2017년 8월 16일 수요일

Must_buy food items on shopping list of foreign tourists visiting Korea 2017

Thailand has tiger ointment, Japan got cleansing foam and Taiwan is famous for cracker.
There are the essential shopping item to buy when you travel to these country by all means.

Food and snacks are among foreign tourists' favorite shopping list when in Korea.
Last year, food ranked second, following perfume and cosmetics on the essential shopping list of foreign tourists.
(Report on Survey on the Status of Foreign Tourists in 2016.)


Ramen
Fire chicken ramen is popular among foreigners who challenge spicy taste as well as Jajang ramen, Jjambbong ramen and kalguksu ramen to name a few.
If you like ramen, you should definitely go shopping in Korea.

Gim(Korean dried seaweed)
"Do you eat black paper?" Even the westerners who were disgusted when trying this food for the first time gets addicted to the salty flavor. When foreign tourists go back home, Gim packs are filled up with both hands.



Pear drinks
Drinks made from shaved pears are popular among Western magazines as they are known as "miraculous beverages to relieve hangovers."

Banana flavored milk
Banana milk is known through the Korean Wave drama, and it often appears on the foreigner's Korean shopping certification shot on SNS.



Mixed coffee
The sweet and savory coffee mix is ​​highly praised even in countries that have enjoyed coffee for a long time. Recently, there are many kinds of coffee mix such as latte and mocha.

Oreo Oz
The cereal Oreo Oz that Americans loved. Tragically(?), production of this snack is discontinued locally, and it is one of essential shopping item for American tourists in Korea.



Yogurt jelly
Yogurt jelly is a sweet snack in a cute shape. It is regarded as one of the best snacks in Korea by foreign bloggers.

Ready Q-Chu
The unique hangover drink in the form of jelly, Ready Q-chu is a must-have item for Chinese tourists now that it gets word-of-mouth since introduced by famous Chinese blogger.

In Korea, mask packs to shampoos, toothpaste, rice cookers and cute character socks, dolls are popular shopping items among foreign tourists other than groceries.








2017년 8월 14일 월요일

Korean fashion knocks at European market 2017


In Paris, fashion district Saint-Honoré, there is the best-known editorial shop "Colette".
It is one of the famous places that symbolize the fashion city.
Five Korean designers were encountered here with fashion people in Europe.
The pop-up store which was held from July 31 to August 5, lasted for a week.
Through the weekly pop-up store, five Korean brand names, "Kye" (Kye Han Hee), "Beyond Closet" (Go Tae Yong) "General Idea"(Choi Bum-seok) "Moonj" (Moon Jin Hee) and "Ti Baeg" (Jo Eun Ae) advertised Colette's two windows in a splendid manner.

The pop-up store was a pre-release event for Paris, the K-fashion project, which will be presented at Paris Fashion Week this September (September 26 - October 3).
Five designers are planning to hold a fashion show on September 30th at the Palais de la Bourse, a historic landmark in Paris, to promote Korean fashion to the world.
It is one of the Korean fashion designers' overseas advancement project which is promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Industry and supervised by the Korea Fashion Industry Research Institute.
It is also a stage where you can see the power of K-fashion that attracts attention in the world market.


'K-fashion project Paris' is the first major Korea related event to be held at Paris Fashion Week.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy supports the event expenses as part of the "K-fashion premium designer global distribution linkage project" sponsored by the Korea Fashion Industry Research Institute.
In particular, all costumes in this collection are made with made in Korea fabrics and Korean sewing technology. Promoting local buyers with the excellence of Korean design originality and costume making technology by promoting 'Made in Korea, Made for You' as a slogan to promote exports to premium value textile and fashion strategy.
Prior to participating in Paris Fashion Week, the five designers at the Colette, a Paris editing shop for a week, was a great opportunity to get a close look at the reactions of local consumers.
Especially, as the news that Colette will be closed by the end of this year, number of visiters to collet shops as well as fashion people were rapidly increased.
Colette Roussaux, founder Colette shop, who has been directing products for himself for the past 20 years since 1997, surprised many fans by announcing that he would shut down the shop on December 20th through Instagram in July.


This place, which sold clothes, household appliances, music and magazines that reveal its owner's taste is a place that fashion stars like Chanel's chief Karl Lagerfeld loved.
As such, the pride of the designers who sell their products at this place is also great.
Designer Go Tae Yong said, "Colette is store that i have been interested in since 10 years ago when I first became a designer and I made a commitment to display my clothes here someday, this time I was able to achieve that goal."

