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Recent Years in Numbers: Crime Rose, Volunteering Decreased

Recent Years in Numbers: Crime Rose, Volunteering Decreased

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Crime in South Korea is on the rise, while the number of volunteers is continuously falling, according to a new report by Statistics Korea published yesterday. The surprising findings revealed that only 10.4 percent of individuals younger than fifteen participated in any type of volunteer work over the past [...]

In Tough Economic Times, Consumers Turn to Semi-Luxury Goods to Buy Happiness

In Tough Economic Times, Consumers Turn to Semi-Luxury Goods to Buy Happiness

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A growing trend among South Korean consumers of buying semi-luxury goods is sweeping the consumer market amid the country’s prolonged economic downturn. Despite the sluggish economy, Koreans – especially those in their 20s and 30s – are willing to spend 50,000 won ($45) for an afternoon tea at a five-star [...]

Jelly New Favorite Dessert of Koreans Over 40

Jelly New Favorite Dessert of Koreans Over 40

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Sales of jelly dessert products are booming, particularly among Koreans over 40, a new market research report published yesterday found. The market for jelly desserts grew by 54 percent on year last year, amounting to 153.3 billion won, according to AC Nielson Korea. This year, the market is expected to [...]

‘Radio and Book Café’ Coming to Haeundae Beach Next Month

‘Radio and Book Café’ Coming to Haeundae Beach Next Month

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – You’ll soon be able to enjoy great music and literature with a nice view of Haeundae Beach as a new café laden with books and featuring local radio DJs is coming to one of South Korea’s most popular holiday destinations in early April, the Haeundae District Office announced yesterday. Busan’s [...]

Gov’t to Spend 30 Bln Won to Support Content Industry

Gov’t to Spend 30 Bln Won to Support Content Industry

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government plans tospend 30 billion won (US$26.8 million) to promote content makers this year, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) said Thursday. The budget will be spent on content creators in six categories — animation, cartoon, character, story, music and fashion, said the agency under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. By category, the biggest chunk is reserved for [...]

N. Korean Babies’ Life Expectancy Is 70.5 Years: UNDP Index

N. Korean Babies’ Life Expectancy Is 70.5 Years: UNDP Index

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korean children born in 2015 are expected to live more than 10 years shorter than their southern counterparts, an annual U.N. report said Thursday. According to the U.N. Development Programme’s report on the 2016 Human Development Index (HDI), the life expectancy of North Korean babies born in that year is estimated at 70.5 years, 11.6 years less than 82.1 years for South Korean babies. The [...]

Air Pollution Aggravates Parkinson’s Disease: Study

Air Pollution Aggravates Parkinson’s Disease: Study

SEOUL, March 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Exposure to air pollution increases risk of aggravating Parkinson’s disease and may cause neurological disease progression, a study showed Friday.  According to the study by Kim Ho at Seoul National University, patients with the neurodegenerative disease are more likely to visit emergency rooms during days with high levels of [...]

Warm Reception as Top University KAIST Installs Karaoke Booths on Campus

Warm Reception as Top University KAIST Installs Karaoke Booths on Campus

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The karaoke booths which opened last month on the KAIST campus are attracting wide attention, as students flock to them to relieve stress and enjoy themselves between study sessions. The unmanned entertainment system called ‘coin singing rooms’ allow students to sing two songs for just 500 won. These facilities, [...]

Cats, Once A Symbol of Luck, Face Ordeal in Modern South Korea

Cats, Once A Symbol of Luck, Face Ordeal in Modern South Korea

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Nearly one million stray cats roaming around the streets of South Korea face hardships, torture, and sometimes the risk of death due to the negative stereotypes that follow them like a shadow. The character of cats has been vastly misrepresented for some time in Korea, and the stereotypes and dislike [...]