2017년 6월 28일 수요일

Filming locations of drama 'Fight for My Way'


The secluded high-hill village of Busan is emerging as a hot spot among young people in Korea these days.

It is the Munhyeon-dong in Nam-gu and Hocheon villege in Bumcheon-dong, Jingu-gu in Busan city, which is the location of the KBS 2TV drama 'Ssam, My Way'.

This drama is a story of 'youths and dreamers who are far less than the qualifications of the society and their reckless challenge'.

Munhyeon-dong Cascade House and Bumcheon-dong Hocheon Village are houses and hideout where youths who have no money, no supporter, no specs, lives with dreams.

In the drama, Choi Aera (Kim Ji-won) answers the question "Are you living in such a place"? with bright, optimistic smile.

This is a place called 'Hansung Homes' in Munhyeon-dong, which was built in 1981 as a stepped apartment house.
It is the place where the four main casts live, and the viewers of drama are continuing to visit this location due to the unusual form that the seven floors protruded and the murals at lower road from the house.


Pub at Hocheon Village in Bumcheon-dong is a place where four main casts hang out and have a glass of beer after finish a day.
Dense houses over the low wooden bench pour out starry night views.
In SNS, Hocheon village 'night view certification photo' is frequently popping up.

As the drama shooting location gets word-of-mouth, the district office is showing a move to make the shooting location a tourist attraction.




2017년 6월 15일 목요일

South Korean's most preferred domestic and oversea holiday destinations in summer 2017


Korea's peak summer holiday season(late july to early august) is just around the corner.

Online travel agency Expedia recently surveyed men and women from 20s to 50s asking their summer vacation plans.

East coast, Kangwon province (27.4%) where Sokcho and Yangyang is located is the most preferred domestic travel destination for summer vacation.
Jeju ranked second with 26.8% of respondents followed by jeonranam province(11.1 percent) and Gyeongsang province(9.4 percent). 20s, 40s, and 50s preferred Kangwon province, while 30s preferred Jeju island the most.
According to data released by Expedia in February, Jeju was the most popular destination in the spring from March to May.

Southeast Asia (25.1%) and the South Pacific (20.5%) are the most popular holiday destinations overseas.
The respondent in 30s to 40s with children prefer the South Pacific most.
Third place is Northeast Asia such as Japan and China (14.1 percent) followed by Western Europe including Switzerland and Italy (11.1 percent) and Northern Europe (8.2 percent).

Most of respondents planned to stay for 3 days and 4 nights for their summer trip(31.3%).
More than half of the respondents said that they would use more than 500,000 won($450) ~ 1 million won($900) per person for summer vacation.

 
 

2017년 6월 14일 수요일

"I am K-pop idol too" Virtual Reality bringing Karaoke into the future in Korea


When karaoke machines first appeared in Japan in the 1970s they were considered an expensive fad. Almost 50 years later, Karaoke room which is called noraebang in Korea is one of Asia’s favorite pastimes and in Korea, it is already absorbing the newest trend in entertainment – virtual reality.

VR integrated Karaoke rooms are getting ready to pop around South Korea’s cities on a massive scale in near future.

On the June 14th, Karaoke franchise maker M-Star released the VR karaoke system 'Sing VR' developed by TJ Media and VR content producer, The Monster Lab.

You can experience singing together with your favorite singer on one stage at karaoke room equipped with a Sing VR device and headmount. After selecting your favorite band's music and turning your head to the side, you can see the band member who plays live next to you. When you look at the front, you can enjoy the enthusiasm of many audiences toward the stage.
In the VR space, you can also experience dancing and singing with your chosen idol dancers.
Currently, Sing VR is being piloted at MN Star's Karaoke branchs at Seoul Boramae Station, Shinlim Station, and Hongdae Station.

"It has been more than 25 years since the karaoke has become one of Korean's favorite pasttime, but there has been no major change except to show the lyrics," said Kwon Joon-eun, vice president of MNSA. "Now we are using the existing karaoke room to experience new things through VR. "

2017년 6월 6일 화요일

Actress Han Ji-Min to participate in the UNICEF Child Protection Campaign


Actress Han Ji Min participated in the UNICEF Child Protection Campaign and shared the heart warming spirit.

On June 4, Han Ji-min posted a picture with title, "I protect children at risk, please protect children at risk" on her instagram.

Han Ji-min in the photo was wearing a navy silk shirt and completed a pictorial of feeling of sadness.

In other photo,  Han Ji-min attracted attention with her bright smile, encouraging interest and support for children around the world, holding UNICEF pin.

UNICEF's "# child" project is a campaign to help children around the world to grow in a safer environment.
The UNICEF pin held by Han Ji Min is based on idea of the English word 'safety pin' with meaning of 'safety and secure'.

Through this campaign, UNICEF 'every child' pins will be presented to those who have participated in the regular sponsorship, and the sponsors will pin their clothes, bags, and express their interest and affection for the children.

2017년 6월 4일 일요일

The reason why mobile MMORPG games are popular in korea


The mobile MMORPG games such as NCsoft's Lineage M, Netmarble's Blade Soul Mobile (tentative title), Nexon's AxE and Com2uS's Summoners Wars Mobile (tentative name) are emerging as a game industry trend in the second half of this year.

Lineage 2: Revolution set record sales of $178.5 million within a month, while MU Origin is still in the top 10 in the country after launching two years ago.

Now there are roughly 15 more MMORPGs preparing to launch in South Korea. But why is the MMORPG genre so popular?

The popularity of MMORPG in South Korea is largely due to the influence of Netmarble's Lineage 2 Revolution, which hit the mobile game market in the first half of this year.

One of industry official said, "The popularity of Lineage 2 Revolution has led to the belief that MMORPG genre will work well on mobile," he said. "There is an increasing trend of developers preparing for MMORPGs, dreaming of a second Lineage 2 revolution."

Another reason mobile MMORPG games are popular in Korea is that the mobile network environment is well established.
A fast internet environment is essential for mobile MMORPGs, where large users have to play games at the same time. However, there are not many smartphone penetration rates in regions such as Europe and Japan compared to Korea and WiFi and Long Term Evolution (LTE) are not well equipped.
Korea is well equipped with mobile phone network environment which is essential for mobile version MMORPG.

The industry analyzed that Korean culture, which likes to compete with others is a major factor as well.
An official of a game developer said, "While Western users are interested in setting up strategies and performing them, Korean users tend to prefer systems that compete and show off  in a genre such as MMORPG."