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Big S. Korean Hospitals Prepare Meals for Foreign Patients

Big S. Korean Hospitals Prepare Meals for Foreign Patients

SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s major hospitals are serving special meals for foreign patients as a growing number are receiving treatment in the country, observers said Friday.  Kyunghee University Hospital in Gangdong, southeastern Seoul, held a gathering Friday showcasing a different variety of meals for Russian patients that featured menus for diabetic [...]

Lotte Shopping’s Cinema Business to be Spun Off Into Separate Company

Lotte Shopping’s Cinema Business to be Spun Off Into Separate Company

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Lotte Shopping Co., the retail unit of Lotte Group, said Thursday its cinema department will be hived off later this year, a move it says will boost each unit’s business competitiveness. During a regular board meeting Thursday, the members approved the plan to spin off the company’s cinema business [...]

Multiplex Cinemas Threatening Independent Films

Multiplex Cinemas Threatening Independent Films

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Earlier this week, CJ CGV, South Korea’s largest multiplex operator, celebrated its 1 billionth moviegoer since it opened its first multiplex in Seoul in 1998.  Multiplex cinemas currently dominate South Korea’s film market.  As of 2016, CGV, Lotte Cinema, and Megabox – the big three cinema operators – boasted [...]

President Unveils Plan to Hire 1,500 New Firefighters in 2017

President Unveils Plan to Hire 1,500 New Firefighters in 2017

SEOUL, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) – President Moon Jae-in promised Wednesday to hire 1,500 new firefighters before the year’s end and a total of 19,000 before his five-year term ends.  The 19,000 new firefighters and rescue workers will be included in 810,000 new jobs the president has pledged to create, but he said they will [...]

Foreigners Traveling South Korea via Airbnb Up 130% in 2016

Foreigners Traveling South Korea via Airbnb Up 130% in 2016

SEOUL, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Airbnb Inc. said Monday about 510,000 foreigners visited South Korea last year using its room-sharing platform in the latest sign of its growing popularity. The figure represents a 130-percent hike from 220,000 recorded in 2015, the website operator said. Separately, about 500,000 South Koreans also used Airbnb in traveling [...]

Mobile Carriers Appeal to Children in Commercials

Mobile Carriers Appeal to Children in Commercials

SEOUL, Jun. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean telecom providers are concentrating on children in their latest commercials, a new marketing focus that differs from strategies employed in the past. Traditionally, parents who have purchasing power have always been the main target audience for mobile providers in South Korea, until recently when companies began making [...]

Netflix Condemned by South Korean Cinemas for Joint Release of “Okja”

Netflix Condemned by South Korean Cinemas for Joint Release of “Okja”

SEOUL, June 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Okja, director Bong Joon-ho’s action-adventure film that wowed audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, is once again under fire, this time in South Korea, with Netflix choosing to release the film online at the same time as it is released at local theaters.  Along with another Netflix film, The Meyerowitz [...]