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Yuna Kim’s Ice Skates Become “Cultural Asset”

Yuna Kim’s Ice Skates Become “Cultural Asset”

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – A pair of ice skates worn by South Korean figure skating legend Yuna Kim will soon become a “cultural asset” officially designated by the Cultural Heritage Administration.  The skates were worn by Kim during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, where she won the gold medal with a world record [...]

Smartphones Indispensable, but TV Still Popular: Survey

Smartphones Indispensable, but TV Still Popular: Survey

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent survey by the Korea Communications Commission revealed the growing importance of smartphones, with 55.5 percent of 7,385 respondents (aged 13 and above) considering the device to be an “indispensable medium”, far surpassing those who chose TV (38.6 percent) as their answer.  The gap between the two devices [...]

Koreans Open Wallets for Premium Shoes and Clothes

Koreans Open Wallets for Premium Shoes and Clothes

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The recent Global Premiumization Survey by marketing research firm Nielsen revealed that when it comes to products that Koreans are willing to pay more for to obtain premium versions of, “clothing and shoes” (30 percent) were the most popular.  “Cosmetics” (28 percent), “personal electronics” such as smartphones and tablets [...]

Domestic Plant Owners Call for “Planterinarians”

Domestic Plant Owners Call for “Planterinarians”

SUWON, South Korea, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Will “domestic plants” become a growth industry of the future? In Korea, an increasing number of households have come to adopt domestic plants, like succulents or cactus plants, as their choice of home companion, flora that serve various purposes from simple home decoration to freshening the atmosphere [...]

Seoul’s COEX Region to Transform into “Korean Times Square”

Seoul’s COEX Region to Transform into “Korean Times Square”

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs has ruled in favor of Seoul’s COEX area in Gangnam as the ultimate destination for Korea’s first “free outdoor billboard display zone”.  In line with the decision, the region will be turned into a neighborhood similar to Manhattan’s Times Square, with [...]

“A Flexible Way of Working, Being Free from Busy Commuting” Big Changes Coming to Public Service

“A Flexible Way of Working, Being Free from Busy Commuting” Big Changes Coming to Public Service

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – “Make yourself at home”. It is not a catchphrase from a private enterprise, but the motto of the Chungnam Provincial Government. The provincial administration has adopted a ‘Thinking Day’ policy that allows employees to be absent from work between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. every Wednesday, an initiative that began [...]

Multicultural Marriages Decrease 7.9 Pct in 2015

Multicultural Marriages Decrease 7.9 Pct in 2015

SEJONG, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of multicultural marriages, a marital union between a South Korean national and a foreigner, continued to decrease last year from a year earlier, government data showed Wednesday.  Multicultural marriages fell 7.9 percent on-year to 22,462 in 2015, accounting for 7.4 percent of the country’s total of 303,000 [...]

Korea Hosts Exhibition of Intangible Cultural Assets

Korea Hosts Exhibition of Intangible Cultural Assets

GOYANG, South Korea, Nov. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – The 2016 Grand Exhibition of Korean Intangible Cultural Heritages kicked off Friday at KINTEX, highlighting the best of Korea’s traditional craftworks, or intangible culture, officially designated by the government.  The exhibition is the largest of its kind, and visitors will have the opportunity to witness the sublime [...]

Michelin Awards Three Stars to Two Korean Restaurants

Michelin Awards Three Stars to Two Korean Restaurants

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – Michelin Guide on Monday announced its highly regarded star selections for 24 restaurants in Seoul, giving the much-coveted three stars to two Korean restaurants with unique cuisine and quality service.  In the first Michelin Red Guide for Seoul, Gaon, a fine Korean restaurant operated by ceramic maker Kwangjuyo, and [...]