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KCON’s Cumulative Audience Tops 1 Million

KCON’s Cumulative Audience Tops 1 Million

SEOUL/LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — KCON, the world’s largest Korean pop music and culture convention launched, has attracted more than 1 million fans over the past eight years, its organizer said Monday. According to CJ ENM, the organizer of KCON, the convention’s cumulative audience reached 1,069,000 over the weekend when the Korean wave, [...]

‘Hallyu’ Tourist Complex to be Built Near Incheon Airport by 2024

‘Hallyu’ Tourist Complex to be Built Near Incheon Airport by 2024

INCHEON, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — The municipality of Incheon, west of Seoul, is planning to build a massive tourist complex in a hilly coastal area just west of Incheon International Airport after designating it as a free economic zone, officials said Friday. According to the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, the new tourist complex, [...]

K-pop, ‘Hallyu’ Emerge as Powerful Marketing Tools for Korean Consumer Goods

K-pop, ‘Hallyu’ Emerge as Powerful Marketing Tools for Korean Consumer Goods

SEJONG, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — At a trade fair exhibiting Korean goods in Bangkok last month, whenever a customer came to the small booth where he was promoting beauty products, Jake Choi would use his smartphone to show them a video clip as part of his sales pitch. The three-minute video includes a scene [...]

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

Local Governments in Trouble over Bad News of ‘Hallyu’ Stars

SEOUL, Jul. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent series of scandals and gossip involving Korean Wave stars has dealt a heavy blow to provincial governments trying to utilize their associations with entertainers to attract tourists. Most recently, the Taebaek city government in Gangwon Province became an unlikely victim when celebrity couple Song Joong-ki and Song [...]

CJ Companies to Build ‘Hallyu-themed’ Cultural Facilities Near Seoul

CJ Companies to Build ‘Hallyu-themed’ Cultural Facilities Near Seoul

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — CJ Group companies are planning to build two massive cultural facilities themed after “hallyu,” or the Korean Wave of popular culture, just northwest of Seoul, company officials said Wednesday. CJ ENM, an entertainment and mass media giant owned by CJ Group, has agreed to build the cultural facilities covering [...]

Number of Global ‘Hallyu’ Fans Soars Close to 90 Million: Report

Number of Global ‘Hallyu’ Fans Soars Close to 90 Million: Report

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of dedicated global fans of “hallyu,” or the Korean Wave, is estimated to have surged to about 90 million at the end of last year, a government-affiliated foundation said Thursday. The Korea Foundation said in a report that there were 1,843 hallyu fan clubs in 113 countries [...]

Mexico’s Top Radio Station to Launch ‘Hallyu’ Program

Mexico’s Top Radio Station to Launch ‘Hallyu’ Program

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Mexico’s largest radio station will launch a weekly program featuring Korean culture and entertainment next month, the Korean Culture Center in Mexico City said Sunday. The “K-Hour” program of Radio Centro will air for one hour from 6 p.m. every Sunday. The radio station has been broadcasting a [...]

Seoul Launches “eSports” Tours for Foreign Visitors

Seoul Launches “eSports” Tours for Foreign Visitors

SEOUL, May 9 (Korea Bizwire) — eSports is making waves as a new front of “Hallyu”, the Korean wave of pop culture, and is being developed to attract international tourists to Seoul. The city government of Seoul revealed yesterday that it will operate a trial “eSports Tour Program” targeting foreign visitors, in efforts to expand [...]