23 | | Permalink

Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M has completed the list of K-pop artists who will be performing at KCON 2015 USA (see below for the full list). Besides the K-pop artists, a number of celebrity guests are expected to join, and their names will soon be announced...More

Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin's wedding pictorial photoshoot scheduled today, with the wedding date to be decided later

Source | 2015/06/22 | | Permalink

The agency for Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin couple opened up on the rumor about their wedding ceremony close at hand.

On June 22n, the agency told Sports Today on the phone, "Today (22nd), Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin had a wedding photoshoot, accompanied by writer Hong Jang-hyeon" and "Bridemaids Wang Ji-hye, Kim Seong-eun, and Lee Yeon-doo and groomsmen participated in the photoshoot...More

Businesses Struggle Amid MERS Scare

Source | 2015/06/21 | | Permalink

The main street in the shopping district of Myeong-dong, Seoul is empty amid fears of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome on Wednesday. /Newsis

The outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which began with the first confirmed case on May 20, has caused many businesses and workers to struggle to make ends meet...More

What is the relationship between Lee Min-ho and Park Bo-yeong, take a look at their couple like photo from past

Source | 2015/06/05 | | Permalink

After ZE:A - Children of Empire member Hyung Sik mentioned about actor Lee Min-ho during the press conference of SBS' "High Society" on June 3rd, one of Lee Min-ho's photos from the past is being spotlighted again.

An online community has posted the four selfies that Lee Min-ho took with actress Park Bo-yeong in the past...More

Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers & Noel Gallagher to Descend on Korea for 'Ansan M Valley Rock Festival'

Source | 2015/05/24 | | Permalink

CJ E&M's Must-see Event Will Take Place on July 24-26 in Ansan, Korea
Award-winning rock bands and artists, such as Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers, Noel Gallagher, Motorhead and Deadmau5, will excite tens of thousands of fans this summer at the popular Ansan M Valley Rock Festival, organized by Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M...More

Upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"

Source | 2015/05/22 | | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean movie "The Lightning Man's Secret"'s page to HanCinema database...More

The Most Popular Award: Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-hye, Do Kyeong-soo and Krystal in the lead

Source | 2015/05/21 | | Permalink

The battle of the PaekSang Arts Awards (PAA) LF Most Popular Award is intense.

According to statistics at the PAA, Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye are currently up in the charts with a total of 55.56% and 84.02% votes, respectively. Park Yoo-chun, Chanyeol are currently placed in second after Lee Min-ho, with 40.70% and 3.10%, while Kim So-eun and Choi Seol-ri (Sulli) come in after Park Shin-hye with 6.81% and 4.87%...More

Bae Yong-joon and his fiance Park Soo-jin show off their love on SNS

Source | 2015/05/20 | | Permalink

Bae Yong-joon's fiancé Park Soo-jin posted her handwritten letter on her personal Instagram on May 20th.

The letter said "I've been thinking hard because I didn't know how to start my words. So here I am finally" and "Thank you so much for your congratulations and support despite the sudden revelation of the news"...More

Song Hye-kyo reveals her inner emotion, "I'm getting more tears... I feel like I'm becoming like a child"

Source | 2015/05/19 | | Permalink

Fashion magazine Elle June issue revealed actress Song Hye-kyo's recent interview and pictorial. She is currently getting ready for filming KBS 2TV's new drama, 'Descendants of the Sun' starting in June.

Song Hye-kyo will play Kang Mo-yeon, who is a military medical doctor dispatched internationally. She said, "It's a cheerful role that I took on first time in a while in Korea. It's like an adult version of 'Full House" while she revealed her anticipation on the new project...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/05/16 | | Permalink

What Korea films are on at Cannes this year? Chris Horn reviews the heartbreaking "Taegukgi" for Modern Korean Cinema, actor Cha Seung-won to play famous geographer in Kang Woo-seok's first period film, and be sure to visit Korean film critic and journalist Darcy Paquet's website for quality news and reviews...More

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : Most Popular Actress in a Drama Nominees List

Source | 2015/05/15 | | Permalink

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : most popular actress in a drama nominees list...More

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : Most Popular Actor in a Drama Nominees List

Source | 2015/05/15 | | Permalink

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : most popular actor in a drama nominees list...More

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : Most Popular Actress in a Movie Nominees List

Source | 2015/05/15 | | Permalink

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : most popular actress in a movie nominees list...More

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : Most Popular Actor in a Movie Nominees List

Source | 2015/05/15 | | Permalink

2015 51st PaekSang Arts Awards : most popular actor in a movie nominees list...More

Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin post with same emoticon "~^^" on SNS

Source | 2015/05/14 | | Permalink

While Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin have announced they are getting married through their agency's official website on May 14th, the SNS posting by the two are drawing public attention.

In the morning on the day their relationship was announced, the two posted each one's selfie with the big bright smiles on their personal Instagram...More

Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Nam-gil's 'The Shameless' unveils artistic still images

Source | 2015/05/12 | | Permalink

Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Nam-gil's "The Shameless" will hold a special photo exhibition.

As one of the official selections invited to the sidebar "Un Certain Regard" competition of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, "The Shameless" has been garnering attention.

"The Shameless" now will hold a special photo exhibition from May 12th to June 7th at several movie theaters including CGV Yongsang, CGV Yeongdeongpo, and Busan cgv centum city...More

'The Queen's Flower' actor Yoon Park shares lazy afternoon style, explosively charming

Source | 2015/05/07 | | Permalink

Actor Yoon Park's pictorial has been revealed.

Yoon Park has had a pictorial session and an interview with KWAVE, a Hallyu magazine recently...More

'Angry Mom' actor Ji Soo brings over coffee truck to filming set

Source | 2015/05/06 | | Permalink

"Angry Mom"s top issue maker, Ji Soo brought a coffee truck as a gift to the set.

Ji Soo successfully earned the viewers' hearts for his role in "Angry Mom", presenting his versatile ever-changing appeals. He has become a public topic with every episode of the drama by putting his name along his character name Go Bok-dong within the top range of the search word ranking on portal websites...More

Luxury Hotels Struggle as Japanese Stay Away

Source | 2015/05/03 | | Permalink

Luxury hotels here are struggling as profits dwindle amid a marked decline in high-rolling Japanese customers.

Lotte Hotel, the biggest hotel chain in Korea, saw operating profit fall by half last year to W24.3 billion (US$1=W1,071). Hotel Shilla, a favorite choice of visiting foreign dignitaries and heads of state, posted an operating loss of W20.6 billion last year...More

Myung Films Institute welcomes talented students for movie making

Source | 2015/05/02 | | Permalink

Myung Films Art Center and Myung Films Institute opened on April 30 at the Myung Films HQ building in Paju City of Gyeonggi Province, which are spaces designated for complex video art and culture with a medium of movie. Myung Films, a Korean film production that marks the 20th anniversary of its foundation this year, provides various entertainment to the public under the motto of Movie City in the Paju Book City...More

Lee Min-ho and Guess work together for endangered animal protection campaign

Source | 2015/04/30 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho will participate in the campaign to protect endangered animals.

On April 30th, his agency Starhous Entertainment has said Lee Min-ho will participated in the endangered animal protection campaign collaborated with the jeans casual brand, Guess...More

IU and Lee Hyun-woo look adorable together in summer fashion pictorial

Source | 2015/04/29 | | Permalink

Romantic casual fashion brand Union Bay revealed BTS images featuring IU and Lee Hyun-woo from the set to film their 2015 summer commercial.

In the revealed images, Lee Hyun-woo and IU, who are dressed up each in a cool sky-blue colored linen shirt and a casual shirt, look focused on taking the pictorial...More

'Producers' character teaser trailers: Kim Soo-hyeon-I's perfect transformation into clumsy rookie producer

Source | 2015/04/29 | | Permalink

"Producers" Kim Soo-hyeon-I has been transformed into the clumsy rookie producer, Baek Seung-chan successfully.

In the afternoon on April 28th, KBS' new weekend drama, "Producers" wrote on their official website, "We are releasing teaser trailers per character" and posted the four video clips featuring Cha Tae-hyeon, Kong Hyo-jin, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, and IU...More

'The Girl Who Sees Smells' Park Yoo-chun's global popularity

Source | 2015/04/29 | | Permalink

'The Girl Who Sees Smells' Park Yoo-chun has been receiving gifts from his global fans from the many countries around the world.

Park Yoo-chun earned the heart of global fans for his role in SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, 'The Girl Who Sees Smells'...More

Tiger JK takes part in "Who Are You - School 2015" OST

Source | 2015/04/26 | | Permalink

Tiger JK is participating in the making of "Who Are You - School 2015" OST.

"Reset" is being released in music websites on the 27th...More

Suzy and Yoo Yeon-seok make Lee Min-ho jealous

Source | 2015/04/23 | | Permalink

Bean Pole Accessories displayed models Suzy and Yoo Yeon-seok in its Summer Collection.

This is Yoo Yeon-seok's first time with Suzy and Bean Pole. They have met before in two dramas and worked well as a team...More

Feast your eyes: Actor Ji Chang-wook's Bali pictorial has unveiled finally

Source | 2015/04/23 | | Permalink

Actor Ji Chang-wook's Bali pictorial has been revealed.

"Healer" actor Ji Chang-wook proved his acting ability as well as his ability to earn public fame and has emerged as one of the top stars...More

TNGT along with with Lee Min-ho launches gift-giving promotional event

Source | 2015/04/23 | | Permalink

On April 23rd, men's total lifestyle brand, TNGT by LF (CEO: Goo Bongeol, has announced they will launch the promotion event with Lee Min-ho, 'The Tomorrow Man, Min-ho's Gift'.

Starting April 24th, TNGT stores nationwide will present a gift package, 'Min-ho's Gift' to their customers on first-come, first-served basis. 'Min-ho's Gift' includes an eco-friendly bag, a bracelet and 2015 S/S catalogue starring Lee Min-ho...More

'Orange Marmalade' The first teaser trailer records 1 million click counts

Source | 2015/04/22 | | Permalink

'Orange Marmalade' is seeing some good signs to become a big hit. KBS 2TV's new Friday miniseries, 'Orange Marmalade' has been attracting the heated attention with its star-studded cast including Yeo Jin-goo, Seolhyun, and Lee Jong-hyun. Since the preview traile...More

[Photos] Han Ye-seul's pictorial from Paris

Source | 2015/04/22 | | Permalink

Actress Han Ye-seul has revealed her pictorial taken in the set of night in Paris.

Fashion magazine Singles has released Han Ye-seul's pictorial for Decke. In the Pictorial, Han Ye-seul showcased various styles from a blue dress to two-piece set. She also matched the signature bags by Decke to each of her styles in the pictorial...More

'Producers' Cha Tae-hyeon thought Kim Soo-hyeon-I would reject the offer 100% for sure

Source | 2015/04/21 | | Permalink

On April 21st, the production team of KBS 2TV "Producers" revealed a video clip on their official website.

The revealed video showed the two leading actors Cha Tae-hyeon and Kim Kim Soo-hyeon-I having a meeting prior to the main filming begins...More

Fans Help JYJ Member Break TV Boycott

Source | 2015/04/18 | | Permalink

Over 200 smitten teenage girls and young women congregated at EBS headquarters in Dogok-dong in southern Seoul on Monday to see JYJ's Kim Jun-su on stage.

He was performing on EBS' music show. It was a rare exception to the usual indie lineup, made possible by the persistence of JYJ fans. Since Kim released a solo album in March, fans kept writing requests on the EBS' website to have him on the show...More

Baby Boomers Move into Online Commerce

Source | 2015/04/12 | | Permalink

Many older people are joining the online sales market dominated by 20- and 30-somethings as e-commerce has grown markedly and become much easier to handle.

People over 50 accounted for a mere 18 percent of the startup sellers on shopping website in 2012. But their proportion jumped to 24 percent in 2013 and 39 percent in 2014, more than doubling in two years...More

Live streaming of actor Lee Jong-suk's Shanghai fan meeting draws 800,000 simutaneously

Source | 2015/03/30 | | Permalink

The new generation Hallyu star, actor Lee Jong-suk's popularity is heating up globally.

People are buzzing about his live streamed fan meeting, '2015 Asia Tour in Shanghai', which was held on March 28th. The simultaneous online traffic recorded 800,000 people...More

[Photos] Lee Seong-kyeong's extreme appeal

Source | 2015/03/19 | | Permalink

Model and actress Lee Seong-kyeong who is currently starring in the MBC drama "The Queen's Flower", modeled for fashion magazine Vogue.

She displayed ADIDAS Stella Sportswear which included jackets, shorts, sneakers, and everything from gym wear to street wear...More

The 'Kim Jae-joong Farewell Tour'

Source | 2015/03/17 | | Permalink

JYJ member Kim Jae-joong has a headache.

According to sources, various local travel agencies have been selling illegal 'Kim Jae-joong Farewell Tour' packages to fans which takes place during March 30th to April 1st. The package includes going to see the artist entering base on the 31st of March and visiting a few of his relevant places...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lover's Lane

2015/03/14 | | Permalink

Spicy Dandelion Salad, Asia's Top Restaurants Revealed, and Zen Kimchi's latest "Seoul Restaurant Expat Guide" has your taste buds covered for 2015...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema and Entertainment

2015/03/07 | | Permalink

Korean Cinema Today...

The latest two episodes of KOFIC's bimonthly podcast features Simon McEnteggart (founder of Hanguk Yeonghwa: "The Home of Korean Cinema") as he joins Pierce Conran and June Kim in studio to chat about Korea's indie cinema circuit, and then again about the blockbusters Korean cinephiles can get excited about this year...More

Byeon Yo-han reveals rebellious side in pictorial

Source | 2015/03/05 | | Permalink

Byeon Yo-han's rebellious image went on the cover page of magazine 1st Look 85th issue. His charismatic eyes and masculine beauty get your heart pumping.

Byeon Yo-han's mischievous and rebellious facial expressions appeared on the magazine's cover page. The pictorial was a collaboration with a watch brand, Swatch...More

China to Lift Ban on Kimchi Imports from Korea

Source | 2015/03/01 | | Permalink

China is expected to lift a ban on kimchi imports from Korea later this year.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on Thursday said China's National Health and Family Planning Commission announced on its website on Feb. 11 plans to ease regulations on the permitted level of coliform bacteria so kimchi imports can resume...More

Jang Nara delivers self-made present to fans of 14 years

Source | 2015/02/25 | | Permalink


 Actress Jang Nara showed her special appreciation to her fans.

On her official website, a 'live time comment' event was held on the 8th. Jang Nara commented on her fans' posts in live time in celebration of the New Year. This allowed for communication with her fans...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Han Gong-ju" @ 24fps

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" @ 24fps...

There are so many films flashing furiously past our eyes nowadays that it's hard to remember some of the devilish details, moments, and ideas from our favourite features. Add to that all the music videos, T.V. series, news broadcasts, digital advertisements, YouTube playlists and gaming, and it might well start to feel like there's an insurmountable backlog of compelling content, and you'd be right (sooner or later). Our lifetime is slowly being replaced by digital dream streams that if we were to watch all the classics, the critically acclaimed, personal recommendations and cultural must-sees, our lives would no longer have a convincing anchor in reality, and screen-time would be our only time...More

Lee Jong-suk, what's next?

Source | 2015/02/12 | | Permalink


 Everyone wants to know what's next.

Lee Jong-suk has continuously made a big hit in all the dramas he appeared in, such as "I Hear Your Voice", "Pinocchio", "Doctor Stranger" and "School 2013". He's been the certified check in the drama market which was suffering from an undertone...More

Lee Min-ho to model for TNGT

Source | 2015/02/12 | | Permalink

 Total lifestyle brand TNGT appointed Lee Min-ho as their official model.

The brand released pictures of the actor in 'Real City Life'. The concept of the look is a sophisticated one where Lee Min-ho is wearing a blue jacket with matching jeans...More

CJ E&M's Hit Romantic Comedy 'Emergency Couple' Sweeps the 3rd Dramafever Awards

2015/02/10 | | Permalink

"Emergency Couple" took home three awards including Best Korean Drama, Best Actress and the Boldest Moment Presented by Toyota
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M is proud to announce that its hit romantic comedy drama "Emergency Couple" won three awards – Best Drama, Best Actress (Song Ji-hyo) and the Boldest Moment Presented by Toyota (wedding scene in the 1st episode)–at the 3rd DramaFever Awards, which took place at Hudson Theatre, Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York on February 5, 2015...More

"Hyde" original writer plagiarizes "Kill Me"

Source | 2015/02/09 | | Permalink

 It turns out Lee Chung-ho, the writer of "Hyde, Jekyll and I" has been using "Kill Me, Heal Me" as a means of promotion.

A book promotion came up on a famous bookstore website titled, "Kill Me, Heal Me, Hyde Jekyll and I but...Jekyll is Hyde"...More

Actor Lee Min-ho's concert is coming to Hong Kong in March

Source | 2015/02/05 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho will meet his fans through a concert in Hong Kong this March.

According to Starhouse Entertainment on February 5th, Lee Min-ho will join his fans in Lee Min-ho LIVE IN HONGKONG 2015, which will take a place in AsiaWorld-Expo arena in Hong Kong on March 21st...More

Actor Rain spotted in Samcheon-dong in the middle of filming Chinese movie 'Diamond Lover'

Source | 2015/02/04 | | Permalink

Chinese film, 'Diamond Lover' starring Rain is being filmed in Seoul.

According to a media source, Rain is filming the movie along with other actors in Seoul. The female lead, Tang Yan is staying in Seoul as well to participate in the shooting...More

[Photos] Oh Yeon-seo reveals volume by lying on her side

Source | 2015/01/20 | | Permalink

Actress Oh Yeon-seo's beauty collection is in fashion magazine 'Cosmopolitan'.

Oh Yeon-seo is wearing bronze make-up that makes her look like a doll with long wavy hair down her sides. She's wearing a white dress that makes her look like a goddess and a tube top dress with frills and more...More

'Ansan M Valley Rock Festival' Returns July 24-26

2015/01/19 | | Permalink

CJ E&M to Promote the Must-see Summer Event Globally, Using Its Music Brand M
Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M announces that it has renamed its premier annual rock festival as Ansan M Valley Rock Festival, and that the event will be held in Ansan, a city located south of Seoul, from July 24-26...More

Actress Kang So-ra, her endless charm between boyish and feminine

Source | 2015/01/16 | | Permalink

Actress Kang So-ra is attracting attention with her office look that reminds of Ahn Yeong-I of "Incomplete Life".

On January 16th, the magazine Cosmopolitan released Kang So-ra's photos taken for its February issue...More

'Ode to My Father' Set to Pull 10 Million Viewers

Source | 2015/01/13 | | Permalink

The melodrama "Ode to My Father" is set to become the 14th film ever to draw 10 million viewers here on Tuesday.

The first film to achieve the mark in Korean cinema was the 2003 blockbuster "Silmido"...More

'Healer' Eight different faces of Ji Chang-wook, sexy or cute

Source | 2015/01/12 | | Permalink

The collection of Actor Ji Chang-wook's eight different facial expressions is drawing attention.

Ji Chang-wook (Seo Jeong-hoo) from KBS 2TV drama, "Healer" has been winning female fans' heart through his thriving acting performance lately. The collected image of his eight different facial expressions have been uploaded on an online community website...More

Song Il-gook and triplets, Daehan, Minguk, Manse going to market on Winter solstice

Source | 2014/12/22 | | Permalink

People are buzzing about the triplets' photo uploaded on an online community website, showing Song Il-gook and triplets, Daehan, Minguk, Manse who went to market for red bean porridge.

On December 22nd, the Winter solstice in Korea, which marks the longest night of the year, they went to a market to get red bean porridge...More

Kim Yoo-jeong, "I want to become a real actress"

Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Yoo-jeong revealed her ways of practice.

She claimed that she wrote letters of advice to children who dreamed of being an actress like her, on the EBS Plus2 "School Land – Teen Teen Interview"...More

SBS Drama Awards 2014 Nominees

Source | 2014/12/21 | | Permalink

SBS Drama Awards 2014 Nominees for 2014/12/31 ceremonies presented by Park Shin-hye, Lee Hwi-jae and Park Seo-joon...More

'Incomplete Life' Sales Team 3 in their group T-shirts, Jang Geu-rae is Our Kid

Source | 2014/12/16 | | Permalink

The Sales Team 3 from tvN drama, "Incomplete Life" wore their custom-ordered group T-shirts.

In one of the photos uploaded on Park Hae-joon's fan club website, it showed the Sales Team 3 in their group T-shirts in a restaurant. The actors from 'Incomplete Life" in the photo wore shirts imprinted Chajang (Deputy general manager), Gwajang (Manager), Deari (Assistant manager), and Sawon (Staff) on each one's...More

Heart-Rending Documentary Rewrites Box Office History

Source | 2014/12/15 | | Permalink

An indie documentary about a devoted elderly couple is rewriting the history of Korean cinema.

"My Love, Don't Cross That River" topped the box office on Friday last week, and maintained its lead on Saturday by drawing 247,658 viewers in one day. It has now been watched by 776,424 people and is on course to hit 1 million 18 days after its release on Nov. 27...More

'2014 MAMA' Paved Phenomenal Cultural Roads across Asia

Source | 2014/12/04 | | Permalink

- With 10 months of preparation and 16 years of production know-how, CJ E&M successfully hosted Asia's premiere music awards ceremony
- The show has reached 2.4 billion people in 16 countries and garnered 65 million online votes worldwide
- Renowned Korean, Chinese, and US artists such as EXO, Taeyang, and John Legend delivered stunning performances in front of 10,000 audiences
The 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) was successfully held in Hong Kong on December 3 announced Asia's leading content and media company CJ E&M today. In its sixth year since evolving into Asia's premier music festival, MAMA's impact has spread far beyond its origins in Korea to across Asia and other parts of the world...More

[Photos] Kang So-ra impressed with herself in her sensational dress at the venue of the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Source | 2014/12/03 | | Permalink

Red carpet event of 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2014 MAMA) was held in the evening on the 3rd in Asia World Expo Arena, AWE, Hong Kong.

In the phone, actress, Kang So-ra walks red carpet at the venue of 2014 MAMA.

The 2014 MAMA is hosted in Asia World Expo Arena, the largest performance venue in Hong Kong...More

Forest Whitaker Delivers Video Message to 2014 MAMA

Source | 2014/12/03 | | Permalink

- CJ and UNESCO partnership - "Bright Girls. Bright Future!" - supports the education of young girls
- The Asia's premiere music awards speaks to the power of music to bridge cultures and bring people together
Oscar-winning actor and the honorable UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker will deliver a video message for girls' education at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) announced Asia's No.1 content and media company CJ E&M today...More

[Video] Added comical scenes videos for the Korean movie 'Dad for Rent'

Source | 2014/11/26 | | Permalink

Added comical scenes videos for the Korean movie "Dad for Rent"...More

Korean movies opening today 2014/11/20 in Korea

Source | 2014/11/20 | | Permalink

Korean movies opening today 2014/11/20 in Korea: "Dad for Rent", "Late Spring", "Mot", and "He Who Loves the World"...More

Upcoming Korean documentary "Wind on the Moon"

Source | 2014/11/07 | | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean documentary "Wind on the Moon"'s page to HanCinema database...More

[Video] Added many new posters and briefing video for the Korean movie 'Dad for Rent'

Source | 2014/10/31 | | Permalink

Added many new posters and briefing video for the upcoming Korean movie "Dad for Rent"...More

Novelist Lee Oi-soo to Have Surgery for Stomach Cancer

Source | 2014/10/26 | | Permalink

Novelist Lee Oi-soo has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and will undergo surgery next Wednesday. Lee broke the news on Twitter account on Wednesday, saying the test results were worse than he had thought...More

Koreans Enthusiastic Users of Shopping Websites

Source | 2014/10/26 | | Permalink

Korean consumers are more enthusiastic online shoppers than their Chinese and Japanese counterparts, according to a study by IBM.

Surveying 30,554 adults in 16 countries, the company found that Chinese consumers are avid users of social media, location tracking services and smartphones, while the Japanese consumers prefer traditional offline shops...More

Park Chan-wook Makes Short Film for Zegna

Source | 2014/10/25 | | Permalink

The 20-minute short film "A Rose Reborn" directed by Park Chan-wook was unveiled at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Fashion Week on Wednesday. The film, having three episodes plus the finale, is a global collaboration between Park and the Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna.

British actor Jack Huston and California-born Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu starred in the film, wearing costumes made by the luxury label...More

[Video] Added new official trailer and press photos for the Korean movie 'Dad for Rent'

Source | 2014/10/23 | | Permalink

Added new official trailer and press photos for the upcoming Korean movie "Dad for Rent"...More

Chinese Investors Flex Muscle in Korean TV Soaps, Movie

Source | 2014/10/20 | | Permalink

Chinese investors are increasingly putting their money into Korean TV soap and movie productions as they continue to enjoy huge popularity on the mainland and beyond.

That means they can also flex more muscle in showbusiness here...More

[Video] Trailer released for the Korean movie 'Dad for Rent'

Source | 2014/10/20 | | Permalink

Trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Dad for Rent"...More

Low-Rent Chinese Soap in Copycat Row

Source | 2014/10/17 | | Permalink

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then a low-rent Chinese soap firmly establishes Korean TV dramas at the top of entertainment products in the world's most populous country.

"The Heirs from the Star", a 10-episode Chinese miniseries, has understandably stirred up a plagiarism controversy with its mash-up of two popular Korean soaps, "The Heirs" and "My Love from the Star"...More

K-Show 2014 Invitation to K-Wave fans and businessmen sourcing for innovative Korean products to bring into the market.

Source | 2014/10/17 | | Permalink

Open for trade visitor which are sourcing for Korean products to represent in Malaysia, public and K-WAVE fans.

K-Show 2014 Invitation to K-Wave fans and businessmen sourcing for innovative Korean products to bring into the market.

'Anyeonghasaeyo!' The 2nd K-Show 2014 has return again introducing its presences with wider range of Korean's latest beauty and lifestyle trends, technology, food and beverage products. A trade exhibition with the objective to introduce exclusive Korean products to Malaysians!...More

[Photos] Added new poster and stills for the Korean movie 'Dad for Rent'

Source | 2014/10/16 | | Permalink

Added new poster and stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Dad for Rent"...More

Billboard Chief Offers Thoughts on Future of K-Pop

Source | 2014/10/11 | | Permalink

Janice Min, who leads Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter, the two most influential U.S. showbiz publications, has some advice for the popular music industry of her ancestral home.

Min attended the MU:CON Seoul 2014, a world music market hosted by the Korea Creative Contents Agency, which ended on Wednesday.

Min delivered a keynote speech on Monday on K-pop and shared candid thoughts about it at a press conference afterwards...More

The aftermath of the '5 billion won scandal': Lee Byung-hun suffers

Source | 2014/10/01 | | Permalink

Lee Byung-hun is going through a great ordeal.

