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Seungri’s Sex Scandal      

Seungri's Sex Scandal
K-pop star Seungri - best known as a member of South Korean boy band Big Bang - has been implicated in a sex scandal in Japan.
A Japanese tabloid magazine named ‘Friday' released a story with the suggestive title “Famous Hallyn Idol Group Big Bang's Seungri's Bed Photos Leaked”, and uncovered revealing photos of a man who is supposed to be Seungri.
According to the magazine, these photos were taken by a woman who affirms that she spent a night with the idol member.
The article states: “Currently residing in Japan, Seungri's bed scandal was revealed... A woman who slept with him shared, ‘Seungri has the habit of choking (the other individual involved) during sexual intercourse.” She also - allegedly - stated that he didn't even kiss her once.
Undeniably, with this sex scandal, the magazine has achieved a massive success in terms of readership. After hearing about Seungri's apparent sex scandal, netizens have been commenting with their own opinion on the issue, and most of them have expressed their disbelief in the publication's story.
Followingly, Seungri talked about this scandal on a TV show called ‘Incarnation‘. He stated: “I came onto the show because I thought I should let the public know about what happened during the scandal”.
“It was the first time in history that an idol became the centre of a scandal like that. The magazine / tabloid I was published in is very famous. They don't even bother to talk about anyone who isn't famous. It was my first scandal, but it was so big. I was a bit scared and shocked. It think a lot of people started to think I was an adult because of that scandal.”
He added: “To be honest, I was told about it being printed in the magazine a week beforehand. It's not printed on the internet, but printed at a factory. So I couldn't stop it even if I knew.”
True or not, Seungri's scandal has had the same consequences Miley Cyrus's twerking has. If anything, it has put them both back on the map of the entertainment world.

  
Busan Rock Festival      

Busan Rock Festival
Every year South Korea hosts an incredible music festival with a peculiarity that will surely make all the bohemian rock lovers very happy: the admission is free of charge.
Inaugurated in 2000, Busan Rock Festival has become very popular amongst South Koreans. The music festival takes place every year in August in Busan. Impressive rock, metal and indie bands play near the beaches of this South Korean city.
This festival is not only unique because it is free, but also because it takes place right in the city. The event usually takes place at the spacious Samrak Park that borders Busan's west edge against Gimhae. There are two stages, the main stage and the smaller stage for up-and-coming acts.
This year was dominated by big names in Korean indie music. The Finnish band Stratovarius headlined the event this year. Another international band Soil & Pimp Sessions, a jazz/funk 6-piece out of Tokyo, also rocked the event.
A band from South Korea, Kingston Rudieska swept the audience off their feet. They are the original Korean ska band and - like wine - have improved since their foundation a decade ago.
Romantic Punch was also in the line-up. The band looks like they are out of the 80s and the frontman knows how to put on a good show. Other bands that played at the festival were Icy Cider - rock band with an entertaining frontman, #1 Korean - a grea ska-punk band who lay back into reggae sometimes -, Feverdogs - an up-and-coming band from Busan, who will soon become a big indie phenomenon-, Stoned - punksters from Busan -, and other rock bands.

  
Top Korean Dramas      

Top Korean Dramas
You've probably heard about the South Korean dramas, their incredibly good-looking actors, their twisted plots and their heart-aching scenes. Most of these love stories have a tragic ending, and they will probably make you cry, but you will keep wanting more because they are beautifully produced.
The stories usually revolve around a couple that can't be together due to external circumstances that involve family conflicts, terminal diseases and the wrong-doings of the other people involved in the love triangle. There's is a high dosage of drama!
We offer you a selection of the best recent Korean dramas according to Megan Soh's blog.
The first one is a paranormal romance titled “Who are you?”. The story is about a woman who is able to see spirits and a man who only believes in solid evidence. There is a love triangle between ghosts and humans in this TV show.
Another TV show is called “Good Doctor” which is a medical drama. One of the main characters was a victim of domestic violence at a very young age. Due to his development disorder that is a type of autism, he especialises in education at a care centre, where they find out that he is a savant. The other main character is a girl who is a pediatric surgeon with a strong sense of duty. Then there is another character who is a cold-hearted perfectionist. His fiancé is the daughter of the foundation's director and proves her worthy by being smart and assertive.
“Her Legend” tells the story of two women who switched fates and a man who has everything. The love story is between Eun Jung Soo - who works her way up in luxury industry - and Do Jin Hoo - a smart and handsome man who is the heir of the greatest fashion group. During the show, Eun has to hide her true identity to make her dreams come true.

