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BTS ‘Permission to Dance’ at U.N. Tops 12 mln Views on YouTube

BTS ‘Permission to Dance’ at U.N. Tops 12 mln Views on YouTube

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The video featuring K-pop sensations BTS performing “Permission to Dance,” one of their hit singles, at the United Nations headquarters has exceeded 12 million views on YouTube, becoming the most viewed clip on the U.N. channel. The video that was uploaded at the U.N.’s official YouTube channel Monday has [...]

This Year’s Busan Film Festival to be Held Next Month with Audience

This Year’s Busan Film Festival to be Held Next Month with Audience

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — This year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will return almost to normal after a pandemic-disrupted year, holding an offline opening ceremony with spectators and on-site events with some big-name filmmakers from home and abroad, organizers said Wednesday. The biggest film festival in Asia will be held from Oct. 6-15 [...]

Korean Abstract Painter Park Seo-bo Hopes His Art Will Absorb People’s Stress

Korean Abstract Painter Park Seo-bo Hopes His Art Will Absorb People’s Stress

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — If art is a form of expression, then the paintings of Park Seo-bo, known as the father of Korean contemporary art, may not be art at all. The octogenarian opened a new solo exhibition titled “PARK SEO-BO” at Seoul’s Kukje Gallery on Wednesday, featuring 16 of his “dansaekhwa,” the [...]

Environmentally Conscious K-pop Fans Move to Protect BTS ‘Butter’ Beach

Environmentally Conscious K-pop Fans Move to Protect BTS ‘Butter’ Beach

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — K-pop fans launched a campaign to help protect a beach in eastern Korea that has become popular after the global superstars BTS shot their photos for the “Butter” album. Korea Beyond Coal, a civic group dedicated to fighting against climate change, said they started the “Save Butter Beach Campaign,” [...]

Netflix Drama Generates Buzz for Exposing Abuse in Korean Military

Netflix Drama Generates Buzz for Exposing Abuse in Korean Military

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Lee Jung-min, a 29-year old office worker in Seoul, recently saw the new Netflix military series “D.P.,” already having been a big fan of its original web comic, “D.P.: Dog Days.” He couldn’t stop watching the six-episode series about soldiers in the D.P. unit, standing for deserter pursuit, whose [...]

BTS Fan Club Account Among 21 Suspended by Weibo for ‘Irrational’ Behavior

BTS Fan Club Account Among 21 Suspended by Weibo for ‘Irrational’ Behavior

BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The Chinese social media platform Weibo has banned 21 fan club accounts of South Korean celebrities, including one for the chart-topping K-pop sensation BTS, as Beijing attempts to tighten its grip on entertainment and culture industries. Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, has imposed 30-day suspensions on 21 accounts belonging [...]