The aftermath of this scandal is lingering with the two women who were prosecuted after trying to blackmail the actor out of 5 billion won. The brand Lee Byung-hun is currently modeling for, has reduced exposure of him and his movie. They're looking for an ideal release period for his exposure...More

Seoul Tops Tourist Destinations Among Chinese

Source | 2014/09/28 | | Permalink

Chinese tourists shop in a duty free shop in Seoul (file photo).

Seoul has emerged as one of the favorite destinations of Chinese tourists. The Beijing Youth Daily reported in early September that Korea and Japan were the top two destinations for Chinese tourists last year thanks to geographical proximity, citing a report from the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Arang"

2014/09/27 | | Permalink

Asian horror is without a doubt one of the biggest genres known to international viewers. Korean horror specifically has its hits and misses, but very few movies really manage to go beyond the entertaining type of pop-corn horror. Those that manage something different usually have a strong human drama behind them, but that is still not a guarantee of quality and leaves no surprises by now. "Arang" is an interesting and good enough thriller film and has a bit more to it than your average "light" pastime horror, but certain aspects of it keep it from being great...More

Annual Documentary Film Fest Starts Wednesday

Source | 2014/09/17 | | Permalink

The annual DMZ International Documentary Film Festival started its weeklong run on Wednesday in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.

Some 111 documentaries from 30 countries have been selected from among 661 entries from 69 nations...More

"Super Wings" Takes off for Global Adventure

2014/09/16 | | Permalink

CJ E&M teams up with major broadcasters to present a new preschool show for children to enjoy the diverse cultures around the globe
 CJ E&M [], Asia's leading content and media company, announced today that its animated preschool series, Super Wings, will be launching on major television networks worldwide including Canal Plus' preschool channel, Piwi+ in France, SVT in Sweden, EBS in Korea and other key channels in the US, Latin America, Germany, Spain and Russia...More

Upcoming Korean movie "Dad for Rent"

Source | 2014/09/09 | | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean movie "Dad for Rent"'s page to HanCinema database...More

A Korean drama sold to China at a record high of $3.2 million

Source | 2014/09/03 | | Permalink

"My Lovely Girl", a new Korean television series to be aired by SBS, a major broadcasting network, on Sep. 17, has been sold at the record price of 200,000 US dollars per episode.

SBS said on Tuesday that it signed a copyright contract over the series with Youku Tudou, China`s largest video hosting website. The series has 16 episodes and the total price is up to 3.2 billion won (3.2 million dollars). "Fated to Love You", an MBC series starring actor Jang Hyeok and actress Jang Nara, and "It's Okay, That's Love", an SBS series starring actor Jo In-Seong and actress Kong Hyo-jin, had been sold to China at the highest price of 120,000 dollars per episode...More

Well Go USA Presents "Pirates" in North America from Sept 12th

Source | 2014/08/29 | | Permalink


STARRING: Kim Nam-gil, Son Ye-jin, Yoo Hae-jin, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Kim Tae-woo, Park Cheol-min, Oh Dal-soo

DIRECTED BY: Lee Seok-hoon

RELEASE DATE: September 12th, 2014 (WELL GO USA)

CITIES: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Denver, Boston, Hawaii, Toronto, Vancouver...More

[Spoiler] "My Secret Hotel" Yoo In-na pushes ahead with Jin I-han's re-marriage

Source | 2014/08/26 | | Permalink

Yoo In-na is surrounded at all sides on the fourth episode of "My Secret Hotel".

Nam Sang-hyo (Yoo In-na) must succeed at getting her ex-husband Goo Hae-yeong (Jin I-han) re-married...More

Young Man Finds Great Success in Teaching Korean Online

Source | 2014/08/10 | | Permalink

Sun Hyun-woo launched the website Talk to Me in Korean in 2009 to teach Korean via various online formats such as YouTube videos, podcasts and e-books. His business has made big strides in no more than five years with some 8.7 million users from 199 countries around the world. Total downloads of his lessons have surpassed 50 million.

The 34-year-old first got inspiration for his business from exchanging letters with foreigners while at university.

"When I returned to school after a two-year absence to complete mandatory military service in 2004, I wanted to make foreign friends, so I introduced myself on foreign websites and asked for people to contact me if they wanted to chat with me", Sun said...More

Well Go USA Presents "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant"

Source | 2014/08/08 | | Permalink

"[An] enthralling...action-filled take on ROBIN HOOD" - Screen Daily

"KUNDO : Age of the Rampant" Opens in Select Theaters August 29th...More

KCON 2014 Comes Straight to Your Fingertips with Docu-Series

Source | 2014/08/06 | | Permalink

Fans can experience all things KCON 2014 from the comfort of their own homes right now

KCON (, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, announced that every aspect of KCON 2014 will be showcased exclusively on Mnet America's website and their YouTube page through the docu-series -KCON Experience 2014 – airing now. If you can't come to LA for KCON, Mnet America is bringing all the excitement to you...More

[USA] American Teens Take a Deep Dive into the Korean Wave and Explore K-Pop's Cultural Roots at 3rd Annual Hallyu Camp

Source | 2014/08/05 | | Permalink

American Teens Take a Deep Dive into the Korean Wave and Explore K-Pop's Cultural Roots at 3rd Annual Hallyu Camp

WHAT: Korean Pop/Traditional Culture Immersion Camp for American Teenagers
WHEN: August 11-15, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland
(3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD 20742)
WHO: 20-30 teenagers + Korean youth interns
HOSTS: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission...More

Son Heung-min Dating Girl Group Member

Source | 2014/07/31 | | Permalink

Son Heung-min, who plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, is dating Minah of K-pop band Girls Day.

They were caught dating at night, according to an online website on Thursday. As a photo of the two walking hand-in-hand, which was taken in mid-July, was revealed, Minah's management agency admitted that rumors of the relationship are true, but it said that the two recently started dating and have met just twice so far...More

Free Outdoor Market and Live Stage Added To KCON for First Time, as 2014 Convention Continues to Grow

Source | 2014/07/25 | | Permalink

KCON 2014 Includes Two Night of K-pop Concerts, Appearances from Top Korean Drama Stars, "League of Legends" Exhibition Match, and the "Taste of KCON"

A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu Storm Downtown L.A. August 9 and 10

KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of all things Hallyu, announced today that the third annual convention will feature a free marketplace with vendors from around LA and a free outdoor stage. KCON 2014 also revealed its program schedule for this year's two day convention taking place August 9 and 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Building on last year's highly successful event at the Los Angeles Memorial Arena, KCON 2014 will return with a programming slate double the size and more varied than ever. In addition to two star-studded K-pop concerts (up from one in 2013), special guests and a new program of panels and workshops, KCON 2014 will add a slew of first-time features to the convention.

These include:

- A free market and outdoor stage, which will showcase local artists along with vendors from the L.A. area including the "Taste of KCON", serving up some of the best food from K-Town. 

- Huge K-Drama stars Yoo In-naLee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin appearing at KCON as special guests...More

[Photos] Ha Seok-jin and Lee Jae-yoon's Cosmopolitan photo shoot

Source | 2014/07/23 | | Permalink

Ha Seok-jin and Lee Jae-yoon both modeled for a photo shoot with fashion magazine Cosmopolitan, August issue.

Under the concept of five different sports categories, the two actors were dressed for horseback riding, fencing, tennis and more...More

Indie Korean Music and Cinema are Finding Its Feet Internationally

2014/07/18 | | Permalink

Indie Korean Music and Cinema are Finding Its Feet Internationally

Psy's Gangnam Style was just the beginning. There is no longer any doubt that the independent music and movie scene in Korea is gaining traction all over the world-especially in the United States and United Kingdom. K-Pop has been huge in the US and other western countries for a couple of years and more and more Korean movies are getting screen time in "mainstream" American movie theaters...More

Jecheon Music Film Fest Opens Next Month

Source | 2014/07/18 | | Permalink

Courtesy of the Jecheon International Music and Film Festival

The 10th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival will take place in North Chungcheong Province from Aug. 14 to 19, featuring 88 films about music from 32 countries...More

Fantastic film festival kicks off for 11-day run

Source | 2014/07/17 | | Permalink

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), which marks its 18th anniversary this year, started 11-day-long move festival.

Starting with an opening ceremony at Bucheon stadium in Bucheon City of Gyeonggi Province on Thursday, PiFan presents a variety of 210 films from 48 nations (123 long films and 87 short films). Stereo, a German thriller film directed by Maximilian Erlenwein, was screened as opening film. Based on the gangster genre, the film transcends present and past, and tears down the barrier between reality and fantasy...More

CJ E&M Releases Exclusive Photos of f(x), T-ara's Hyomin, and 100% performing their new singles for the first time on M COUNTDOWN

Source | 2014/07/07 | | Permalink

Asia's leading contents company CJ E&M [] has released official photos of M COUNTDOWN held in Seoul on July 3. The photos feature the first ever performances of new singles by f(x), T-ara's Hyomin, and 100%...More

Kim Seon-ah Wins Case Against Cosmetic Clinic

Source | 2014/07/03 | | Permalink

The Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday ordered a cosmetic clinic in Busan to pay actress Kim Seon-ah W25 million for using her name in advertising without her permission (US$1=W1,012)...More

Lee Young-ae Pays Hospital Bills of Taiwanese Mother

Source | 2014/07/02 | | Permalink

Lee Young-ae (left) talks to a Taiwanese mother at International St. Mary's Hospital in Incheon on Sunday, in this screen grab from

Actress Lee Young-ae has quietly picked up the huge hospital bill of a Taiwanese tourist who gave birth prematurely on her holiday to Seoul in February.

According to Taiwanese website, Lee paid a visit to International St. Mary's Hospital in the western port city of Incheon on Sunday and met the mother and baby...More

World's #1 K-Pop Chart Show M COUNTDOWN Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Source | 2014/06/25 | | Permalink

By Choosing Favorite K-Pop Song of the Decade Fans can vote online for their favorite K-Pop song of the decade
M COUNTDOWN, the world's No.1 live K-Pop chart show, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special online poll allowing fans to vote for their favorite K-Pop song of the decade announced CJ E&M today...More

Controversy over Korea Queer Festival

Source | 2014/06/08 | | Permalink

Its the rights of the sexual minority! vs. Were concerned that children might see them

There is controversy over Korea Queer Culture Festival, the largest event for the sexual minority in Korea. The event started in 2000 and marks the 15th anniversary this year. A parade heralding the beginning of the festival was scheduled to take place on Yonsei-ro, Shinchon, Seodaemun district in Seoul on June 7, but the district office cancelled the permit to the event on Tuesday. A queer festival has been held to promote the understanding of the general public on the sexual minority and increase a sense of pride among the sexual minority in Korea...More

Legendary S. Korean Director of "The Man from Nowhere" Returns with the Highly Anticipated Film "No Tears for the Dead"

Source | 2014/06/04 | | Permalink

South Korea's highly anticipated film "No Tears for the Dead" (directed by Lee Jeong-beom) is set to be released in North American theaters June 20th!

Veteran hitman Gon (Jang Dong-gun) receives a mission, which is to target Mogyeong (Kim Min-hee). The trouble is, he falls in love with her.

Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible mistake of killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother. Gon's new target, Mogyeong, is a risk manager at an investment firm and has buried herself in work to bury her grief. She is completely unaware of her role at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Finally, she meets the man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child...More

Controversy over Korea Queer Festival

Source | 2014/05/31 | | Permalink

Its the rights of the sexual minority! vs. We're concerned that children might see them.

There is controversy over Korea Queer Culture Festival, the largest event for the sexual minority in Korea. The event started in 2000 and marks the 15th anniversary this year. A parade heralding the beginning of the festival was scheduled to take place on Yonsei-ro, Shinchon, Seodaemun district in Seoul on June 7, but the district office cancelled the permit to the event on Tuesday. A queer festival has been held to promote the understanding of the general public on the sexual minority and increase a sense of pride among the sexual minority in Korea...More

Seo Taiji to Return to Performing with Nationwide Tour

Source | 2014/05/21 | | Permalink

K-pop icon Seo Taiji will go on a nationwide tour with his first album in five years.

Label Wellmade Yedang, which signed a contract with Seo for his new album, on Monday said the singer will release his ninth album this fall, and start the countrywide tour in Seoul...More

"Very Good Times" in the lead

Source | 2014/04/27 | | Permalink

KBS 2TV weekend drama comes in first out of the 3 broadcasting stations.

According to Nielsen Korea, "Very Good Times" on the 27th rated 27.9%. This is 3.7% higher than the previous episode...More

6th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival Announces Full Line-up

Source | 2014/04/25 | | Permalink

The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF) will be held in two central London venues over ten days from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June, showing 23 films including International and European premieres.

The festival is one of the UK's biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, boasting an electrifying mix of movies from emerging and established artists across a range of genres. The 2014 edition will open on Friday 23 May with the UK premiere of ON THE JOB, the latest ground-breaking work from Erik Matti which premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2013 in the 'Directors' Fortnight'. The closing film of the festival, screened on Sunday 1 June, will be the International premiere of JUDGE! with special guest appearance from director Akira Nagai...More

Jeonju Film Fest Opens on May 1

Source | 2014/04/25 | | Permalink

The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival takes place throughout the city from May 1 to 10.

The JIFF has a reputation for featuring innovative and experimental movies rather than the mainstream fare...More

Kim Soo-hyeon-I to hold autograph session

Source | 2014/04/07 | | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyeon-I is having a fan meet.

He's going to be at the autograph signing event for the men's clothing brand ZIOZIA on the 11th at 6.30PM...More

Wonder Girls' Sun-ye to Spend Several Years in Haiti

Source | 2014/03/21 | | Permalink

Sun-ye with her husband

Wonder Girls' Sun-ye will leave for Haiti with her husband in a few months' time to participate in long-term missionary work there. The K-pop singer revealed her plan on a website run by her fans on Tuesday.

"My husband and I have decided to spend the next five years in Haiti from this July conducting missionary outreach projects", she wrote...More

The top 5 Hallyu stars China loves

Source | 2014/03/18 | | Permalink

Lee Min-ho, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Jang Geun-seok, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the most loved in China. While "My Love from the Star" and "The Heirs" are great hits in China these days,, a music and entertainment website, carried out a fan vote online. 1,355,150 netizens logged on to vote for this survey and Lee Min-ho came first with 510,764 votes.

Then came along Kim Soo-hyeon-I from "My Love from the Star" with 469,948 votes. This is 34.7% of the votes, 3% less than Lee Min-ho...More

Today's Photo: March 15, 2014 [2]

Source | 2014/03/15 | | Permalink

Singer Lee Seung-gi smiles at a promotional event for a social media website in Seoul on Friday...More

"Another Family" to be seen on TV

Source | 2014/03/13 | | Permalink

"Another Family" is coming out on TV.

Gom TV is providing simultaneous theater service for "Another Family". A payment of 10,000 won allows to you download or stream from the website...More

Kim Yu-na Admits She's in Love with Ice Hockey Player

Source | 2014/03/09 | | Permalink

Figure skating star Kim Yu-na, who won gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and silver at the recently ended Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, has admitted she is dating ice hockey player Kim Won-jung, who is six years her senior.

Her management agency All That Sports said in a press release on Thursday, "Most of the reports about the dating rumors [by entertainment website Dispatch] are true, and they are in a relationship".

On Thursday morning, the Korean online paparazzi published an article claiming that the two athletes were in love, along with numerous photos showing them together out on dates...More

Korean rock band "Kiha & The Faces" to debut in NYC

2014/03/07 | | Permalink

This Korean psychedelic/folk rock band is very well known in South Korea, and about to perform at SXSW2014 this March. After attending SXSW, the band decided to perform in NYC as well.

Currently they are booked for two shows in NYC, and one of 'em is almost sold out...More

[UK] Terracotta Far East Film Festival Storms into its Sixth Year

Source | 2014/03/05 | | Permalink

The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF) will be held in two central London venues over ten days from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June.

The festival is one of the UK's biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, boasting an electrifying mix of movies from emerging and established artists across a range of genres...More

South Korea's "Tabloid Truth" is coming to N. American theaters on March 7th!

Source | 2014/02/26 | | Permalink

South Korea's "Tabloid Truth" is coming to N. American theaters on March 7th!

A scandalous rumor about an up-and-coming actress is included as a gossip item in a stock market tipsheet and propagated by the tabloids, causing her to take her own life...More

Filmmaker Brothers Assemble Bittersweet Homage to Seoul

Source | 2014/02/23 | | Permalink

Park Chan-kyong (left) and Park Chan-wook

If a city is like food, what could Seoul taste like? To film director brothers Park Chan-wook and Chan-kyong, Seoul is bittersweet. Out of 11,852 video clips of Seoul, the brothers chose 154 cuts and edited them into a 65-minute film promoting the city.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government called for video images of Seoul for 100 days from Aug. 20 to Nov. 25 last year, and 6,523 video clips were submitted by Koreans and 5,329 by foreigners.

The resulting montage the Park brothers edited and created was unveiled on YouTube last week...More

Hit K-Pop Groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day Slated to Appear at "M COUNTDOWN No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" in Japan

Source | 2014/02/21 | | Permalink

- Taking place April 2 at Yokohama Arena, anticipation at a fever pitch among both local and international fans as hit K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014
- Event will also feature various fan engagement events including a meet & greet, red carpet ceremony, and cultural workshops/booths
Seoul, Korea (February 21, 2014) – Popular K-Pop groups Choshinsung, 2PM, and Girl's Day are slated to appear at "M COUNTDOWN: No.1 Artist of Spring 2014" on April 2 at Yokohama Area in Japan announced executive producer CJ E&M [] today. With the first lineup of artists revealed (all top-notch K-Pop stars ranked on M COUNTDOWN's weekly charts during the first quarter of the year), anticipation is at a fever pitch among both local Japanese and international fans as the popular K-Pop chart show makes its first global tour stop in 2014...More

Exploring the Isolation of Modern Korean Society and Food as a Medium to Connect, CJ E&M's Recent Drama "Let's Eat" Records Hit Ratings

2014/02/13 | | Permalink

- Connecting with a new generation of viewers, show has ranked as one of nation's top two cable programs among 20-49 year olds in each of the 11 weeks it has aired to-date
- Show has also propelled the "Muk-bang" (eating scene) TV trend in Korea where viewers, inspired by scenes of characters enjoying delicious meals, hunt down these foods in real life
Seoul, Korea (February 13, 2014) - Exploring the isolation of modern Korean society and food as an important medium to connect, CJ E&M's [] recent drama "Let's Eat", starring actress Lee Soo-kyung and Yoon Doo-joon from K-Pop group BEAST, has been a hit with a new generation of Korean viewers. According to Nielson, the drama has ranked as one of the nation's top two cable shows among 20-49 year olds in each of the 11 weeks it has aired to-date. The show has also propelled the "Muk-bang" (eating scene) TV trend in Korea inspiring a food craze as viewers passionately watch and hunt down the foods they see on episodes...More

"Answer Me 1994" Dohee, no more with the dialect

Source | 2014/02/11 | | Permalink

Cable channel tvN drama "Answer Me 1994" is parting with Dohee for a while.

Dohee acted out Jo Yoon-jin from Yeosu and was put in the spotlight for speaking with a dialect. Thanks to the popularity she gained here, she continued to star in various TV shows such as MBC "Radio Star", KBS 2TV "Happy Together Season 3", SBS "Running Man" and more. She also appeared in Lunar New Year Specials and modeled in various ads and commercials...More

Korean drama starting today 2014/02/07 in Korea

Source | 2014/02/07 | | Permalink

[Video] Added new trailer, images and updated cast for the Korean drama 'Pluto Squad'

Source | 2014/02/03 | | Permalink

Added new trailer, images and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Pluto Squad"...More

Introducing HanCinema Mobile Website

Source | 2014/01/25 | | Permalink

Introducing HanCinema simplified Website for mobile phone...More

Korean movie "The Attorney" to be released in North America on Feb. 7, 2014

Source | 2014/01/23 | | Permalink

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Updated cast for the Korean drama 'Pluto Squad'

Source | 2014/01/13 | | Permalink

Updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Pluto Squad"...More

Girls' Generation named Time`s Top 10 Songs of 2013

Source | 2013/12/07 | | Permalink

K-pop group Girls' Generation ranked fifth on U.S. news weekly magazine Time`s "Top 10 Songs of 2013" with "I Got a Boy".

"The nine-woman South Korean group Girls' Generation is a ridiculously effective hook machine, and a major phenomenon in Asia, whose biggest pop acts make One Direction and Katy Perry sound like audience-alienating avant-gardists", the magazine said in an article posted on its Website Wednesday. "If you like songs that do everything at once, go straight to YouTube and call up the over-the-top video for this monomaniacally charming hybrid of bubblegum, dubstep and hard rock...More

Kim Beom and Moon Geun-young in Prague?

Source | 2013/11/03 | | Permalink

The whole entertainment industry is pink with love.

Top stars Rain and Kim Tae-hee, Won Bin and Lee Na-young have acknowledged their relationships and Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jeong and Ji Seong and Park Bo-yeong have gotten married. More celebrities have been busy getting into relationships than the past and are even faster in admitting the truth...More

Upcoming Korean drama "Pluto Squad"

Source | 2013/10/25 | | Permalink

Added the upcoming Korean drama "Pluto Squad"'s page to HanCinema database...More

Kim Joo-ha Seeks Restraining Order for Estranged Husband

Source | 2013/10/25 | | Permalink

MBC anchor Kim Joo-ha is seeking a restraining order for her estranged broker husband.

Legal sources on Thursday said Kim is seeking the restraining order citing repeated physical abuse by her husband of nine years as the couple prepare to divorce...More

Seoul's Changgyeong, Gyeongbok palaces open for nighttime

Source | 2013/10/12 | | Permalink

Traditional Korean lanterns lit simultaneously at Changgyeong Palace in Jongno district at 6:30 p.m. on October 1, 30 minutes ahead of its first nighttime opening this autumn. The lamps brightened up at the main entry Honghwa Gate to Myeongjeong Gate, and to Myeongjeong Pavilion. People lined up long outside at the ticket office to buy tickets.

A father visited the palace with this son, and pointed out to Myeongjeong Pavilion, saying, "This is where King lived". He said, "I work in Jongno but it is the first time that I visited Changgyeong Palace. I came here with my family to enjoy nighttime scenery and because I thought it would be a good history and cultural experience for my child". On the way east to the Chundangji Lake, couples were either walking hand in hand or with baby in stroller. The lights stayed bright on the pathways to the 6,400 square meter botanical garden located on the north of the lake...More

S. Korean Family Drama 'Tough as Iron Starring Yoo Ah-in Coming to N. America 10/11!

Source | 2013/10/07 | | Permalink

Upcoming movie "Tough as Iron" (starring Yoo Ah-in from "Punch" and "Sungkyunkwan Scandal") to be released in North America on October 11th this week! The movie has been released in S. Korea last week and has received rave reviews from critics and moviegoers...More

How Kang Seong-yeon Found Refuge in Poetry

Source | 2013/10/05 | | Permalink

Actress Kang Seong-yeon now hosts her own poetry reading program on EBS, but even until high school she was extremely shy and recalls being afraid to look others in the eye. Her personality naturally drew her to books, she says.

"I was too afraid to speak and felt like I was going to burst if I wasn't able to express myself on paper at least", Kang recalls...More

Scandalous world of showbiz

Source | 2013/10/01 | | Permalink

Rumors of celebrity relationships have been added day after day. On Wednesday, two models, Kim Woo-bin and Yoo Ji-an, were reported as a couple while Thursday saw two more romantic rumors -- idol star Choi Seol-ri of the girl group FX and singer Choi Ja of Dynamic Duo, and Soyeon of the popular girl group Tiara and singer Oh Jong-hyeok. Friday added one more couple of idol star L of the boy group Infinite and an ordinary woman.

Though Choi Seol-ri (19) and Choi Ja (33) denied their romantic relationships, many netizens believe they are a couple based on pictures of them posted on the Internet in which they walk hand in hand. Because of the 14-year age gap, a netizen commented, Choi Ja is a true winner! Another netizen said, Choi Seol-ri used to say that she adores a man like a father. The father-like man must have been Choi Ja...More

2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) To Be Held October 22-24 in Seoul

Source | 2013/09/30 | | Permalink

Unique style and cultural festival with awards ceremony, fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, and more

Having promoted K-Culture worldwide, will be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China, and the U.S.

The highly anticipated 2013 STYLE ICON AWARDS (2013 SIA) will take place on October 22-24 in Seoul, Korea announced CJ E&M today. A unique style and culture festival with fashion shows, film festivals, photo exhibitions, celebrity parties and more, SIA has grown rapidly in popularity worldwide, with this year's awards ceremony to be broadcast and streamed live across Korea, Southeast Asia, China and the United States...More

DMZ Documentary Festival to Be Held in Mid-October

Source | 2013/09/28 | | Permalink

The 5th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will take place for a week from Oct. 17 in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

The festival, largely non-competitive, will feature 119 documentaries from 38 countries...More

American Idol vet HeeJun Han is joining Danny Im as the co-host of Danny from LA

Source | 2013/09/23 | | Permalink

HeeJun Han Takes a Seat Next to Danny Im for the First Time

Thursday September 26 on Mnet America at 7:00 pm ET/ 4:00 pm PT

Mnet America ( the only national, English-language lifestyle network in the U.S. for fans of Asian pop culture, is bringing on American Idol vet HeeJun Han to co-host their flagship talk show Dannyfrom LA with former K-pop superstar, Danny Im. The singer currently is making headlines raking in YouTube views with his new single"Bring the Love Back" featuring Pusha T...More

2013 Gwangju Design Biennale: Anything, Something

Source | 2013/09/14 | | Permalink

Taking place September 6 to November 3 in the city of Gwangju in southwest Korea, the 2013 Gwangju Design Biennale will showcase around 660 installations and designs works. Around 358 participants, including 339 designers from more than 20 countries, will take part in the event.

Held every two years, the Gwangju Design Biennale was initiated in 2005 by Metropolitan City of Gwangju following the success of the Gwangju Biennale, the first biennale to be held in Asia...More

[Photos + Video] Good Downloader 2013 Campaign InStyle Photoshoot

Source | 2013/09/13 | | Permalink

Lee Jeong-jae, Jeong Woo-seong, Ko Ah-seong, Kim Woo-bin, Ha Ji-won, Ahn Seong-gi, Han Hyo-joo and Ryoo Seung-ryong


Good Downloader 2013 Campaign InStyle Photoshoot...More

`2013 Seoul Open Night` to be held this week

Source | 2013/09/07 | | Permalink

Seoul is opening a festival for those who want to enjoy the last days of summer. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Sunday it would hold the 2013 Seoul Open Night for two days this Friday and Saturday at Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza and Yongsan and Seongbuk districts. Now in its sixth year, the event is a key summer festival in Seoul where people join and enjoy various cultural events.