European buyers paid great attention in Korean designer's outfits and various propositions continued to be made to the designers after the event.





2017년 8월 12일 토요일

The movie ‘Midnight Runners’ is sleeper hit: Korean Box office, August 2017


The movie ‘Midnight Runners’ debuted on the box office at second place, surpassing the 'The Battleship Island' on the opening day.

According to the cinema ticket network of the Film Promotion Commission, the 'Midnight Runners' climbed to the box office to second place with a total of 308,310 audience on 1,102 screens across the nation on August 9.
The cumulative audience is 344,966.

‘Midnight Runners’ revolves around two Korean National Police University students, who witnessed a kidnapping incident and tracked it down.

The domestic box office is enlivened with domestic movies. The popularity of the 'The Battleship Island' has waned somewhat, but it still ranks third and is showing off strength. Other domestic movies are waiting to be released in a row, and this phenomenon is expected to continue for a while.

Meanwhile, the first place in the box office was the 'taxi driver' with 404,959 audiences on 1,446 screens across the country. Followed by "The Battleship Island" (47,959) at third place, "Super Bad 3" (46,902), and "Annabel: Doll Master" (24,864) .






2017년 8월 11일 금요일

The Reason Why Korean Spend So Much On Buying Smartphones


Korea has a fastest smartphones replacement rate.
According to the "2016 Internet Usage Survey," Korean consumers change their smartphones every two years and seven months.
The proportion of premium products in the market is certainly high as well.
In the first half of the year, 60% of the domestic sale accounted for high-end phones priced higher than 600,000 won($550).
So Korea got a bad reputation as a 'smartphone overspending' nation.

On august 9, one of the domestic mobile industry experts said , "There might be some socio-cultural characteristics of Korean reflected in the preference and replacement of premium smartphones in Korea," but "the most fundamental reason for overspending on smartphones is the current distribution structure of smartphones in Korea."

Most smartphones sold in Korea are bundled with the mobile network service from the major providers with monthly smartphone installment payments of 24 months, 30 months, and 36 months.

An industry source said, "The mobile communication store sells the high-end smartphones with card discounts regardless of the credit stability of the consumers anywhere in the country."

"When you buy a TV, the price is either 3 million won, 150,000 won or 500,000 won. You set your budget and make a reasonable shopping according to your cash and card limit, however,  when you buy smartphones, mobile service provider attach installment payments of smartphones to the monthly service bill and only provides the greatest discount when buying a high-priced premium phones with most expensive service plan, thus this sales method usually causes an illusion to the consumer and encourage over-spending," he pointed out.

Another official said, "Mobile operators are paying a lot of subsidies to high-end smartphones and combine them with high-priced plans, while paying low subsidies to cheaper smartphones so it leads to customers to buy more expensive phones than they need."

"In order to reduce the phenomenon of over-consumption on premium smartphones, it is necessary to separates smartphone sales and mobile network services." he added.






Jaein waterfall in rainy Summer



The pond has a sad legend about a man named Jaein who is capable of tightrope walking and his beautiful wife.
On July 7, the Jaein waterfall in Yoncheon Gun, Gyeonggi Province.
The columnar joint, which has a mysterious spirit, shines like a jewel in the rain.


2017년 8월 2일 수요일

The reasons why LG refuse to give up smartphone business even after 9th straight quarterly loss


LG Electronics' smartphone business is still in a slump.
The MC division, which is responsible for smartphones sale reported losses of just two hundred million won($180,000) in 1Q and expectations for recovery. However, it was reported that the deficit expanded to 10 billion won in 2Q.
LG Electronics' smartphone business deficit continues for the 9th quarter consecutively since the third quarter of 2015.

So some critics are saying that LG have to ditch their smartphone business.

However, from the perspective of LG Electronics, the smartphone business is a field that is indispensable for the complexization and smartization of household appliances.
LG consider smartphone is a business that can not be abandoned even if there is one who sees the deficit.

Kim Jong-ki, director at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade’s ICT & emerging industry division, said, “Smartphones with new functions such as artificial intelligence technology and Internet of Things will create a new market in the fourth industrial revolution with the mobile network shifting from 4G to 5G.”
"smartphones are imperative for the future mobility era in terms of the smart home and Internet of Things,” he added.

