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South Korea Ramps Up Response as Chinese E-Commerce Giants Make Inroads

South Korea Ramps Up Response as Chinese E-Commerce Giants Make Inroads

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – The rapid penetration of Chinese e-commerce platforms like AliExpress and Temu, known for their ultra-low-priced products, into the South Korean market has prompted the government to take action. Concerns are growing that the domestic market for everyday consumer goods, including household items and clothing, could become dominated by “Made in [...]

Number of Teenage Drug Offenders in Seoul Surges Fivefold to 235 Last Year

Number of Teenage Drug Offenders in Seoul Surges Fivefold to 235 Last Year

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of teenagers caught for drug-related charges in Seoul spiked to 235 last year from 48 a year earlier, police data showed Thursday. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency released the data during a seminar held jointly with the Korean Association Against Drug Abuse to discuss ways to respond [...]

South Korea’s AI Innovation: From Avatar Hotel Clerks to Autonomous Buses

South Korea’s AI Innovation: From Avatar Hotel Clerks to Autonomous Buses

BERLIN, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent feature by a German news outlet highlighted Korea’s burgeoning AI scene, showcasing innovative uses of artificial intelligence across various sectors. The report marveled at the sight of an avatar, crafted with AI assistance, greeting guests at hotel check-ins, easily mistaken for a living person even upon closer inspection.  [...]

Study Finds High Social Media Use Linked to Negative Body Image in Elementary School Students

Study Finds High Social Media Use Linked to Negative Body Image in Elementary School Students

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The results of a recent study indicate that elementary students who frequently use social media platforms like Facebook and KakaoTalk tend to have a more negative perception of their bodies. Published in the latest edition of the “Health and Social Welfare Review” by the Korea Institute for Health and Social [...]

Shinsegae Centum City Expands Vegan Cosmetics Offerings Amid Rising Consumer Demand

Shinsegae Centum City Expands Vegan Cosmetics Offerings Amid Rising Consumer Demand

BUSAN, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Shinsegae Centum City has announced a gradual expansion of its vegan cosmetics line, signaling a shift towards more environmentally friendly and ethical consumer choices. The department store recently inaugurated an Hourglass store on February 1, adding to its growing list of eco-friendly and vegan brands such as Dear Dahlia, Urban [...]

South Korea’s 30-Somethings Lead in Digital News Engagement, Survey Finds

South Korea’s 30-Somethings Lead in Digital News Engagement, Survey Finds

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) –A recent survey conducted by the Korea Press Foundation has shed light on the digital news consumption habits of South Koreans, revealing that individuals in their 30s are the most active in commenting on internet news articles. The 2023 Media Audience Survey, which polled 5,000 adults nationwide aged 19 and [...]

South Korean Professor Launches Global Hanbok Challenge to Celebrate Tradition and Counter Misinformation

South Korean Professor Launches Global Hanbok Challenge to Celebrate Tradition and Counter Misinformation

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) –In a spirited move to celebrate the Lunar New Year, Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women’s University known for his social activism, has taken to social media to initiate a “Hanbok Challenge.” This comes after his successful advertisement campaign for hanbok, the traditional Korean attire, in New York’s Times [...]

Most Software Developers Believe Generative AI Could Take Over Some of Their Tasks

Most Software Developers Believe Generative AI Could Take Over Some of Their Tasks

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) –A recent survey revealed that 90% of software developers anticipate that generative artificial intelligence (AI) could potentially replace aspects of their jobs. HR tech company WantedLab disclosed that an online survey conducted from February 2 to 7 among approximately 180 software developers found that 83.6% of respondents believe generative AI [...]

Surge in Inquiries About Medical School Admissions Following Announcement of Expanded Enrollment

Surge in Inquiries About Medical School Admissions Following Announcement of Expanded Enrollment

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – With the South Korean government’s decision to increase medical school seats by 2,000 starting from next year’s admissions, there has already been a flood of inquiries from working professionals and college students.  Top-tier universities, particularly the prestigious ‘SKY’ schools (Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University), are showing signs [...]

Concerns Arise Over “Hanbok Appropriation” Through Chinese Online Retailers AliExpress and Temu

Concerns Arise Over “Hanbok Appropriation” Through Chinese Online Retailers AliExpress and Temu

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – As Chinese online shopping platforms AliExpress and Temu gain a larger foothold in the South Korean market, concerns are being raised about China’s alleged “hanbok appropriation” through these platforms. As of February 6, AliExpress boasted approximately 6 million monthly Korean users, while Temu had around 4 million Korean users. The [...]