The event contains three themes. "Seoul Music Festival" will be held at Seoul`s key cultural spaces under the theme music; "Open House Seoul" will prepare various architecture and facilities with storytelling; cultural project "Sangsang +" will help people experience cultural and arts imaginations of Seoul and create new culture...More

Lee Hyori Appeases Fans with Wedding Pics

Source | 2013/09/04 | | Permalink

Singer Lee Hyori unveiled her wedding photos and thoughts about her recent marriage on Tuesday on a website run by her fans. Lee tied the knot with guitarist Lee Sang-soon in a private ceremony on Jeju Island on Sunday.

"I hope you understand how I wanted to be just like an ordinary daughter and daughter-in-law to my family, relatives and parents-in-law on my big day", she wrote. "I was worried about the possibility of rain, but luckily the weather was very pleasant. The wedding preparations were not easy, but still enjoyable"...More

'2013 Seoul Open Night' to be held this week

Source | 2013/09/01 | | Permalink

Seoul is opening a festival for those who want to enjoy the last days of summer. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Sunday it would hold the 2013 Seoul Open Night for two days this Friday and Saturday at Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza and Yongsan and Seongbuk districts. Now in its sixth year, the event is a key summer festival in Seoul where people join and enjoy various cultural events.

The event contains three themes. "Seoul Music Festival" will be held at Seoul`s key cultural spaces under the theme music; "Open House Seoul" will prepare various architecture and facilities with storytelling; cultural project "Sangsang +" will help people experience cultural and arts imaginations of Seoul and create new culture...More

Korean Electro-Rock Band Based in Seoul "Love X Stereo" Releases New EP "GLOW", Kicks Off First North American Tour

Source | 2013/08/30 | | Permalink

Making authentic electronic music based on the alternative and punk rock sounds of the 90's and pop sounds of the 80's, is creating a heavy buzz around this visionary group of musicians

With each of its members possessing more than a decade of experience, becoming more and more sensitive to their music than anyone else. Love X Stereo is quickly becoming a band that people are watching with interest. These consummate professionals, whom also handle all of their own composing, lyrics, producing, recording and mixing are about to take their years of live performing on the road to share it with the recording industry and the rest of North America...More

[Guest Post] Beast Shadow Music Video Review

2013/08/30 | | Permalink

The six member band Beast from South Korea made an exciting comeback on 19th July with their new song Shadow. Based on a dark, creepy theme, the track went viral among fans on the release day and didn't take long in topping the charts.
Shadow showcases the kind of music that suits the band pretty well. Beast went away from usually summer hippie style and it worked well for them because the track reached number 1 on major Korean music websites...More

Lee Beom-soo Steps Behind Camera to Crusade Against Smoking

Source | 2013/08/28 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Beom-soo has made his directorial debut with a short film urging people not to smoke.

Lee, who is a promotional ambassador for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, unveiled "Puppet" at the Sponge House Theater in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday. It was made as part of an anti-smoking campaign funded and organized by the ministry...More

[Photos + Video] Good Downloader 2013 Campaign

Source | 2013/08/25 | | Permalink

Suzy and Han Hyo-joo

Good Downloader 2013 Campaign...More

Seo Taiji Belatedly Reveals Details of Low-Key Wedding

Source | 2013/08/23 | | Permalink

Singer Seo Taiji and actress Lee Eun-seong, who is 16 years his junior, tied the knot at Seo's newly-built home in the affluent Pyeongchang area of northern Seoul on June 26.

Seo broke the news of his wedding on his website on Wednesday...More

Missy Elliott To Perform At KCON 2013

Source | 2013/08/14 | | Permalink

Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Hosts Largest K-pop Convention in North America - August 24-25

Full Line-Up of M COUNTDOWN What's up LA Includes Major K-pop Artists EXO, f(x), Dynamic Duo, TEEN TOP, 2AM and G Dragon

Five-time Grammy Award winning rapper, singer-songwriter Missy Elliott is coming to KCON 2013, the country's largest K-pop fan convention to perform as part of the event's M COUNTDOWN What's up LA concert on August 25.

"I'm excited to be a part of KCON. This event will allow me to interact with a diverse group of artists and fans", said Missy Elliott.

Missy Elliott represents the most recent example of a hip hop artist participating in the worldwide explosion of K-pop. Since releasing her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly and hit single "The Rain" in 1997, Missy Elliott and her distinct vocal style skyrocketed to the upper echelons of rap music success and became one of the most recognizable figures in America pop culture...More

[Photos + Video] Good Downloader 2013 Campaign

Source | 2013/08/14 | | Permalink

Ex-Wonder Girls' Singer Sun-mi Going Solo

Source | 2013/08/14 | | Permalink

Former Wonder Girls' member Sun-mi revealed the first teaser photos ahead of her solo debut on Monday. To promote her return to show business, her agency JYP Entertainment posted three pictures of the singer sporting pink bobbed hair on its website.

Sun-mi quit the girl band in January 2010 to go back to school in order to prepare for college entrance exam...More

Korean kids addiction to the Internet

Source | 2013/08/11 | | Permalink

Kim Yeon-ju, a housewife, has to struggle every day with her 7-year-old daughter who throws a tantrum all day long to use a computer. But once the kid gets on a computer, she does not leave the computer for hours. Kim said, A few days ago, my daughter asked me to buy something for her while pointing to the computer. On the computer screen, I found a lot of toys in a shopping cart. Im worried if I can let her be like this.

Many Korean children aged six through nine are found to have developed high dependence on the Internet. The Korea Internet Security Agency conducted a study on the Internet use of 5,000 children aged six or older across the country, which was titled The 2012 Survey of Information and Culture. According to the study, children aged six through nine use the Internet an average of 2 hours per day...More

[Australia] 1 WEEK TO GO! Korean Film Festival approaches

Source | 2013/08/07 | | Permalink

We hope you are prepared for the Many Faces of Korean Cinema!

If you love Korean movies, culture and food then the 4th KOFFIA Korean Film Festival in Australia is perfect for you! Taking place across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the festival will showcase the very best of Hallyuwood, the vibrant cinema emerging from South Korea. 17 feature films including 7 Australian premieres and many short films will screen in an exciting line-up not to miss!...More

2013 KOTRA Hallyu Art Competition Winners' Exhibition

Source | 2013/08/03 | | Permalink

[KOTRA Open Gallery Series] 2013 KOTRA Hallyu Art Competition Winners' Exhibition

About a month ago AT&D Korea Blog featured the KOTRA Open Gallery exhibition 'Life of Small Companies'.

KOTRA has recently opened a new Open Gallery exhibition about Hallyu that shows how Hallyu is influencing the world. Let us have a look around this Open Gallery exhibition...More

You Can Master SNSD Tiffany's Makeup in 10min.!

Source | 2013/08/01 | | Permalink

CJ E&M's Online Content Channel INSITE TV's Hallyu Makeup Show 'Pony's Beauty Diary' is among the most popular!
Korea's largest entertainment group CJ E&M introduces a high-profile Hallyu makeup show "Pony's Beauty Diary" online to target young female audience throughout Asia. Currently, the show is rapidly growing in online popularity. "Pony's Beauty Diary" is updated every Friday on INSITE TV's YouTube channel:
"Pony's Beauty Diary" stars a renowned makeup artist in South East Asia 'Pony' (Park Hye Min) who introduces the latest Hallyu makeup tips in various occasions...More

G-Dragon Announced As Headlining Artist For KCON M Countdown: What's Up LA!

Source | 2013/07/30 | | Permalink

Convention Capping Concert Includes EXO, f(x), 2AM, TEEN TOP with Additional Artists to be Announced in the Coming Weeks

KCON 2013, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention has announced that G-Dragon, one of the biggest individual music stars in Korean pop, will be headlining KCON's M Countdown: What's Up LA! concert. 

G-Dragon is the leader, rapper, and producer of the extremely popular Korean boy band BIG BANG. Since beginning his career at the age of 13 with YG Entertainment, G-Dragon has grown to become one of the biggest individual male icons in Korean pop music...More

Digital Dating Entrepreneur Focuses on Saving Women's Blushes

Source | 2013/07/27 | | Permalink

Park Hee-eun

Park Hee-eun is the 28-year-old CEO of Korea's largest online dating site "ium", which has over 900,000 members and registered annual sales of W4 billion as of July. She achieved this within three years of setting up the business in November 2010 at the age of just 25.

The site provides a social dating service with a twist. Members can be introduced to one person each day via a mobile app that automatically matches their profiles and asks them if they'd like to exchange contact information. Both parties must consent to proceed...More

KCON Fly-away Sweepstakes Presented By Verizon Is Back One Lucky Fan Will Win A VIP Trip To KCON 2013

Source | 2013/07/26 | | Permalink

Verizon Presents One Grand Prize Winner with the Ultimate K-Pop Experience

The KCON Fly-Away Sweepstakes presented by KCON Gold Sponsor Verizon is back this year.  One lucky fan will win a VIP trip for two toKCON 2013, the first and largest Korean pop culture convention in North America. The winner will receive VIP access at the convention and VIP tickets to the concert, an exclusive meet & greet opportunity with the artists performing, and travel and hotel accommodations...More

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul: Exploring the environment through films!

Source | 2013/07/22 | | Permalink

Communicating Environmental Issues through Film!

The Green Film Festival in Seoul (GFFIS) is a festival that provides us a place to think about the coexistence of humans and nature through film. Founded in 2004, the GFFIS is an international film festival, held annually, that has discovered and introduced about 100 outstanding environmental films from all over the world.

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul began in May 2013. With 21 submissions that qualified for the main contest, a total of 146 films from 46 countries were shown in various categories under different themes, such as "Climate Change & Future", "Green Panorama", "Korean Eco-Panorama", "Children of the Earth", and "Animal, Our Sweet & While Companion".

This festival was hosted by Korea Green Foundation and was sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Seoul Special City, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, Embassy of Canada to Korea and Korean Film Council...More

Film Fest to Offer Exciting Respite from Rain in Bucheon

Source | 2013/07/21 | | Permalink

The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from Thursday to July 28 in the city that also goes by the spelling Bucheon in Gyeonggi Province, providing an escapist diversion from the searing heat and monsoon rains. On the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, a total of 230 films -- 135 features and 95 shorts -- from 44 countries will be screened this year.

"The Terror Live", a Korean thriller directed by Kim Byeong-woo and starring Ha Jeong-woo, will close the festival. It focuses on a radio show host who takes a call from a terrorist threatening to blow up a part of the city. The movie will hit local theaters on Aug. 1...More

MLB Taps Ryu as Dodgers' Top Rookie This Season

Source | 2013/07/20 | | Permalink


Ryu Hyun-jin has been rated as the Los Angeles Dodgers' best rookie this season by

Ken Gurnick, who covers the Dodgers' beat, wrote an article for the official website of U.S. Major League Baseball on Wednesday under the headline and prediction, "Player health at forefront, LA could overtake NL West". In it, he looked back at the players' performances over the first half, and named those who deserved the MVP, Cy Young, rookie, and top reliever awards based on their contributions so far...More

KCON 2013 Tickets Go On-Sale

2013/07/15 | | Permalink

TEEN TOP Joins EXO and 2AM In Line-up for Convention Capping Concert August 25

Bekkah (formally of After School) also Scheduled to Participate

As tickets for KCON 2013 go on-sale today, North America's first and largest Korean pop culture convention announced that TEEN TOP will be one of the six groups to perform at this year's two day convention and concert. The line-up already includes EXO and 2AM. Tickets can be purchased through the KCON website here. Additional announcements surrounding the artists including headlining acts attending KCON 2013 will be shared in the coming weeks...More

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul: Exploring the environment through films!

Source | 2013/07/13 | | Permalink

Communicating Environmental Issues through Film!

The Green Film Festival in Seoul (GFFIS) is a festival that provides us a place to think about the coexistence of humans and nature through film. Founded in 2004, the GFFIS is an international film festival, held annually, that has discovered and introduced about 100 outstanding environmental films from all over the world.

The 10th Green Film Festival in Seoul began in May 2013. With 21 submissions that qualified for the main contest, a total of 146 films from 46 countries were shown in various categories under different themes, such as "Climate Change & Future", "Green Panorama", "Korean Eco-Panorama", "Children of the Earth", and "Animal, Our Sweet & While Companion".

This festival was hosted by Korea Green Foundation and was sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Seoul Special City, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, Embassy of Canada to Korea and Korean Film Council...More

Highly Anticipated Dance Survival Audition TV Show Arrived!

Source | 2013/07/09 | | Permalink

The Greatest Dance Battle on Earth "Dancing 9" to be Aired on July 20, 11PM via Mnet  
Cheif Producer Met with Jon Chu to Discuss the Show!
Contestants from 62 Countries Worldwide!!
Shinhwa′s Lee Min-woo and Girls′ Generation (SNSD)′s Hyoyeon & Kwon Yoo-ri Join as Team Masters!!
Korea's renowned music channel Mnet now presents a new kind of dance survival TV show "Dancing9"...More

ENVEX 2013: Green Technology

Source | 2013/07/07 | | Permalink

ENVEX 2013: Green Technology

The 35th International Exhibition on Environmental Technology & Green Energy

From June 11 to 14, "The 35th International Exhibition on Environmental Technology & Green Energy" (ENVEX 2013) was held at the COEX. This exhibition was hosted by the Korea Environment Corporation, the Sudokwon Landfill Site Management Corporation, the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute, and the Korea Environmental Preservation Association. This year's ENVEX was held to provide a "space to maximize promotion and marketing opportunities" to assist businesses in establishing themselves as key enterprises spearheading green growth through green technology and new renewable resources...More

Won Bin Admits He's Head Over Heels for Lee Na-young

Source | 2013/07/05 | | Permalink

Won Bin (left) and Lee Na-young

Actor Won Bin is in love with actress Lee Na-young, their management agency Eden Nine Entertainment said on Wednesday.

"They got intimate recently, as they bumped into each other a lot because they are both under the same management agency", the agency added...More

[Australia] KOFFIA 2013 is back on the agenda!

Source | 2013/07/03 | | Permalink

With just weeks to go before the 4th Korean Film Festival in Australia opens, it's time to mark the date in your diary as this is the one you will not want to miss!

This year we will begin our festival journey at Event Cinemas Myer Centre, Brisbane (Aug 14-18) before traveling down to our new venue of Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney (Aug 21-29)...More

South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer Dresses for Trendy Ladies

Source | 2013/06/30 | | Permalink

South Korean Fashion and Kpopsicle: Summer Dresses for Trendy Ladies

Kpopsicle is a stylish online fashion store which provides amazing fashion all year round. In this article, the emphasis is on adorable summer dresses from Kpopsicle which stand out based on lovely designs, delightful color schemes and the natural feel they represent. Therefore, with the sweltering heat of the Far East about to get even hotter over the next few months; then clearly these elegant and stylish dresses will appeal to trendy ladies who adore fashion.

The exquisite Kpopsicle ( website highlights the stylish buzz of South Korean fashion whereby the Korean wave related to K-pop and other areas is still running high. Indeed, the beauty of Kpopsicle is that they fuse the dynamic styles of America, Japan, and South Korea, in order to provide a lovely international vibe which appeals all over the world...More

Editorial: Celebrity Military Scandals in Korea

Source | 2013/06/29 | | Permalink

Some natural beauty before the the ugliness of the rant

Okay, so this article will probably annoy a few people and while that's not my intention, I just can't keep quiet this time. I didn't write a response to the last celebrity-in-the-military scandal and I should have. So I have to say something now because it's just bursting out. I need to put my two cents in...More

[Canada] Come and experience the best in Korean Cinema

Source | 2013/06/28 | | Permalink

Cine-Asie is pleased to present the 1st edition of the Korean Film Festival (KFF). This festival is touring through five cities across Canada and showcases a total of ten critically acclaimed Korean films. The festival focuses on rising Korean actor Ryoo Seung-yong, director Bong Joon-ho, and feature films representing Korea at the Oscars. There will also be a selection of the best short films from the prestigious MSFF (Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival) that takes place every year in Seoul...More

The Korean Film Festival comes to Montreal

Source | 2013/06/26 | | Permalink

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea, a selection of 10 outstanding Korean films will be showcased in Montreal from July 4th to 10th, 2013.

Ciné-Asie, along with the major support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, presents the first edition of the Korean Film Festival in CanadaKFF – which will be launched in five Canadian cities, highlighting Montreal in partnership with the Cineplex Odeon Forum and Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal at the Montreal Botanical Garden (an event that expects nearly two million visitors this summer), the KFF anticipates to receive a large number of visitors for its first edition. For the first time, the KFF website is composed in three different languages: English, French, and Korean.

The KFF will present ten full length feature films and five short films.

The feature films are either the highest grossing movies in recent years, totalling 7 to 13 million admissions in South Korea, or have gained international critical acclaims, winning significant awards. Among them include Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" (Le grand prix at Venice 2012), "Miracle in Cell No.7" (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2013), and "Masquerade" starring actor Lee Byung-hun (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2012)...More

Over 100,000 Folks Attend ULTRA Korea

Source | 2013/06/23 | | Permalink

Over 100,000 people attend ULTRA Korea held in Olympic Stadium in Seoul's Jamshil area on June 14-15, 2013.

ULTRA music festival came back to Seoul, South Korea for a second year as a two-day musical event the weekend of June 14-15. 2013. ULTRA is considered the worlds most famous electronic music festival.

The event began in 1999 in Miami and has grown massively in recent years into an international festival with multiple stages and some of the biggest electronic headlining artists...More

Discover Innovatively Designed Products with "Curation Commerce" Services

Source | 2013/06/22 | | Permalink

"Content Curators" evaluate and provide perspectives on fragmented information on the internet

As modern Korean culture focuses on speed and simplicity, services that offer a customized list of products for consumers with too many choices and too little time, such as busy office workers, are coming into the spotlight. These kinds of services make up what is called "Curation Commerce". Curation Commerce is a type of E-commerce, in which experts in particular fields provide a customized selection of products for customers...More

Design Seoul: Street Design for a Better City

Source | 2013/06/22 | | Permalink

Dreaming of a Beautiful and Safe City

Design is everywhere. There is almost nothing in today's world for which the importance of design does not matter. Think of an example as common as cooking your dining. It is important not only to cook something delicious but also to make it with a consideration of the harmony of the colors and shapes of the ingredients, to present it on a nicely matching plate, and to arrange the plates on the table as attractively and conveniently as possible.

Designing refers to any formative activity intended to make our living more pleasant, beautiful, and convenient and thus includes planning and engineering. While design is frequently discussed as a main topic of the corporate world concerned with promoting consumerism, it is also closely integrated into people's daily lives on a broader level. We find good examples of this broader concept of design on Korean streets...More

'Terracotta Film Club' presents "Hansel and Gretel" at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday 26 June

Source | 2013/06/21 | | Permalink

'Terracotta Film Club' presents "Hansel and Gretel" at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday 26 June

To time with the release of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS on DVD, 'Terracotta Film Club' offers the chance to watch the South Korean adaptation of HANSEL AND GRETEL at the cinema...More

Kim Soo-hyeon-I applying for university

Source | 2013/06/16 | | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyeon-I posted on a community website a while ago.

This was when he was preparing to apply for university. He said, "I'm a repeater Kim Soo-hyeon-I. I am getting ready to apply for university. I've applied for Chung-Ang, Hanyang, Sungkyunkwan, Gungook, Gyeonggi, Kyunghee and Seokyeong universities. I've been chosen for the second interviews and I'm working hard in preparing the acts, skills, questions and answers. I wish for good results"...More

[Spoiler] "Lee Soon-sin is the Best": Episode 27 Recap

Source | 2013/06/14 | | Permalink

by: Raine


I'm so mad. The show was amazing when Soon-shin found out the truth. And now it should be called "Mi-ryeong is the Worst" because I don't think this show is about Soon-shin. She's more of a football being kicked around between people.

AGB Nielsen Nationwide had this episode coming in at 24.4%...More

Man Booked for Spreading Online Rumors About Singer

Source | 2013/06/05 | | Permalink

Police in Incheon are investigating a 51-year-old man on charges of spreading malicious and libelous online comments about singer Jang Yoon-jung.

The man, identified as Song, is accused of posting 29 libelous comments from April 6 to 29 on the website dedicated to the trot singer which he runs...More

Filmmakers and Highlights of the 5th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival

Source | 2013/06/04 | | Permalink

With 2 days to go to the Opening Night, it's time to reveal the guests of the 5th annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival and the Festival organisers are delighted to make a series of other announcements.

Highlights of this edition are the guest talent from Asia who will be attending the festival, the talent Masterclasses, the winner of the inaugural Terracotta Short-Film Competition, unveiling of the Official Trailer and the festival parties...More

Master Chef, Leo Kang

Source | 2013/06/02 | | Permalink

If you ever have lived in Britain, you must have heard about the popular TV program, 'Master Chef'. The Korean version of the program called 'Master Chef Korea Season II' is also a smash hit in Korea.

Do you remember Leo Kang? Leo Kang is a star chef in Korea famous for his cooking skills recognized by the world. He became a star overnight as one of the presenters of Master Chef Korea. His professional competence in the TV show was not something built in a day. Let me tell you his special story...More

Plan your trip to Korea with a K-pop TV concert!

Source | 2013/05/13 | | Permalink

Are you planning a trip to Korea to see K-pop stars?
KTO LA office offers K-pop fans some very special opportunities to attend a live taping of "Show Champion", a K-pop program of MBC MUSIC at UNIQLO-AX in Seoul. Around 15 K-pop singers/groups perform on stage in front of a live audience and is broadcast in Korea.

We at the KTO LA office are securing some seats for K-pop fans traveling to Korea this Summer! Check out the de...tailed information below...More

Han Hye-jin, Ki Sung-Yueng to Wed This Summer

Source | 2013/05/13 | | Permalink

Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng will wed actress Han Hye-jin, eight years his senior, in July, just months after they went public with their relationship in March.

Han's management agency said on Friday that they decided to tie the knot in July in consideration of their work schedules, dispelling rumors of a shotgun wedding due to the sudden nature of the announcement. "The relatively short dating period had no bearing on their decision to tie the knot", the agency said...More

Lee Jae-Hyo Debuts with "LOTUS" in NYC

Source | 2013/05/04 | | Permalink

New York, NY - NYC Parks & Recreation and CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects, in cooperation with the Union Square Partnership, is pleased to debut LOTUS, by Seoul-based artist, Jaehyo Lee, in New York Citys Union Square Park. Located at the parks south eastern triangle, the exhibition will be on view May through October, 2013.

This is the gallerys second public art exhibition with Parks Art in the Parks program. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for Friday, May 3 at 5:30 pm to inaugurate this six-month long exhibition, weather permitting.

Please visit the website for event confirmation.Lee exhibits internationally, with recent works included at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Saatchi Gallery, London; and the Sungkok Museum, Korea, among others. LOTUS follows Lees signature use of Korean big-cone pine...More

Park Gyoo-ri-I seen on the subway

Source | 2013/04/30 | | Permalink

Park Gyoo-ri-I was seen in the subway.

A picture of Park was posted on the official Kara website LINE on the 1st. Park Gyoo-ri-I with her hair down is riding on the subway, looking out far...More

Foreign Languages to Be Added to Dokdo Website

Source | 2013/04/27 | | Permalink

The government will revise its website for the Dokdo islets, currently only available in Korea, to include the six official UN languages -- English, Chinese, French, Arabic, Russian and Spanish -- as well as Japanese...More

'Gentleman' Races Toward 200 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2013/04/23 | | Permalink

Psy's latest song "Gentleman" is soon expected to rack up 200 million views on YouTube after it breached the 100-million mark last Wednesday in a world record time of 80 hours of it entering the public domain.

It was released online at midnight on April 12...More

Smartphone Film Festival Expands in 3rd Year

Source | 2013/04/21 | | Permalink

The third Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival will be held from Wednesday through Saturday at the COEX branch of cinema chain Megabox in Seoul.

An international section will join the domestic and youth competitions for the first time this year, and organizers will also recognize the best director and best actor in addition to the existing best film award...More

PiFans NAFF It Project 2013: Call for Submissions

Source | 2013/04/21 | | Permalink

Here Is the Solution for Your Genre Film Project

PiFans NAFF It Project 2013: Call for Submissions

After its ambitious debut in 2008 and the splendid success of past five years, Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan)s industry initiative, seeks prospective films and filmmakers from all over the world for the 6th edition of It Project...More

Doctor Suspended from Practice for False Ads Using Celebrities

Source | 2013/04/13 | | Permalink

A Seoul district court on Saturday upheld the government's suspension of the license of an ophthalmologist who ran online ads giving the false impression that celebrities underwent surgery at his clinic. The doctor, identified only by his surname "Uhm", filed a suit against the former health and welfare minister for suspending his license for two months. But the Seoul Administrative Court ruled that the false ads caused co...More

Terracotta Far East Film Festival Expands To New Venues, with New Sections And New Dates

Source | 2013/04/12 | | Permalink

The Terracotta Festival, for its 5th year anniversary, will expand from the usual four-days to 10 days from Thursday 6 June to Saturday 15 June 2013. The festival will increase the number of films and venues, and still remain in the heart of the capital.   To commemorate this special occasion, Terracotta Festival organisers are delighted to announce that more strands have been added to the line-up. The four strands of the festival are: CURRENT ASIAN CINEMAIN MEMORY OF: Leslie Cheung & Anita MuiSPOTLIGHT ON: Indonesia and the Terror Cotta Horror All-Nighter.   Terracotta Festival will continue to screen its usual selection of best contemporary films from any genre, any Far East country, at the Prince Charles Cinema from 6-9 June 2013. Like previous editions, guest actors and directors will attend the festival to introduce their film, host Q&A sessions, run Masterclasses and interact with festival goers. This will be the CURRENT ASIAN CINEMA section of the festival...More

Ryu Hyun-jin Does the Horse-Riding Dance with Teammates

Source | 2013/04/11 | | Permalink

Ryu Hyun-jin (right) does the "Gangnam Style" horse-riding dance with teammates Matt Kemp (left) and Clayton Kershaw.

A "Gangnam Style" performance by Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won his first victory in Major League Baseball on Sunday, was revealed on the Internet on Tuesday...More

Girls of f(x) Show off Dance Moves with Hollywood Star

Source | 2013/03/29 | | Permalink

A video starring K-pop girl band f(x) and American actress Anna Kendrick of "Twilight" fame has been released on U.S. comedy website Funny or Die (

In the video that lasts four minutes and 36 seconds, Kendrick is told to learn K-pop in order to keep up with trends. She then goes to f(x) and manages to learn their song and dance moves after a great deal of trouble...More

Kim Yong-man in Gambling Probe

Source | 2013/03/24 | | Permalink

The Seoul Central Prosecutors Office on Thursday said it is investigating TV personality Kim Yong-man on charges of illegally gambling billions of won. According to prosecutors, Kim allegedly bet more than W1 billion (US$1=W1,117) since 2008 through on several illegal gambling websites using the bank account of his manager.