  
Top South Korean Films      

Top South Korean Films
Get some pop corn, it's Korean drama! Sit back on a comfortable sofa because we are about to tell you the top 10 South Korean films, according to Gail Kavanagh and published in Listverse.
The popularity of South Korean films has rapidly grown in the past few years. Since they have their own peculiarities, they offer a nice alternative to western films. South Korean cinema produces films in all genres: romance, suspense, comedy and fantasy.
If you are looking for a change from western films, you can find the must-watch South Korean films below:
The first one is titled “Musa”. In 2001, when Seong-Soo Kim directed this epic film, it was the most expensive movie ever made in the country. The story of the film revolves around the kidnapping of a Ming princess and how she grows through her experiences from a spoilt royal into a commanding woman. This character is played by Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi.
“Old Boy” is an exciting film with an original plot. The main character - Oh Dai-Su - is imprisoned for 15 years in a hotel room by someone he doesn't know and for something he can't remember. Suddenly, Dae-Su is inexplicably released. The film is based on a Japanese manga and it is highly entertaining and surprising.
“The Chaser” tells the story of Joong-Ho who changes his respectable profession as a detective to become a pimp. The plot thickens when he starts facing financial ruin because his prostitutes start disappearing mysteriously. Since the police doesn't seem to do anything about it, Joong-Ho makes use of his former skills to uncover what happened to the girls. What he find is horrific and will revolt anyone, yet the film has been widely acclaimed.

  
Male Korean Actors in Hollywood      

Male Korean Actors in Hollywood
They have it all it takes to succeed in Hollywood. They are good-looking, they are talented, they have nice bodies, they can play characters in drama, action, and comedy shows and they drive the ladies crazy. They are male Korean actors that should get more screen time in Hollywood for the industry's sake.
As the Korean phenomenon keeps growing, it is not just k-pop idols who are making it in the international markets. South Korean actors, with their good looks and dramatic skills - are also attracting the eyes of foreign producers.
These actors have their devoted fans and could really have a good impact in Hollywood movies. Here is a list of South Koreans who would make the big screen look good.
Korean-born American actor, Steven Yeun has become worldwide famous with his role of Glenn Rhee in the AMC television series The Walking Dead, as part of the main cast. However, before Yeun has also starred in an independent film, a couple of shorts and guest-starred in American TV show The Big Bang Theory. His charisma has won him countless both male and female fans at an international level.
John Cho is a Korean-American actor and musician who has starred as Harold Lee in the comedy films Harold & Kumar and played the character John, MILF Guy No. 2 who made fashionabe the term “MILF” in the American Pie films. Undeniably, he has made many people laugh with his funny performances and would be an asset to any comedy movie.
Other notable actors we would like to see more in the big screen are two actors who played in Fast & Furious, which are Sung Kang and Rick Yune, Tim Kang who starred in The Mentalist, Lee Byung Hun from G.I. Joe, And Julien Kang - High Kick Through the Roof.