The experts’ remarks are in line with LG Electronics’ CEO Jo Seong-jin, who also said at the latest consumer electronics show the company would not give up smartphones and would make a turnaround this year. The mobile communications unit is what will act as a point of cohesion for home appliances that are becoming more complex and smarter, he said.

LG recently launched smart home appliances controlled either by its Hub Robot or smartphones.

LG said, “We plan to continue to invest in the handset business because its communications technologies are deeply linked with other businesses such as smart home and vehicle components.”

Other experts pointed to smartphone’s symbolic significance as to why the tech firm continues with this business.

“It is not easy for LG to take the risk of ditching smartphones because the device is symbolic. Smartphones, unlike home appliances or vehicle components, are portable, meaning it is a very powerful tool to raise a brand’s profile among consumers,” said Yeo Joon-sang, a professor at Dongguk University’s business college.

The other reason why LG won't ditch smartphone is its synergy with the automotive electronics equipment business.
In the automobile industry, smart car technology is also progressing, which combines communication and AI, including autonomous driving and connected cars.
In light of this, given the synergies with the smart car business, which LG Electronics is developing as a future growth engine, LG can not give up smartphones either.
Services such as turning the car on and off, opening and locking the car are already commercialized on smart phones.



2017년 7월 31일 월요일

Seoul Aqua Bus in Summer 2017

On the afternoon of the 27th, Aqua Bus, an amphibious bus, runs around the Han River Yanghwa Pier, Seoul.

Aqua Bus, developed by Aqua Sightseeing Korea, will be operated free of charge across the Parliament House, Yeouido Park, Han River World Cup Fountain, etc., twice a day departing from Yeouido 63 city, until the 30th July as part of 'Han River All Summer Festival' programs.


2017년 7월 29일 토요일

One of the bridges crossing Seoul's Han River is transforming into a sandy beach this summer


Jamsu Bridge, one of the bridges crossing Seoul's Han River is transforming into a sandy beach for three days with free admission.
From Aug. 11 to 13. many sun beds and parasols will be set up on the bridge that will be covered with tons of sands.
Seoul city government announced on Wendsday that it will provide a city resort for its citizens by controlling traffics on the entire section of the bridge.

The 'Jamsu bridge Beach' project refers to the 'Paris-Rousseau (Paris beach)' of the Seine River in Paris, France, which creates artificial beaches during summer holidays.

To make the Hangang Bridge a sandy beach, the city of Seoul will go on massive sand transportation. The city plans to transport about 810 tons of sand from the ready-mixed concrete companies. After carrying out the sand several times in a 25-ton truck, they will puts about 30 man power into spreading sands. After that, 60 parasols and 60 sunbeds will be placed, and a water slide (150m) for three people using a bridge's slope is also installed, charging 10,000 won ($8.92) for a ride.
According to an office managing public facilities on the river. Events, including exhibitions, sand sculptures and a dance competition, and food trucks will cater to "urban beachgoers."




2017년 7월 23일 일요일

Give directions and help shopping: Robots comes deeper into life in Korea


Robots to guide the way and help shopping are emerging one after another in Korea.
It is not only in the laboratory, but you can find these robots at Incheon International Airport or department store in Seoul.

LG announced that it's deploying a fleet of robots at Incheon International named 'Air Star'
It tells you the location of platform and the time of arrival and departure and it even gives you a ride to right platform if you get lost.
It recognizes four languages ​​such as Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese.
The cleaning robots, which are placed together, move around the airport and remove floor dust day and night.

At a department store in Seoul, a robot named "Elvot" welcomes customers.
It can tell the location and menu of store information, restaurants and cafes,
Department store staffs also recommend robot services that allow you to try out clothes imaginatively on robot's display.

Lee Myung-gi / Omni Channel and Head of Department Store said " We will provide customers with more fun and new shopping experiences with service robots."

With the development of technology, it will not be long before robots can be utilized more throughly in real life.



Seonnyeotang Valley,a natural pool made of spectacular rock formations in Jeju island


On the 22nd, since weather is scorching hot these days, a lot of summer vacationer gathered and played in the water at pool made of spectacular rock formations near Hwangwooji beach, Jeju Seogipo city while enjoying breathtaking beach scenery created by the rocks and the sea. July 22, 2017



2017년 7월 18일 화요일

The sale of Jeju dog heats up competition among hunters and dog lovers in Korea


In 2017, the competition rate for the sale of Jeju dog was 27.55 to 1.

