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Ock Ju-hyun releases 'Gold'

Source | 2014/08/23 | | Permalink

Singer and musical performer Ock Ju-hyun has released the new album "Gold".

The work includes many well-known songs included in musicals, such as "When the World was Mine" from "Monte Cristo", "Someone Like You" from "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Never To Love" from "Excalibur".

It has 10 songs altogether...More

Nature's resilient beauty as seen on Bamseom Island

Source | 2014/08/23 | | Permalink

The towers of Yeouido loom over the landscape of Bamseom Island. (photo courtesy of Seoul City)

The Hangang River is a gigantic stream that cuts through the capital city.

In the middle of the flowing waterway, underneath the Seogang Bridge that connects Yeouido and Mapo, sits a tiny island that preserves nature in a pristine state. It is Bamseom Island. The island is currently uninhabited, but it is known to have been once occupied by more than 400 people and 80 households.

During the 1960s, the island's residents had to leave the island in accordance with the government's plan to develop Yeouido and to smooth the flow of the river...More

K-Pop Legend, Lee Seung-chul, Made His Unification Song Debut with North Korean Defectors at Dokdo

2014/08/23 | | Permalink

On August 14, K-Pop singer Lee Seung-chul, led  a choir of young North Korean defectors, 'With-U', to sing his new song, "The Day", along with the Korean traditional song "Arirang" at Dokdo Island.
This project was inspired by one courageous man, Il Kon Yoon, who envisioned a united North and South Korea.  Il Kon Yoon is a North Korean native, who was one of the few North Koreans to have a relatively comfortable life in North Korea.  However, despite his "fortune" he decided to leave everything behind, and risked his life to escape to South Korea where there would be more opportunities and resources to fulfill his vision.  His journey to his promise land was not easy.  He lived in complete poverty, destitute of basic necessities, which eventually drove him to the brink of suicide; until one day, he met Jesus Christ, and converted to Christianity.  His new faith, restored hope in his vision and he found the strength to finish his journey to South Korea...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 6

2014/08/22 | | Permalink

I must admit, the previews from last episode definitely fooled me here. It was hard to imagine what possible context could explain the scenes that clearly showed Woo-hyeon and Seul-bi together doing date-like stuff and clearly being called a couple by their classmates. Then we actually get to those scenes and it's just, oh right, this is high school. That place where being teased by peers is really common and it's common to go on social outings that obviously seem like dates even if they're not...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 12

2014/08/22 | | Permalink

"Temptation" has stagnated in forward movement and become a massive gray area. Anger and hurt fuel half of the characters while the desire to avoid the problems at hand  keeps the other half withdrawn from reality. The plot is made up of characters making constant, consistent mistakes without any sign of improving. Although the mistakes create tension between characters, they don't do much for plot movement.

Hong-joo is a seething mass of righteousness and a desire for revenge...More

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