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Korean Drama to be Aired in Iraq

2008/04/30 | 1136 views | Permalink | Source

Korean drama "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" will be aired in the Arbil region of Iraq, where Korean troops are stationed. The Korean Broadcasting Institute said that it will provide the drama to Iraq's Kurdistan TV, the largest Kurdish satellite broadcasting station in northern Iraq.

According to the KBI, "Sad Love Story" recorded an amazing viewer rating when it was shown in Iraq last July. In the wake of the Korean drama's huge popularity, the Kurdistan TV asked the KBI for another Korean TV series. "Sad Love Story" posted 70% ratings and after the drama ended, a park in Arbil was named after the main female character of the show.

The Iraqi TV stations reported that the local Kurdish community quickly warmed up to the Korean people and began to show interest in the Korean history and culture after "Sad Love Story" was aired. "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" will be aired in June, following a dubbing job in Kurdish.

In the meantime, a Lebanese TV stations has been airing "Sad Love Story" since March. Korea's engineering unit has been deployed to Lebanon as part of the UN peacekeeping mission.

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