Sunday, May 20, 2012

HanCinema Daily News วันที่ 19 พ.ค. 2012


Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Question 1: Korea is a world away from you hometown in Vancouver. What was it about Korea that attracted you to it in the first place and what has been the biggest difference in your daily life since you've been here? Vancouver has a pretty sizeable Korean population, so growing up I'd heard nothing but great things about Korean culture. I was curious. So once I found out about the opportunity
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Film: "Wonderful Radio" (also known as "Love On-Air") Director: Kwon Chil-in ("Loveholic - Movie" and "Singles") Stars: Lee Min-Jeong, Lee Jeong-jin, Kwang Soo and Kim Jeong-tae Review Score: 5.5/10 Also try: "Dancing Queen" andamp; "Sunny - 2010" There is hardly a short supply of Korea romantic comedies out there. With each new wave of new Korean film being released there always seems to be
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Jamkkan man-yo! Wait. Before you write this off as another piece of K-bubble-crap, give me the few minutes and read on. First off, look here. There are in fact foreigners who enjoy the bubbly sound of K-pop. Quit getting on their cases, and get over it, please. Although, even I say this genre andndash; as a whole andndash; is quite recycled and incredibly repetitive. You rarely find groups that wil
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
By: Milgem Rabanera Seoul's premier alt rockers, Angry Bear, have been quite the prolific busy bees, or bears, rather. At a solid four members andndash; KC Swink doing bass/vocals, Scott Prince also vocals/guitar, Ian "Sax" Chiasson on guitar, and Patrick Connor on drums andndash; they deftly infuse a kaleidoscope of rock genres. Having completed their first albums "Gom" and "II" (mastered by the t
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Photo Credit: TechPavan While this may not be news to some of our readers, the latest report from Akamai, a huge content-distribution service, lists South Korea as having both the highest average connection bandwidth to Internet users (17.5 Mbps) as well as the highest average peak bandwidth delivered to users (47.9 Mbps). I'll use an example from Digital Trends for a better unders
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Actress and former beauty pageant winner Lee Ha-eun has startled the nation by filing for divorce, especially since it wasn't publicly known that she was married in the first place. According to Money Today, the 30-year-old entertainer filed for divorce back in January from her husband of five years. The former spouse of the star was reported to be an entrepreneur from an entertainment agency.
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Female singing duo Davichi has shown its allegiance to friend and composer Jo Young-soo by agreeing to sing for his new album free of charge. The girl group was featured in the single "A Night like This" on Jo's digital album "All Star", which was released online yesterday. The song also features newbie group 2Bic. This isn't the first time that Davichi has performed in the composer's songs.
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Despite their massive fame, the members of U-Kiss are still boys, all the way down to their obsession with video games. They landed in hot water on Monday for tweeting about how much they wanted the new video game Diablo 3, which was released on Tuesday. Netizens quickly grew irate over what they saw as the boys taking advantage of their fame to get expensive video games from fans. "I'm in New
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Yoo Seung-jun, a former idol singer now living in exile in the United States to avoid military service, has expressed his desire to return home and be forgiven by fans. While at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday to promote the movie "Chinese Zodiac" in which he makes an appearance, Yoo took the time to speak to Internet news Web site Dispatch. "I miss my Korean fans so much. If an offer cam
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Many book cafes, run by local publishers, are thriving in Seoul and Gyeonggi. Cafe Comma, left, and The House with Book Smell are both operated by publishing companies. Provided by each cafe Fancy telephones on coffee tables were mandatory items at coffee shops in Korea back in '90s, when everyone was carrying pagers. In the mid-2000s, coffee shops couldn't attract customers without huge pools
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Report shows nation's best colleges filled with students from affluence A senior explains an equation in an advanced mathematics class on May 9 at Hwan-il High School in central Seoul, one of the few public schools not in the Gangnam and Seocho area to have a high ratio of students accepted to the top three universities in Korea. A recent study showed that the majority of the top ten regular hi
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
All nine members of Girls' Generation have sweated and toiled to give fans what they want since they debuted five years ago, which helps explain the girl group's mammoth popularity, and Kwon Yoo-ri is seen as one of its hardest-working members. Kwon Yoo-ri, who is currently starring in the SBS drama "Fashion King", said she has always harbored ambitions of being not just a singer but an actress
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Ahn So-hee of the Wonder Girls poses at a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Friday.
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
More than half of Seoul citizens consider their social status as below average, according to the 2011 Seoul Survey of 45,605 people in the capital released Wednesday. Some 51.7 percent regarded their social, economic and political standing as lower middle-class, 18.3 percent considered themselves as upper low-class, and 4.4 percent thought of themselves as low-class. That means a total of 74.4
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
One of Korea's most ubiquitous foods, tteokbokki has a lot more history than one might first imagine. Although now a popular street food snack, tteokbokki is derived from Korean royal court cuisine, and its development over the centuries traces Korea's history. Its roots can be traced back to the Joseon Dynasty, with the earliest written mention of the delicacy found in the 19th-century Joseon
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Suncheon, an Ecological Treasure House Suncheon Bay is one of the world's five most important wetlands, along with the coast of the North Sea in Europe and the wetlands at the mouth of the Amazon River. A reed field stretches 5.4 kilometers to the north, and a vast wetland runs 22.6 kilometers to the south. In spring, deep green reed shoots come out and glitter under the sun, growing taller tha
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
This post is written by Robert Dunning, one of the Korea Blog's Worldwide Korea Bloggers. Chuncheon is a beautiful city located just east of Seoul. With the new ITX train it is so easy to get to for a day trip. There are so many things to see and do there. Last weekend I decided to get out of Seoul and enjoy the day in Chuncheon. I have been many times but this was the first time to go by ITX.
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