  
Psy’s Quotes      

Psy's Quotes
South Korean pop artist, Psy took the world by storm a few years ago with his single “Gangnam Style”. Since then, everyone has followed his career and tried to learn his horse-riding dance moves. As a tribute, we have gathered a few of his famous quotes which can reveal some details about the personality of this world-famous icon and some of his secrets.
“The world's most famous and popular language is music.”
“My lifetime role model and hero is Freddie Mercury of Queen.”
“I try to dress classy and dance cheesy.”
“I'm a bit jealous. Until two days ago someone told me I am the most famous Korean in the world.”
“Gangnam is a territory in Seoul, Korea. I describe it as noble at the daytime and going crazy at the night time. I compare ladies to the territory. So - noble at the daytime, going crazy at the night time - and the lyrics says I am the right guy for the lady who is like that.”
“We are just at the studio, me and my choreographers, we are spending like 30 nights and we are thinking, what is my next dance move? Because in Korea there are huge expectations about my dancing. So it was a lot of pressure.”
“All the people in Korea are cheering me like I'm a gold medalist or something, so I have a responsibility to my country.”
“Before ‘Gangnam Style' I was not a good attitude artist.”
“I just made my album. I did my best. And I uploaded the video just to ‘YouTube.‘ That was all.”
“I need to show the world that my final goal is to perform huge concerts like Madonna.”
“I never expected I would become a K-pop star.”
“I'm not that good-looking.”

  
Top Restaurants in Seoul      

Top Restaurants in Seoul
Seoul locals stand out at an international level for dining out on a regular basis. This lifestyle is partly due to their long office hours and partly due to the vibrant culinary scene of the city - the restaurants are open through the night.
The city's wide selection of restaurants, bars and market stalls comprise the riches of Korean cuisine, which is now being appreciated for its complexity and sophistication, and has surpassed the traditional favourites of barbecue and kimchee.
Here is a guide to the best dining experiences in Seoul according to Thomas Storey.
If you are looking for a real Korean taste, go to Song Jook Heon, which is a restaurant that specialises in hanjeongsik which is the most lavish and luxurious type of Korean cuisine. A huge variety of smaller side dishes are combined with a main dish of meat, fish or a hot pot to make a fancy banquet. This type of cuisine originated in the royal palaces and aristocratic homes of ancient Korea, and these distinguished origins are still palpable in the abundance of dishes - up to 30 - on offer in a traditional Hanjeongsik.
Byeokje Galbi, which specialises in beef or Hanu, focuses on the more carnivorous side of the Korean food spectrum. The main element is galbi, which is the Korean grilled or barbecued meat that has become famous throughout the globe. The pieces of Hanu are barbecued on the table in front of diners, along with a variety of side dishes. This process is part of the social atmosphere and also guarantees the freshness of the meal. In Byeokje Galbi, the quality of the meat is extremely important.
Eulji Myun Oak is a restaurant that has been serving Naengmyeon - a refreshing Korean staple - for over 30 years and is one of the most beloved restaurants amongst locals for its family feel and the sheer quality of its Naengmyeon recipe. This classic Korean dish consists of cold noodles made from either buckwheat or potatoes, stewed in vinegary beed broth and served cold with cucumbers, pears, boiled egg, a spicy mustard sauce and occasionally toped off with cold braised beef.

  
South Korea's working hours dilemma      

South Korea's working hours dilemma
As one of the four Asian tigers, South Korea maintained an exceptionally high growth rate and rapid industrialisation between the early 1960s and 1990s. Today, along with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, this Asian Dragon has developed into an advanced and high-income economy.
As South Korea has become a world leader in manufacturing information technology, the demands at work have increased. The stakes are high and the nation needs to maintain its high standards in order to compete at a global scale and retain its world-leading position.
These demands have changed people's lifestyles as they work more than office hours in an extremely competitive environment. This situation has created a work-life imbalance that mostly affects women.
In order to restore work-life balance amongst its citizens, the South Korean government has recently implemented a Five-Day Working Policy, which makes Saturday an official non-working day and cuts weekly work hours from 44 to 40.
However, according to a study, this policy has not have the desired effect. According to a national survey of urban Korean households - called the Korean Labour and Income Panel Survey - the policy did not result in greater life satisfaction for men or women; nevertheless, women report liking the measure slightly more than men.
The comfort from having more hours at home was counterbalanced by increasing stress at work as the hours were fewer but the demands remained the same.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, puts forward two explanations for this situation. Accordingly, either less working hours are not resulting in the benefits they are meant to or work stress escalates when production hours are cut.
In any case, the shorter work week was supposed to be a benefit for individuals and that is not the way it turned out to be. However, time will tell if South Koreans will be able to adjust to less office hours or if the demands from employers need to decrease and how that will affect the economy.