Prosecutors summoned Kim for questioning on Tuesday and apparently obtained a confession that he blew a lot of money gambling...More

Star Power Wanes at Box Office

Source | 2013/03/23 | | Permalink

Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "The Last Stand", which was released in Korea on Feb. 21, has tanked at the box office and dropped off the list after attracting only 66,698 spectators in just under a month.

The film is directed by Kim Jee-woon, who shot to fame with "The Good, the Bad and the Weird", but the combination of top director and star was unable to attract viewers. This appears to be part of a wider trend where star power is fading in favor of strong storylines.

Film booking site Maxmovie asked 2,754 members of its website from Feb. 26 to March 6 what they consider when choosing a movie and found that a massive 74.2 percent said the plot is the most important factor...More

N.Korea's Insidious Campaign of Sowing Dissent

Source | 2013/03/23 | | Permalink

As the dust settles after a massive cyber attack on major broadcasters and banks in South Korea on Wednesday, intelligence officials here say North Korea's persistent online subversion and propaganda pose a more fundamental threat.

North Korean spy agencies have been launching concerted activities to spread propaganda and foment dissent and subversion in South Korea by using 84 directly operated websites as well as hundreds of accounts on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Their aim is to influence South Korean public sentiment in favor of the North and to split the population along ideological lines...More

Design! Design! Design! 5 Korean Tech Products that Won Big at iF

Source | 2013/03/17 | | Permalink

Stylish tech accessories… compact, convenient gadgetstechnology today is all about form and function! To recognize the best designs existing today, the iF Industrial Forum Design joins other design professional organizations around the world with a mission of increasing public awareness about design.

Mid-century modern was all the rage in 1953, when the iF (International Forum) Design Awards were established. Now, 60 years later, diminutive devices dominate the 4,352 entries from 51 countries. They were judged by renowned experts across the industry and, like recent years past, Korean companies were well represented...More

Yoo Seung-ho in training, "He's a man"

Source | 2013/03/13 | | Permalink

Yoo Seung-ho's picture was put up in the training camp website on the 12th. He's being handed over a gun and he's seems like he's been disciplined already.

Netizens say, "He's awesome", "Come back quickly", "He's all grown up now", "He looks good in uniform" and more...More

Sexual harassment, propofol and marijuana... what's wrong with the entertainment world?

Source | 2013/03/13 | | Permalink

Park Si-yeon and Lee Seung-yeon charged with illegal injection of propofol.

The celeb world is being smudged with continuous happenings.

From rape charges to illegal injections and marijuana. The atmosphere is muddled as stars continue to be in trouble for the wrong reasons. It seems like celebrities have to ring the alarm and stay alert and practice self control to avoid any legal trouble...More

[Spoiler] Fashion King: Episode 11

Source | 2013/03/09 | | Permalink

by: Raine


Episode 10 dropped a percentage point to 9.6%. I can't really blame viewers. This show is suffering from severe multiple personality disorder.

So this website is called "Raine's Dichotomy". I think my emotions this episode really embody that. Brain versus heart. I was dreading writing this recap because I really didn't think I knew what to write besides exactly what happened. My brain was completely appalled. My heart was moved...More

Seoul Skyscraper Series: IFC Seoul

Source | 2013/03/09 | | Permalink

When I hear "IFC Mall", I immediately think of Hong Kong's IFC Mall, which opened back in 2003 and is home to some of the city-state's best shopping and restaurants. So it was a pleasant surprise to hear that Korea was getting an IFC of its own in Yeoido, known to some as Korea's Wall Street/Financial District.

Opened in August 2012, the three towers that make up IFC Seoul definitely catch the eye and have transformed the Yeoido skyline, previously defined by the 63 Building. The project consists of nearly 6 million square feet distributed over two office towers and the 5-star Conrad Hotel, owned by Hilton...More

S. Korea Is the King of Cosmetic Surgery

Source | 2013/03/03 | | Permalink

Cosmetic surgery is costly. There are also serious complications and risks associated with cosmetic surgery, from blot clots to infections and in some cases death. Another major risk, of course, is that the outcome is never guaranteed. A doctor can speculate how a patient will look after their procedure, but the result may be different than what the patient expected. Further surgeries may then be required to repair the problem, resulting in additional money spent and more exposure to other risks.

Despite these risks, researchers are discovering significant increases in the number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery. Even teenagers, as young as 12, are having cosmetic procedures.

According to a new study from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, approximately 15 million cosmetic procedures were performed worldwide by licensed cosmetic surgeons in 2011, up almost 5 percent since 2010.

Where is most cosmetic surgery performed? If you answered the USA, you are correct. When it comes to sheer numbers, more cosmetic surgery procedures are carried out in America than anywhere else, with over 3 million performed in 2011. America is followed by Brazil, China, and Japan...More

Netizens report Park Si-hoo for tax evasion

Source | 2013/03/01 | | Permalink

While actor Park Si-hoo has been charged with rape, tax evasion has been added to his charges.

A post titled, "I am reporting Park Si-hoo to the tax office" spread throughout the net on the 27th. A netizen had posted captured pictures regarding this online...More

2013 Guam-USA International Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

Source | 2013/02/21 | | Permalink

Final Extended Deadline for Submissions is July 19

2013 Guam-USA Int'l Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

HAGATÑA, GUAM, USA - The Guam International Film Festival (GIFF) has officially announced its open call for entries to begin on February 1st, for its third annual event scheduled to take place in September. Submission forms can be completed directly online at the official GIFF website,

Deadlines to submit films for the 2013 Guam International Film Festival are:
April 5, 2013 - Earlybird Postmark Deadline
June 7, 2013 - Regular Deadline
July 5, 2013 - Late Deadline
July 19, 2013 – WAB Extended Postmark Deadline...More

Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 ­ Sunday, March 3

Source | 2013/02/19 | | Permalink

Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.

Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema"...More

Monday Socks!

Source | 2013/02/17 | | Permalink

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It's Monday again! The worst day of the week! The dread of having to go back to study or work started creeping up on you on Sunday evening and now it's very real. You knew it when you opened your eyes in the morning. It is real. It is Monday. You cannot run away.

Enough with the pessimism! You're not the only Monday-hater. Take Korean designer, Hong Jung-mi, for example. She hates Monday so much that she created a brand called "i hate monday". As a smart gal, she focused on ways of making herself feel better and came up with the idea of making fun, colorful socks and putting them into vending machines. Why? Because wearing cute socks made her happy… Even on a Monday...More

New Government, New Tech Venture Push

Source | 2013/02/17 | | Permalink

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Korea will greet a new president (our first female president!) at the end of the month and according to the Wall Street Journal, she sees information technology and science as so important to the future of Korea that she's creating a new ministry just to handle these two areas...More

A New Anorak for Kim Jong-il

Source | 2013/02/17 | | Permalink

A bronze statue of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il at Mansudae in Pyongyang before (left) and after being fitted with his trademark anorak. /Reuters-Newsis

North Korea has replaced the overcoat of a massive bronze statue of Kim Jong-il with the former leader's trademark shapeless anorak.

To mark the Lunar New Year holiday, the official Rodong Sinmun daily on Monday published on its front page a photo of North Koreans placing flowers in front of statues of Kim Jong-il and his father, nation founder Kim Il-sung, atop Mansudae Hill in Pyongyang.

Compared with a photo the daily published on Jan. 2, the statue of Kim Il-sung is unchanged, but Kim Jong-il is wearing a brand-new anorak...More

Are You Ready China for Guild Wars 2 and Blade & Soul?

Source | 2013/02/16 | | Permalink

NCsoft, one of the leading Korean game makers will take its two most popular games to China in the second half of this year.

Both "Blade & Soul" and "Guild Wars 2" are MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) and highly popular worldwide. Sales of Guild Wars 2 passed 3 million copies and for its beta test, Blade & Soul got more than 150,000 players.

How fun are NCsoft's games? Apparently the company got sued for making one of it's games "too addictive". A player named Craig thought that the game was too addictive that as a result, he decided to sue NCsoft. He played the game for 11 hours per day, on average, over a 5-year period. As one could imagine, Craig couldn't function in real life. While we couldn't find any articles of what happened in this lawsuit, it's incontrovertible evidence of how fun the game is...More

Military's Parody of 'Les Miserables' Could Be Next YouTube Hit

Source | 2013/02/14 | | Permalink

"Les Militaribles", a video parody of the movie "Les Misérables" produced by the Korean Air Force, is receiving much attention on YouTube. It attracted over 3 million hits as of Monday, six days after it was first uploaded on the video-sharing website.

The 13-minute video revolves around an airman called Jean Valjean, the same name as the lead character in Victor Hugo's classic novel. His girlfriend comes to visit him while he is tasked with clearing snow on a runway, but he has only a few minutes to see her. As they part, he says he will overcome his sadness "for spring will come at last...More

A Trio With a Mission: Ahn Trio Makes Classical Music for the Cool Kids

Source | 2013/02/10 | | Permalink

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It is no surprise that young people often prefer "cool" music genres such as pop, rock, hip hop, house and electronic to classical music. I've heard sneers when I admit my own love for compositions made hundreds of years before I was born. One group has set out to change the way young people see classical music.

The Ahn Trio, comprised of twin sisters Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello) and younger sister Angella (violin), were born in Seoul and educated at the Juilliard School of Music. They are on a mission to get younger audiences to connect more closely with classical music. To fulfill this task, they have appeared on MTV television series, MTV Unplugged and regularly visit middle schools, high schools and colleges, giving workshops and master classes...More

A Techie's Guide to the Korea Grand Sale

Source | 2013/02/10 | | Permalink

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Every year the Korea Grand Sale draws fashionistas from around the world who are looking for great deals on Korean or global designer label fashion. And every year, these fashionistas drag with them friends and significant others who have absolutely no interest in clothing. We think that this spectacular sale can be fun for everyone and we've put together a guide for people who are more interested in sleek designs and sleek electronics than the sleek lines on an Andre Kim dress...More

Access K-pop on Your Smartphone with KT's Genie App

Source | 2013/02/02 | | Permalink

Psy amassed millions of fans, raising interest in Korean entertainers in the process. Photo Credit:

Girls' Generation's latest single "I got a boy" racked up over 30 million views on YouTube, but K-pop fans outside of Korea have a new option: Now you can listen to all your favorite K-pop right on your smartphone. KT Corp announced that it was expanding its Genie KPOP mobile music app to 45 countries to meet global demand.

It's undeniable that K-pop fever has only increased with Psy's breakout fame in 2012 and the continued popularity of groups like Big Bang, 2NE1 and SHINee around the world. But it wasn't always easy for fans outside of Korea to buy music and video content of their favorite celebs...More

Special Olympics Kick Off in Pyeongchang

Source | 2013/02/02 | | Permalink

The 2013 Pyeongchang Special Olympics World Winter Games kick off on Tuesday for their eight-day run, with high-profile dignitaries such as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi set to attend the opening ceremony at Yongpyeong Dome from 6 p.m.

The international sporting event is held every four years for people with intellectual disabilities and is now being held in Korea for the first time. Some 4,200 people including President Lee Myung-bak, volunteers and 3,190 athletes from 111 countries will attend. Korea is being represented by 236 athletes, more than any other country.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi, leader of her country's National League for Democracy, entered Korea on Monday. She is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the Global Development Summit on Wednesday in front of world leaders to discuss welfare programs for people with intellectual disabilities...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] The Reward of Adopting Abroad...

2013/01/26 | | Permalink

The bitch was sprinting now, faster than I had ever seen her run. I called her name repeatedly but she openly ignored the pleas. I found myself slapping the side of my right leg in frustration and in an effort to get her attention. The long beach taunted me with its scale as I briefly pondered the thought of having to chase her along the seemingly endless strip of cooling sand and shells. I haul her name at her again, my face reddening as passers-by start to turn their heads. She was free, and there was very little I could do for her now. I would just have to trust that she would come back to me, me and the secretly sticky treat I had snuck into my pocket before we left the house.

She was perfect, but at the time I wasn't sure if I could have her. I had seen pictures of her online and, while beautiful and particularly striking, I was also reminded of just how much time, effort, and, most definitely money, it would take to keep her happy, to keep her by my side and coming back to me. I wasn't sure if I was ready, I also wasn't sure if I could, in all honestly, do this to myself again. Was I ready? What about when I leave Korea? Would she come back with me? These were some of the questions I had to ask myself before committing to this 'till-death-do-us-part' relationship, at least that's how I planned to look and it. She was perfect and mine...More

Lee Jong-suk in a sweat suit

Source | 2013/01/24 | | Permalink

Lee Jong-suk's proportion in uniform VS sweat suit

Lee Jong-suk and Kim Woo-bin's body proportions are at the interest of netizens at the moment...More

[Interview] Korean-American Actress Jennivere Song Lee

Source | 2013/01/20 | | Permalink

Born in Queens to Korean parents, Jennivere is a first generation Korean American. From an early age, Jennivere had a strong passion for the arts. She took tap, jazz and ballet classes throughout her childhood as in addition to playing piano and making costumes for church plays. As soon as she was of legal age, Jennivere worked two jobs after school. She worked weekdays after school at an ice cream bakery and as an orthodontist assistant on the weekends.

When she was 16, her mother enrolled her in fashion design classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Noticing Jennivere's restlessness, her English teacher recommended she take a drama class. Jennivere enjoyed the class but never considered pursuing it as a career, since it was rare to see Asian actors on television. Upon graduation from high school, she took a break to work, travel, write and soul search. After a year, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fashion Design major. While at FIT, she learned of her more fulfilling first love - writing. After taking another break from her studies to work and experience life, she became a personal fitness trainer, a real estate agent, waitress, personal assistant, photographic model, artist model and even a street canvasser for Greenpeace during a very cold winter! She feels that her life experiences add enrichment and fuel her need to experience even more life has to offer...More

Will Psy Perform at Presidential Inauguration?

Source | 2013/01/18 | | Permalink

A performance by global superstar Psy of "Gangnam Style" fame is being considered for the inauguration of president-elect Park Geun-hye on Feb. 25. Officials planning the event on Thursday agreed to make the ceremony as dignified and frugal as possible...More

Discover the Art of Illumination

Source | 2013/01/13 | | Permalink

Korea is a leader in next generation lighting technologies like LEDs. Companies like Seoul Semiconductor churn out solid state lighting that makes its way into TV backlights, advertising marquees, car headlights and, more and more commonly, our homes.

With Korea's contribution to lighting, there's no better place to put an entire museum dedicated to lights and lighting. About an hour north of Seoul by car in Yanju, sits the Feelux Lighting Museum. The facility aims to showcase the beauty and innovation of a technology that's often taken for granted.

If your lighting history is a bit rusty like mine, one section of the museum will take you through the evolution of lighting from electric bulbs to fiber optics. After that, absorb a fascinating exhibit about the medical use of light through light therapy. It explains how coming to rely mostly on artificial light as we've moved more of our activities indoors has distanced us from the changing brightness and color temperature of the sun, moon and stars, which used to dictate life...More

Sin Dong-wook suffering from CRPS

Source | 2013/01/10 | | Permalink

Sin Dong-wook's CRPS is a rare disease that no one knows the cause of.

While it has been known that actor Sin Dong-wook is suffering from a rare disease, attention for CRPS increased as well...More

Girls Generation's New Album Already a Hit with U.S. Media

Source | 2013/01/09 | | Permalink

Girls' Generation's new album "I Got a Boy" is receiving rave reviews from the U.S. media.

Billboard on Friday ran a review on all the tracks on the album and described them as "polished K-pop confections that combine elements of forward-thinking EDM (electronic dance music), classic and modern R&B, 80s new wave, and more". It added that "it should more than satisfy not only K-pop fans but also listeners of all types of popular music".

It said the title song is "one of the most-forward thinking lead pop singles heard in any country", adding that, "with this title track, Girls' Generation just set the bar truly high for pop in 2013...More

PSY & B.A.P Included In Best of 2012 Snapshots On Grammy's Site

Source | 2013/01/09 | | Permalink

K-Pop has made it onto the website of arguably the biggest musical honour in the industry...More

Stars Sue Cosmetic Clinic for Unauthorized Advertising

Source | 2013/01/08 | | Permalink

Half a dozen stars such as actor Jang Dong-gun are suing a cosmetic clinic for W120 million in damages for using their pictures without permission (US$1=W1,064).

According to the Seoul Central District Court on Monday, they include actress Song Hye-kyo, actor Kim Nam-gil, singer BoA, and Jessica and Tiffany of Girls' Generation...More

PSY & B.A.P Included In Best of 2012 Snapshots On Grammy's Site

Source | 2013/01/04 | | Permalink

K-Pop has made it onto the website of arguably the biggest musical honour in the industry.

The now internationally-recognized PSY along with idol group B.A.P.
were included in a section titled "Snapshot: Best of 2012" on the official website for the Grammy's...More

Rain Under Fire for Bunking Off Military Duties

Source | 2013/01/03 | | Permalink

Singer and actor Rain, who is serving his mandatory military service, has provoked controversy over the privileges enjoyed by star conscripts by taking unusually frequent holidays. The star attracted the latest unwelcome publicity after it was reported that he is dating actress Kim Tae-hee.

Rain began his service in October 2011 as an assistant instructor at a boot camp on the front line but was transferred to Seoul in March last year to serve in the Army's entertainment corps.

According to the Defense Ministry, Rain got 17 days off as a reward and took another 10 overnight vacation days since March. He spent another 44 days outside his military base on official business such as morale-boosting performances, recording sessions and dance practice for military events. In July, Rain spent four days at one studio in Gangnam...More

Singer Lee So-eun Passes U.S. Bar Exam

Source | 2013/01/01 | | Permalink

Singer Lee So-eun recently passed the U.S. bar exam, offering an alternative role model for Korean youngsters who regard becoming a celebrity as the be-all and end-all of existence.

For Lee, going to law school was not an escape from a flagging musical career. She has released four albums since debuting in 1998, when she was just in high school. Lee spent her childhood in the U.S. and had difficulty adjusting to school back to Korea. Then she happened to hear about an audition on education broadcaster EBS and entered it. She made it to the finals with a piece she composed by herself...More

Fast warm-up of electric blankets can raise radioactivity risk

Source | 2012/12/29 | | Permalink

An electric blanket is a popular item in Korea in winter, warming up faster than ondol, or a boiler heating the floor. But the faster the device warms up, the more electromagnetic waves are emitted.

A study on electric blankets by seven manufacturers has found that the device emit electromagnetic waves of an average of 21.4 mG, according to the National Institute of Environmental Research under the Environment Ministry on Sunday...More

Looking for "Best of" Korean Beauty Products, Soko Glam!

Source | 2012/12/23 | | Permalink

Korean hallyu is so much more than just K-pop and K-dramas! As we mentioned before, Korean skincare and makeup products are dominating the global cosmetics industry. According to Statistics Korea, Korean cosmetic sales are up by 9.6% since a year ago- a growth obtainable largely due to Korea's international visitors. I'm also no stranger to "care package" requests from friends living overseas for brands such as Etude house, MISSHA, Skin Food and Too Cool for School! Most of you who have tried to get your hands on these products know how difficult it is to purchase Korean cosmetics let alone get the latest news about the products. But a new online store called Soko Glam (Soko, short for South Korea) is on a mission to change all that – by offering high quality, affordable Korean cosmetics...More

PSY's Gangnam Style Most Viewed on YouTube

Source | 2012/12/22 | | Permalink

South Korean singer PSY's music video for "Gangnam Style" has now received a record number of hits on video-sharing website YouTube...More

CJ Entertainment brings THE TOWER the North America on 1.11.2013!

Source | 2012/12/21 | | Permalink

CJ Entertainment is thrilled to announce the North American release of "The Tower" on 1.11.2013. Already stirring up intense interest in Korea where it opens as the holiday blockbuster offering for this Christmas, "The Tower" features a star-studded ensemble cast including Seol Kyeong-gu ("No Mercy", 2009; "Haeundae", 2009), Son Ye-jin ("A Moment to Remember", 2004; "Spellbound", 2011) and Kim Sang-kyeong ("Memories of Murder", 2003). Interwoven dramatic storylines, heartfelt acting, and show-stopping pyrotechnics make "The Tower" a bold new addition to the disaster action movie genre...More

Joo Da-yeong's pajama self-cam

Source | 2012/12/06 | | Permalink

 Kid actress Joo Da-yeong revealed a picture of herself in pajamas on Twitter.

She is looking at the camera with her hair down and forehead exposed...More

Psy Now Most Viewed on Youtube

Source | 2012/11/26 | | Permalink

South Korean singer Psy has officially made Youtube history, ranking No.1 on the video-sharing website's most-viewed chart...More

Hotels in Seoul Offer up High-Tech Amenities to Travelers

Source | 2012/11/25 | | Permalink

The Shilla Seoul offers lifestyle services like a medical clinic. Photo Credit:

It's no surprise that in the land of the wired, South Korea's capital is full of hotels that offer high-tech, geeky touches for guests. Here are some ideas of where to book for your next trip to Seoul if you need just that!

The Shilla Seoul

The Shilla Seoul is the cream of Seoul's luxury hotel crop. On a stay you may find yourself rubbing elbows with visiting royalty, world leaders and celebs. And if you're planning a conference or business meeting at this premiere hotel, you're sure to enjoy the state-of-the-art communications technology on offer...More

The 2012 Seoul Photo Festival

Source | 2012/11/24 | | Permalink

Can you guess which part of Seoul this photo was taken in? It's the now posh neighborhood of Apgujeong, circa 1978! The third annual Seoul Photo Festival kicked off this Wednesday and offers an unusual opportunity to see the city's transformation. Through the ages, it's grown from a compact, walled city into the sprawling, trendy metropolis that you're familiar with today.

* 압구정 밭갈이 사진 – 전민조 작가 (1978년) Plowing outside of Apgujung by Minjo Jun. Photo Credit:

This exhibition will take place across several venues in Northern Seoul, including the Seoul Museum of Art. This year's theme is A Thousand Villages, A Thousand Memories...More

The 2012 Seoul Photo Festival

Source | 2012/11/24 | | Permalink

Can you guess which part of Seoul this photo was taken in? It's the now posh neighborhood of Apgujeong, circa 1978! The third annual Seoul Photo Festival kicked off this Wednesday and offers an unusual opportunity to see the city's transformation. Through the ages, it's grown from a compact, walled city into the sprawling, trendy metropolis that you're familiar with today.

* 압구정 밭갈이 사진 – 전민조 작가 (1978년) Plowing outside of Apgujung by Minjo Jun. Photo Credit:

This exhibition will take place across several venues in Northern Seoul, including the Seoul Museum of Art. This year's theme is A Thousand Villages, A Thousand Memories...More

Kakao to Launch Mobile Content Shop Next Year

Source | 2012/11/24 | | Permalink

KaKao plans to make another new leap forward.

It all started with a free messaging service in 2010 and was followed by the introduction of mobile games in July.
The games, such as the wildly popular Anipang, now bring KaKao a monthly profit over 40-million U.S. dollars.
And from early next year, the company plans to launch a mobile content shop called 'KaKao Page'.
Under the new service, users can publish and sell their songs, music videos and electronic books to other users, and 50-percent of the sales go to the content creator...More

Gwangju Biennale Wraps Up Two Months of Art and Design

Source | 2012/11/24 | | Permalink

Gwangju, a relatively sleepy city on the south end of the Korean Peninsula, has become host to an important arts and culture festival, the Gwangju Biennale. This event is part of an effort by the city, known for its important role in Korea's movement for democracy, to recreate itself as a regional center for the arts and artists.

The ninth Gwangju Biennale came to a satisfying close on November 11th after two months of artwork and performances. The focus of this year's event was honoring of the sacrifice of activists killed in 1980 as they fought for Korean democracy.

Much of the artwork included thought-provoking pieces centered on political and social issues. Ala Younis created a project called "Tin Soldiers" that consists on hand-painted metal figures...More

CGV Cinemas brings the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards to YOU!

Source | 2012/11/23 | | Permalink

Watch the biggest K-POP festival of the year on the BIG SCREEN.

CGV Cinemas in LA and MNET are giving you TWO ways you can get tickets to this exclusive event:

1) Can't get enough of Song Joong-ki? Watch him at the 2012 MAMA in Hong Kong AND in his latest movie, "A Werewolf Boy"!

Purchase advance tickets to "A Werewolf Boy" on-site at the CGV Box Office from 11/23-11/29 and get FREE tickets to the 2012 MAMA screening!...More

Patriotic Performers Spoof 'Pyongyang Style'

Source | 2012/11/23 | | Permalink

A music video titled "Pyongyang Style" that pokes fun at the North Korean regime based on Psy's global hit "Gangnam Style" is drawing growing attention with over 200,000 hits in almost three months.

Made by a performance group called Haramggun, it features lyrics such as, "It's a country who's number one export is nucular test". The band has a patriotic bent, also promoting reunification and South Korea's sovereignty of the Dokdo islets...More

Son Ye-jin picking her nose

Source | 2012/11/20 | | Permalink

Actress Son Ye-jin was seen picking her nose.

A picture was posted on a community website titled, "Son Ye-jin picking her nose"...More

Korea Ranks No. 1 in Internet Access and Website Making

Source | 2012/11/17 | | Permalink

Korea, with its super-fast Internet speeds, is the most wired country in the world.
You'll find Koreans browsing news, playing smartphone games and doing online shopping anywhere.
The Internet Economy Outlook 2012 report released by the OECD on Friday showed, not only did Korea have the highest internet access but also had the most experience in producing online websites...More

Jeong Ryeo-won supports "The King of Dramas"

Source | 2012/11/08 | | Permalink

Actress Jeong Ryeo-won is eager to promote the new SBS drama "The King of Dramas".

The website for the drama posted pictures of Jeong doing cute poses in front of the official poster out in public...More

South Korean fantasy romance "A Werewolf Boy" dominates at box office!

Source | 2012/11/06 | | Permalink

"A Werewolf Boy" grabs #1 at Korean box office on opening night and logs 1.3 million admissions over the first weekend!
Coming to North American theaters in late November!

South Korean theaters scared up more than candy and costumes on October 31st – a supernatural buzz filled the air as audiences were enchanted by "A Werewolf Boy", CJ Entertainment's fantasy romance starring up-and-coming stars Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-yeong...More

Yoona reveals close up self-cam

Source | 2012/11/05 | | Permalink

Girl's Generation Yoona revealed a self-cam of herself.

