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Advertising Controversy Grips S. Korean Mukbang YouTubers

Advertising Controversy Grips S. Korean Mukbang YouTubers

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Legions of South Korea’s most popular YouTubers — mukbang personalities — are facing criticism following allegations they “deceived” fans by not telling them about paid promotions. YouTubers who film mukbang, a portmanteau in Korean of “eating” and “broadcast,” have charmed fans with their impressive eating skills — gulfing down [...]

Seoul Dispatches Artists for Surprise Performances Throughout the City

Seoul Dispatches Artists for Surprise Performances Throughout the City

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A new project will deploy culture and art to soothe the hearts and minds of citizens struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and the record-breaking monsoon season. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Wednesday that it will begin a new project where citizens are given the opportunity to enjoy a variety [...]

Moroccan-British Contemporary Artist Hassan Hajjaj to Hold 1st Asian Exhibition in Seoul

Moroccan-British Contemporary Artist Hassan Hajjaj to Hold 1st Asian Exhibition in Seoul

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Five women dressed in hijabs and caftan dresses are seen with motorbikes in the narrow streets of Morocco. Standing before the camera, they stare into the lens not as passive presences but with bold and bravado-filled poses. In “Henna Angels,” a 2010 photograph by Moroccan-British artist Hassan Hajjaj, the [...]

Naver, Kakao Eye Top Spots in Overseas Webtoon Markets

Naver, Kakao Eye Top Spots in Overseas Webtoon Markets

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Naver Corp., South Korea’s top Internet portal operator, and Kakao Corp., the operator of the country’s top mobile messenger KakaoTalk, have an unrivaled presence here but often face criticism that their platforms are limited to the domestic market. This criticism, however, is becoming increasingly misguided since Naver and Kakao’s [...]

Chuncheon Festivals Find Creative Solutions to Cope with Coronavirus

Chuncheon Festivals Find Creative Solutions to Cope with Coronavirus

CHUNCHEON, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Various summer festivities held in the Gangwon and Chuncheon regions are making a quick transition into online or dispersed platforms as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on. Organizers of the Chuncheon Puppet Festival, which was originally scheduled for six days starting on Sept. 4, decided to extend the [...]

Traditional Korean Archery Designated as Nat’l Cultural Heritage

Traditional Korean Archery Designated as Nat’l Cultural Heritage

SEOUL, July 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The art of traditional Korean archery has been designated as a national intangible cultural heritage, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) announced Thursday. CHA said it recognized the value of “hwalssogi,” or Korean traditional archery, for its significance in the history of Korean traditional martial arts. The administration cited the [...]

Battered Cold War-era Building’s Basement Transforms into Hip Urban Arts Venue

Battered Cold War-era Building’s Basement Transforms into Hip Urban Arts Venue

SEOUL, July 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Surrounded by a stream, a mountain and a bustling street market, Hongeun-dong appears like most Seoul neighborhoods, if not for a mammoth building with an obsolete ivory-colored facade. Measuring 220 meters in length and 44 meters in width, Yujin Sangga remains one of the city’s biggest buildings 50 years [...]

Visceral, Kinetic Energy Galore in Art Sonje Center’s Three Solo Exhibits

Visceral, Kinetic Energy Galore in Art Sonje Center’s Three Solo Exhibits

SEOUL, July 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Describing “Carriers,” South Korean sculptor-installation artist Lee Mi-re’s latest work, as visually striking would be an understatement. You can’t unsee it once it’s seared into the brain’s visual cortex. Resembling an animal’s digestive organs, the installation work hanging from the ceiling and connected to the floor combines motors and [...]