Stories about South Korea from October, 2010
A handful of Christians’ “spiritual mapping” to the largest Buddhist temple in southern Seoul has enraged Korean public. A Youtube video shows (the original video had been removed) a church worship team sings Gospel songs and prays in the temple. Criticism is unlikely to subdue despite an apology from the...
Hur Gak, is a stout, homey-looking repairman who took home the trophy of the nation's biggest singing contest, “Superstar K,” Korean version of American Idol. Hur won around 177 thousand USD, a car and the opportunity to release his own album. He is now referred to as Korea's Paul Potts. Video...
In South Korea, a female protester made a change in the conservative education sector, a feat no burly protester with a Molotov cocktail has succeeded in achieving over several decades.
A North Korean defector's life in South Korea is tough. Even after hundreds hours of study in Hanawon, the state-run resettlement facility, the defector's first encounter with the real world outside North is full of bewilderment and frustration. Korea’s Joongang took a snapshot of a defector's daily life.
South Korea’s star anchorwoman, Kim Ju-ha made headlines as she threatens to file a defamation lawsuit against a tweeter who called her “brainless.” Many Twitterers are condemning her reaction as ‘neurotic’. The KoreaTimes translated and summarized a heated debate going on at Korean Twitter.
Hospitals, prisons and the army are three places spots where absolute authority is held by one side. In Korea, there's another human rights blind spot: big corporatations. Lots of information that handed over them are treated with inconsideration and direct insults are the norm during the interview process.
Korea had been a well known holdout country in Global IT trend. As the country enters the wave of TGIF (Twitter, Google, iPhone, Facebook), Korean IT companies have come up with their new ‘socials’, but tech-savvy young Koreans continue to lean toward Twitter and Facebook.
Blogger MyCar 9960 uploaded photos[ko] of the 2010 Hi Seoul Festival, Seoul's seasonal cultural festival. A series of indoor and street performances, parades and exhibitions are held in several spots around Seoul until Sunday.
The world's most reclusive states, North Korea is believed to have open a Flicker account and uploaded 26 photos of the regime's propaganda events, Yonhap reported on North Korea's alledged Flicker account [ko]. The fact has not been confirmed yet by the government or other media outlets.
Senior North Korean defector, Hwang Jang-yop died at his home in Seoul yesterday. Police confirmed that he died of natural causes. Many Korean mourners visited his alter to pay their respects. South Korea's Chosun gave an extensive reporton Hwang's life.
The 2010 Pusan International Film Festival(PIFF) begins today in South Korean city of Pusan(sometimes spelled Busan)where stars from Hollywood, Bollywood and China gathered with film-makers. PIFF’s official twitter is buzzing with enthusiastic movie fans [ko]uploading photos of the festival and updating their favorites star's schedule.
The KaKao talk, a Korean version of twitter, today unnoticingly switched its contract to collect more of the user’s personal information. Korean Twitterers have fiercely retweeted the changed terms and conditions[ko], under the topic ‘#kakao talk’ and finally achieved an official apology from the company.
A luxurious 38-story apartment building in South Korea's southern city of Busan was set ablaze. The fire has spread quickly. It rose from 4th floor up to the top within 30 minutes. Several Twitterers like @richboybook tweeted dramatic photos of the scene.