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Mon, May 29, 2023 | 18:57
Jin of BTS to fulfill mandatory military service from end of this year
Jin, the oldest member of K-pop juggernaut BTS, will begin his compulsory military duty soon, the group's agency, Big Hit Music, said, Monday. The announcement comes amid ongoing discussions at the National Assembly on revising the Military Service Act to exempt the seven members of the boy band from military service to recognize their contribution to the country's culture in...
Legendary singer Cho Yong-pil to hold concerts in Seoul
K-pop legend Cho Yong-pil will hold concerts in November and December, his first in four years, a concert planning agency said, Monday. According to Insight Entertainment, Cho - a living legend in the Korean music industry - will present the “2022 Cho Yong-pil & the Great Birth Concert” at KSPO Dome in southeastern Seoul's Olympic Park on Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 3 and 4.
BTS fans arrive in Busan
Members of ARMY, the fan club of K-pop superstar band BTS, pose after participating in a “plogging” event on Gwangalli Beach in Busan, Thursday. They have arrived in the city ahead of the group's concert, which will be held on Saturday to support Busan's bid to host the World Expo 2030. Yonhap
Government uses train of satire to trample on freedom of expression
A train has recently brought about a heated debate here. It is the “Yoonsukyeolcha,” a train with the face of President Yoon Suk-yeol. The name is a portmanteau of the president's name and the Korean word for “train.” This train is the subject of a prizewinning cartoon satirizing the Yoon administration - the train is running with first lady Kim Keon-hee in the engine room an...
Kong Hyo-jin, Kevin Oh to tie the knot
Actress Kong Hyo-jin and singer Kevin Oh will tie the knot. Kong's agency, Management Soop, said, Tuesday, the two will have a wedding ceremony in New York on Tuesday (local time), with their family members and a small number of friends attending. Their relationship, which became known in April, has attracted attention as Kong, 42, has been one of the top actresses on the sma...
Live drawing artist Kim Jung-gi dies at 47
Kim Jung-gi, a visual artist widely known for live drawing performances, died in France on Oct. 3. He was 47. Artist Kim Hyun-jin, who has led Superani Studio with Kim Jung-gi, made public the death, Oct. 5. He is presumed to have died of heart failure.
Prizewinning student cartoon satirizing President Yoon causes controversy
A cartoon that won the first prize at a recent comics festival has caused a stir for satirizing President Yoon Suk-yeol, starting a debate over whether it was appropriate to showcase the work and give it an award. According to the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, a cartoon created by a high schooler, titled “Yoonsukyeolcha” (a portmanteau of the president's name and the Korean w...
'Lookism' to land on Netflix as 1st original animation based on Naver webtoon
“Lookism,” one of the leading works at Naver Webtoon, has been adapted for a Netflix original animation. According to the webcomic industry and the streaming platform, the animation version of “Lookism” will be released on Nov. 4. It is the first time for a webtoon from Naver to be adapted for an animation on the global platform, while some have been made into series, such as...
Actor Kwak Do-won caught drunk driving, likely to halt activities
Actor Kwak Do-won has been caught drunk driving on Jeju Island, according to police. The Jeju Seobu Police said police officers found him sleeping in his SUV which was parked in the middle of a street near an elementary school in the island's northwestern area of Aewol at around 5 a.m., Sunday. The officers arrived at the scene following a report by a resident that a vehicle ...
Performing arts festival to open in Daehangno Saturday
A feast of theatrical performances will take place starting Saturday through Oct. 30 in Daehangno, the central Seoul district that is the mecca of plays and theater performances, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The sixth edition of the Welcome Daehakro (Daehangno) Festival, organized jointly by the ministry, the Korea Tourism Organization and the Kor...
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