Hundreds of applicants were attracted to the lottery contest held in Jeju Provincial Livestock Promotion Center on the 11th.
A total of 551 applicants were admitted to the sale auction of 20 Jeju dogs (male 14, female 6).

The Livestock Promotion Agency plans to check the breeding environment through live inspection within 10 days for the 20 pre-sale candidates selected through lottery, and decide whether to final sale through interview.
After the sale, they will also make regular monthly inspections.
The price for a dog is 50,000 won($45).

It is said that the Jeju dogs which are originated from china is believed to have settled in a unique environment of Jeju island since 3,000 years ago.
Jeju dogs are gentle but behaves agile and has excellent talents for hunting wild animals with excellent hearing, smell and sight.

Jeju dogs are similar in shape and color to Jindo dogs, but Jindo dogs have their tail raised, while Jeju dogs have a nearly straight tail. The body length of the grown Jeju dog is 49 ~ 55㎝, the weight is 12 ~ 16kg and the life span is around 15 years.

Meanwhile, Jeju Island is preparing to designate Jeju dog as a natural monument of national designated cultural assets along with Jindo dogs and Sapsal dog of Korea.


2017년 7월 8일 토요일

Samsung's Galaxy Wide 2 is selling much better-than-expected in Korea


Samsung's Galaxy Wide 2, which SK Telecom launched in May this year, is gaining unprecedented popularity which is every bit as popular as other premium smartphones.

According to the mobile communication industry on May 5, the Galaxy Wide 2 has been selling more than 2,000 units a day since its launch.

Galaxy Wide 2 was ranked fourth in the smartphone sales rankings of SK Telecom as of July, following the premium products such as Galaxy S8 and S8 +.

The Galaxy Wide, which was released in July last year and surpassed 500,000 units cumulative sales, is ranked fifth in sales after Galaxy Wide 2. In fact, the Galaxy Wide series is sold at an average of 3,000 to 4,000 units daily.

Galaxy Wide was the number one surprise in the domestic smartphone market in the first week of April when new products such as LG flagship smartphone G6 and Samsung's 2017 Galaxy A5 were released.

According to SK Telecom, customers of the Galaxy Wide 2 are more popular than those in their 50s and above, with more than 55% and teenagers accounting for more than 20% due to the relatively affordable price which was less than 300,000 won($250).

According to industry sources, SK Telecom is expected to launch another dedicated mid-range phone Galaxy A7 in mid-July.

An industry representative said, "The market is divided into two segments: a premium customer who wants a brand and the latest features, and a mid to low-end customer who emphasizes the cost and the basic feature." The telecom companies are constantly launching mid-low-end smartphones for various customer's needs."

2017년 6월 28일 수요일

Filming locations of drama 'Fight for My Way'


The secluded high-hill village of Busan is emerging as a hot spot among young people in Korea these days.

It is the Munhyeon-dong in Nam-gu and Hocheon villege in Bumcheon-dong, Jingu-gu in Busan city, which is the location of the KBS 2TV drama 'Ssam, My Way'.

This drama is a story of 'youths and dreamers who are far less than the qualifications of the society and their reckless challenge'.

Munhyeon-dong Cascade House and Bumcheon-dong Hocheon Village are houses and hideout where youths who have no money, no supporter, no specs, lives with dreams.

In the drama, Choi Aera (Kim Ji-won) answers the question "Are you living in such a place"? with bright, optimistic smile.

This is a place called 'Hansung Homes' in Munhyeon-dong, which was built in 1981 as a stepped apartment house.
It is the place where the four main casts live, and the viewers of drama are continuing to visit this location due to the unusual form that the seven floors protruded and the murals at lower road from the house.


Pub at Hocheon Village in Bumcheon-dong is a place where four main casts hang out and have a glass of beer after finish a day.
Dense houses over the low wooden bench pour out starry night views.
In SNS, Hocheon village 'night view certification photo' is frequently popping up.

As the drama shooting location gets word-of-mouth, the district office is showing a move to make the shooting location a tourist attraction.




2017년 6월 15일 목요일

South Korean's most preferred domestic and oversea holiday destinations in summer 2017


Korea's peak summer holiday season(late july to early august) is just around the corner.

Online travel agency Expedia recently surveyed men and women from 20s to 50s asking their summer vacation plans.

