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Netflix’s First Original Korean Drama ‘Kingdom’ Unveiled to Media

Netflix’s First Original Korean Drama ‘Kingdom’ Unveiled to Media

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Netflix on Monday unveiled to media its first original Korean drama series, which has drawn much anticipation for its big budget and acclaimed creative team. “Kingdom,” which premieres globally on the U.S. video streaming service Friday, is a genre-defining six-episode zombie mystery thriller set in the last Korean kingdom [...]

Seoul Announces Sweeping Expansion of Gwanghwamun Plaza

Seoul Announces Sweeping Expansion of Gwanghwamun Plaza

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The Gwanghwamun Plaza, a national landmark located in the heart of Seoul, will be greatly expanded to be reborn as the capital’s cultural, historical and transportation hub, the municipal government said Monday. The size of Gwanghwamun Plaza, next to Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty, [...]

Int’l Online Taekwondo Competition to be Launched

Int’l Online Taekwondo Competition to be Launched

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — An international online taekwondo championship will be launched this year, enabling people around the world to participate in it and make exchanges each other, the event’s organizer said Monday. “We’ve decided to open the World Online Taekwondo Championships for the first time in the world this year,” Seo Hyun-seok, [...]

Abysmal Air Quality Spurs Innovation

Abysmal Air Quality Spurs Innovation

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — A variety of innovative items are being released to tackle fine dust, with consumers looking beyond the typical masks or air purifiers.  Mobile oxygen cans and wearable air purifiers have recently been gaining popularity.  Gmarket, a major South Korean online shopping mall, said sales of mobile oxygen cans in [...]

Supreme Court Decision Puts S. Korean Pharmaceutical Companies at Risk

Supreme Court Decision Puts S. Korean Pharmaceutical Companies at Risk

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean pharmaceutical companies are expressing grave concern as a recent Supreme Court decision may freeze the development of certain incrementally modified drugs. For long, pharmaceutical companies in South Korea have been releasing modified drugs that change certain saline substances, the strength, and dosage regimen of the original drug [...]

Same Risk of Arteriosclerosis Regardless of the Number of Cigarettes Smoked

Same Risk of Arteriosclerosis Regardless of the Number of Cigarettes Smoked

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Smokers often mistakenly think that reducing the number of cigarettes smoked in a day will lower their health risks. However, studies have shown that even those who smoke a little bit have a significant risk of hardened arteries. These findings were based on a study conducted by a research [...]

10 pct Increase in Male Attendees at Cultural Centers Due to Reduced Working Hours

10 pct Increase in Male Attendees at Cultural Centers Due to Reduced Working Hours

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — It has been reported that since the introduction of the government imposed 52-hour workweek, the number of individuals attending department store cultural centers has increased. Lotte Department Store, the country’s leading retailer, reported on Monday that the number of students attending its cultural centers had increased by 3.5 percent [...]

SK Broadband to Double Network Size for Netflix Users

SK Broadband to Double Network Size for Netflix Users

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s fixed-line operator SK Broadband Inc. said Monday that it is pushing to increase its network capacity to deal with the growing number of people using services offered by U.S. video streaming platform Netflix. The company is planning to increase its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to [...]