Four pictures were posted on a community bulletin. This picture is a profile picture for the UFO Town website where a star and fans communicate through messages...More

Smartphone Torture Test: Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5

Source | 2012/11/04 | | Permalink

Popular consumer technology website CNET recently conducted a series of endurance challenges for the most popular smartphones on the market.

First up, the Samsung's Galaxy S3 comes out of the freezer after a chilly two hours.

[Interview : Molly Wood, Executive Editor
CNET ] "Ice build-up on there. Let's try to turn it on. Ok, it comes on. It's sluggish but functional...More

South Korea, Japan and US Fashion Styles by Kpopsicle: Stunning International Fashion

Source | 2012/11/04 | | Permalink

By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent

Stunning International Fashion
Images belong to KPOPSICLE.

Kpopsicle ( is an amazing online fashion store which caters for stylish ladies who want to connect with the vibes of South Korea, America and Japan. Of course, the styles of these buzzing nations appeal internationally and this is the beauty of Kpopsicle. Therefore, this online fashion company provides stunning female fashion products all year round.

The Kpopsicle website is user-friendly and is updated regularly in order to connect with their client base and to highlight the latest trends hitting the streets of Seoul, Tokyo, New York and other vibrant cities. Also, images of items are extremely clear and taken from different angles in order that viewers can get a real feel about the product being viewed.

On the Kpopsicle website this company states that We focus on stylish and trendy designs and this is clearly true. Immediately on entering the website ladies will find an abundance of images and products to search. True to the words of Kpopsicle it is clear that this adorable online fashion company does focus on stylish and trendy designs which will appeal to ladies all over the world...More

Take Your Korean to the Next Level

Source | 2012/11/02 | | Permalink

Maybe you've read our post on Learning Korean on the Go and checked out an app or two on your smartphone.

If you don't own a smartphone or want to invest some more time into learning Korean from the comfort of your desk, check out some online options below (credits to the Korea Tourism Organization):

Absolute Beginner

Who it's for: Got 30 minutes? This course claims it will teach you the Korean alphabet in just half an hour. I say that's a pretty sweet deal. At the very least, you'll be able to spell your name in Korean!...More

More Young Singers Migrate to Movies

Source | 2012/11/01 | | Permalink

From top, Dong Jun, Kim Jae-joong and Seulong

Idol singers no longer seem satisfied with merely appearing on stage and in TV dramas. Recently, more idol group members are getting involved in moviemaking, with Dong Jun of boy band ZE:A currently receiving the most attention for his supporting role in "A Company Man", which was released on Oct. 11.

Viewers have heaped praise on the 20-year-old for his movie debut, posting comments on local movie websites about how he was able to acquit himself well in both action scenes and those that require emotional depth. They say he deserved more on-screen time beyond that of a supporting role...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/10/31 | | Permalink

It's Wednesday and it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. Today she has the latest celebrity gossip and a merger between two very big film productions that made headlines this week.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] To start us off, I have news on the American Music Awards, an engagement for one rock star and legal trouble for another, and a wedding video gone bad. Take a look...More

Hotel Lobby

Source | 2012/10/27 | | Permalink

Ambassador Hotel Group

Ambassador Hotel Group has renewed the joint website for its eight branches in Korea ― Grand Ambassador Seoul, Novotel Ambassador Gangnam, Novotel Ambassador Doksan, Ibis Ambassador Seoul, Ibis Ambassador Myeongdong, Novotel Ambassador Daegu City Center, Pullman Ambassador Changwon City Seven and Ibis Ambassador Busan City Center.

The website,, offers quicker and easier reservation services and access to information about the hotels.

Celebrating the renewal opening, those joining the membership or making reservations through the website will have a chance to win prizes. The event is held through Dec. 7. For inquiries, call (02) 2270-3999...More

Hyun-a Shares Global Spotlight with Psy

Source | 2012/10/26 | | Permalink

Singer Hyun-a has been receiving much attention from the foreign media as the next Korean star to potentially follow in the footsteps of Psy, who is currently basking in his global success.

British daily The Guardian said on Wednesday that "if anyone could follow Psy's success, it would be 4minute's very own Hyun-a, who not only produced one of 2011's greatest songs with 'Bubble Pop!' but also has a cameo in 'Gangnam Style...More

Psy Adds Comic Touch to Hyun-a's New Video

Source | 2012/10/24 | | Permalink

"Gangnam Style" singer Psy puts in a cameo performance in the music video for one of the tracks on Hyun-a's second solo album "Ice Cream", which was released on Monday...More

With Hyun-a on Board, New 'Gangnam Style' Video Also a Hit

Source | 2012/10/23 | | Permalink

The new version of Psy's "Gangnam Style" music video, which was released on Aug. 15 as a treat for fans of the original, attracted a total of 100 million hits on YouTube as of Sunday.

Featuring Psy and Hyun-a of girl band 4minute -- who also featured in the original -- "Oppa Is Just My Style" presents itself as a light-hearted send-up of the hopes and desires of a woman living in Seoul's affluent Gangnam area...More

"Gangnam Style" Eclipses 500 Million Views on YouTube

Source | 2012/10/20 | | Permalink

South Korean singer and internet sensation PSY's addictive tune "Gangnam Style" has now received over 500 million hits on video-sharing website YouTube.

The video reached 502 million views on Saturday, 98 days after it was first uploaded in mid-July...More

Online Teaser Whets Appetites for BoA's Hollywood Debut

Source | 2012/10/16 | | Permalink

A sneak peak of the film "COBU 3D", singer BoA's upcoming Hollywood debut, is attracting people's attention. The 10-minute video clip was posted on, a website run by her fans, on Sunday...More

Treat yourself to 'Night at Paradise'

Source | 2012/10/14 | | Permalink

Tessa Jeon rehearses "Mein Herr" from "Cabaret", featured in "Night at The Paradise" ahead of the musical's Friday opening. The show will be at the Spazio Luce Theater in Itaewon, Seoul. / Courtesy of Dennis Kim

By Alan Green

Expat-produced musical "Night at The Paradise" opens at the Spazio Luce Theater in Itaewon, Seoul, Friday, featuring 22 numbers from award-winning shows including "Wicked", "Cabaret", "Chicago" and "The Producers". The cast of 27 more than do the Broadway hits justice with slick choreography and powerful vocal performances.

As retiring manager of New York's Paradise Theater Owen Morgan prepares to hand over the reins to his successor, he reminisces on his years in the business. Memories of the shows, events and performers from his career are vividly brought to life through song and dance...More

Globalization of Korean food hits snag

Source | 2012/10/13 | | Permalink

By Ryu Chang-gi

The much-touted project for globalization of Korean food has failed to yield fruits as expected despite the whooping 80 billion won budget allocated, according to Rep. Kim Jae-won of the Saenuri Party, Thursday.

Initiated in 2009, by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, its impact is now being seriously questioned. First lady Kim Yoon-ok led the Korean Food Foundation to showcase the image of Korea, with the goal of improving business opportunities for Korean restaurants overseas.

Kim asserted that the construction of the flagship Korean food restaurant New York's Manhattan, has failed to make progress. In addition, the foundation has been very sluggish all this while...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/10/12 | | Permalink

Now it's time for our final arts and culture segment of the week. Today, Michelle Kim tells us about a special screening at the Busan International Film Festival and a new film about Led Zeppelin.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, the Busan International Film Festival is heading towards its grand finale, but before the closing ceremony, I'd like to introduce to you one more movie that may catch your interest. Take a look.

This year's Busan International Film Festival offered up a screening of the North Korean film "Comrade Kim Goes Flying".
It was the film's first screening in the South and it may also be the last, as South Korea generally forbids all forms of media from the North...More

Hyun-a to release new single 'Melting'

Source | 2012/10/11 | | Permalink

By Rachel Lee

Kim Hyun-a of Korean girl group 4minute is to release an EP next week.

According to Cube Entertainment Wednesday, her second solo effort titled "Melting" will be available through various music websites from Oct. 17...More

'Gangnam Style' hotel package to debut

Source | 2012/10/11 | | Permalink

By Kim Rahn

Worldwide awareness of the affluent southern district of Seoul has never been higher thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of Psy's hit song "Gangnam Style" and its accompanying video. So it is not surprising that the tourism sector is moving to take advantage of the fervor.

The Novotel Ambassador Gangnam is offering a special Gangnam Style Package. The hotel said Tuesday that the package, comprising of accommodation and a tour of the area, will be offered from next week after it was proposed by the Australian headquarters of the worldwide hotel chain.

"Such an offer is very unusual and shows the popularity of the song there. Psy is scheduled to play in Australia on Monday, and almost all Australian media will likely cover the event. It means Australians are paying attention to Gangnam Style and the attention is expected to lead to trips to Korea, especially Gangnam", a director at the Korean hotel said...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/10/08 | | Permalink

It's the start of a new week and our Michelle Kim is here for our daily arts and culture segment. Today, she will tell us about a dance performance she saw this weekend and a Korean film that premiered recently at the Busan film festival.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what was the performance you saw this weekend[Reporter : ] I went to see Sweden's Cullberg Ballet Company, which is in town as the opening performance of the 15th Seoul International Dance Festival. The festival features a wide rang of choreographic styles, and Cullberg started it off with three innovative works from its repertoire. Take a look.

The Seoul International Dance Festival kicked off on Friday with a performance at the Gangdong Arts Center by the Cullberg Ballet Company from Sweden.
The company, which is known for its modern interpretations of classical ballet works, last appeared in Korea nearly 10 years ago in 2003...More

Korean American or American Korean?

Source | 2012/10/07 | | Permalink

By Jason Lim

Above is the title of a lecture that I have to give to a group of University of Maryland students this Friday for a College Leadership Academy session sponsored by the D.C. chapter of the Peace Foundation.

And I am stumped. I can't believe that I ever agreed to speak on this topic since I have no idea what a Korean American is, although I am supposedly one. And if I can't define what I am, what chances do I have of lecturing about it and then comparing and contrasting it with its reverse derivative? I mean the title makes for nice copy but to build meaningful substance around it? I feel like that I have been too clever by at least half...More

Chinese embrace `Gangnam Style,` Japanese kept in the dark

Source | 2012/10/06 | | Permalink

Rapper Psy`s global smash "Gangnam Style" has belatedly swept across China. The song, however, received a frosty response from Japan due to a bilateral diplomatic conflict with Korea.

When the song went viral across the globe, Chinese netizens remained lukewarm on the hit. Things began to change over the Golden Week Holidays (Oct. 1-8), however, and Chinese finally began responding with explosive enthusiasm...More

'Gangnam Style' raises stock value of Psy's mgmt. agency CEO

Source | 2012/10/04 | | Permalink

The worldwide popularity of rapper Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" has boosted the stock holdings of Yang Hyun-suk, CEO of YG Entertainment, a major entertainment company that represents Psy, from 130th place to 49th, said Tuesday.

Ranking the wealthiest conglomerates and individuals in the nation, the website said Yang`s stocks jumped 161.8 percent in value Friday from Jan. 2 this year to 340.2 billion won (305.5 million U.S. dollars), rising more than 200 billion won(179.6 million dollars) this year. Yang`s stock value surpassed that of SM Entertainment`s Chairman Lee Soo-man to make the former the richest stockholder among Korean entertainer-turned-entrepreneurs...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/10/03 | | Permalink

It's Wednesday, which means it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim and as always, she brings us all the latest from Hollywood and beyond.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what are you going to tell us about first[Reporter : ] To start us off this Wednesday, I have the scoop on the next host for the Oscars, the latest James Bond theme song, Glamour U.K'.s Sexiest Men cover model, and more. Take a look.

"Family Guy" creator Seth Macfarlane has been tapped to host the 85th annual Academy Awards, which will air on February 24th. This will be his first outing as the Oscar MC.
Adele fans, listen up: After months of rumors, the singer confirmed on Monday that she had recorded the theme song for the new James Bond film "Skyfall". and posted a picture of the sheet music for the song on her Twitter page...More

Creator's Project in Seoul - Highlights

Source | 2012/09/30 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: Bryan Derbella

Picking up from my last post about the Creator's Project in Seoul, I'll give a few highlights from my favorite parts of Saturday night.


The Treachery of Sanctuary by Chris Milk

According to the artist's website,  "The Treachery of Sanctuary" is an interactive triptych that is a panoptic narrative interpretation of the universal human experience: birth, death and regeneration. Each panel in the piece represents a step on a journey. It is also the artist's intention to reflect the parallel experience of the artist as he journeys through the creative process.

In the first panel, your shadow appears. A flock of birds gather at the top of the panel. If you reach up, your shadow begins to dissolve into hundreds of small birds that flutter up to join the flock. Your shadow disappears...More


Source | 2012/09/29 | | Permalink

Counter cyberbullying with Sunfull

By Rachel Lee

In October 2008, a merciless tide of public opinion was a major reason that drove movie star Choi Jin-sil to take her own life. The most well-known victim of cyberbullying in Korea was also a mother of two.

Her suicide is not an isolated incident. It is part of the country's growing problem with insidious chat room activity. In May 2010, a group of Internet users attacked rapper Tablo, whose Korean name is Lee Seon-woong. The members accused the 32-year-old of forging his Stanford degrees and argued that he did not graduate from the prestigious university. He presented his credentials, yet the group continued to attack the artist.

As one of the most wired nations, almost every household in Korea is equipped with broadband Internet. But this freedom in exchange of information and opinion has made celebrities as well as ordinary people vulnerable to relentless online attacks known here as "akpeul", or vicious online replies. Min Byoung-chul, a renowned English educator and a professor of International Studies at Konkuk University, has been trying to combat it. In 2007, he started Sunfull, a non-profit organization formed to fight bullying and hateful comments posted on the Internet...More

More Coffee Shops Open All Night

Source | 2012/09/29 | | Permalink

Many coffee chains are expanding business hours to 24 hours a day as diversifying lifestyles create more night owls. Convenience stores and restaurants that operate around the clock are already going strong in the streets of Seoul, and now over 100 coffee shops in the city have joined their ranks.

The leader in this niche market is Tom N Toms. Starting with its Apgujeong-dong shop in the affluent Gangnam district in 2005, some 81 out of its 340 outlets nationwide are open 24 hours.

The number of the chain's 24-hour shops increased from one in 2005 to 48 in 2009, and 81 this year. They target places with a large itinerant population such as Hyehwa-dong and Sinchon and university areas...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/09/25 | | Permalink

 And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. I hear she'll tell us about a flash mob and the outcome of the Emmy Awards. Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, the global phenomenon that is "Gangnam Style" doesn't seem like it's going away anytime soon. The video has prompted a number of parodies by groups from students to office workers to naval officers, and inspired an explosion of flash mobs around the world. There was one in Korea over the weekend, but it was no ordinary group of dancers. Let's take a look.

A mob filled Gwanghwamun Plaza on Friday,.. a flash mob, for the chance to dance to Psy's now world-famous "Gangnam Style".
But this is no random group of dancers.
They're all here in Korea to participate in the finals of the K-Pop Cover Dance Contest, which took place in Gyeongju on Saturday.
The 13 teams from 11 countries, including the U.S., Russia and Nigeria, are all the regional winners of the contest and they've beat out more than 18-hundred teams for a ticket to Korea to compete in the finals.
They couldn't seem to hide their excitement at dancing to "Gangnam Style" in its city of origin.

[Interview : Alena, Russian team member] "Great dance, great music and then charisma. There are three things in one dance so I think that 'Gangnam Style' is one of the best songs that people will hear forever".

[Interview : Michael, Nigerian team member] "'Gangnam Style' is a wonderful and exceptional dance that is ...More

[Guest Post] The 2012 K-Pop Cover Dance Festival

Source | 2012/09/23 | | Permalink

By William Schwartz

This weekend Gyeongju hosted the 2012 Hallyu Dream Festival. The event is a major promotion of K-Pop artists, and has been marketed explicitly to foreigners for the sake of Korean tourism. By and large the event has been too rich for my blood. The two major events, Friday and Sunday night, were star-studded performances by multiple famed Korean groups, and were sold out, leaving only hopers to wait in line for spare tickets. I took part in the third event, on Saturday night, with a much smaller audience- the Cover Dance competition.

Cover dancing is when a group of people, for fun and exercise, dance to a recording of a popular song. I'd never heard of this phenomenon before I came to Korea, but from what I can tell, it's an important part of K-Pop's popularity. Shortly after I started at Dongguk University, I saw a cover dance performance (labelled on the poster as "musical") where students performed cover dances for a large group. Not all of the songs were K-Pop, though none were of Western origin...More

The Creators Project

Source | 2012/09/23 | | Permalink

The Creators Project is going to be in Seoul this weekend from September 21-23!

Founded by Intel and Vice Magazine, The Creators Project started out as a website combining technology with creativity and art. It travels around the world to hold short cultural festivals that "bring together innovators working at the forefront of creativity and technology".

In Seoul, the Creators Project will transform the Dongdaemun Design Plaza into an interactive and visual cultural hub, hosting art installations, film screenings and live music and performances from top Korean artists, such as Drunken Tiger and 2NE1, as well as bands like Idiotape...More

Korean Designs Go Beyond Shiny Smartphones

Source | 2012/09/22 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: The Korea Herald

A decade ago, when Korean electronic products started to slowly gain popularity in the global market, it was mostly because of the high quality and great durability. The design aspect wasn't at the same level as Japanese competitors.

Now things have changed, however. Many Korean companies are ranking in prestigious international design awards such as red-dot, IDEA and iF. Samsung received more awards at IDEA than any other company and Ralph Wiegmann, the Managing director of iF design award, says it's no surprise that Korean companies thrive in design as they have motivation and passion to improve.

Now the world stage is the playground for Korean designers in categories beyond consumer electronics. For instance, Maison et Objet is one of the world's largest design shows and took place in Paris in early September. This year several Elle editors chose designers to participate in a special section called Talents à la Cartes, selecting among them Korean designer Heewon Kim...More

CJ Entertianment Proudly Presents "I AM: SMTOWN Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden"

Source | 2012/09/21 | | Permalink

Featuring Performances by K-Pop Superstars Kang Ta, BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee & f(x)

Plus an Intimate, Behind-the-Scenes Look at 32 of K-Pop's Biggest Stars

Worldwide Sensation Explodes on DVD & Blu-ray in U.S.A. on Nov. 6th

Includes Full-Length Concert (2 ¾ Hours); Feature-Length Documentary (2-Hours) With Never-Before-Seen Footage on Stage and Off; and Special Features (45 Minutes)

Check Out the I AM: SMTOWN Sweepstakes at:

"If the massive roars of the sold-out show were any indication, everyone had a great time... "...More

Foreigners dance to 'Gangnam Style'

Source | 2012/09/21 | | Permalink

Semifinalists of the 2012 audition for the "K-pop Cover Dance Festival" dance to rapper-singer Psy's hit song, "Gangnam Style", during performance at Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, Friday. / Korea Times photo by Shin Sang-sun

By Yun Suh-young

"Oppan Gangnam Style!" shouted foreigners who danced to the song "Gangnam Style" in the middle of Gwanghwamun Plaza in central Seoul, Friday.

About 70 foreigners danced to rapper-singer Psy's hit song which has gone viral online and hit the billboard charts in the United States, during a dance session held Friday from 11:30 a.m. till noon...More

Musical as next 'hallyu'

Source | 2012/09/19 | | Permalink

A Korean production of the Czech musical "Jack the Ripper" in Tokyo, Sunday, was well received by the audience.
/ Courtesy of M Musical Company

By Kwon Mee-yoo

A Korean production of musical "Jack the Ripper", successfully opened at the Aoyama Theater in Tokyo, Sunday. Despite the high price of 9,500-16,000 yen ($120-$200) a ticket, the first night starring Sungmin of Super Junior was sold out and some 1,200 audience members gave it a standing ovation.

The show, revolving around a serial murder case in London in 1888, is originally a Czech musical, but Japan wanted to stage the Korean adaption. The Korean rendition has new characters and choreography, adding more of a spectacle to the show. "Hallyu", or Korean wave, stars such as Ahn Jae-wook and Sungmin attracted more than 40,000 foreigners to the show here following its Korean premiere in 2009...More

Jeong Ga-eun shows respect for Woo Jong-hwan's death

Source | 2012/09/17 | | Permalink

Actress Jeong Ga-eun mourns at the news of Woo Jong-hwan's death.

She posted on her Twitter on the 16th, "I hope you put aside your troubles and rest in peace".

Other celebs are expressing their mourning for the man...More

48-hour film project in Seoul

Source | 2012/09/16 | | Permalink

By John Redmond

The 48-Hour Film Project ― Seoul (48HFP Seoul) is being staged again this year, and as the Oct. 9 deadline for registration approaches, there are only a few spaces left for teams to register. The 48HFP Seoul invites filmmakers from around the world to produce a complete short movie in just two days. This year the dates are Oct. 19 to 21.

Seoul organizers are pleased with the response they have received so far from both the Korean and foreign community participating in information sessions and registering early but urge interested members to get their teams registered before there are no more spaces. The regular registration closing date is Oct. 9 however contestants can register until Oct. 19.

Regular registration fees are 200,000 won per team until Oct. 9 and 250,000 won thereafter...More

[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Eat Your Kimchi Surrenders to the Land of the Morning Calm.

2012/09/15 | | Permalink

With still 35 days on the fundraising clock to go, EYK has managed to receive more than $94,000 in pledges. Were you two just lowballing everyone because your followers have spoken and they rejected your modest $40,000 and have more than doubled it! How does this massive response from fans factor in on what now may be possible moving forward?

Well, for starers, we really did not expect us to reach our goal of $40,000. We didn't even think we'd reach half that. We put on a long deadline because we thought that we needed all the time we could get. Wow. We were quite mistaken. Holy crap were we ever mistaken.

As for how this has factored in on our future, it's difficult for us to explain, but we have a different feeling for Eat Your Kimchi now. Before, it just seemed like us behind the camera, viewers behind the screen, and we each were separate. Now, we feel so closely connected with our fans and supporters that we need to find a way, somehow, to include them more in this. Eat Your Kimchi feels like it's as much theirs as it is ours now. Or...that could just be the overwhelming emotions speaking for me now. I don't know...More

Psy appears on Billboard with Spears

Source | 2012/09/13 | | Permalink

Rapper Psy, left, teaches Britney Spears, center, the "Gangnam Style" dance on Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday. This photo was captured from the main page of Billboard's website. / Courtesy of

By Rachel Lee

The popularity of Korean rapper Psy shows no bounds as he is on his way to become an international s tar. Included in the photos of the week on the main page of Billboard's website is Psy dancing with American singer Britney Spears on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".

The singer of the moment appeared on the popular American talk show on Tuesday and taught the host and Spears how to do the "rodeo dance" for his latest hit "Gangnam Style". The Korean musician instructed them to "bounce like you are riding an invisible horse" as they tried to follow the motions...More

Hotels mark anniversaries with special discounts

Source | 2012/09/09 | | Permalink

The Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel is offering special packages to mark its first anniversary and the 75th anniversary of the Sheraton brand.
/ Courtesy of the Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel

By Kim Rahn

Three hotels here will celebrate anniversaries in September and offer attractive deals to guests for the occasion.

For the Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel, the first anniversary of its opening is on Sept. 16 and the Sheraton brand also marks the 75th anniversary this month. In commemoration, the hotel presents the Happy Birthday Sheraton Package.

The first option includes a one-night stay at a deluxe room and a Sheraton mug, and is available for 75 reservations on a first-come-first-served basis at 175,000 won. The hotel's restaurants and cafes offer stamps to guests, and those who receive more than three stamps during their stay will be given a gift with the Sheraton logo on it...More

'Die Hard' Korean Hero Cop Featured on CNN

Source | 2012/09/08 | | Permalink

Busan police officer Kim Hyun-chul, who was featured on CNN's website after his daring apprehension of a fleeing suspect /Newsis

Kim Hyun-chul (34), the Busan police officer who gained the nickname "Die Hard cop" for hanging on to the roof of a drug dealer's car as it escaped, has been featured on CNN. The U.S. cable news broadcaster featured Kim in a segment on CNN News Stream on Tuesday, including footage of his daring arrest and interview...More

Marketing in Korea Goes Digital

Source | 2012/09/08 | | Permalink

As advanced technology becomes more a part of daily life in Korea, the advertising and marketing industry is responding with new forms of advertising to grab attention from digitally-plugged-in consumers. Here's a list of five ways that marketers are going digital:

1. Digital Ads
Billboards have gone from static statements to short video clips. Take the LG Whisen advertisement below, which spans out across a corridor at the Incheon International Airport. Though they may be more expensive, these may completely replace traditional display advertisements.

Photo Credit: Betanews

2. Interactive Touch Screens
Media kiosks and poles, like the ones in Gangnam, provide information in an interactive and visually attractive way. They give information such as transportation schedules as well as places to find the latest movies, books and music. These take digital ads another step with their interactive capabilities...More

CJ E&M's enewsWorld to Hold Special Giveaway for 1 Year Anniversary

Source | 2012/09/07 | | Permalink

- enewsWorld to release special edition articles looking back at the k-pop industry the past year

- enewsWorld thanks readers for their support by holding Reader's Appreciation Month on website

 (Sep 7th, 2012, Seoul, Korea) 'enewsWorld' (, a global entertainment news service affiliated with Korea's No.1 entertainment & media company, CJ E&M, is celebrating its one year anniversary on September 19...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/09/07 | | Permalink

It's finally Friday and many of you may have already planned your weekend outings. But for those of you who are still in need of a few ideas, our Michelle Kim is here with suggestions for some fun arts and culture events.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us[Reporter : ] Today I have two things from the theater. There is a musical adaptation of a classic novel and a festival that brings works from the global stage to Seoul. Take a look.

Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities" was first made into a musical on Broadway in 2007.
Now, it comes to Seoul to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Dickens' birth. The show continues at Chungmu Art Hall through October 7th...More

Free Tickets Available for Huge K-Pop Festival in Incheon

Source | 2012/09/07 | | Permalink

Korea's largest K-pop festival, "Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012", will be held at Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon from 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission tickets are free of charge, but reservations are required.

The concert, organized by the Incheon Metropolitan Government, will feature top stars like BoA, SHINee, Kara, 4Minute, IU, Girl's Day, Kim Tae-woo, Boyfriend, Dalshabet, B.A.P, and Woo-young from 2PM. Super Junior will host the show...More

Psy's 'Gangnam Style' tops Billboard's 'Social 50' chart

Source | 2012/09/03 | | Permalink

Korean rapper-singer Psy's hit-single "Gangnam Style" on Friday rose to the top of a major chart of the U.S. music publication Billboard boosted by the viral popularity of the song's music video on the Internet.

"Gangnam Style" sits on top of Billboard's "Social 50" chart, beating famous North American pop stars such as Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber as well as British idol group One Direction and rock band Muse as of Friday, according to Billboard's website.

