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Success of TWICE, Abolition of One-Man Control, Propel JYP’s Ascent to No.1 Entertainment Firm

Success of TWICE, Abolition of One-Man Control, Propel JYP’s Ascent to No.1 Entertainment Firm

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — JYP Entertainment, the home for top-rung girl band TWICE, beat its long-time rival SM Entertainment to emerge as the biggest entertainment firm by market capitalization for the first time in nearly two decades this week. Following steady growth since early this year, shares of JYP finished at 31,300 won [...]

Chinese Shops in Vietnam Milk Surging Popularity of Korean Wave

Chinese Shops in Vietnam Milk Surging Popularity of Korean Wave

  Jun 30 (Korea Bizwire) – At first sight, one would think that they were in front of a “K-store” – a shop carrying Korean items. A quick peek inside, however, reveals the extent of the deception, the opportunistic façade unable to mask the reality of the wares being touted within – knockoffs of popular [...]

S. Korean Cosmetics Makers Hope for Rebound amid Beijing’s Move to Lift Sanctions

S. Korean Cosmetics Makers Hope for Rebound amid Beijing’s Move to Lift Sanctions

SEOUL, April 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s cosmetics makers expect a rise in sales this year as China moves to lift economic measures implemented in retaliation over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system here, industry sources said Thursday. South Korea’s makeup industry have enjoyed robust growth in recent years helped by “hallyu,” [...]

More Baduk Players in Turkey Thanks to S. Korean Drama “Reply 1988”

More Baduk Players in Turkey Thanks to S. Korean Drama “Reply 1988”

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Baduk, the Korean term for the Chinese board game “go”, is experiencing heightened popularity in Turkey, especially among female players.  This was evidenced by the 77-strong female turnout for a baduk tournament hosted at the Middle East Technical University from December 23 to 24. The competition was hosted with [...]

K-Pop Group F.T. Island Mobbed by Fans at Istanbul Airport, Turkish Media Bemused

K-Pop Group F.T. Island Mobbed by Fans at Istanbul Airport, Turkish Media Bemused

ISTANBUL, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) – K-pop five-man group F.T. Island touched down at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on October 28 and was greeted by hundreds of excited fans calling out members’ names and holding placards, a scene Turkish media reported as causing severe congestion at the airport. The individual members and supporting staff emerged from the [...]

South Korea’s Largest Filming Facility Studio Cube Opens Doors To Public

South Korea’s Largest Filming Facility Studio Cube Opens Doors To Public

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s largest filming studio Studio Cube will formally open its doors to the public next week after two years of construction, the culture ministry said Friday. Located in the EXPO Science Park in Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul, the state-run facility is a two-story building with floor [...]

Chinese Economic Sanctions Putting a Damper on Korean Wave

Chinese Economic Sanctions Putting a Damper on Korean Wave

SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s cultural content trade surplus, bolstered by the popularity of “hallyu,” or the Korean wave, has decreased significantly in the first six months of 2017 due to China’s economic sanctions over a missile defense system, government data showed Monday. China, South Korea’s biggest overseas market, has retaliated against [...]