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Seoul court refuses arrest warrant for Seungri

Disgraced K-pop star Seungri has avoided arrest in connection with allegations of embezzlement and procuring sexual services, after a Seoul court on Tuesday refused to issue an arrest warrant for the former Big Bang member. The Seoul Central District Court said there is still "room for dispute" over the embezzlement case and that there was no risk of him destroying evidence. The court refused to… → Read More

Five years after tragedy, films deal with Sewol

The 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry left more than 300 dead or missing, exposed irregularities in society and scarred the nation. There have been documentaries and independent films about the tragedy as well as many tribute songs, but using it as a subject in popular culture has remained an unspoken taboo. This is about to change, as two films talking about Sewol opened in March and April: "Jo… → Read More

Everland in Korea rediscovers identity as 'eco park'

The Everland theme park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, has vowed to reinvent itself as an "eco park" by fully utilizing its rich botanical gardens, launching new programs with its infrastructure such as the Speedway motor track. Leading the way is the newly created Plum Blossom Trail, opening Friday. Spanning 33,000 square meters, it is the biggest botanical garden in the park's history. It… → Read More

Nichkhun's 1st solo record in Korea to be released on Feb 18

K-pop star Nichkhun is releasing an EP titled "ME" on Feb 18, his first record as a solo artist since his debut as a member of the boyband 2PM in 2008. The singer's agency JYP Entertainment announced Sunday that the upcoming EP will be released at 6 p.m. on that day, after having released a teaser image for the record at midnight through its social media pages. → Read More

Big Bang's Seungri's reputation in peril over alleged assault at his club

After reports that an unlawful assault had occurred at a club run by Big Bang's Seungri at the time, subsequent revelations related to the accusation continue to threaten the musician's already-tarnished reputation. Local broadcaster KBS on Wednesday reported the testimony of an alleged former employee of the Burning Sun club suggesting that illegal drug use occurred in its VIP rooms. → Read More

Brown Eyed Girls snub break-up rumours with comeback

Brown Eyed Girls are returning from a four-year hiatus with their first release since 2015, their agency Mystic Entertainment said Tuesday. The label confirmed earlier reports that the four-piece act is currently preparing an album that will be revealed in the first half of the year. The members had briefly mentioned a possible comeback on TV. The band had never said it broke up, but speculation… → Read More

'Avengers: Infinity War' a gift for loyal Marvel fans, Entertainment News

This is it. For 10 years, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe waited for the heroes to battle Thanos -- the greatest supervillain in the comic book-based superhero franchise. The result? Awesome, but maybe not for those who haven't been following the MCU. → Read More

EXO fires up Singapore, gears up for Bangkok

EXO on Saturday wrapped up its concert in Singapore as part of its ongoing Asia tour. Holding a concert for fans in the Southeast Asian country after almost a year, EXO performed 30 songs at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, including hits like “Growl,” “Call Me Baby,” “Ko Ko Bop” and “Power.” In addition to the usual repertoire, there were also solo songs by the group’s members including Kai’s “I… → Read More

Korean actor Oh Dal-su apologises for sexual harassment after victim reveals identity

Actor Oh Dal-su on Wednesday issued a public apology for sexually harassing fellow actors a few decades ago. "The series of events are all my fault...I bow my head in apology for anyone who has been hurt because of me," he said. Stage actress Uhm Ji-young and others have recently accused Oh of sexual attacks in the 1990s. Oh, who had initially denied the allegations, said the allegations were… → Read More

'Kim Il-Sung' mask used during unified Koreas' ice hockey game stirs controversy, Asia News

It has been 24 years since North Korean founder Kim Il-sung died, but the face of the man who started the reclusive regime has sparked furor among Koreans with the "Kim Il-sung mask" controversy. The unified Korean women's hockey team -- the first unified Korean team in the Olympics -- faced Switzerland in a well-fought, but ultimately defeated, match. During the game, the group of supporters… → Read More

PyeongChang 2018 kicks off, aiming for peace, sports and culture

The opening ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games was held Friday, kicking off a sports festival that brings together athletes, delegates, spectators and media outlets from all around the globe. Until Feb. 25, PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon in Gangwon Province will host the leading athletes in winter sports. Under the theme of "Peace in Motion," the opening ceremony held at the… → Read More

North Korea's controversy-ridden ski resort to be used as training facility by two Koreas, Asia News

Seoul and Pyongyang announced Wednesday night that a joint training exercise of their skiers will take place at Masikryong Ski Resort in North Korea ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. It was agreed that South Korean officials will visit the resort from Jan. 23-25 to check the facility, which will be followed by a joint training exercise there. The South Korean players sent there, however,… → Read More

K-pop boyband iKon back with 'Return' on Jan 25

iKon on Friday heralded its return, as the boy band confirmed the release date for its second full-length album, "Return," for Jan. 25 YG Entertainment on Friday released the first official poster for the new album on its blog yg-life.com, with images of the seven members and the release date. According to the agency, the title symbolizes the group -- going on its fourth year since its 2015… → Read More

Psy to leave agency? YG says nothing confirmed

YG Entertainment on Wednesday remained cautious on earlier reports that Psy may soon leave the company to start his own agency. The agency said that nothing had been decided, adding that Psy is currently preparing to launch businesses in various industries. Earlier in the day, a local media outlet reported the K-pop star is looking to leave YG, where he has been signed since 2010, citing… → Read More

SHINee members, fans bid goodbye to Jonghyun, Entertainment News

SHINee members, K-pop stars and fans gathered at Jonghyun's funeral at Seoul Asan Hospital on Thursday to bid the late singer farewell. Hundreds of fans from across the country were present while the casket of Jonghyun -- whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun -- was carried out. Onew, Key, Taemin and members of Super Junior were pallbearers, while Minho and Jonghyun's sister walked ahead of the… → Read More

K-pop agency system comes under fire in wake of Jonghyun's death, Entertainment News

Late singer Jonghyun's will showed that the main vocalist of SHINee had suffered severe depression. Following the initial shock, calls to revamp the competitive, controlled and stressful ecosystem of idol singers are resonating in the K-pop scene. → Read More

SHINee member's death ruled suicide, no autopsy

The body of the late K-pop star Kim Jong-hyun will not undergo an autopsy, Seoul police said Tuesday, as the singer's cause of death is clear. "We've decided not to autopsy the body, as it is certain that the deceased had taken his own life and the bereaved families did not want it," said an official from Seoul Gangnam Police Tuesday morning. "We will wrap up the investigation as soon as we've… → Read More

Block B's U-Kwon seeks to make name for himself

U-Kwon is not the first name that pops into your head when you think about Block B. Odds are that it is not even the second or third. But the 25-year-old K-pop star says he wants to be remembered as more than the top dancer of his group, seeking to establish himself as an artist by honing his skills as a musician. "When I look back at the past seven years, I wasn't the most notable member of the… → Read More

Holiday getaway near Seoul metropolis

The long holiday is an opportune time to take leave of the mundane city life for an exciting getaway. The problem is that everyone else thinks so too, and getting transportation or accommodation for a trip can be near impossible. Majority of the Korean population is expected to move during the upcoming Chuseok holiday, which will be 10 days long including the weekends, and nobody likes being… → Read More

1,000-year-old flushing toilet found in ancient Korean kingdom remains

Archaeological remains of a bathroom equipped with a flushing toilet used during the Silla Kingdom (57 BC to 935) have been discovered, the Cultural Heritage Administration said Tuesday. The state-run body has been conducting a dig since 2007 at the remains of Donggung and Wolji Pond in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, which was home to key government buildings of the ancient kingdom. → Read More