The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on such social networking services as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends, fans and followers along with weekly artist page views and weekly song plays...More

Seoul Rejects Japanese Proposal Over Dokdo

Source | 2012/09/02 | | Permalink

Seoul on Thursday officially rejected Japan's proposal to take the question of sovereignty over Korea's Dokdo to the International Court of Justice. Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba declared himself "extremely disappointed", according to the Kyodo news agency.

The ICJ needs the consent of both parties in any dispute to spring into action...More

Critics Slam Jury Verdict in Apple-Samsung Case

Source | 2012/09/02 | | Permalink

A landmark jury verdict in California fining Samsung massive damages for copying Apple's designs continues to make waves amid concerns that it was flawed and hastily delivered.

Immediately after the verdict, public opinion in the U.S. was dominantly positive about the respect for innovation it can be seen to affirm. But as time goes by, an increasing number of people point to inconsistencies and warn that it could cost consumers money.

IT website CNET, in an article headlined "Legal analysts suggest Apple-Samsung verdict may not be safe", said on Saturday, "Some experts poring over statements of Apple-Samsung jury members and details of their judgment suggest that the verdict could be overturned".

The final judge's ruling in the Northern District Court of California is not expected for some time...More

A Girl's Dream and her Boyfriend's Nightmare: Seoul's New Handbag Museum

Source | 2012/09/02 | | Permalink

"Oh! That bag is so PRETTY!" Seeing her pleading eyes, shimmering like ripples on water, her boyfriend begins to sweat. The only thought in his mind now is, PLEASE don't let her ask to go into the store to get a closer look. That thing probably costs more than what I make in a month!

Sorry guys, but the worst nightmare for every boyfriend is happening right on Seoul's trendy, tree-lined Garosu-Gil. Simone Handbag Museum is a museum where you can find bags from every era and region of the world, ranging from European purses from the early 1500s to the newest "it bags". Insofar as I could find, it is the first handbag museum in the world and as a bag-lover I had to check it out immediately!...More

Korean films' renaissance with box office success

Source | 2012/09/01 | | Permalink

The Korean film industry is having a renaissance recently, with renewed success at the domestic box office.

Local films topped the country's top-ten box office chart last weekend, with Korean movies taking up all first four places in ticket sales.

According to statistics provided by the Korean Film Council on August 27, nearly eight out of ten moviegoers watched Korean films last weekend. The four Korean blockbuster films - "Neighbors", "The Grand Heist", "The Thieves", and "R2B: Return to Base" in that order - made up 77 percent of ticket sales over the weekend from August 24 through 26.

It can be almost called a resurgence of Korean films as they are taking away ticket sales from recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall, Step Up Revolution, and The Dark Night Rises. Such success comes for the first time in three years since 2009 when two Korean films - "Take Off" and "Haeundae" - swept the Korean box office...More

Embassies, consulates to get 350,000 booklets on Dokdo

Source | 2012/09/01 | | Permalink

The Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry on Friday said it will distribute 350,000 booklets promoting Koreas sovereignty over its easternmost islets of Dokdo in 10 languages, including English, French, Japanese and Arabic, to some 160 diplomatic missions around the world next week.

In an unprecedented move, the ministry will send the 33-page material that provides brief summaries of historical grounds for Koreas claim to Dokdo and rebuttals to Japans claim to the islets...More

Arirang Photo Contest 2012 - [My K-life, "Show your Korea(n)~!"]

Source | 2012/08/31 | | Permalink

The theme of the contest is [My K-life, "Show your Korea(n)~!"] and any photo related to Korea is fine.
Applicants should make the photo to be opened to everyone so that we can check the uploaded photos through the URL written in the application...More

[UK] Planet of Snail on iTunes and Dogwoof.TV

Source | 2012/08/31 | | Permalink

Planet of Snail opened to great reviews when we released it at the ICA earlier this year, and also launched the membership service on Dogwoof.TV, with monthly subscribers able to watch the film from the day of it's cinema release. This stunning documentary film is now available on iTunes , and pay per view on Dogwoof.TV as well. With the paralympics kicking off in London, find out the realities of being deaf and blind in this stunning film...More

T-ara apologizes after dispute over bullying

Source | 2012/08/31 | | Permalink

By Kwaak Je-yup

After a high-profile controversy about internal bullying, members of T-ara, one of K-pop's most popular girl groups, are asking for forgiveness.

The dance-pop act's management agency Core Contents Media posted Wednesday a scanned handwritten letter from the current members, the first public apology since the Twitter warfare last month ultimately ousted one girl out of the group.

"We deeply regret our foolish behavior, displaying our personal problems in the public domain instead of reconciling our differences between ourselves", they wrote in the statement on the agency's official website. "We truly apologize for our rash decisions"....More

[HanCinema Report] Packed house for opening of KOFFIA in Sydney

2012/08/28 | | Permalink

KOFFIA 2012 - 22-28 August, 2012

The 3rd annual Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) kicked off last week on 22 August at picturesque Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia. It was a packed house at Dendy Cinema for the Opening Ceremony which began with an official welcome and a brief run through of this year's festival by KOFFIA 2012 Artistic Director Kieran Tully. Guests were then treated with a delightful performance of a traditional Korean Fan Dance (Buchaechum) by Hyun Kim before the official opening of the festival by Consul-General of the Republic of Korea (Sydney) Mr Jin-Soo Kim. The night concluded with a well-received screening of the highest grossing Korean film of 2011, Kim Han-min's spectacular "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon"...More

Korean Stars in Japan in Bind Over Dokdo

Source | 2012/08/27 | | Permalink


Kara (left) and Song Il-gook

Korean Wave stars who are popular in Japan find themselves in a fiendish dilemma as tensions rise between Seoul and Tokyo over Dokdo. A case in point is comments by Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi about actor Song Il-gook, who took part in a relay swim to Dokdo on Aug. 15, which marks Korea's independence from Japanese colonial occupation.

"Unfortunately, it will not be easy for him to come to Japan from now on", Tsuyoshi said on a TV program on Friday...More

Anonymity ruling boon to Netizens

Source | 2012/08/26 | | Permalink

By Yun Suh-young

The Constitutional Court's decision Thursday that the online real name policy is unconstitutional is expected to accelerate the scrapping of the policy.

The court made a unanimous decision that the Information Communications Law requiring the use of real names online violated people's freedom of speech...More

Must-See Concert Peformances

Source | 2012/08/25 | | Permalink

The Seoul Arts Center is continuing their popular "Family Weekend Festival", which showcases exciting performances in music, dance, and so much more.

The world-class art and cultural center will be holding a variety of free concerts and musical screenings on their outdoor stage every weekend through early October...More

K-drama leads 'hallyu'

Source | 2012/08/21 | | Permalink

Kim Soo-hyeon-I, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment

This is the 10th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.

By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee

A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave...More

[Cloud USA] Need a new app? Make your Android phone soar with R2B: Return to Base.

Source | 2012/08/20 | | Permalink

- Written by: Stephe Thornton, Managing Editor ^@@^

South Korean mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. PFC JiHoon Jung of the R.O.K. Army) has something else to be excited about this month, as if the release of his long awaited summer blockbuster film, "R2B: Return to Base", isn't enough.

"R2B: Return to Base" has now burst upon the mobile game scene courtesy of CJ E&M's Netmarble, a developer, publisher, and sponsor of free online games in South Korea and Japan. (They also have a global website)...More

Pieroth Korea introduces international wine brands

Source | 2012/08/18 | | Permalink

Christian Sigouin, wine consultant and sales manager, opens a bottle of wine at Pieroth Korea office in Seoul, Friday. / Korea Times...More

Singer Lee to Return to Stage After Law School

Source | 2012/08/16 | | Permalink

Singer Lee So-eun, who debuted in high school but put down the microphone in 2009 to go to the U.S. to study law, is getting ready to return to the stage. She will give a solo concert in Seoul on Sept. 1.

The 30-year-old singer has recently graduated from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago and found a job with a law firm in New York...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/08/13 | | Permalink

It's the start of a fresh new week and of course, our Michelle Kim here with us to give us the updates on the latest events we can attend. Today, she has two movies and a K-pop exhibition for us to enjoy.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today

[Reporter : ] Two Korean comedies hit theaters last Wednesday...More

[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the ANIMAL LOVER

2012/08/11 | | Permalink

How would you describe Korean culture and its relationship to animals, particularly pets? Would you say that Korea is an Animal friendly place?

In my opinion, traditionally Koreans see animals on a much lower rank than that of humans. Animals have a function to be either eaten as food or to be used to aid in some way. Most large dogs are kept as guard dogs or/and are traditionally eaten for health to help cool down one's body during the hottest days of summer. Nowadays things have changed only a little. Dogs and, on rarer occasions, cats are kept as pets. It seems that the smaller the pet, the cuter it is. Dogs are still used as guard dogs for factories and homes. These are not considered 'pets' as they are not socialized with and given the bare minimum of food, water and shelter. Cats are mostly street cats and are often killed with poison or picked up by animal control vehicles and put down.  Although many Koreans' attitudes are changing towards animals, it is not an animal friendly place whatsoever. Pets are often thrown away if there is an inconvenience with them at all. When a wife becomes pregnant, out goes the dog. There is a fear that the animal hair will cause problems for the newborn baby. If an animal is sick, often they are also leave it on the street to fend for itself because the cost of veterinary care is thought to be too expensive. Few people spay or neuter their pets...More

Summer nights of music, film, and more

Source | 2012/08/11 | | Permalink

At this time every year, Chuncheon gets crowded with people from all areas. Taking advantage of its geographic vicinity to Seoul, Chuncheon always tops the list of destinations for summer vacation. However, there is one more reason to visit Chuncheon in the first week of August. The city of mountains, lakes, and rivers turns into a stage for dancers.

Earlier this month on August 2, Chuncheon started to attract visitors to open the day-day 2012 Chuncheon Art Festival. In addition to the party of Korean dancers from modern dance, Korean dance, and ballet at the opening, a series of impressive performances including Korean gugak combined with jazz and classical continue to excite festival attendees...More

The Satire of Psy

Source | 2012/08/08 | | Permalink

Slender singing stars and slick dance moves are the common currency of K-pop, which has propelled Korean music to ever more far flung corners of the globe.

But a somewhat plump songman named Psy is changing all of that with sharp lyrics that poke fun at Korean society and cheeky videos that show he's not afraid to turn his satirical observations on himself...More

Korean Search Giant Naver goes Japanese with Ads, Messaging and Games

Source | 2012/08/04 | | Permalink

We recently posted an article from the Korea Times on the Advanced Technology and Design Korea Facebook page about how Naver is the number one portal site in Korea, beating out search engine giants like Google.

Naver, which officially launched in 1999, was the first Korean portal site to develop its own search engine and has been leading the Korean Internet industry with its innovative services ever since. Naver goes beyond search functions, as it also offers services like blogs, online communities, advertising and more...More

Writers refuse to write for MBC programs

Source | 2012/08/04 | | Permalink

Writers who were fired by MBC last Wednesday hold a press conference to denounce the company for their dismissal in front of MBC headquarters in Yeouido, Seoul, Monday. Yonhap

By Yun Suh-young

Writers who work on current affairs programs declared a boycott Monday of "PD Notebook", a program broadcast on MBC, after the company fired a group of writers formerly employed to contribute to the show...More

"Arang and the Magistrate" Lee Joon-ki's passion for acting

Source | 2012/08/01 | | Permalink

Lee Joon-ki is so engrossed in practicing his action.

Pictures of the new MBC drama "Arang and the Magistrate" were posted on the official website

Korea-promoting sites blocked from external search engines

Source | 2012/07/28 | | Permalink

Seokguram, a grotto inside the complex of the Korean Buddhist temple Bulguk, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul was the royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

To promote these Korean cultural relics to the world, the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea opened an English-language website. Yet foreign users have no means to find the site...More

Korea Broadcasting Awards Winners Include Kim Soo-hyeon-I and Kim Jun-hyun

Source | 2012/07/25 | | Permalink

Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I and comedian Kim Jun-hyun were both honored this year for the 39th Korea Broadcasting Awards...More

"MBC Star Audition" Season 3 Auditions in Los Angeles

Source | 2012/07/24 | | Permalink

Auditions to be held on August 12, 2012

MBC is proud to present the 3rd season of "MBC Star Audition", Korea's celebrated singing competition show. Contestants will be picked from all over the globe to compete for a cash prize and a chance to debut as a pop singer in Korea.

The Los Angeles auditions will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2012. (Details including time and location will be released soon.) Contestants who pass the initial audition phase will be flown to Korea in September to compete against other finalists for the grand prize, and an opportunity to become an international singing sensation...More

Hallyu Camp 2012: Exploring Korean Pop & Traditional Culture

Source | 2012/07/22 | | Permalink

The Korean Cultural Center Washington DC is pleased to announce Hallyu Camp 2012, a 5-day cultural immersion experience for fans of Korean pop culture, August 6-10.

Korean Pop Culture, including K-pop music, dramas, and movies, has become a global phenomenon in recent years, growing a passionate fan community that spans cultures and languages worldwide. The term hallyu, or Korean Wave, has come to encompass all of these trending genres...More

16th Annual Puchon International Film Festival Kicks Off

Source | 2012/07/21 | | Permalink

The 16th Annual Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, or PiFan 2012, rolled out the red carpet this week to celebrate the best in international niche cinema.
The largest genre film festival in Asia showcases a wide range of horror, fantasy, mystery, and animated movies, with particular attention paid to Asian cinema.
This year, a total of 230 short and feature films from 47 countries will be shown during its 10-day run and many of the films will be premiering for the first time there...More

South Korean Artist Inspires with Enchanting Art

Source | 2012/07/15 | | Permalink

An Interview with S. Korea's Rising Artist Lee Min-Jae
By Kristy M
Chicago Correspondent

" Fa ith " by South Korean illustrator
Lee Min-Jae

K-Pop may have stolen the hearts of millions across the world, but artist Lee Min-Jae is capturing global attention with his mesmerizing artwork. Lee, whose artistic nickname is GrenoMJ, creates massive murals of colorful human portraits that quenches the abstract artist's thirst...More

Boryeong Mud Festival to take place July 14-24

Source | 2012/07/15 | | Permalink

Participants enjoy themselves during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach, South Chungcheong Province, in this file photo. This year's event will take place from July 14 to 24. / Korea Times

By John Redmond

During the summer festival period, tourists flock to Daecheon Beach, South Chungcheong Province, to experience the beneficial properties of Boryeong mud, and also to have lots of fun from July 14 to 24.

Fully immersed in both the mud and the festival's great atmosphere, visitors enjoy mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the mud mega tub. Those feeling particularly energetic can try the marine mud-training course, while people looking for something more chilled can relax in the mud massage zone. In the evening, music and fireworks continue the party on the beach...More

From Plasmas to OLED, how Korea became No. 1 in TVs

Source | 2012/07/15 | | Permalink

I've done some international travelling lately and, being the tech junkie that I am, stopped into a few electronics stores along the way. One thing I noticed quite quickly was that TVs from Samsung and LG were always displayed in the most prominent spots.

This made me wonder, how long have Korean tech companies like Samsung and LG been the de facto leaders in the TV industry? According to a data from the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, Korean companies had 46.5 percent market share in the global TV industry in 2009. It has actually been the market leader since it passed Japan way back in 2001...More

Shinhwa press conference to be broadcast live online

Source | 2012/07/11 | | Permalink

Popular K-pop group 'Shinhwa' will hold a news conference in Seoul next month to publicize their comeback after a four-year hiatus during a live online broadcast for the group's fans all over the world, the group's entertainment agency said Friday...More

Cinema on the Park returns, Embrace your connection!

Source | 2012/07/09 | | Permalink

The Korean Cultural Office has just announced it's program for the new season of Cinema on the Park beginning on July 19th

Providing a diverse range of Korean cinema, this weekly event is perfect for both the average movie-goer and the seasoned cinephile. With special guests and tasty snacks, EMBRACE YOUR CONNECTION to Korean cinema...More

Blade & Soul - Are you ready?

Source | 2012/07/07 | | Permalink

You may have heard that several Korean gamers were able to finish the Diablo 3 game in six hours. It shouldn't then come as too much of surprise to you, then, that the game hyped nation also has a vibrant development community able to create digital worlds just as addictive and graphically enchanting as the Diablo 3.

Blade & Soul stands out among recent releases and is one of the most texturally-rich MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game) ever developed, both in terms of story and graphics. Keep reading for more on this highly strategic fantasy martial-art game from NCSoft...More

Kia Motors sweeps world`s top 3 design awards

Source | 2012/07/07 | | Permalink

Kia Motors has swept the world`s top three major global design awards, with its latest honor being the International Design Excellence Award, or IDEA.

The Virginia-based Industrial Designers Society of America said on its website ( Monday that the subcompact Kia Rio (known as Pride in Korea) won the bronze medal in the transportation design category...More

U.S. Declines to Adopt 'East Sea' Name

Source | 2012/07/07 | | Permalink

The White House has posted a response to a petition drive by Koreans on its website seeking to include "East Sea" as the name for the body of water between Korea and Japan on U.S. maps. The White House said it stands by the name "Sea of Japan" currently in use but this "in no way implies an opinion regarding any issue related to sovereignty".

The comments were posted by Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, on the White House blog "We the People". The U.S. government must respond to any petition that garners more than 25,000 signatures...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/07/04 | | Permalink

It's Wednesday and you know what that meansyes, you guessed it, it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. As always, she's brought us the latest on what people are talking about this week all over the world.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what's the latest buzz...More

2012 K-Pop Video Contest Draws Hundreds of Entries from Worldwide, Awards 15 Top Prizes

Source | 2012/07/03 | | Permalink

K-Pop lovers from across the globe vied for their chance at fame in the 2012 K-Pop Video Contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, and the 15 winners have just been announced (full list below).

The winners-hailing from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, and Romania-were selected from among 270 submissions that included cover dances, singing, and instrumental performances, evaluated based on expression and content.

The understanding of Korean culture and the enthusiasm for K-Pop became important factors for evaluation, said Byung Goo Choi, director of the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC. The quality videos made us realize the popularity of K-POP...More

Fear of past indelible scars

Source | 2012/07/01 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

How far can saju tell one's destiny? How deep does it dig out one's life?

Trauma, according to the dictionary, is an experience that produces psychological injury or pain. It is usually hard to stand the pain of trauma and it may continue throughout one's life. For example, an experience, such as a car accident in one's childhood can make it hard to drive even after reaching adulthood. Those who experienced strangulation are afraid of wearing a neck tie. Even without specific symptoms, the physical or psychological wounds frequently shed shadows across one's life, in the forms of mental instability and insomnia, and so on...More

N. Korea cries foul over ROK-US joint military drills

Source | 2012/07/01 | | Permalink

North Koreans work to irrigate a field in this image taken from the website of the North's official Korean Central News Agency, Monday. The North has reported the country could experience food shortages resulting from a prolonged drought. / Yonhap

By Kim Young-jin

North Korea lashed out at the United States Monday for its joint military maneuvers with South Korea, saying the allies crossed the line by firing at a North Korean flag.

A foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement that Pyongyang would boost its "nuclear deterrent" after the allies held joint drills in Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province, and naval drills in the West Sea that coincided with the 62nd anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War that fell Monday...More

[HanCinema's Interview Corner] Ten Questions for the KOREAN CINEPHILE

2012/06/30 | | Permalink

Your website, Modern Korean Cinema, has been up since mid-2010, how did you come to discover Korean cinema and what was it about Korea's film industry that really cemented your passion for it?

My first exposure to Korean cinema came long before the inception of MKC and it's kind of a funny story (at least I think it is)! When I was in boarding school in Dublin (high school) we were studying Macbeth and as a nascent cinephile I wanted to seek classic filmed versions of Shakespeare's work, first came Polanski's, then Orson Welles' version but soon I came across Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957) and fell in love with it. Thus began my discovery of Japanese cinema and one day I was in my local media retail store in Switzerland when I came across a striking DVD in the Asian section. I thought it might have been something like a Takashi Miike film but it turned out to be none other than "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002) and... I hated it, it made me furious. But I couldn't stop thinking about it and a week later I forced my self to watch it again and my whole world changed. My next film was Lee Chang-dong's "Peppermint Candy" (2000) and it's safe to say that the quality and social engagement of those works resulted in my becoming deeply attached to Korean cinema...More


Source | 2012/06/30 | | Permalink


The Octagon

This club recently opened near the New Hilltop Hotel in Nonhyeon-dong. The venue offers a club stage, lounge bar and dining area in a hip and modern setting. Leave via exit 4 of Hakdong Station on subway line 7. Call (02) 516-8847 for more information.

Club Volume

Located in the Crown Hotel near Noksapyeong Station, Club Volume offers the finest venue for specially themed weekly events and world-class DJs. Club Volume was listed by TIME magazine among the "10 things to do in 24 hours in Seoul". For more information, call 1544-2635.

Le Nuit Blanche

Global travel info site launched in Korean

Source | 2012/06/30 | | Permalink

By Yun Suh-young

A website providing information on global travel destinations launched its site in Korean, the company said Tuesday.

The site,, provides information about tour sites in Korea and all kinds of travel related information from hotel prices, best restaurants and even reviews from ordinary citizens and travelers about their experience...More

Super Junior releases 'Sexy, Free & Single'

Source | 2012/06/28 | | Permalink

Teaser photos for K-pop group Super Junior's new album show the members in a different light, attuned to the concept behind the new album titled "Sexy, Free & Single". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment

By Rachel Lee

Korean boy group Super Junior will return to the local stage with a new album next week.

According to SM Entertainment, their sixth studio album titled "Sexy, Free & Single" will be released on July 1 through various music websites and will hit store shelves on July 4...More

Blush performs in Seoul for first time

Source | 2012/06/28 | | Permalink

By Cecilia Park

Blush, a five-member multinational girl group, appeared in Seoul Wednesday, showcasing their fifth album.

The group sang its big hits such as "Dance on", "Holding to a Dream", "Electric" and "All Star" at a private hall near Dosan Park, southern Seoul.

They also invited Yoon Do-hyeon as a special guest. He was a judge and mentor of Project Lotus, a TV audition in 2010 to select members of the newly forming group, Blush. Today's show exclusively aired live all over the world by the world's No.1 live video streaming website, Ustream (

Why People in N.Korea's 'Rice Bowl' Are Starving

Source | 2012/06/24 | | Permalink

Thousands of people are starving to death in North Korea's South Hwanghae Province even though it is the country's rice bowl, according to a defector.

"Villages in remote mountains can resort to slash-and-burn farming to survive, but in lowland areas where there are only cooperative farms, 30 to 40 people in each village starve to death every year", said Choi Myong-chol (not his real name), who used to handle crop harvests in Haeju, South Hwanghae Province. "The reason is that their entire harvest is confiscated", he told the activist website NK Reform...More

More Koreans Incorporate Vegetarianism into Their Diet

Source | 2012/06/23 | | Permalink

Sun Hyun-joo, Oriental medicine doctor and nutritionist

By Kelly Frances

Oriental medicine doctor and nutritionist Sun Hyun-joo says the benefits of vegetarianism are numerous, including positive physical and emotional changes as well as a reduction in the potential for disease.

As a vegan herself, who does not consume any animal products, Sun also condemns the unethical and environmentally harmful nature of the meat industry, emphasizing the heavy use of additives...More

N. Korea Resumes Business at Inter-Korean Mt. Geumgang Resort

Source | 2012/06/23 | | Permalink

North Korea is now running a restaurant at a facility that it seized from South Korea at the joint Mount Geumgang tourism resort...More

Volunteers plan cleanup of Guryong

Source | 2012/06/23 | | Permalink

By John Redmond

Volunteers will return to Guryong to clean up trash in the village and the river on June 23. People from the expat and Korean communities will roll up their sleeves and fill as many bags with trash and debris as possible to help prevent pollution from washing into the streams this summer...More

2012 Taekwondo Photo & Video Contest Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

Source | 2012/06/23 | | Permalink

2012 Taekwondo Photo & Video Contest Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is proud to announce the 2012 Taekwondo Photo & Video Contest, a nationwide search for exceptional photography and video creations that capture the spirit and unique personal experiences of Taekwondo, Koreas native martial art. The annual contest, now in its fourth year, has been a key embassy program for promoting and reaffirming the special bond between the United States and the Republic of Korea by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds with a common passion. Previous years have included essay and visual art categories, while this years contest changes gears to highlight original photography and videos. This complete guide and application form for submissions can be downloaded from

Miss Korea contestants pick Lee Honey as role model

Source | 2012/06/20 | | Permalink

By Grace Kim

An overwhelming majority of contestants in the 2012 Miss Korea pageant have voted Lee Honey, 29, better known as Honey Lee in Western media, as their role model, according to a beauty website.

Forty out of 55 contestants replied they want to be like Lee Honey in a survey conducted by Beauty Hankook, affiliated with Hankook Ilbo. They regard her as an "alpha woman" who has intelligence combined with beauty, the most important factor in winning the pageant according to 30 respondents...More

NK website blasts S.Korea`s backlash against pro-North figures

Source | 2012/06/17 | | Permalink

A North Korean propaganda website on Wednesday blasted South Korea`s backlash against pro-North politicians and groups...More

Korean modern arts and culture rediscovered

Source | 2012/06/16 | | Permalink

A series of exhibitions shedding light on the arts and culture of Koreas modern era kicked off late May at two of Seouls most-frequented museums, revealing how Korean artists have shaped their own expertise and identity over historical adversities in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Modern art rediscovered at the National Museum of Art, Deoksugung

The Deoksugung Palace Annex of the National Museum of Contemporary Art reopened its doors on May 26, following months of renovation. The building has undergone a process of architectural restoration and refurbishment based on historic research to better accommodate its new role as a representative art institution specializing in Korean modern art...More

The perfect kiss chosen by single women and men

Source | 2012/06/13 | | Permalink

The recent 'tip-toe kiss' by Ji Hyeon-woo and Yoo In-na in the tvN drama "Queen In-hyun's Man" was chosen as the best kiss by single men and women in their 20~30s.

Dating service Ium carried out a survey of 1083 men and women in their 20~30s in celebration of "Kiss Day" on the 14th of June. The result of the 'best kiss' was Yoo In-na and Ji Hyeon-woo's 'tip-toe' kiss with a result of 39% (422)...More

Samsung to offer Facebook-like service

Source | 2012/06/13 | | Permalink

By Kim Yoo-chul

Samsung Electronics is expected to make a foray into the social network service (SNS) market early next year by introducing a Facebook-like service, according to Samsung officials, Tuesday.