East coast, Kangwon province (27.4%) where Sokcho and Yangyang is located is the most preferred domestic travel destination for summer vacation.
Jeju ranked second with 26.8% of respondents followed by jeonranam province(11.1 percent) and Gyeongsang province(9.4 percent). 20s, 40s, and 50s preferred Kangwon province, while 30s preferred Jeju island the most.
According to data released by Expedia in February, Jeju was the most popular destination in the spring from March to May.

Southeast Asia (25.1%) and the South Pacific (20.5%) are the most popular holiday destinations overseas.
The respondent in 30s to 40s with children prefer the South Pacific most.
Third place is Northeast Asia such as Japan and China (14.1 percent) followed by Western Europe including Switzerland and Italy (11.1 percent) and Northern Europe (8.2 percent).

Most of respondents planned to stay for 3 days and 4 nights for their summer trip(31.3%).
More than half of the respondents said that they would use more than 500,000 won($450) ~ 1 million won($900) per person for summer vacation.

 
 

2017년 6월 14일 수요일

"I am K-pop idol too" Virtual Reality bringing Karaoke into the future in Korea


When karaoke machines first appeared in Japan in the 1970s they were considered an expensive fad. Almost 50 years later, Karaoke room which is called noraebang in Korea is one of Asia’s favorite pastimes and in Korea, it is already absorbing the newest trend in entertainment – virtual reality.

VR integrated Karaoke rooms are getting ready to pop around South Korea’s cities on a massive scale in near future.

On the June 14th, Karaoke franchise maker M-Star released the VR karaoke system 'Sing VR' developed by TJ Media and VR content producer, The Monster Lab.

You can experience singing together with your favorite singer on one stage at karaoke room equipped with a Sing VR device and headmount. After selecting your favorite band's music and turning your head to the side, you can see the band member who plays live next to you. When you look at the front, you can enjoy the enthusiasm of many audiences toward the stage.
In the VR space, you can also experience dancing and singing with your chosen idol dancers.
Currently, Sing VR is being piloted at MN Star's Karaoke branchs at Seoul Boramae Station, Shinlim Station, and Hongdae Station.

"It has been more than 25 years since the karaoke has become one of Korean's favorite pasttime, but there has been no major change except to show the lyrics," said Kwon Joon-eun, vice president of MNSA. "Now we are using the existing karaoke room to experience new things through VR. "

2017년 6월 6일 화요일

Actress Han Ji-Min to participate in the UNICEF Child Protection Campaign


Actress Han Ji Min participated in the UNICEF Child Protection Campaign and shared the heart warming spirit.

On June 4, Han Ji-min posted a picture with title, "I protect children at risk, please protect children at risk" on her instagram.

Han Ji-min in the photo was wearing a navy silk shirt and completed a pictorial of feeling of sadness.

In other photo,  Han Ji-min attracted attention with her bright smile, encouraging interest and support for children around the world, holding UNICEF pin.

UNICEF's "# child" project is a campaign to help children around the world to grow in a safer environment.
The UNICEF pin held by Han Ji Min is based on idea of the English word 'safety pin' with meaning of 'safety and secure'.

Through this campaign, UNICEF 'every child' pins will be presented to those who have participated in the regular sponsorship, and the sponsors will pin their clothes, bags, and express their interest and affection for the children.

2017년 6월 4일 일요일

The reason why mobile MMORPG games are popular in korea


The mobile MMORPG games such as NCsoft's Lineage M, Netmarble's Blade Soul Mobile (tentative title), Nexon's AxE and Com2uS's Summoners Wars Mobile (tentative name) are emerging as a game industry trend in the second half of this year.

Lineage 2: Revolution set record sales of $178.5 million within a month, while MU Origin is still in the top 10 in the country after launching two years ago.

Now there are roughly 15 more MMORPGs preparing to launch in South Korea. But why is the MMORPG genre so popular?

The popularity of MMORPG in South Korea is largely due to the influence of Netmarble's Lineage 2 Revolution, which hit the mobile game market in the first half of this year.

One of industry official said, "The popularity of Lineage 2 Revolution has led to the belief that MMORPG genre will work well on mobile," he said. "There is an increasing trend of developers preparing for MMORPGs, dreaming of a second Lineage 2 revolution."

