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Constitutional Petition Filed Against Collecting Mobile Phone Data in Handling Itaewon Cluster

Constitutional Petition Filed Against Collecting Mobile Phone Data in Handling Itaewon Cluster

SEOUL, July 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Civic groups have petitioned the Constitutional Court to declare that the government’s massive collection of mobile phone data for contact tracing to stem the spread of COVID-19 was unconstitutional. The five groups led by two influential civic groups — MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democracy Society and People’s Solidarity for Participatory [...]

LGBT Activists Call on Sexual Minorities to Get Tested for Coronavirus

LGBT Activists Call on Sexual Minorities to Get Tested for Coronavirus

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Hatred towards sexual minorities is spreading following a coronavirus outbreak at clubs commonly frequented by members of the gay community in Itaewon. Activists for the rights of sexual minorities are joining hands to ensure that gender minorities receive coronavirus tests without falling victim to discrimination and stereotyping. Seven activist [...]

Cellular Base Stations Track Down Itaewon Clubbers amid Spike in Coronavirus Cases

Cellular Base Stations Track Down Itaewon Clubbers amid Spike in Coronavirus Cases

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) — In response to recent a recent spike in coronavirus cases tied to clubbers in the popular entertainment district of Itaewon, mobile carriers submitted lists of people who accessed mobile base stations near the clubs and bars on Tuesday. The government has started to use the list to identify individuals [...]

Itaewon Turns into Ghost Town Following Cluster Infection

Itaewon Turns into Ghost Town Following Cluster Infection

SEOUL, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The streets of Seoul’s bustling multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon looked abandoned Saturday night as the city government stopped clubs and bars from doing business earlier in the day following a recent cluster infection of the new coronavirus. Under the administrative order, all clubs, bars and other nightlife establishments are [...]

Seoul City Orders Clubs, Bars to Close Following Group Infection in Itaewon

Seoul City Orders Clubs, Bars to Close Following Group Infection in Itaewon

SEOUL, May 9 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul city government on Saturday effectively suspended business at clubs and bars in the city after recent infections in the city’s popular multicultural neighborhood of Itaewon put health authorities on alert over a possibly bigger outbreak. Under an administrative order that has gone into effect immediately, all clubs, [...]

Itaewon in the Doldrums After U.S. Base Withdrawal and Gentrification

Itaewon in the Doldrums After U.S. Base Withdrawal and Gentrification

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — When TV personality Hong Suk-chun opened a Thai restaurant in Itaewon 14 years ago, the best-known foreigners’ district in South Korea was always bustling with American soldiers and foreign tourists, as well as local visitors sampling the exotic ambience of the neighborhood. Hong has since seen the district lose [...]

Worst Time to Hail a Taxi in Gangnam and Itaewon

Worst Time to Hail a Taxi in Gangnam and Itaewon

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul’s Gangnam Station, and the neighborhoods of Jongno, Hongdae, and Itaewon turned out to be some of the worst areas to hail a taxi during the night, highlighting the need for new means of late night transportation. The Seoul Digital Foundation and Kakao Mobility Corp. revealed the results of [...]

Women in their 20s and 30s Core Customers of Traditional Liquors

Women in their 20s and 30s Core Customers of Traditional Liquors

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Recent market analysis has revealed that women in their 20s and 30s comprise nearly half the consumer base for Korean traditional alcoholic beverages. From July to December (2017), women between the ages of 20 and 39 were responsible for 49.7 percent of online traditional liquor sales (9.7 percent by [...]