They said that the electronics giant is developing a social networking service it hopes could eventually compete with Facebook. The new website will be accessible on a wide variety of Internet-capable devices, including cameras and televisions...More

ZE:A To Make July Comeback

Source | 2012/06/12 | | Permalink

After having their comeback date be postponed, ZE:A - Children of Empire will finally be making their long-prepared return to the music scene.

The group's comeback date was originally slotted for June 21st until member Jun-young hurt his right ankle. In order to have all the members on board in one piece, Star Empire decided to push back the comeback date indefinitely...More

A Korean Perspective on the Contemporary Art

Source | 2012/06/10 | | Permalink

Do you enjoy looking at things from a different perspective? If you do, and you're in London, how about hopping down to Saatchi Gallery for the upcoming Korean Eye 2012 exhibition?

"Korean Eye" is a cultural project sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, promoting contemporary Korean artists and their works. Its next destination is London, just in time for the summer Olympics...More

Soldiers' letters from Korean, Vietnam wars released

Source | 2012/06/10 | | Permalink

In commemoration of Memorial Day, the National Archives of Korea in Seoul released letters written by South Korean soldiers fighting in the Korean War in the 1950s and the Vietnam War in the 1970s.

Reflecting a longing for their families, the letters were written by young soldiers who fought for their country. Their families visited the website of Seoul National Cemetery to read their letters and post replies...More

Korean Temple Food: Healthy for Your Mind and Body

Source | 2012/06/10 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: Taste Korean Temple Food website

As I wrote about in this blog post, last Monday was Buddha's Birthday in Korea. While I'm not Buddhist, this holiday got me thinking about some of the foods and traditions associated with the religion.

To commemorate Buddha's Birthday, many believers go to the temple and eat food that doesn't contain meat or strong-smelling ingredients like garlic. The most popular food for the day is bibimbap...More

The art of camping

Source | 2012/06/09 | | Permalink

The beauty of camping is most keenly felt at night. It's when the sun sets and the campfire is the solitary light in the dark that you come to appreciate the fact that you're in the great outdoors. As the orange light flickers, it mesmerizes people gathered at the scene. The ambient glow brings people together, but it's not just the temperature of the fire that creates warmth. Accompanying the sound of crackling firewood is animated laughter. In the end, cozy chats, heated debates and intimate conversations create a warm atmosphere. Such moments are what money can't buy.

By Yun Suh-young

The beauty of camping is most keenly felt at night.

It's when the sun sets and the campfire is the solitary light in the dark that you come to appreciate the fact that you're in the great outdoors.

As the orange light flickers, it mesmerizes people gathered at the scene...More

Mock Test for College Entrance Exam to be Held Thursday

Source | 2012/06/09 | | Permalink

The first official mock test for this year's college entrance examination will be held on Thursday from 8:40 a.m.

The Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation said more than 675-thousand people who are preparing for this year's state-administered College Scholastic Ability Test will take the mock exam at two-thousand-100 high schools and 270 private institutions nationwide...More

ZE:A To Make July Comeback

Source | 2012/06/08 | | Permalink

After having their comeback date be postponed, ZE:A - Children of Empire will finally be making their long-prepared return to the music scene.

The group's comeback date was originally slotted for June 21st until member Jun-young hurt his right ankle. In order to have all the members on board in one piece, Star Empire decided to push back the comeback date indefinitely...More

6th Daegu Int'l Musical Festival to start next week

Source | 2012/06/04 | | Permalink

A scene from "Arirang Fantasy", a musical about married immigrants in Korea. The show will open the sixth Daegu International Musical Festival, June 15-July 9. / Courtesy of DIMF

The sixth Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF) will heat up the southeastern city of Daegu with musical performances from five countries from June 15 to July 9.

Beginning in 2006, the DIMF is one of the biggest musical theater festivals in Korea. The festival aims to bridge musical creators and market by supporting homegrown works...More

Ocean World unveils upgraded service for summer

Source | 2012/06/03 | | Permalink

Visitors at Ocean Park enjoy the wave at Surfing Mount, the largest wave pool in the park.

By Yun Suh-young

Ocean World, one of the major ocean parks in Korea, began to provide upgraded attractions for visitors in preparation for the peak summer season which will begin next month.

Officials at the park, located inside Daemyung Vivaldi Park in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, said in a press conference Wednesday that it has improved accommodation for user convenience...More

Seoul Skyscraper Series: The Dancing Dragons

Source | 2012/06/03 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture website

The dragon. A symbol of fiery chaos in the West and a symbol of strength, wisdom and royalty in the East. In Korea, being born in the year of the dragon means a child will be healthy and strong. Dreaming of a dragon means that something good will happen soon.

These beliefs may seem old-fashioned to some, but the architectural firm Adrian + Gordon Gill picked up on the continued popularity of this archetype when it designed two dragon-inspired towers slated for construction in the new Yongsan International Business District in Seoul...More

Why do US colleges reject Korean applicants?

Source | 2012/06/03 | | Permalink

New York University

By Jane Han

NEW YORK ― American colleges and universities mailed out their admissions decisions in the past weeks, leaving many competitive and qualified Korean students puzzling over why they were rejected.

The truth is, in the eyes of admissions officers, students from Korea look as if they came off an assembly line. They have the same grades, test scores, all were on athletics teams and took part in similar extra-curricular activities ― the only difference among them is their family name.

And many say even those are similar, setting students further adrift on a sea of sameness...More

'Find right books to keep yourself motivated

Source | 2012/06/02 | | Permalink

Tim Klasson, chief operating officer of MetaMetrics, speaks during an interview with The Korea Times, at the Seoul Intercontinental Hotel in southern Seoul, May 23. He visited Seoul to establish partnerships with businesses in Korea and promote the Lexile measurement system. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul

By Kim Bo-eun

Let's say you went to the mall with your son to get him a pair of sneakers. It wouldn't be easy to choose a pair based on his age or grade at school, instead of his actual foot size.

Yet this is what happens when parents select books for their children to read.

Many parents select books that surpass their children's reading abilities, believing a challenge is what will improve their skills...More

Everland's Rose Festival boasts rainbow of colors

Source | 2012/06/02 | | Permalink

Women stroll through the white archways of the Victoria Garden.

By Kim Susan Se-jeong

Love is in the air.

Spring is the season of weddings, new beginnings and romance. So what better way to celebrate it than being surrounded by roses, the symbol of unconditional love?

The rose has been Korea's best-loved flower since the first survey of favorite flowers was conducted in 1990, according to research company Gallup Korea. Approximately one million of the affectionately named "queen of flowers" greet visitors in the gardens of Everland at its 27th annual Rose Festival, which will continue through June 17 at the Yongin amusement park, an hour drive south from Seoul. It started on May 11...More

Cultural and welfare employee booked for illegal leak

Source | 2012/05/31 | | Permalink

The culprit behind the illegal outflow of the movie "Architecture 101" has been captured.

Cyber Terror Response Center booked cultural welfare company employee Yoon on the 31st for the charges of illegally spreading videos of "Architecture 101".

The police have also arrested 11 others who received these files from Yoon and spread them out through messengers and other methods...More

Kim Tae-hee's picture taken with a high performance camera

Source | 2012/05/31 | | Permalink

Kim Tae-hee's unedited pictures have been going around.

Several pictures titled, "Kim Tae-hee up close" had been posted on an online community website recently. She had attended the Busan Motorshow event in Bexco on the 28th...More

"The Thieves" Kim Hye-soo can't hide her 'volume'

Source | 2012/05/31 | | Permalink

Actresses Kim Hye-soo and Jeon Ji-hyeon can't hide their beautiful bodies.

A picture was uploaded on the official website for the movie "The Thieves" titled, "Pepsi, Popeye, Andrew and Anycall"...More


Source | 2012/05/31 | | Permalink

Los Angeles auditions to take place on June 9; New York auditions June 10

Season Four will air LIVE on Mnet America for the first time

NEW YORK – May 30, 2012  Mnet (, the first and leading national, 24/7 English-language television network in the U.S. for all things Asian cool, has announced the ultra popular singing competition show, SUPERSTAR K (SSK)will again hold auditions in America for their upcoming fourth season. The show will scour the earth for the best talent to bring back to Korea to compete for the chance to win 500,000,000 Korean Won or approximately 500,000 US Dollars along with an opportunity to perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards and many more prizes...More

(37) 'Yonsama': Korean love god captures Japanese hearts

Source | 2012/05/30 | | Permalink

Actor Bae Yong-joon waves upon his arrival as Japanese fans gather at Tokyo International Airport in Narita on Nov. 25, 2004. Bae, a main actor of the mega-hit Korean soap opera "Winter Sonata", was on a promotion tour of Japan. / Korea Times file

Actor Bae Yong-joon leads 'hallyu' (Korea wave)

Some years ago, this writer climbed into a taxi in Seoul. As is commonly the case, the driver asked where I was from. On hearing "the United Kingdom" he responded, "Aha! Beckham!" Then, in excellent Konglish, he continued, "U.K. ― David Beckham! Korea ― Bae Yong-joon!"...More

Rising Korean stars 'Boyfriend' make official Japan debut

Source | 2012/05/30 | | Permalink

Members of South Korean pop group "Boyfriend" pose on a ship in Tokyo Bay Monday. / AP-Yonhap

By Rachel Lee

Rising Korean stars "Boyfriend" made their official Japan debut Monday.

The boy group's agency said that they have signed a contract with Bing Entertainment, an agency based in Japan, and will release their first single on Aug. 22. Famous Japanese musicians such as B'z, ZARD and Kuraki Mai belong to the same agency...More

Lantern Festival for Buddha's Birthday!

Source | 2012/05/28 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: Yeon Deung Hoe

For the past week Korea has been holding festivities throughout the country to celebrate Buddha's Birthday, including enormous lantern parades and ancient religious rites. This is an important holiday in Korea, as about half of religious people in Korea practice some form of Buddhism. Korea also has a long traditional of Buddhism, stretching back centuries...More

Zuckerberg's Backyard Wedding a Lesson for Korean Couples

Source | 2012/05/27 | | Permalink

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg made US$20 billion in the initial public offering of the social networking site on Friday to become the world's 29th richest man. Zuckerberg set up the website eight years ago when he was a sophomore at Harvard University. The day after the IPO, Zuckerberg made headlines again by marrying his girlfriend of nine years Priscilla Chan. The two tied the knot at a ceremony in the backyard of their home. What made the wedding grab more headlines than the Facebook IPO was how modest the ceremony was...More

(190) Saju reveals political attitudes

Source | 2012/05/27 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

Saju has been widely used in Korean society, not only by governing groups but by common people. For common people, it is mingled with shaman and divinations to be practiced for ordinary rituals or weighty events, such as marriage, birth or death, ancestral rites, moves, and various kinds of exams. When it comes to governing people, it was more adroitly utilized to acquire or maintain power, or eliminate an old foe, choose the Crown Princess and even determine the future owner of the throne.

Quite a few stories related with saju are handed down either by word of mouth or by historical books. For instance, the saju of Yeong-jo, the 21st king of Joseon kingdom and that of Nongae were the same. The latter was a gisaeng in the late 16th century. She led a Japanese general to a cliff, during a long battle with Japan in Jinju, Jeolla province and there she embraced him and threw herself along with him into the river, resulting in both their deaths. Saju scholars have studied to figure out how the lives of the two are different while having the same saju...More

Create Your Eco-Friendly Virtual Dream Home with LG

Source | 2012/05/26 | | Permalink

Like most kids who grew up playing house, I can talk about my virtual dream house forever. It will have a garden filled with roses and bamboo (weird combination I know), have a massive 3D television, a robot that does my laundry and cooking… I still daydream like this from time to time.

Thankfully, LG Electronics read my mind and started a special campaign to better connect with customers around the world. Its digital interactive campaign on Facebook, called My Eco Home, allows Facebook fans around the globe to not only create but share their own virtual dream house with friends...More

Coins in Cheonggye Stream to add up to 100 mil. won soon

Source | 2012/05/26 | | Permalink

Several Japanese tourists make wishes as they toss coins into a pond at the Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul, Tuesday. The accumulated Korean coins added up to nearly 75 million won and when including the 37,801 foreign coins, the total reached approximately 80 million won, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corp. / Korea Times photo by Hong In-ki

By Kim Bo-eun

Coins tossed into Cheonggye Stream are expected to add up to be worth 100 million won in August, the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corp. said Tuesday...More

Dream of Sleeping in a Traditional Korean Home? Hanok Homestays Make it Easy

Source | 2012/05/26 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: Passion84Photos @Flickr

We already introduced our readers to hanok – beautiful and environmentally friendly traditional Korean houses – in another blog post. Today we want to tell you about how to experience staying in one. It isn't just an opportunity to admire a beautiful home but also to learn about Korean customs and culture...More

A Glimpse of the Future at Seoul's T.Um Museum - Part 2

Source | 2012/05/26 | | Permalink

This post is part two of a two-part series chronicling our visit to SK Telecom's futuristic museum in downtown Seoul.

Continuing our journey into the future, we moved to the third room which produced an appreciative "ahhh" from the guys as we took in a sleek sports car awaiting us on a platform. The room, U.DRIVING is where you can experience driving a car from the future. The car, which you can operate with your T.Keym, not only drives on its own but it also literally puts you on the road to much more...More

pop!gasa - Kpop Lyrics on Demand

Source | 2012/05/25 | | Permalink

내 가 제일 잘 나가. If you're a Kpop fan you might recognize that as the opening line to 2NE1's latest hit song. But what does it mean? If you're a Kpop fan who doesn't speak Korean then there's a great new website and iOS app for you called pop!gasa.  It provides up-to-date English translations of the latest Kpop songs.

Pop!gasa is actually the brainchild of two of my friends from Syracuse University: Sung-eun Grace Lee and Jenny Kim. They are passionate about their work with pop!gasa, which is done on the side to their full-time jobs (in unrelated industries). As a friend, I was excited to support their project. As a huge Kpop fan, I was excited to write about their project on this blog...More

Juniel's debut single 'Stupid' ranks second in Korea

Source | 2012/05/25 | | Permalink

By Rachel Lee

New female artist Juniel has made a promising start with the recent release as duet "Stupid", is ranked second on various music charts, FNC Entertainment said Tuesday.

The up-and-coming singer released the single Tuesday, along with a music video, performing with Jung Yong-hwa from Korean rock band CNBLUE, who wrote and composed the song...More

iPad Proves Perfect Platform for Singer Lee Juck's Fantasy Stories

Source | 2012/05/24 | | Permalink

Singer-songwriter Lee Juck's collection of short stories has become available as an e-book for iPad users. He first uploaded them on his website then had the stories published in book form in 2005. They concern a city in which people's fingerprints start to disappear and strange things happen...More

CJ E&M Launches Global Hallyu News App 'KPOP News'

Source | 2012/05/22 | | Permalink

'enewsWorld' (, CJ E&M (CEO Kim Seong Su)'s hallyu entertainment news service, has revealed on May 21 that it will launch the 'KPOP News' mobile application (iOS and Android).
It is expected that the 'KPOP News' app, CJ E&M's first-ever English hallyu news service, will receive positive responses from hallyu fans all over the world through its differentiated content and English language service.
The 'KPOP News' app provides fans with the latest hallyu news about K-Pop, Korean dramas and movies, along with celebrity interviews. It also allows users to view photos and multimedia clips as well...More

KOCIS deals with changing demand for culture

Source | 2012/05/22 | | Permalink

Children learn taekwondo, a Korean martial art, during the opening festival for the Korean Cultural Center in Budapest, Hungary, on Feb. 10./ Courtesy of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

By Do Je-hae

A state-run overseas promotional agency, the Korea Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) has undergone organizational shifts with each new administration, inciting some criticism that its policies have lacked continuity or lasting impact.

The affiliate of the culture ministry was formerly in charge of operating 24 Korean culture centers abroad. But after a reshuffle in February, the ministry has taken over this task so that the KOCIS can focus more on creating quality contents and methods for online and offline promotions of Korea...More

Facebook Opens K-Pop Page

Source | 2012/05/22 | | Permalink

A K-Pop page opened on Facebook on Monday to deliver news about Korean pop stars and their new songs to fans around the world. Facebook is the second global user-content website to open a K-pop page after YouTube last December...More

All about Seoul Food 2012 - Part 2

Source | 2012/05/20 | | Permalink

As I promised in my last post, today I will walk you through the booths in the International hall at Seoul Food 2012. The International hall was so much fun as I could see and taste all types of authentic food from countries covering six continents. It reminded me of how far Korea has come in appreciation of cuisines from around the world and how cosmopolitan Koreans' tastes have become.

Seoul Food 2012 was certainly a world food festival and all the countries made their booth quite distinctive so visitors could easily tell to which country the booth belongs. Let's take a look at the country booths...More

Farms to greet you with plenty of green

Source | 2012/05/20 | | Permalink

A view of the meadow at Daegwallyeong sheep farm in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. / Courtesy of PyeongChang County

By Yun Suh-young

May is a month of greenery. After April pushes out the cold, May greets you with plenty of sunshine and fresh green leaves. It is a great month to take yourself to places far from the city, where you can greet Mother Nature with open arms.

Your mind, heart and body will be refreshed by the greenery once you indulge yourself in nature. You can see plenty of grassland, but if you want to enjoy something more than a good view of the dales, it may be a good idea to visit farms that are not far away from Seoul.

In the vicinity of the capital are several farms you can visit to relax body and soul...More

Outrage grows over animal cruelty

Source | 2012/05/20 | | Permalink

A student blows into a tube inserted into a dead dog's lung to see if the organ expands in a biology class at a girls' high school in Incheon. / Courtesy of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth

By Yi Whan-woo

An axe-wielding Buddhist monk killed a dog for barking at night, and high school girls dissecting abandoned animals for their biology class have stirred up controversy concerning animal cruelty.

Animal advocates are calling for legal action on animal abuse after a civic group, the Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, posted a video clip and photos of the two cases on its website...More

South Korea Undefeated Internet Champion

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink

 Photo Credit: TechPavan

While this may not be news to some of our readers, the latest report from Akamai, a huge content-distribution service, lists South Korea as having both the highest average connection bandwidth to Internet users (17.5 Mbps) as well as the highest average peak bandwidth delivered to users (47.9 Mbps)...More

Sorry Singles, This App is Just for COUPLES!

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink

Spring is here and so is the season for love! When I go outside I see happy couples everywhere. Couples eating together, couples holding hands, smiling together… While this, alone, was enough to make me moody I heard the news that there is now a special social media platform for couples or for those who want to connect with only one other person. (YAAAARGH!)...More

Teacher's Day has become dying tradition

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink

By Kim Bo-eun

Two out of three Koreans in their 20s and 30s have no plan to visit a teacher from their past on Teacher's Day on May 15, according to a poll.

In the survey jointly conducted by job website Incruit and online research institute EZ Survey, 62.8 percent of 400 university students and office workers aged from 20 to 39 indicated no intention of visiting or contacting their teachers on the day designated to honor them...More

Mannam events help children, elderly

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink

Members of Mannam International Running Club pose before a marathon run to raise funds for a children's cancer charity in Jamwon on May 6. / Courtesy of Mannam

By John Redmond

The ninth annual marathon for child cancer was held in Seoul on Sunday. With the slogan "A day when we run for our neighbors", people gathered at the track field in Jamwon to raise money for the cause. The event was hosted by the Seoul Citizen Marathon Competition to Help Cancer Children. According to their official website, since its first marathon in 2002, it has organized a total of five other events for charity to raise 149 million won. All proceeds collected from Sunday are to be donated to children in financial need at Seoul Samsung Hospital and Severance Hospital...More

Flexfit, the Hat that Fits Your Head, Your Style and Your Ethics

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink

Photo Credit: Flexfit website

In Korea it's popular for couples to buy matching items like shirts, sneakers and cell phone accessories that show off their coupleness. While I haven't yet summoned up the courage to venture into a full-fledged couple "look" with my boyfriend, I have ventured into buying couple hats. However, it's always been a tricky ordeal because I don't exactly know my significant other's head size...More

(189) Wishing I were wrong

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

Nobody wants to hear anything negative when their saju is read. It doesn't matter how successful one is now. People can't be assured of their future and because of that uncertainty, they fear to seek out fortune tellers while at the same time they are insatiably curious. I am often asked not to reveal upcoming misfortune if there is any. This is mostly for those who consider life is running well enough and they don't want to think about any possibility that might ruin their current happiness. Obviously everyone wants to hear only positive prospects.

Our lives are not so simple, however, as we all acknowledge sorrowfully. This is a well known irony. Most people experience twists in life. Success is often accompanied by misfortune, or vice versa, like heavy rain is followed by a rainbow. Once people sense a certain negative wave in life, they consult a fortune teller. In this moment, despite their fear, they want to hear the truth...More

Aquarium Most Popular Attraction at Yeosu Expo

Source | 2012/05/19 | | Permalink


The aquarium is the most popular exhibit at the 2012 Yeosu Expo, which officially kicked off on Saturday. The organizers tallied the number of visitors to eight exhibits that take advance booking over the weekend, and found that the Aquarium was visited by 32,806 people on Saturday and Sunday.

The 6,030-ton aquarium, the largest in Korea, has over 34,000 marine creatures. The most popular are three white Beluga whales from Antarctic...More

Uhm Jung-hwa and Gi-kwang

Source | 2012/05/18 | | Permalink

Uhm Jung-hwa and Gi-kwang

What does the dancing queen and the guy with a pair of dancing shoes have in common? They both recently saw their personal twitter accounts get hacked.

Lee posted up on his twitter on May 17th, "I don't know who did it, but it seems that somebody other than myself has used my ID. I hope something like this doesn't happen again. Please"...More

K-Pop Expands the Hallyu Wave: SHINee, Wonder Girls, SNSD, 2PM Captivate World

Source | 2012/05/17 | | Permalink

Girls' Generation (SNSD)

SHINee is the new Beatles of Asia. The Wonder Girls made their debut on Nickelodeon. Girls' Generation (SNSD) brought "The Boys" song to Late Night with David Letterman and Live With Kelly. 2PM became the new sexy icons in Japan. What do all these artist have in common? They have brought K-pop to the global scale.

South Korea began expanding its entertainment industry with the release of dramas like "Winter Sonata" and "Stairway to Heaven" in the early 2000s. Television stations airing these dramas began appearing all over the United States...More

"The Taste of Money" in top place for advance tickets

Source | 2012/05/16 | | Permalink

"The Taste of Money" which is about the hidden stories behind the upper class who have been addicted to money, has the green like for a box office hit.

As soon as the ticket sales started, it ranked first place in major movie ticket websites...More

Expats unite for Mt. Bukhan

Source | 2012/05/13 | | Permalink

Mannam Volunteer International members take part in tree wrapping at Mount Bukahn last month.
/ Courtesy of Mannam

Mt. Bukhan is one of the most popular hiking attractions in Seoul. Averaging 5 million visitors a year, Bukhan Mountain National Park is the "Most Visited National Park per Unit Area" according CNN. However, according to the nature conservations, 350,000 trees are dying of Oak Wilt disease...More

(188) 2012 - a year of elections

Source | 2012/05/13 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

"How do you foresee the French presidential election, especially the chances of Nicolas Sarkozy?" I have been continuously asked to foretell the chances of many global candidates. Among them, I delivered a negative prospect about Sarkozy after reading his saju. Before long, it was reported that socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Sarkozy.

Here is the reason I came up with this reading.

Sarcozy was born with the energy of yin earth. Earth energy usually symbolizes harmony and balance. So earth people are fair and try to keep balanced. However we also need to observe other elements surrounding the earth day master. Since Sarkozy was born in the month of cold earth, his saju requires warmth. He has adequate fire energy in the month stem and year branch. This explains a great opportunity for glory...More

Subway line 9 operator drops fare hike plan

Source | 2012/05/12 | | Permalink

By Kim Rahn

The operator of Subway line 9 in Seoul has scrapped its plan to raise fares by about 50 percent, following citizens' criticism and conflict with Seoul City that opposed the increase.

Seoul Metro Line 9 Corp., a private entity, issued an apologetic statement Wednesday to announce that it will put off its fare hike plan....More

'I believe in power of education'

Source | 2012/05/12 | | Permalink

The education ministry has published the English-language version of the Lee Myung-bak administration's educational white paper, released late last year. The 587-page book, titled "Positive Changes", introduces the government's key educational and science policies. The publication is an effort to share Korea's passion for education and technological advancement with the rest of the world, especially lessdeveloped nations that are eager to learn from the country.

By Na Jeong-ju

Korea's education system has become a crucial "export item" as its rise from post-war poverty to international prominence, driven by people's zeal for education, has provided a roadmap for a number of developing countries.

Domestically, however, Korean educators have often been the target of public criticism regarding the heavy household burden on private education and rampant violence at schools. There are complaints that teachers are not treated fairly despite their contributions to society...More

Global Launching K-Drama Free Service (US Only)

Source | 2012/05/11 | | Permalink

Finally, American viewers are allowed to watch K-Drama contents for free on Global from May 10th.

CJ E&M (CEO Kim SungSoo) Smart Media Division announced that they will provide service on Global, by establishing a technical collaboration with American online streaming company Hulu.

Global is ready to strengthen their positioning as the representative K-Wave website with K-POP and K-DRAMA contents. K-DRAMA will be serviced for free through Hulu's platform on Global

Live from Yeosu

Source | 2012/05/11 | | Permalink

Yes, it sounds like the ceremony was a sight to behold.
Sung-hee, you've been in Yeosu a few times now. Are any particular attractions at the expo that you recommend[Reporter : ] There are just so many things to see and enjoy down here in Yeosu, but my favorite attractions are the aquarium and the Sky Tower.
The aquarium here, dubbed the Aqua Planet Yeosu, is the largest in Korea, and is also the nation's first above-ground aquarium.
Here, you can see over 35-thousand kinds of marine life, including rare, endangered species like Beluga whales and Baikal seals.
Beluga whales are my personal favorite...More

Actor Park Sang-min Fined for Assaulting Ex-Wife

Source | 2012/05/11 | | Permalink

A Seoul district court on Wednesday ordered actor Park Sang-min to pay W200,000 to his ex-wife for assaulting her (US$1=W1,140).

Park had been indicted for domestic violence and cleared at first intance, but his ex-wife Han Na-rae appealed. Park was charged after verbally abusing Han in October of 2010 and pushing her into a shelf on two occasions...More

"Love Rain" exported to Asia and Europe

Source | 2012/05/10 | | Permalink

KBS drama "Love Rain" made it overseas.

"Love Rain" has been sold over to Japan, China, Hong Kong Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore and other American and European countries...More

Ex-band member speaks out about sexual assault charge

Source | 2012/05/10 | | Permalink

Goh Young-wook, 36, celebrity and former Roo'Ra member

By Kim Susan Se-jeong

Former singer and TV host Goh Young-wook, 36, opened up for the first time since he was accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

"I want you to know that I'm not as immoral as I'm being made out to be", wrote Goh, former member of disbanded Roo'Ra, in a post on JF Entertainment website, May 9, denying the sexual assault charges. "I wish you'd believe me".