  
Wonder Girls in Billboard Hot 100      

Wonder Girls in Billboard Hot 100
Wonder Girls, one of South Korea's top girl groups, are the first Korean singers to enter the top 100 of main Billboard chart in 2009.
After five months of being released in the United States, their single “Nobody” ranked 76th on the Billboard Hot 100, which is one of the two most important charts in the country. This is especially significant as the US music market is the largest in the world. This chart lists the top 100 songs of the moment regardless of genre and is frequently used as the standard measure for ranking songs in the U.S.
The song –which was written by Park Jin-young- had already taken Asia by storm, turning Wonder Girls' five members into K-pop superstars. Their sensual and striking voices and moves along their catchy and contagious single caused sensation and furor inside and outside of South Korea's boundaries.
The band made their debut in the United States with the release of an album in English after signing a management contract with the Jonas Group and Hollywood's Creative Artist Agency (CAA). This was the agency chosen to manage the band's career in the U.S.
This acknowledgement of Wonder Girls by the Billboard Top 100 is a milestone for K-pop music and the band members (Sun, Yenny, Mimi, Sohee and Yubin). Undeniably, the key to the U.S. music market opens the doors to the rest of the world. And this proves that Wonder Girls really are “the girls who can amaze the world”.
In 2010, the band entered the Chinese market with the compilation album Wonder Girls that included Chinese language versions of “Tell Me”, “Nobody”, and “So Hot”. In 2012, the group signed with DefStar Records, a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan, for their Japanese debut.
In late 2012, Wonder Girls announced the group would be going on provisional break owing to Sunye's marriage.

  
Psy Puts South Korea on Tourists Map      

Psy Puts South Korea on the Tourists' Map
Trendy, posh and affluent, Gangnam is a popular district in South Korea for its Beverly Hills' lifestyle. This Seoul's postcode is not only the capital's hub for luxury shopping, fancy brunches and cocktails, but is also home to some of South Korea's music agencies, a dashing touch that frosts the area with a “cool”, chic and attractive mist.
PSY's K-pop song “Gangnam Style” was inspired in this area while its video –which garnered over a billion views on YouTube and it has become the website's most watched video of all time- was shot in the Gangnam District. While the song tells about singer's lifestyle –who is said to have Gangnam's style-, the music video shows PSY dancing on top of the Asem building with the Trade Tower in the background. Both buildings are part of World Trade Centre Seoul (WTO Seoul), also known as COEX.
The catchy song, the contagious “crossing reins” dance routine, and the explosively spellbinding video that went viral have raised international awareness of the district. Indeed, last year witnessed the origin of a phenomenon known as “Holidays Gangnam Style”, as South Korea recorded best year ever for tourism in 2012. Precisely, according to the country's Culture Minister, the Asian country saw some 11.1 million visitors last year, a figure that was up 13.4% on 2011.
Tourists from neighbouring countries like Japan and China were the prevalent visitors. 3.51 million Japanese tourists and over 2.83 million Chinese travellers visited South Korea last year -a rise of 24.7% on the latter figure in comparison with the previous year. According to official projections, more visitors will fly into Seoul this year.
The Korean Tourism Organisation has set up a “Gangnam tour” –a K-Pop-themed tourist attraction- for music lovers wanting to visit the glitzy suburb. The tour will include the opportunity to learn to dance like South Korean star with K-Pop dance academies offering courses in the popular music genre.
There is also a plan to have a monument to Korean pop music on the streets and new square for concerts and performances off the road and in between the pavement will be printed with the handprints of South Korea's biggest pop stars.

  
  
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