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Theaters, Performing Arts See Sharp Decline in Revenues Due to Coronavirus

Theaters, Performing Arts See Sharp Decline in Revenues Due to Coronavirus

SEOUL, March 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean cinemas and the performing arts have seen a sharp decline in revenues in the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, data showed Monday. Local cinema chains, including industry leader CGV, posted a combined 219.3 billion won (US$179.8 million) in sales from January to the fourth week of March, [...]

Local Church Introduces Drive-in Worship Service

Local Church Introduces Drive-in Worship Service

SEOUL, March 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Many churches are refraining from holding offline worship services due to the coronavirus outbreak. Recently, a new way of participating in religious activities while performing ‘social distancing’ is gaining attention. The Seoul City Church in Seoul’s Jungnang District plans to hold a drive-in worship service this coming Sunday. Church [...]

‘La La Land’ Tops Box Office Charts as Coronavirus Outbreak Continues

‘La La Land’ Tops Box Office Charts as Coronavirus Outbreak Continues

SEOUL, March 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Hollywood musical film “La La Land” returned to the big screen for the first time since its release four years ago, reclaiming the top billing at the South Korean box office. The feat comes as the coronavirus outbreak continues to block new films from screening at theaters. The Korean [...]

S. Koreans Turn to Social Media Challenges to Beat Coronavirus Blues

S. Koreans Turn to Social Media Challenges to Beat Coronavirus Blues

SEOUL, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — When YouTuber Ddulgi uploaded a four-minute video on making dalgona coffee on the global video-sharing platform in mid-February, she did not expect it to turn into a mega-hit garnering over 3 million views in less than a month. Amid “social distancing” measures due to COVID-19, more South Koreans are [...]

Coronavirus Pandemic Halts Overseas Shoots of Korean Movies

Coronavirus Pandemic Halts Overseas Shoots of Korean Movies

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the production of films in South Korea as on-location filming schedules have been canceled due to widening travel bans worldwide. The production team of the crime movie “Bogota,” starring Song Joon-ki, has decided to stop shooting at a location in Colombia and return to [...]

Korean Language Education Video Series Featuring BTS Set for Release This Week

Korean Language Education Video Series Featuring BTS Set for Release This Week

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The management agency of K-pop boy band BTS will this week launch a series of short video clips designed to provide Korean language education to non-Korean fans, the agency said Monday. Big Hit Entertainment said the first three episodes of the series, “Learn Korean with BTS,” will hit Weverse, [...]