Goh was initially charged with engaging in sexual activities with an 18-year-old he met during a cable TV program in March. According to reports, he promised to make her a star while drinking with her at his home then sexually assaulted her, once on March 30 then again in April...More

Bootleg of 'Architecture 101' Leaked Online

Source | 2012/05/10 | | Permalink

A copy of the romantic box-office hit "Architecture 101" was illegally released on several file-sharing websites on Wednesday.

Myung Film, the production company, said the bootleg is slightly different from the screen version, and it deleted copies as soon as they were uploaded on the internet and asked police to investigate...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/05/09 | | Permalink

It's Wednesday know what that means it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. From the Lindsay Lohan to Girls' Generation, she has brought all the latest updates in Hollywood and Korea.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what's the latest entertainment news in Korea...More

Lee Min-ho had narrow shoulders?

Source | 2012/05/08 | | Permalink

Actor Lee Min-ho grew up very fast.

A picture was posted on an online community website titled, "Lee Min-ho's surprising development"...More

Love Kimchi but hate the Strong Smell in your Kitchen? Try AnyLock

Source | 2012/05/06 | | Permalink

Sometimes a giant bag of chips is too much to finish all at once. (Other times the bag SHOULD be too big to finish, but I somehow find a way to make it to the bottom.) When I'm being responsible and stop after a few chips, there emerges the problem of how to keep air from getting into the bag and making my chips go stale. Do a use a rubber band? A twist tie? Do I transfer the chips into a zipper bag? (My life is tough, I know.)...More

70% of those in 20s, 30s want to keep first love in memory

Source | 2012/05/06 | | Permalink

The number of viewers of the Korean film, "Architecture 101" which portrays a woman's first love with her classmate, has exceeded 3.5 million, industry sources said Monday. The film helps moviegoers remember their first love., a website that arranges blind dates for single people, conducted a survey of 1,020 unmarried people in their 20s and 30s from April 10 through April 23...More

[UNSCENE MAGAZINE] Featured Visual Artist: JimmySK Interprets Korea

Source | 2012/05/05 | | Permalink

Animal heads blended with female bodies standout among thick, black backgrounds. Stencils of dragons, temples and anamorphic images adorn the walls. T-shirts hang waiting to be given designs differentiating them from their boring, one-color existence. When all these facets meet in an artistic sphere, it's JimmySK's studio.

"Making images has always been part of my life and I cannot remember a time when I wasn't doing it", comments the artist. He describes his past in detail and narrates how art has always been central throughout his development, as an artist and a person...More

(187) My name is Lofty Mountain

Source | 2012/05/05 | | Permalink

"You were born with the energy of the mountains"

I often start my saju reading with this kind of comment. They sometimes refer to the sun or other times the sea or rain. They vary in accordance with the five elements of one's birth energy. I know it sounds a little unrealistic in reading destiny and if you knew the meaning of each comparison, you would find it more metaphysical...More

Coming full circle in Seoul

Source | 2012/05/05 | | Permalink

Participants of the "Applied Dao with Jeongmok", organized by the One Circle Community, pose yogether for a photo. / Courtesy of Grace Song

By Grace Song

The One Circle Community (OCC) is a non-profit organization that aims to help people explore human diversity while feeling the common threads that interconnect us all. As the director of OCC, the group was started out of a personal yearning to join an open and spiritually centered community...More

[Korea] 2012 K-POP Cover Dance Festival Launches

Source | 2012/05/04 | | Permalink

2011 K-POP Cover Dance Festival (Photo courtesy of Visit Korea Committee)

For the second consecutive year, the K-POP Cover Dance Festival is inviting K-pop fans around the world to join the global competition and celebration of Korean popular music and dance.

The Festival is divided into three rounds of competition: Preliminaries, Regionals, and Finals. The preliminary round is an online video contest, where anyone can upload a video of their K-pop cover dance on the...More

"Helpless" Ticket Giveaway

Source | 2012/05/02 | | Permalink

Why pay when you can win a pair of free tickets to watch the hit mysterious thriller, "Helpless"?! Vote on your favorite Kim Min-hee look for a chance to win! You'll also get 2 free K-pop idols pocket portfolios as an added bonus!

QUESTION: Which Kim Min-hee look is your favorite?...More

MBC strike holds viewers hostage

Source | 2012/05/01 | | Permalink

MBC president Kim Jae-chul, left, walks toward the headquarters of the Foundation for Broadcasting Culture in Yeouido, while striking MBC reporters boo him on the sidelines in this March 7 file photo. Nearly 300 MBC reporters and producers have been staging a walkout for more than 3 months, demanding Kim step down from his post. / Korea Times

Scheduling disruptions continue in management-worker ego duel

By Na Jeong-ju

Viewers and cable channel subscribers are growing weary of the prolonged strike of unionized journalists at three major broadcasters and a news agency. Extended disruptions of popular programs and news services don't help anyone.

The question is: Should they remain patient about the walkouts or tell the striking journalists and producers, 'Enough! Get back to work'...More

70% of those in 20s, 30s want to keep first love in memory

Source | 2012/05/01 | | Permalink

The number of viewers of the Korean film, "Architecture 101" which portrays a woman's first love with her classmate, has exceeded 3.5 million, industry sources said Monday. The film helps moviegoers remember their first love., a website that arranges blind dates for single people, conducted a survey of 1,020 unmarried people in their 20s and 30s from April 10 through April 23...More

Young Korean-American Singer Takes Entertainment World by Storm

Source | 2012/04/28 | | Permalink

It's been less than three months since her debut but singer Ailee is already taking the Korean entertainment scene by storm with the commanding stage performance of a veteran entertainer. Ailee is a Korean-American artist who debuted in February with her single "Heaven". The 23-year-old singer has appeared on KBS2's reality TV show "Immortal Song 2", dazzling viewers with her talented voice while rubbing shoulders on stage with seasoned perfo...More

(186) How do you identify yourself?

Source | 2012/04/28 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

We all have our weaknesses and fears. While I try to seek happiness, I also ascertain a doomed side behind the truth of life. It is because this seemingly righteous but rather unpleasant fact is the rationale for our happiness.

In describing yin and yang, I wrote that if there is no brightness, there can be no darkness. Without the sun, shade cannot be cast. Without lacking, we never appreciate what we are given. If we are wantless, life is not worth living.

I have never seen a person who is completely satisfied with life. Even those who say they are happy have their inner anxiety. Some are anxious not to lose what they have while others are restless, yearning to acquire more...More

High expectations greet Filipina-Korean lawmaker

Source | 2012/04/24 | | Permalink

Philippine envoy says community feels pride in Jasmine Lee

By Philip Iglauer

The Filipino community here is abuzz with pride and high expectations of lawmaker-elect Jasmine Lee, the first naturalized citizen ever elected to the National Assembly in the history of Korea.

"Jasmine Lee is a source of pride in Korea for Filipinos in particular and for the migrant community in general", said Philippine Ambassador to Korea Luis Cruz, Wednesday, during a musical performance at the Philippine Embassy that spotlighted Jimmy Tagala, jr., a 21-year-old violin virtuoso invited here to compete in the Seoul International Music Competition...More

Book cafes entice readers

Source | 2012/04/22 | | Permalink

A latest trend in the Hongdae cafe scene is the emergence of book cafes, which some publishers see as a new way of connecting with readers and boosting sales. / Courtesy of Cafe Comma

By Do Je-hae

The most striking feature of the Hongdae district in Seoul is the prevalence of bars, making it a typical young university student neighborhood. But the area is not just about clubs and indie music. Home to a top art university, the area is also known for its flea markets, restaurants and quirky cafes...More

'East Sea' Spat Moves to White House Website

Source | 2012/04/22 | | Permalink

Koreans and Japanese are clashing on the White House website over the name of the body of water separating the two countries. After the Korean community in the U.S. filed an online petition with the White House demanding the publishers of public school textbooks there refer to it not only as the "Sea of Japan" but also the "East Sea", Japanese Internet users began to fight back, claiming that "Sea of Japan" is the historical name...More

(185) Out of Business

Source | 2012/04/21 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

If there is an auspicious site, is there an unlucky site, too?

Referring to modern feng shui, people try to make their houses a more pleasant and healthy place to live in and their offices a more prosperous place for business. How can we make our living place more delightful and our business more profitable? There are tons of feng shui tips to improve our environment. The same applies to a place which brings bad luck and we should stay away from these aspects of the environment...More

Weekend in Seoul

Source | 2012/04/21 | | Permalink


The Octagon


This club recently opened near the New Hilltop Hotel in Nonhyeon-dong. The venue offers a club stage, lounge bar and dining area in a hip and modern setting. Leave via exit 4 of Hakdong Station on subway line 7. Call (02) 516-8847 for more information...More

Dorothy Nam Never Runs Out of Energy

Source | 2012/04/20 | | Permalink

Dorothy Nam, host of the EBS radio talk show "Star English", helps listeners learn English with appearances of English-speaking celebrities, telling their life stories and sharing tips for improving English. Her outgoing and cheerful character makes the show both fun and easy to approach.

Her professional credentials are backed by the many English education programs she has hosted. She already demonstrated her skills with her previous music show on Arirang FM "Evening Groove", which she hosted live for six years...More

Korean speech contest set for May 17

Source | 2012/04/18 | | Permalink

The Institute of International Education at Kyung Hee University will host the 15th World Korean Language Speech Contest for Foreigners on May 17. This year's theme for the annual contest will be "My Favorite thing about K-pop" and "The Experience of Korean Culture". Any foreigners able to speak Korean can participate in the contest. Participants will be selected on the basis o...More

Stills of Lee Byung-hun Whet Appetite for 'G.I. Joe' Sequel

Source | 2012/04/18 | | Permalink

New stills from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", a sequel to a 2009 blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra", have been released on U.S. websites, heightening fans' excitement about the soon-to-be-released film...More

Koo Hye-seon in Singapore

Source | 2012/04/17 | | Permalink

Actress Koo Hye-seon visited Singapore.

Pictures were posted on an online community website on the 17th titled, "Koo Hye-seon in Singapore"...More

Self-regulating indecency

Source | 2012/04/17 | | Permalink

Comedian belatedly in hot water for calling 'comfort women' whores

By Na Jeong-ju

Public opinion appears to be taking a decisive turn for decency over freedom of speech.

A foul-mouthed popular podcaster alienated supporters of an opposition party whose ticket he ran on in the April 11 parliamentary elections, negatively affecting the outcome.

Of course, his young fans remained loyal...More

Comedian Quits Over Insults to Comfort Women

Source | 2012/04/17 | | Permalink

Popular comedian Kim Goo-ra has quit all the TV programs he hosts after an old audio clip went viral in which he referred to the so-called comfort women forced into sexual slavery by imperial Japan as "prostitutes"....More

PiFan's NAFF It Project 2012: Call for Submissions

Source | 2012/04/16 | | Permalink

The It Project is an exclusive project market for genre films that aims to discover new, promising feature film projects by Asian filmmakers or those co-produced by Asian countries and provide participants with a wide range of production and investment possibilities. Launched in 2008 as a section of the Network of Asian Fantastic Films, the It Project has been very successful in attaining its goal of becoming a growing project market for genre films and supporting new, inspiring projects...More

Designed by Korea - Come to Find Cool Stuff!

Source | 2012/04/14 | | Permalink

Unique products always make my heart beat faster, especially when they're affordable. That is probably why I am so into small, uniquely designed products like memo pads and pencil cases. I appreciate these types of products even more after studying outside of Korea. While I was a shy kid, classmates would approach me just to touch or use my colorful pencils and pens! (This is how I made friends.)...More

(184) Intoxicated with the lust for power

Source | 2012/04/14 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

Fortune tellers become busier during election campaigns. People spread rumors that a certain fortune teller pinpointed who would win in the election. A story about a former presidential candidate, who sent a helicopter to the house of a famous fortune teller to read the upcoming result of his candidacy, is still told to this day.

It was not unheard of for many former political candidates to have special measures done to their ancestors' tombs for better fengshui fortune. They consulted fengshui masters to pick an auspicious site and moved their ancestors' tombs. According to yin fengshui, there is a strong belief that the qi moves from ancestors to descendants...More

Happiness in a chocolate drop

Source | 2012/04/14 | | Permalink

Handmade chocolate items are available at Cacao Boom.

By Agnes Yu

Nestled in a side street not far from the main gate of Hongik University in the western part of Seoul, there is an artisanal chocolate shop that first opened its doors on Sept. 1, 2006.

Whether the market was ready or not over five years ago, Cacao Boom began proffering the finest handmade pralines available in the ROK and continues to do so today, with a wider range of products and a made-to-order service.

At 1,500 won for one delectable dropping, consumers weren't ready for the price either but Go Young-joo, upon discovering a completely new kinship with chocolate while studying in Belgium, decided that this was something that she must share with other people in Korea. She spent roughly eight years living in Ghent, a city in the Flemish region of Belgium during which she learned about chocolate as a culture and as an indulgence ― that it's not simply a sweet snack. Foremost she found out how much it made people happy...More

Mental health concerns rise with cosmetic surgery boom

Source | 2012/04/14 | | Permalink

A doctor performs cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Seoul. / Korea Times file

By Kelly Frances, Park Jin-seng

"This is the nose you'll see most if you go clubbing these days", said Sumi Lee, a university student in Seoul. She gestured to an ad for a posh plastic surgery clinic, showcasing "before and after" images of a rhinoplasty patient.

"I call it the Gangnam nose, and half of my friends have it. If I could afford it, I'd get it too".

Lee isn't alone. A country renowned for its dramas, music and high tech culture is swiftly becoming famous for surgically altered faces. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that Korea has the second highest rate of plastic surgery procedures per capita in the world after Hungary...More

Korea Tops U.N. E-Government Report for Second Year Running

Source | 2012/04/14 | | Permalink

The United Nations named Korea the leader in e-government for the second time in its annual survey of online and automated services for citizens. This year's survey was more people-focused than infrastructure-focused, as it has been in previous years...More

A variety of picky terms of dating via matchmakers

Source | 2012/04/14 | | Permalink

"Would you introduce me to a single man who will let me handle bank accounts and finance?" This is one of the first face-to-face dating terms one single woman suggested when she was requested to date in a report on a variety of dating terms that matchmaking agency Biennale and remarriage website Only You have jointly unveiled.

In general, people are likely to ask about occupation, appearance, academic background and family background, personality and religion as terms related to marriage partners. But other very picky terms and conditions are also suggested, according to Biennale...More

CJ Entertainment America Presents "Helpless"

Source | 2012/04/10 | | Permalink

Dark Horse Korean Hit at the Gate in the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 9, 2012) – CJ Entertainment America is launching the moody Korean thriller "Helpless" on April 20, 2012 as an exclusive engagement for Los Angeles at the CGV Cinemas, with national dates expected for early May. The film was a critical darling and unexpected box office champion for two consecutive weeks when it was released in Korea earlier this year.

- Russell Edwards, Variety

"...The film never ceases to compel. As the layers of deceit are peeled back, Byeon seems in complete command of her material. A key demonstration of her narrative dexterity is the way she flaunts an audacious 'Chinatown'-like clue to the missing woman's whereabouts without pre-empting the climax"...More

9 out of 10 French hallyu fans want to visit Korea

Source | 2012/04/08 | | Permalink

More than nine out of 10 French hallyu fans, who are interested in the Korean culture, want to travel Korea, a survey showed Tuesday.

A poll at tourism promotion Website (, conducted by the state-run Korea Tourism Organization's Paris branch, displayed that more than 90 percent of 3,775 respondents said they want to visit Korea. Of them, 75.8 percent said they will come to Korea without fail...More

Walk at Korean Royal Palace on Full Moon Night

Source | 2012/04/08 | | Permalink

Nice photos from a night tour of Changdeokgung Palace taken by JTeale.

Changdeokgung Palace is one of the five grand palaces built during Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty which lasted for more than five hundred years since the early 15th century.
The royal palace, situated in downtown Seoul, spreads across some 450 thousand square meters.

[Reporter : Park Ji-won] "And at this Unesco-designated world heritage site, late-night tours of the palace are scheduled to take place up to 5 times every month, until October"...More

Ganghwa History Museum

Source | 2012/04/08 | | Permalink

The Gwangseongbo battle during "Sinmiyangyo" or clash between American and Korean forces in 1871 is shown as replicas at the Ganghwa History Museum on Ganghwa Island, Incheon.

By Shim Hyun-chul

Ganghwa Island packs a whole lot of Korea's history into a relatively small area. Consequently it is nicknamed a "roofless museum". With military stations and dolmens registered in December 2000 as a UNESCO World Heritage, the island showcases relics of the past...More

'What Koreans are talking about, so are we'

Source | 2012/04/08 | | Permalink

Raphael Rashid, left, and James Pearson, editors of koreaBANG

Two foreigners translate Korea's popular news, comments into English on website

By Kim Rahn

Not all expats in Korea or foreigners abroad will want to hear about government-promoted national advertising like K-pop or skin care programs. Many will rather want to know about what ordinary Koreans are talking about and how they feel while going about their daily lives...More

[HanCinema Korea's Diary] Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger (2)

2012/04/07 | | Permalink

This week I tip my hat to a Korean celebrity as well a Korea rock band that are using their celerity superpowers for good in Africa, and wagging my finger at one seasonal meteorological phenomenon that just makes life in Korea a little more hazardous than it should ever be. This is Tip of Hat, Wag of the Finger...More

Lee Da-hae Displays Language Skills in Chinese Soap

Source | 2012/04/07 | | Permalink

Actress Lee Da-hae displays her excellent command of Mandarin in a video clip uploaded on YouTube recently. Her management agency said the sneak preview of a Chinese soap opera was apparently uploaded by a Chinese staffer and had been circulating in China before it hit the global video website...More

(183) Where are we?

Source | 2012/04/07 | | Permalink

By Janet Shin

Have you ever got lost in your life?

Owing to the development of technology, we are able to enjoy lots of modern conveniences. Some of them are quite gnarly and others have unexpected novelty. Futurologists might have predicted, but who could ever anticipated all the fantasmo devices. If I take my personal story, for example, I always have a hard time to find my way to a place. Due to the help of automobile navigation system, I sometimes drive to the meeting places nowadays, but driving is still one of my most strained things to do. This is often a funny joke for my students at feng shui classes.

How about the satellite mapping services offered by Internet portal sites? Aren't they incredible? We must be proud of the world and era where and when we live...More to link tour businesses with travelers

Source | 2012/04/07 | | Permalink

By Yi Whan-woo

Sunwoo, a leading matchmaking company, has opened, a travel website to link small travel agencies with overseas travelers.

The website lists blogs and social networking sites (SNS) of registered travel-related businesses so that tourists can find information about accommodation, car rentals and other related topics in the countries they want to visit...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/04/06 | | Permalink

It's Friday afternoon and I'm sure many of you, AND MYSELF, are excited for the weekend to begin once again.
The rainy clouds are expected to veer away for the next three days so, rather than staying at home why not enjoy outdoors

[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young. Let me begin by asking this question: What comes to mind when you think of the term, "Arirang" For me, our "Arirang" station, of course --- AND, as a Korean Korea's long-time favorite song Arirang. I know the melody has been encapturing the ears of many around the world...More

Art and Culture

Source | 2012/04/05 | | Permalink

It's almost the weekend and the weather forecast tells us that it will be sunny this weekend. To make good use of this beautiful weather, we have our arts and culture reporter, Michelle Kim, to guide us on what events are available for us to see.
Hello, Michelle

[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello, Conn-young

So what can we do to make good use of the sunny weather

[Reporter : ] Well, it may not be as warm as we want it to be, but the sun is out and we should take advantage of the nice weather to go out and maybe travel somewhere nearby. For those of you who are planning on taking the train from Seoul Station, you should first stop by at the original Seoul Station building that has been turned into a multi cultural complex. Take a look...More


Source | 2012/04/04 | | Permalink

FILMFEST DC: Korean embassy introduces two south korean films at the washington, dc international film festival
"Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon" and "Romance Joe".

Festival spotlights international comedies and caribbean journeys from april 12 - 22, 2012

WASHINGTON-In its 26th year, Filmfest DC: The Washington, DC International Film Festival is presenting more than 80 films from about 41 countries at top venues in Washington, DC. A full list of films, locations and screening times is now available on the Filmfest DC website,

Cannes category list exposed including Hong Sang-soo and Park Chan-wook

Source | 2012/04/03 | | Permalink

It seems as though the Cannes category list has been exposed on the internet.

24 parts of the list belonging to the 65th Cannes International film Festival which starts on the 16th of May was uploaded then deleted from its official website. This list is being expanded to various websites. The official release date of the list is this coming 19th...More

SIWA: half a century and a whole lot of women

Source | 2012/04/03 | | Permalink

SIWA members model modern hanbok creations in a fashion show.(Courtesy of Terri Hartman)

It all started around a kitchen table. A group of 47 foreign women, right after the Korean War, got together with the objective to form a club. The purpose of the club was to provide an opportunity for the foreign women to get to know each other, to participate in serving the local community, and to learn about Korea. This small group was the seed for what is now the Seoul International Women's Association (SIWA). On April 3, SIWA celebrated its 50th anniversary...More

Ha Ji-won is 4-dimensional?

Source | 2012/04/02 | | Permalink

Ha Ji-won revealed her first deviation.

During a recording session for the KBS 2TV program "Seung Seung Jang Goo" which will be broadcasted on the 3rd, the MCs told Ha Ji-won she looked like she would enjoy a good party and she said, "I don't get that very often so when I hear something like that I feel very good"...More

Hyeon Bin's uniformed pose

Source | 2012/04/02 | | Permalink

Actor Hyeon Bin's uniformed photo made many women's hearts pound.

Pictures titled, "Hyeon Bin became more handsome in the Marines" were posted on a n online community website recently...More

Shilla opens premium buffet restaurant on Jeju

Source | 2012/03/31 | | Permalink

The Parkview, Shilla Hotel's premium buffet restaurant which opened its doors on Jeju on March 22, is ready to serve diners. / Courtesy of Hotel Shilla Jeju

By Lee Hyo-sik

A growing number of Korean and non-Korean tourists visit the country's southern resort island of Jeju for a wide range of fun and unique holiday experiences. But on top of engaging in fun-packed leisure activities, they also come to Jeju to get a taste of the diverse local cuisine using fresh seafood and other ingredients produced on the pristine island.

If you want to enjoy an array of high-quality dishes prepared by the country's top chefs in a luxury setting, there is no better place than the Hotel Shilla Jeju...More

DC Public School Students Experience Korea, Taekwondo through Embassy Adoption Program

Source | 2012/03/31 | | Permalink

When sixth graders at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington DC decided to adopt the name Team Seoul for the year, after Korea's capital city, they were hoping to attract the attention of the Korean embassy-and that they did.

The students, more than 120, were paired with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea through the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP), which allows local public school students to learn about an adopted country and its culture firsthand, through a series of special events at the school planned by a local embassy...More

A great fortuneteller

Source | 2012/03/31 | | Permalink

There is an interesting fable about a frog fortune teller in Korea. He was not actually an innate fortune teller but muddled through various affairs. He didn't become famous through choice. What he foretold turned out to be true by chance and more and more people visited him to have their fortune read. However the frog felt uncomfortable as he thought he was deluding others with misleading rumors.

In the meantime, an emperor in China lost his royal seal. He explored every avenue to find it but in vain. He ordered most the famous fortune tellers in China to seek the seal, with fruitless results. Then he heard there was an extraordinary fortune teller in Korea. He ordered his staff to bring him to China. It was the frog...More

Japanese Art and Bunjinga (Nanga): the Influence of China and Korea in the Edo Period

Source | 2012/03/31 | | Permalink

"Daoist Immortals" by Tani Buncho (谷文晁: 1763- 1841) was a Japanese literati (bunjin) painter and poet. He was the son of the poet Tani Rokkoku (1729-1809).

The Bunjinga school of thought ran deep within the literati of Japan during the Edo period. Bunjin (literati) artists trace their artistic roots to the literati of China during the Song Dynasty (960-1267). However, the differences between the Japanese literati and Chinese literati, is notable because of the opposite side of the coin applying. Also, the isolationist policies of Japan in the Edo period meant that bunjin artists didn't have the complete picture of the cultural reality of the Song Dynasty...More

Naturalized candidate hit for lying on school record

Source | 2012/03/30 | | Permalink

By Lee Tae-hoon

Jasmin Lee, a naturalized Korean, who is on the list of proportional representative candidates for the ruling Saenuri Party in the upcoming parliamentary elections, is facing criticism for allegedly lying about her academic background.

Lee, secretary-general of non-profit organization Sharing Water Drops, claimed in media reports over the past several years that she entered a prestigious medical school in the Philippines after scoring 99 out of 100 in the college entrance exam.

She told the media that she dropped out of school after meeting her late Korean husband...More

Kim Tae-hee reveals hidden body line in leather

Source | 2012/03/29 | | Permalink

Actress Kim Tae-hee revealed her hidden body.

A picture was posted on an online community website titled, "Kim Tae-hee looks good in black leather"...More

"Nameless Gangster" released in North America

Source | 2012/03/28 | | Permalink


"My reason for wanting to tell a story from the '80s is because I feel that the current societal climate is very similar. About 3 years ago I got a feeling that the era of my deceased father was suddenly coming back, an era in which everyone's good will is only reserved for their own survival and well being. But like my own father, I did not see these people as selfish fools, but sympathized with them. I wanted to portray these characters not as criminals who were on the wrong side of the law, but as people who tried their best to survive and thrive despite the conditions they were in. People innately follow the times they live in and those who ride it architect the next generation. The '80s in South Korea were an incredibly volatile decade in which a single person's decision could change the direction of an entire era. Following men who lived through that decade, I wanted to show that the eighties had more dramatic appeal than any other decade. I wanted to inquire whether it was the times that were changing the people, or if it was the people that were changing the times. Most of all, I hope that the audience can laugh and identify with these men who lived like kings in the face of loyalty, betrayal, and ambition"....More

CICI to hold essay competition for graduate students

Source | 2012/03/28 | | Permalink

By Do Je-hae

The Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI) is holding a "communication essay competition" for graduate students on April 28, the institute said in a statement Wednesday.

The essay competition will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Culture Communication Forum (CCF), a key event of the institute to take place on Sept. 4-6 in Seoul. The winner of the competition will be given the chance to participate at the annual event and communicate with cultural experts within and outside the country...More

Korea Grand Sale boosts local shops

Source | 2012/03/26 | | Permalink

Foreign tourists pose in front of an installation promoting the Korea Grand Sale 2012 in Myeong-dong, one of the