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Reporter : Yoon Ja-young
Thu, July 7, 2022 | 13:33
Pohang residents overwhelmed by 'Hometown Cha Cha Cha' fan visits
Residents of a small seaside village in Pohang say they are suffering from fans of the drama who, in some cases, have even trespassed on residents' properties.
Structural problems drive self-employed into 'Squid Game'
In the hit Netflix series, “Squid Game,” the main character, Seong Gi-hun, joins the fight-to-the-death challenge, driven by the 400 million won he owes, after the failure of his restaurants, a business he started after losing his job at a car manufacturing company. Hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in the economy, many small business owners say they are no different f...
Presidential hopeful offers 100 million won to buy phone number exposed in 'Squid Game'
A presidential hopeful has offered 100 million won ($85,000) to buy the phone number of a man who says he has been bombarded with unwanted calls and messages after it was shown in the hit Netflix series “Squid Game.”
Korean consumers fascinated by expensive, unconventional fruit
Fruits that come with high price tags are flying off the shelves, prompting farmers to switch to these new crops, as they purport to bring higher incomes. According to Shinsegae Department Store, orders for its Chuseok holiday gift box comprising apple mangos and Shine Muscat grapes increased by 27 percent compared with the previous year, surpassing by far the 4.7 percent gro...
Brand name coffee doesn't taste any better than that of small shops: study
Coffee sold at major coffee franchises doesn't necessarily taste any better than that of small independent coffee shops or coffee sold in bulk, a study shows.
Man and dementia patient wife found dead
An 80-year-old man who had been taking care of his wife suffering from dementia for years was found dead with his wife, presumably killed by him.
Regular, stable jobs disappearing amid pandemic
Compared with other developed economies, Korea's job market seems to be faring reasonably despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has a chronic problem of dualism, comprising workplaces where people want to work and the rest which are considered less preferable, and it is becoming even tougher to enter the first-tier job market as those positions are disappearing. Accordin...
Moon only living president to receive monthly pension of 14 million won after retirement
After retirement, President Moon Jae-in will get 13.9 million won ($11,875) a month as a pension. He will be the only living former president of Korea who is allowed to receive the presidential pension, as the other four former presidents who are still alive were deprived of this right after being impeached and removed from office, or jailed.
Policy failure to tame soaring home prices brings social mobility crisis
Every year since his inauguration in 2017, President Moon Jae-in has vowed in his New Year's speech to narrow the income gap between the rich and poor and to provide a chance for low-income households to move up the ladder of socioeconomic mobility. However, the gap has widened drastically due to the government's failure to tame soaring housing prices. Those who listened to t...
Korean diplomats in Beijing apparently avoiding Chinese vaccines
While 97 percent of people in Beijing have received COVID-19 vaccine injections, Korean diplomats in the Chinese capital seem reluctant to receive the shots. More than half of them, including Ambassador Jang Ha-sung, have not been vaccinated yet, leading to speculation that they are shunning Chinese vaccines.
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