2018년 1월 16일 화요일

2018 Fashion Trend Forecast in Korea

2018 'Retro' is emerging as a key keyword for Korean fashion industy.
The fanny pack, which has been getting popularity since late last year, is centered on a number of collections and trends this year.

In addition, the 'Youth Culture' code, which is a trademark of the street brand such as tinted sunglasses and bucket hat, is expected to continue this year, and fringe items containing the glamor and hippy feeling of the 70'and '80s are expected to continue to be loved.

If the item of the retro is burdensome, match the sequin items which can be point with only the small accessories to complete the sophisticated and trendy fashion.

Company which specialize in color selection, Pantone's 'Ultra Violet' color of the year is getting popular in Korea this year.
'Ultra violet', a bluish purple color, has already been released as a variety of items in colors with a myriad artistic sense of mystery, imagination and originality.
You can enjoy the color of this year with various items ranging from jewelery that becomes fashion point to suits that show trendyness.

The 'Pink Lavender', a pale pink color mixed with rose color, is a romantic and soft color that is enough to capture the hearts of women. "Little Boy Blue" color, which gives a feeling of hope, is expected to be popular this year as well.

Finally, 'Chili Oil', which is considered as a trend color this year, will add a flavor to spring styling with its rich, intense and deep color.

Items with color of 2018

2018년 1월 13일 토요일

"Busan Panther"? ... Marvel's upcoming film 'Black Panther' Korean special poster was unveiled

In March of 2017, Marvel studio's ambitious new project 'Black Panther' was filmed in Busan, it was followed by explosive attention from media and South Korea film fans.
The reaction was even hotter because it was the second appearence in Marvel's work after the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' (2015), which caused the worldwide box office syndrome.

The Busan poster, which was unveiled on 12th January, captivates the audience with a new hero black panther standing at Busan city's landmark,Gwangan Bridge in the background.
Although it was possible to get a glimpse of Busan in the film through the previously released 'Black Panther' trailer, this poster is more meaningful because it was specially made for Korean audiences in commemoration of Busan shooting.

The Black Panther also has a new nickname, 'Busan Panther' in this new special video which was released together with poster, contains a delightful dialogue scene between Chadwick Bossman of Black Panther and Letitia Wright who played Shuri, the princess of Wakanda.

2018년 1월 12일 금요일

Halal food in Korea: more Muslim-friendly restaurants are popping up in Seoul

Malaysian tourist who visited Makan, a Halal restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul said. "I watched a Korean drama in Malaysia and wondered about the original Korean food, but Samgyetang and bulgogi are delicious here as well."

The entire restaurant was crowded with Muslim tourists. "We came to Seoul for a vacation," said six female college students wearing a hijab. "Our hotel is located near Seoul Station but we came here because it is in Itaewon where we can eat halal foods."
In addition to the 'Makan', there are also many Halal Korean restaurants such as 'Eid' at Usadan road in Itaewon which is connected to the Seoul Central Mosque.
At Usadan road, Turkey and Arabic restaurants such as 'Kervan' and 'City Sarah' serve Korean dishes such as bibimbap and jajangmyun in halal style.

In order to be certified as a Halal certified restaurant, the Korean Federation of Muslims and the Korean Halal Certification Authority must undergo the inspection and approval.
The first Korean Halal restaurant, 'Eid' opened in October 2014.

Yoo Hong-jong, owner of the Eid restaurant said, "My son was studying Arabic and brought his muslim friends home.
No matter how delicious it looks they did not eat any meat, I knew Muslims do not eat pork or alcohol but I was surprised to learn that muslims don't eat any meat which is not slaughtered according to islam law" Yoo said that this cultural shock was the reason for opening up Halal Korean Restaurant in Seoul.

