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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

Folklorist's obsession leads to exhibition

Source | 2015/05/03 | | Permalink

The mid-20th-century shamanistic painting portraying Lady Jeongjeon is among the collection of renowned folklorist Kim Tae-gon (1936-96). Provided by the museum

Like Confucianism, shamanism was more than just a religion to Koreans.

It was part of culture and tradition, influencing and inspiring many in the country throughout its history...More

Museums & Galleries

Source | 2015/05/03 | | Permalink


Horim Museum, Gangnam District

To June 30: The exhibition features 90 pieces of Joseon-period (1392-1910) lacquerware inlaid with mother of pearl.

To make lacquerware, artisans apply lacquer on wooden items, carve patterns or drawings on the surface and affix or encase shiny mother of pearl...More

Kim Seong-min sentenced

Source | 2015/05/03 | | Permalink

Actor Kim Seong-min was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison and a 1 million won ($930) fine for illegal drug use.

"It was inappropriate for Kim to take drugs while he was under probation", said the judge Lee Tae-woo from the Suwon District Court...More

Big Bang debuts new songs

Source | 2015/05/03 | | Permalink

Boy group Big Bang's two new songs, "Loser" and "Bae Bae", released at midnight on Friday topped 10 domestic music charts, including Melon, Genie and Bugs, taking either first or second place.

"Loser" also topped the iTunes singles charts of ten countries, including Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. It also gained attention in American and European countries, placing 68th on the iTunes singles chart in the United States, 51st in Canada and 81st in the United Kingdom...More

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