The lantern parade is one of the highlights of the Lotus Lantern Festival. This year, it will be held between 7 and 9:30 pm on Saturday, running from Dongdaemun, central Seoul, to Jogye Temple in Jongno District, central Seoul. Provided by the organizers For centuries, Yeondeunghoe, the country's Lotus Lantern Festival, has been a trademark celebration of Buddhists. Beautifully crafted and colo
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
BAE YOUNG-WHAN - SONG FOR NOBODY Plateau, Jung District To Sunday: The solo show of Bae Young-whan is as good as the 43-year-old artist's mid-career retrospective, as it features 26 works ranging from his early-stage "Pop Song" series to his latest installation pieces, including "Golden Ring - A Beautiful Hell". His most well-known work among the general public "Song of Dionysus" is also on di
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
By Alexander Ahn Jeonju, capital of North Jeolla Province, has been named by UNESCO as this year's City of Gastronomy. The announcement of the Creative Cities Network's Gastronomy City winner came Tuesday, as Jeonju is now expected to lead the globalization effort of Korean cuisine. Other Network categories include literature, film, music, crafts andamp; folk art, design and media arts. This is
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Spring is here and so is the season for love! When I go outside I see happy couples everywhere. Couples eating together, couples holding hands, smiling togetherandhellip; While this, alone, was enough to make me moody I heard the news that there is now a special social media platform for couples or for those who want to connect with only one other person. (YAAAARGH!) This mobile app is called Bet
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
The Korea International Trade Association said yesterday that it will renovate COEX Mall in a bid to transform the 12-year-old facility into a state-of-the-art shopping mall with a modern look. A total of 180 billion won ($156 million) will be spent for a renovation that is scheduled to start at the end of this year and to be completed by November 2014. KITA said renovation is unavoidable as s
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
By Alexander Ahn A new high-speed ferry, named Queen Star, will have its maiden voyage between Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, and Jeju Island on May 17. According to the Mokpo Regional Maritime Affairs and Port Office, the ferry will be Korea's fastest, biggest, and most comfortable passenger ferry to accommodate vacationers looking to enjoy a safe and convenient trip. "We are introducing the v
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
By Kim Bo-eun Two out of three Koreans in their 20s and 30s have no plan to visit a teacher from their past on Teacher's Day on May 15, according to a poll. In the survey jointly conducted by job website Incruit and online research institute EZ Survey, 62.8 percent of 400 university students and office workers aged from 20 to 39 indicated no intention of visiting or contacting their teachers o
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Members of Mannam International Running Club pose before a marathon run to raise funds for a children's cancer charity in Jamwon on May 6. / Courtesy of Mannam By John Redmond The ninth annual marathon for child cancer was held in Seoul on Sunday. With the slogan "A day when we run for our neighbors", people gathered at the track field in Jamwon to raise money for the cause. The event was host
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
With people practicing it in 50 countries and forces at work lobbying to include it as an official event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, pole dancing is also now enjoying growing popularity in Korea. Due to its traditional association with strippers and seedy clubs, pole dancing has not been widely accepted by the public as a form of fitness. But with a growing awareness of its e
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
This past Tuesday, I checked out the World IT Show (WIS) 2012 at COEX. It's a three day event, ending on Friday, May 18. It was a good chance for me to see what's happening in the Korean IT industry all in one spot. Though there were a ton of things to see, I'll highlight just a few. I started with the SK Telecom exhibit, where the company showcased its new technology from from LTE, telecommun
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Photo Credit: Flexfit website In Korea it's popular for couples to buy matching items like shirts, sneakers and cell phone accessories that show off their coupleness. While I haven't yet summoned up the courage to venture into a full-fledged couple "look" with my boyfriend, I have ventured into buying couple hats. However, it's always been a tricky ordeal because I don't exactly know my signifi
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Teacher's Day on Tuesday is being overshadowed by several recent incidents of violence against teachers by pupils and angry parents and generally low morale in the profession. The Korean Federation of Teachers' Associations surveyed 3,271 teachers across the nation and found that 81 percent said their job satisfaction dropped over the last one to two years, a steep rise in dissatisfaction from
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Students with pedometers on their heads try and guess the number they show at a festival on May 9, at Yonsei University in Shinchon, western Seoul. By Shim Hyun-chul Who can forget the energetic feeling, the vibrant scent and the exuberance of youth? Especially during one's college days in spring when the verdure shows off different shades of green. For the month of May, college campuses are
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
"No River to Cross : Trusting the Enlightenment That's Always Right Here" Author: Zen master Daehaeng Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Wisdom Publications In a rare book which enables us to comprehend the basic concepts of Buddhism and even practice them in our daily lives, Zen master Daehaeng presents readers with astonishingly simple yet profoundly insightful answers to a series of fundamental
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
By Yun Suh-young Foreigners visiting Korea will soon be able to get medical attention here at reduced financial risks. The National Association of Global Medical Tourism said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dongbu Insurance on May 7 to make a liability insurance package available to foreigners in three months time. "There has never been a liability insurance product for forei
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Dear Dr. P I am a senior at Columbia University in New York majoring in Anthropology and Psychology. I am writing my senior paper about the condition "Hwabyeong", and would like to find out how it is conceptualized and treated both in Korea and here in the U.S. among Korean immigrants. (S.H. White) Dear S.H White, There are many scholars who believe that what is commonly called "Hwabyeong" is
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Josef Stalin, secretary general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, poses at his desk in the Kremlin, Moscow, in 1950. Soviet leader approved invasion proposal sent by Kim Il-sung in 1950 By Andrei Lankov Like it or not, the history of Korea in the last 150 years has often been shaped by external forces and therefore by foreign political leaders. One of these leaders was Joseph Stalin
Posted: 19 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
A Korean painter's rendering of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Londo



 

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