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Reporter : Kim Ji-soo
Fri, September 22, 2023 | 01:21
Risks grow for booming franchising businesses
When the 1998 Asian financial crisis began taking a toll on Korean companies, Han Se-won, now 67, and Kim Eun-sook, 62, opened a popular “gimbap” (rice rolled with vegetables wrapped in seaweed) franchise store near Namdaemun, central Seoul. “My husband had to leave his construction company, and one of our acquaintances who was operating several franchise stores recommended t...
Taking back some responsibility
On Dec. 3, in the West Sea off Yeongheung Island, a 336-ton tanker and a 9.77-ton fishing boat collided. The fishing boat capsized, killing 15 of the 22 people aboard. Immediately after the incident, President Moon Jae-in said, regardless of what may have caused the accident, the state is ultimately responsible for the prevention and for the rescue. Soon afterward, an investigation determined that both the tanker and the fishing boat were responsible. The President’s well-meant words reassuringly conveyed the message that appropriate government response measures were going to be taken.
Rent and live in public hanok
Bukchon Hanok Village, located in Jongno-gu, is a unique hybrid of a neighborhood. It’s an old part of Seoul that at the same time accompanies modern structures such as the Hyundai Building and the Constitutional Court alongside traditional-style Korean residential houses known as “hanok.” It is also a tourist area, drawing both foreigners and Koreans to view the nooks and cr...
K-pop undergoes generational change
Hardly a day goes by where news concerning K-pop band BTS does not emerge. On Tuesday, the seven member boy band’s “Mic Drop” entered the Hot 100 Hit list on U.S. Billboard’s main-chart _ at 28th. The song “Mic Drop” from the band’s “Love Yourself: Her” album was remixed by Steve Aoki and features hip-hop artist Desiigner.
[INTERVIEW] Benton makes success with identity products
The curious case of Korean cosmetic company Benton, known for its Snail Bee High Content Essence and Aloe BHA Skin Toner, is that while it started out only six years ago in 2011, it has already achieved significant success. The company’s sales have been growing by 200 percent annually since 2013. When interest in K-beauty products peaked in 2013, foreign consumers gradually l...
[INTERVIEW] Lee advises creativity, passion for culinary success
“Do you know where one of the best brunches is served, not the Korean kind with arugula salad and toast? At Wild Honey in Singapore,” said Lee Jung-youl, president of Corea Culinary Officer Occupational Training College. “Have you tried the sandwich at Pret-a-Manger, fresh and delicious,” Lee also asked during an interview with The Korea Times. The lunchbox at Nobu Matsuhisa’...
It's kimchi season
Two leading Korean chefs share their kimchi-making recipe.
K-beauty sector cautiously optimistic on trade with China
Since Korea’s installation of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in July, the nation’s relationship with China has been tense. In particular, trade between the two nations has stalled as China banned various consumer goods and services from Korea, such as cosmetics and entertainment and halted group tours here. But a few recent signs have made both Chinese con...
No silver lining for Koreans' silver years
Around lunchtime, especially at or near subway stations in Seoul, Korea, people can often see elderly women hand out leaflets promoting businesses. It’s a challenge to get passersby to accept those leaflets, but Cho Sook-ja, who distributes them near Seoul City Hall, is not discouraged by people’s responses. “It’s a job. I have to make a living,” said Cho, 61, Tuesday. “You c...
Monsta X back home with 5th mini-album 'Code'
Monsta X, back from their first world tour, has released their fifth mini-album titled “The Code.”The seven members _ Kihyun, Wonho, Shownu, Jooheon, Minhyuk, Hyungwon and I.M _ were picked via a survival audition program produced by Starship Entertainment and Mnet.