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Fake Divorces Emerge as a Way to Buy an Apartment on the Cheap

Fake Divorces Emerge as a Way to Buy an Apartment on the Cheap

SEOUL, Jul. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — A middle-aged South Korean woman got married to and divorced from the same man twice, a rare occurrence in most parts of the world. But the couple’s on-again, off-again relationship may have been motivated by more than just their feelings for each other: The couple’s fake divorce appears to [...]

Hundreds Missing in Dam Collapse in Laos, Korean Builder Joining Rescue Operations

Hundreds Missing in Dam Collapse in Laos, Korean Builder Joining Rescue Operations

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Hundreds have gone missing after a dam collapsed in southeast Laos on Monday, affecting 1,300 households and displacing around 6,600 people, the Laotian news agency KPL reported Tuesday. According to the report, one of the auxiliary dams collapsed around 8 p.m. Monday at the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower plant [...]

Appetite Grows for Apartment Complexes That Offer Breakfast

Appetite Grows for Apartment Complexes That Offer Breakfast

SEOUL, Jun. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Yang Jong-moon’s routine for the past few months has involved dropping by his apartment complex’s community center once or twice a week to pick up breakfast before he heads off to work. In September, the Banpo Riche apartment building where he lives began to offer breakfast to its residents [...]

Samsung C&T Introduces “Smart Home”

Samsung C&T Introduces “Smart Home”

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — At an apartment complex in Seoul, a woman comes home from the supermarket. As she enters the corridor, an air shower system activates, and fine dust is removed with ease. Feeling refreshed, she enters the living room. With a wave of her right hand, the curtains are drawn automatically. [...]

Global Business Center to Open at Second Pangyo Techno Valley

Global Business Center to Open at Second Pangyo Techno Valley

SUWON, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation has unveiled plans for a global business center at the Second Pangyo Techno Valley. The 249.5 billion won project will see a 13-storey building built on a 12,817 square meter lot, an edifice that will serve as the Global Biz Center for the much anticipated [...]

Completion of New Reactors Delayed by Quake-safety Inspections

Completion of New Reactors Delayed by Quake-safety Inspections

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The completion of two new nuclear reactors has been delayed by eight months to meet strengthened safety requirements against earthquakes, the energy ministry said Thursday. Construction of Shin-Hanul No. 1 and No. 2 reactors began in April 2010 and was planned to be completed by February next year. Ministry [...]

Samsung Engineering Wins US$3.1 bln Order to Upgrade Oil Refinery in UAE

Samsung Engineering Wins US$3.1 bln Order to Upgrade Oil Refinery in UAE

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Engineering Co., a major South Korean industrial plant builder, said Thursday that its joint venture secured a US$ 3.1 billion deal to upgrade an oil refinery in the United Arab Emirates. Under the deal with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Samsung and Netherlands-based CB&I will introduce [...]

Regulator to Tighten Rules on High-risk Household Lending

Regulator to Tighten Rules on High-risk Household Lending

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s top financial regulator said Sunday that it will tighten capital regulations on high-risk household lending, in the latest move meant to slow the pace of household debt growth. The stricter regulations will be applied to banks, savings banks and insurance firms that provide loans to home buyers [...]

CJ Logistics Says to Merge with Builder Affiliate

CJ Logistics Says to Merge with Builder Affiliate

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — CJ Logistics Corp., the logistics arm of South Korea’s food and entertainment conglomerate CJ Group, said Tuesday it will absorb and merge with the group’s construction unit as part of efforts to hone its competitiveness. The merger ratio will be one CJ Logistics share for every 0.54 CJ Engineering [...]

Tongyeong to be Revamped as Maritime City Under New Deal Project

Tongyeong to be Revamped as Maritime City Under New Deal Project

SEJONG, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – The government has announced plans for nationwide New Deal projects that will see 68 attractions across the country revitalized, including the city of Tongyeong. According to plans revealed by the government on Thursday, a number of old local landmarks and cultural assets in South Korea will take center stage [...]