Another reason mobile MMORPG games are popular in Korea is that the mobile network environment is well established.
A fast internet environment is essential for mobile MMORPGs, where large users have to play games at the same time. However, there are not many smartphone penetration rates in regions such as Europe and Japan compared to Korea and WiFi and Long Term Evolution (LTE) are not well equipped.
Korea is well equipped with mobile phone network environment which is essential for mobile version MMORPG.

The industry analyzed that Korean culture, which likes to compete with others is a major factor as well.
An official of a game developer said, "While Western users are interested in setting up strategies and performing them, Korean users tend to prefer systems that compete and show off  in a genre such as MMORPG."

2017년 5월 30일 화요일

Hannah Kim, Korean American who met 200 Korean war veterans in 24 countries


Since January, Hannah Kim(Korean name Kim Ye-jin, 34) traveled to 24 countries that took part in a Korean war across the world for four months starting from Los Angeles, USA, where she met two hundred Korean war veterans, and Hannah Kim (left) takes a picture with British veterans of the Korean War.

"We are still in a state of truce," she said in an interview with the Yonhap news, "I hope people don't forget that the 6/25 war is past, but 7/27 is the present and the future." she proposed to make the day of the armistice July 27th 'peace day' of the year.

Kim was a senior aide to former US Congressman Charles Langle (86), who retired from Washington DC in 2016 December.
Kim left the Washington with the retirement of Langel in order to meet the Korean war veterans around the world in person and to carry out her goal of expressing gratitude.

Charles Langle is former veteran of the Korean War and admirer of Korea who served as a member of the parliament for 46 years, led the resolution of the victims of the comfort Korean women(sexual slavery)of the Japanese military during second world war in 2007, a resolution calling for reunion of separated families due to Korean war in USA and led the establishment of the 6.25 war memorial.



Kim started her journey from Los Angeles on January 19th and after going to Canada - Colombia - United Kingdom - Russia Moscow - Sweden Europe - Greece - Turkey - South Africa - Ethiopia - India - Thailand - Philippines - Australia - New Zealand - Japan - China - Busan - Russia Vladivostok, she finally came to Seoul on May 19th.

Kim finished her journey with her own money from severance pay and contribution and encouragement collected by relatives, friends and fellow politicians.

Kim remembers the story of the veterans whom she met on this journey.
Sometimes she pulled out the pictures of veterans stored on her smartphone and showed it during interview and told the story of many notes she wrote on the site to write a book later.
Throughout the interview, she called veterans "grandfather" and "grandmother."

"I am very much in thought of what I should do for the realization of true peace on the Korean Peninsula and I am praying that I will achieve it everyday."





2017년 5월 29일 월요일

Similar but different: Ha ji won and Seolhyun in white tee and jean fashion


The so-called 'white tee and jeans' is the normcore fashion trend that can be utilized in all the seasons all the time. If you wear plain t-shirts and pants with a neat jacket, you can easily complete styling on that day.

Actress Ha ji won attended the VIP premiere of the movie "The Merciless" held at CGV at Wangsimni Seoul on the May 11th.
On this day, Hajwon showed a personalized fashion that matches English printing t-shirts and skinny jeans neatly.

The group AOA SeolHyun attended same event and showed a similar styling like Ha ji won.
Seolhyun showed chic style that matches chic boot-cut pants with a generous fit jacket.















2017년 5월 28일 일요일

"Goddess in the playground" AOA's Seolhyun


The girl group AOA's Seolhyun released a picture showing her cute daily life.

On the 27th, Seolhyun posted a picture on her instagram with an title called 'big face shot'.

In the photo, there was a picture of Seolhyun on a swing at the playground.

She looks more attractiveIt with smile that seems to be enjoying leisurely returning to the innocence of childhood.

Meanwhile, Seolhyun ranked first in the "Advertising Female Model Brand Recognition in May, 2017"list conducted by Korea Ratings Corporation which surveyed 50 female ad models from April 25 to May 26.
The second place is the singer and actress IU, and the third place is the actress Kim Ji Won.








2017년 5월 24일 수요일

Korean audience think actor Song Kang Ho's film is sure hit.


Data Spring Korea conducted a survey of 15,307 people from the May 13th to 17th on which actor or actress they relied on the most to watch a movie and Song Kang-Ho came in first with 28.3%.

