Stories about South Korea from October, 2011
South Korean capital, Seoul, elected a new mayor on October 26. The mayoral race was a fierce battle between an elitist female candidate from the ruling party and an outsider from democratic party. Despite warnings from the authorities, influential Twitter users continued to encourage people to vote throughout.
South Korean citizen media Wiki Tree posted [ko] a video and photos of flash mob encouraging South Korean young voters to participate in the coming election on October 26, 2011.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has landed in the South Korean capital, Seoul. Despite heavy rain, lightening and thunder, and a sudden drop in temperature, about 300 people came together for the Occupy Seoul protest on October 15, 2011.
Young people and activists will occupy the streets of Seoul on October 15 to protest financial inequality. Joining the “Occupy Wall Street” movement from the United States, South Korean citizen media Wiki Tree released a slideshow [ko] regarding the planned protest.
In South Korea, the movie 'Crucible' has brought a long-forgotten rape case of disabled kids by school officials to life. The movie has been a major hit for several consecutive weeks and has sparked calls for a reinvestigation of the case.
Eat Your Kimchi blog's recent post on five cultural mishaps foreigners often make in Asian countries has scored a major hit online. The list includes walking into a place with shoes on, sitting in the elderly/pregnant/sick seats on the subway, and sticking chopsticks into rice and leaving them there.
Kim Han-sol, a teenager believed to be the grandson of Kim Jong-il has blocked access to his social media accounts after media made numerous reports on his admission into a Bosnian school. Many have succeeded in capturing his comments and pictures before access has been denied. North Korea Tech blog...
In South Korea, an embezzlement case involving the country's largest church has fuelled public debate online. Citizens have even suggested lifting the tax exemption granted to Korean churches.