Events and activities around South Korea.

JYJ Accused of Abusing Female Fans

SEOUL - The boy band JYJ has been accused of abusing their fans verbally and physically according to Korean culture media sites. The three members, Jaejoong, Yoochun and Joonsu were formally of the popular boy band TVXQ.

According to, "Dispatch released an article earlier today titled, “JYJ, Acquisition of Fan-Violence Audio Recordings… ‘Kim Jaejoong – Park Yoochun, Cussing and Hitting”, accounting the acts of violence and the cussing by the JYJ members against saseng fans (fans that go way beyond the norm, and invade the privacy of celebrities by stalking their every move).

Actress Jun Ji-hyun to Marry This Summer

SEOUL, South Korea - Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun will wed her businessman boyfriend this June. The actress will tie the knot with Choi Jun-hyeok on June 2nd at Hotel Shilla in Jangchung-dong, in central Seoul.

The 31-year-old actress is the same age as her boyfriend, who works at the Bank of America. Choi is also the grandson of famed hanbok designer Lee Young-hee.

Jeon shot to fame in 2001 with the hit "My Sassy Girl" and is awaiting her latest release, “The Thieves” which will be released this summer. 

Lady Gaga Starting Her World Tour in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea - Lady Gaga will be performing in Seoul at the Olympic Stadium April 27th at 8 p.m. The concert kicks off her 2012 "The Born This Way Ball" tour.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 155,000 won and can be purchased on Interpark. The concert is promoted by Hyundai as part of their Super Concert Series.

It is the third concert tour for the singer, and this is the first of her 110 show "The Born This Way Ball" tour, which will end in 2013. The Olympic Stadium holds 68,000 seats.


K-pop group Block B in trouble with Thais

BANGKOK, Thailand - The K-pop group Block B has gotten in trouble with its Thai fans over a 30-minute interview which was deemed insulting to the Thais and to the country itself.

According to the Korea Times, in an interview with Thai media site RYT9 on Jan. 30, Block B’s leader Zico said when asked about his opinion on the flooding that damaged the country, “I hope monetary compensation will heal their wounds because all I have is money.”

When another member asked him the total worth of his assets, and Zico said laughing, “About 7,000 won.”

Their rudeness continued in the 30-minute interview while word of this spread worldwide via the Internet, with one member lying down on a coffee table while another walking around the interview area.

South Korea`s Military Exports on the Rise

KAWASAKI, Japan -- Year-end estimates of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) 2011 Defense Exports reflect an extremely prosperous year for the nation and its growing arms industry, doubling their sales from 2010 and showing few signs of slowdown despite a tough economic year in other sectors.

Singer/Actor Lee Joon-gi in Trouble With the Military

SEOUL - Actor and singer Lee Joon-gi is in trouble with the Ministry of National Defense.

The singer took part in making a new single while serving in the army - a big no-no according to the Ministry,

“The fact that Lee spent time designated to serving the country for his own profit raises some ethical concerns,” a representative from the ministry said. “Even during a serviceman’s vacation, he is still technically serving the nation and therefore it was wrong for him to record the single."

A representative from the star’s agency had accidentally let it slip that Lee recorded a new song on Friday to release in Japan next month, which angered the Ministry of National Defense. 

He is currently working in the public relations department of the National Defense as he is taking part in active military service.


Haps Promo Video Released

BUSAN - Busan Haps Magazine released their promotional video last night to a full crowd at Sharky's in Haeundae at the 17th issue launch party. The five minute, forty-one second video, was written, directed and produced by Nichole Blair Post.

The promo tells the tale of a girl who visits the city, and is taken around to local sights by her male friend. The video, which was shot last summer, was extremely well-received, a testament to the cast and crew's hard work.

Post attended the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines. Since then, she has returned to South Korea where she teaches English, as well as works on creative projects with other local filmmakers and artists.


Lauren Howells, Joshua Kim


T-ara’s Hwayoung Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction

SEOUL - Girl  Group T-ara had a week of ups and downs, culminating with 18-year-old Hwayoung's left breast being exposed on national TV.

During a live broadcast of the show Inkigayo on SBS, the group was performing their song "Lovey Dovey", when the camera focused on the young singer doing a dance solo, unaware that her breast became exposed. A still-shot of the incident was also taken and circulated around the Internet, becoming the most searched topic of the day on Naver and Daum.

The singer has become very distraught over the incident.

K-pop World Festival a Big Success

CHANGWON - The 2011 World K-pop Festival was held in Changwon on December 7th, with over 10,000 fans packing the Changwon Venodrome. The festival was organized by KBS TV and Changwon City in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Presidential Council on Nation Branding.

The festival brought 21 teams from 16 different countries, including Vietnam, Argentina, Peru, England, and Japan, and 10 teams made it to the final round. Over 30,000 people from around the world had initially tried out for the show.

The Officer Class of Extras

BUSAN, South Korea - The best chance an ESL teacher has of acquiring military experience in Korea is through director Kang Je-gyu. My friend, Jack Glowacki, found this out the hard way. He stood around for hours on Kang’s movie set in the chill of winter last February. As his skin took on a bluish hue, our sub zero hero asked himself: “Do I really want to be here?

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