The food problem is a "stumbling block" that Muslim tourists from the countries such as Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)and India.
According to the satisfaction Survey conducted by Korea Tourism Organization on 700 Muslim tourists who visited Korea in 2016, satisfactory rate for accommodation facilities(67.0%),shopping places(69.0%),transportation facilities(72.0%) and airport(69.1%) were high while food(46.3%) and religious activities (16.3%) were relatively low.
"I think Koreans think that Korean food is a healthy diet, but the Muslims do not have halal food, so inevitably they only eat vegetarians and fish in the general restaurant," said Alpagho sina(29), Turkish expat living in Korea for 13years . "It is not easy for Muslims to visit Korea unless halal ingredients are used in more restaurants," said Hana Bassam Safi, a business producer at Gulf News in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

In order to alleviate these inconveniences, the Korea Tourism Organization introduced a "Muslim-friendly restaurant classification system" in 2016, allowing domestic residents and tourists to easily find related restaurants.

2017년 12월 19일 화요일

Actress Hwang Jung-eum donated KRW 100 million for sick children

Actress Hwang Jung-eum donated KRW 100 million(usd 90,000) for sick children on Dec 18.

Hwang Jung-eum (32) donated KRW 100 million to an international relief and development organization, NGO Save the Children for medical expenses for children of low-income family.

Donations will be used for childcare support projects.
Save the Children has supported surgery and treatment costs to low-income family children who are diagnosed but unable to get treatment due to high cost.
There is also a project to support outpatient examination expenses for children who are not even given a chance for health checkup because of their family circumstances.

Hwang Jeong-eum has been practicing sharing through diverse activities such as donating gifts to help children with incurable diseases at the time of the drama 'She Was Beautiful'.
She had a series of hits from the comic to the melodrama, including a sitcom 'Highkick Through the Roof' and 'Kill me Heal me'.
She decided to donate for the children ahead of her upcoming birthday before Christmas.

2017년 12월 5일 화요일

10 years since Taean oil spill incident, 1.23 million people gave hand to create miracle

December 7, 2007 at 7:06 am. Hebei Spirit of Hong Kong national oil tanker collided with crane of Samsung Heavy Industries on the offshore of Manipo Beach in Taean-gun, Chungnam Province.
The accident caused a hole in the tanker oil tank and 12,547 pounds of oil hit the coast of Taean, the only coastal national park in Korea.
It was the worst marine pollution accident that the sea of life turned into the sea of death.

The hearts of the Korean looking at the black Sea were despair and anger itself. But the desperate mind that they could not leave the oiled sea could lead people their way to Taean.
People from all over the country who ran to Taean, even in cold weather, pumped oil up on the seashore.
There were many volunteers who put down their daily routines on weekends and holidays and had a fight with black oil in Taean.

At an international forum held a year after the Taean oil spill, environmental experts around the world were worried that long-term ecological and environmental destruction would occur in the waters of Taean.
Experts pessimistically predicted that it would be difficult to get back to the pre-crash stage even after decades.
Offshore of Taean has overtaken the expectations of experts and recovered to the original state at a rapid pace.
Since the end of 2009, two years after the accident, a green light for restoration of ecosystem emerged.
The clam-shell mortality rate fell to 4.7% from 24.6% in 2008. The concentration of seawater oil in the Taean coast has been reduced to half of the previous year.
In June 2016, more than 100 endangered species swam around Taean.
The headache inducing odor of oil disappeared as well.

World environmental experts also said, "If this were not for volunteers who ran across the country after the accident, this change would have been impossible."
Taean has become a holy place of hope that symbolizes the efforts and spirit of volunteers.
At Manipo Beach, people set up a memorial for overcoming the oil spill that recorded the epic of hope that the great Korean people made with sweat and tears.

In January 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) upgraded the Taean Coast National Park Protected Area rating from 'Category V' (landscape protection area) to 'Category II' (National Park). IUCN classifies protected areas of the world into six types, I to VI. Upgrading from a landscape protected area to a national park grade 2 means that the area has excellent ecological value and excellent management and preservation.