Song Kang-ho debuted with play "Little Monk" in 1991 and starred in movies such as "Green Fish"(1997), "The Quiet Family"(1998), "Shiri"(1998) and more.
Since then, he starred in "The Foul King", "Memories of Murder", "The Host", "Secret Sunshine", "Thirst", "Snowpiercer", "The Attorney", "The Throne" and so many more.
He is now one of the most renowned actor in Korean film industry.

Song Kang-ho ranked first followed by Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik and Kim Hye-Soo and so on.

Meanwhile, Song Kang-ho is starring in the new movie "Taxi Driver" which is based on Gwangju Uprising in the 1980s.

Song Kang-Ho won this survey in 2015 with Tom Crusie in most favored Hollywood actor category by Korean audience as well.

2017년 5월 21일 일요일

Korea’s top female climber Kim Ja-in succeed to climb the 555-metre Lotte World Tower in Seoul

Korea’s top female climber and international winner Kim Jae-in (28) succeeded in climbing the 123-story, 555-meter-high Lotte World Tower whcih is world’s sixth-highest man-made structure in two hours and 29 minutes.

Kim Jae-in set out to climb the World Tower with her bare hands at the 'Kim Jain Challenge 555' event at Jamsil Lotte World Tower in Songpa-gu, Seoul on May 20.

Kim started climbing at 11 o'clock on the day, did not install artificial handles (hold) on the outer wall of the building but climbed at a fast speed using only the holes in the tower's own structure.

When Kim climbed 1 meter, Kim earned 10,000 won and contributed a total of 5.55 million won($5000) for donation.

The challenge was broadcasted live online.

“I hope the challenge will give hope to our people going through hard times,” Kim said on the interview with media

Since 2009, Kim has won 25 International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup events and 11 Asian championship events.



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2017년 5월 14일 일요일

Oldies, but goodies: 5 best bakeries with long history in Seoul

Even though the new array of unique bakeries and cafés known as 'Hot Place' are popping up in Seoul every day, the reputation of the bakeries that boast long history and tradition remains.
These are five bakeries in Seoul that have been popular for many decades.



Kim Young-mo, designated as “Korea’s master baker” by the government in 2007, may be one of the most popular bakers in the country, but his delectable and luxurious breads, cookies, pastries, cakes and chocolate are as rare as they are delectable and irresistible. This is because only four Kim Young-mo bakeries currently exist. All are concentrated in southern Seoul.
Kim Young-mo bakery's steady seller is salad bun. It is an excellent dish with a hearty old sauce mixed with crispy cabbage.
Kim began nurturing his legacy with the opening of his first shop in 1982 in Seocho-dong. Focused on building a surefire foundation for a timeless bakery, it wasn’t until 1994 that he opened a second shop, while the most recent one was in 2000. The other two shops can be found at the Dokok Yeoksam Lucky Apartment complex and in Banpo-dong.



The Taeguk-dang, which is located in the intersection of Changchung Gymnasium, first opened the shop by buying the Japanese bakery 'Midoriya' at Myeongdong in 1946.
In 1974, it moved to the present place, Changchung-dong.
In December 2016, the shop reopened after remodeling.
It is such a famous place and after being open for a period of 70 years, quite often it is told that all three generations in a family (grandmother, mother and daughter) all had their share of the history and bread here.
Monaka Ice-cream, salad bun and red bean bread are favorites here.



The Napoleon bakery, which has many branchs in various areas of Seoul including Sungbuk-dong, Bangbae-dong, Seorae Village, Gangnam New Core department store and Apgujeong-dong, opened its shop in 1968. Napoleon bakery has a variety of steady best seller such as whole red beans bread and salad buns as it is common among old bakeries.



Hyoja Bakery, located in Tongin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, boasts a 30-year tradition.
It is more famous as bakery supplier for 'Cheong Wa Dae', presidential residence of Korea.
Corn bread which is filled with fresh corn and onion is a long-established best seller for Hyoja bakery.
Hyoja bakery is reigning as one of the top 3 bakeries in Seoul with Kim Young-mo and Napoleon bakery.



Richemont bakery was opened in 1979 by Kwon Sung-bum, a bakery master, and continues to be popular for two generations.
Second shop has also opened at Seogyo-dong starting with the headquarter of Seongsan-dong, Seoul.
Seongsan-dong first store is operating as a bakery academy as well.
Richemont's cream puffs and chestnut Bread are especially popular.
Richemont bakery is now creating a new flavor mixed with past and present through peanut dacquoise.