2018년 3월 16일 금요일

Why are the Korean flag and Pepsi logo so similar?


The opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games was a success. It showed a drone olympic flag, human face shaped bird and wonderful appearance of figure queen Kim Yuna who lighted the olympic flame.

It is said that a lot of foreign netizens who watched Korean flag, Taegeukgi for the first time on this ceremony showed confusion and wondered about its relation to Pepsi logo in SNS.

Few years ago, there was a hypothesis that the logo of Pepsi is very similar to the pattern of Tai Chi, and that the person who made the name 'Pepsi' is Korean.
This rumor says that Pepsi held a public contest for its name and final contestant came up with name "pep" which is sound of opening bottle and "si" which is sound after opening pepsi can.
This contest winner who is Korean suggested pepsi logo which is similar to Korean flag as well.
This rumor in Korea turned out to be false of course.

In reality Pepsi changed its red logo color to red, blue, white for war support in the wake of the American War of the 1940s, and after that it changed its logo shape to a pattern which is similar to Tai Chi.

And the official PyeongChang 2018 Olympics sponsor is not Pepsi, but its rival, Coca-Cola.





2018년 3월 10일 토요일

Ryu Si Won's recent fan meeting in Japan 2018

On March 8th, Ryu si won posted photo on instagram saying "it was happy time, my family whom I am always thankful for." This is a photo of a recent fan meeting in Japan.
In this selfie Ryu smiling behind fans completely filled the seats at the event which confirm his unchanging popularity in Japan.
In addition, he posted another selfie with smoking a cigarette and posing towards the camera.

Netizens who attended the fan meeting responded such as "I was really happy because it was really fun."





2018년 2월 20일 화요일

DMZ which has been uninhabited for over 60 years, is becoming the ultimate heaven for endangered species in Korea

Otter, class 1 endangerd specie

The demilitarized zone (DMZ), which has been uninhabited for over 60 years, is becoming the ultimate heaven for endangered species and plants that are gradually disappearing in Korea.
This is why the ecological value of the DMZ, the outcome of the war, is getting new attention.

According to the "DMZ Biodiversity Comprehensive Report" published by the Ministry of Environment and the National Ecology Agency in 2016, which collected the results of ecological surveys conducted in the DMZ for more than 40 years since 1974, a total of 4873 species of wild animals and plants were found in DMZ area.
The surveyed area, the DMZ, is 1557 km 2, which accounts for only 1.6% of the Korean peninsula, but about 20% of the total Korean peninsula species (24,425 species) live here.

In particular, a total of 91 species of endangered species, including 16 species of endangered wildlife class I and 75 species of class ll, were found in the DMZ area. Currently, there are 267 species of endangered wildlife on the Korean peninsula, which means that 34% of them are now endangered species that are concentrated in the DMZ.
In particular, cranes and musk deer were found to live only in the DMZ area. The researchers analyzed that "because of the restricted accessibility of the public for the protection of military facilities and safety reasons, they provided a stable habitat for wild animals and plants."

Following pictures are some of major endangered species that have been identified as living in the DMZ.

Endangered species Class 1 cranes


Endangered Species Class 1 White-tailed sea eagle


Endangered Species Class 2 serpent

Endangered Species Class 2 giant water bug

Endangered Species Class 2 gobiobotia brevibarba

Endangered Species Class 2 slender shiner

Muslim tourists spotlighted as a new customer to fill in void left by Chinese tourists in Korea

Muslims tourists are attracting attention as new customer to fill vacancies in Chinese tourists who have been significantly decreased since the placement of the THAAD (high-altitude missile defense system) on the Korean Peninsula.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KITA) on Monday, about 870,000 Muslim tourists visited Korea last year.
It decreased 11.7 percent from the previous year (985,885) but increased 17.4 percent from 748,691 in 2015.

Considering that the number of foreign tourists (13.34 million) who visited Korea in 2017 decreased by 22.7% from the previous year, the decrease in Muslim tourists visiting Korea last year is not significant.

Most of the Muslims visiting Korea are tourists from Southeast Asia.

The number of Indonesian tourists visiting last year decreased by 21.9 percent to 23,387, while the number of Malaysian tourists decreased by 1.2 percent to 300,740.


Middle Eastern and North African account for less than 10% of the total number of Muslims visiting Korea while tourists from Indonesia and Malaysia which have a high percentage of Muslim population account for about 45% of the Muslims who visited Korea,
Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the proportion of middle east countries out of total Muslim tourists visited Korea is small, but the total expenditure per person is three to four times more than Southeast Asian Muslim tourists.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesian tourists spent an average of 849,282 won in Korea and 796,995 won for Malaysian, while tourists from UAE spent 246,8942 won and those from Saudi Arabia spent 3.157 million won per person on average.

In particular, many Saudi Arabia and UAE tourists are looking for Korea for high value-added medical tourism.

As of 2016, 31% of UAE tourists visiting the country and 13% Saudi Arabian tourists visited Korea for medical tourism.

Last year, Muslim tourists from the Middle East increased even though decline in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country overall.

The number of tourists from the Middle East last year was 217,538, up 12.4% from the previous year.



2018년 1월 30일 화요일

Tourists visited to Camp Greaves, filming Location of drama 'Descendants of the Sun' increased 4times in 3years


The Camp Greaves DMZ Experience Center, which was created by Gyeonggi Province using returned US military bases is gaining popularity among tourists.

Gyeonggi Tourism Corporation and Paju City revealed on Jan 25 that 23,116 tourists visited Camp Greaves last year.
It is more than four times the figure of 5,771 people in 2014, the first year of opening.
The number of visitors to 2015 is 11,993, and the number of visitors in 2016 is 17,128.

Camp Greaves is a returned US military base a couple of kilometres from the DMZ.





In real life, Camp Greaves was the base camp of US troops for years after the ceasefire agreement was signed by both North and South Korea.
The US military was stationed in 1953 and returned in 2007.

Gyeonggi Province, through the agreement with the Ministry of National Defense, was donated a portion of Camp Greaves site and open the existing facilities as various 'exhibition, culture, experience' space and opened on December 12, 2013.

The 4-story, 3,232㎡ US Army officer's residence is remodeled into a space that can accommodate a variety of experience programs, including barracks, military uniforms, and line-ups.

It is also the site for DMZ documentary film festival, a youth event, a workshop, as well as a family visiting place for nearby soldiers.


In 2016, it was spotlighted as a drama "Descendants of the Sun" shooting location.

Camp Greaves was a camp site of fictional country called 'Uruk' which is the background of the drama.

The Gyeonggi Tourism Corporation has improved this filming location to attract foreign tourists as the descendants of the sun became explosively popular in Asia including China since 2016.


In June of the same year, Paju city signed an agreement with a military army under the jurisdiction and designated it as a security sightseeing spot, expanding the number of visitors limited to 250 per day to 3,000.

The inconvenience of having to give advance notice 2 or 3 days before visit have also disappeared

Paju City will also set up gondola crossing the Imjin River as a public transportation in order to revitalize security tourism starting this year.
This project, linking Camp Grieves with Gondola, is scheduled to be completed by early next year.
Paju city expects the gondola to contribute significantly to achieving the goal of attracting 10 million tourists.