Monday, December 10, 2012

"Korea’s Biggest Shopping Festival, “Korea Grand Sale 2013” " plus 24 more

"Korea’s Biggest Shopping Festival, “Korea Grand Sale 2013” " plus 24 more


Korea’s Biggest Shopping Festival, “Korea Grand Sale 2013”

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST

 - 85 companies and24,700 stores participating -- offering up to 70% discounts
- Weekly themed events of fashion, beauty, along with K-POP concerts


Korea's biggest shopping festival, "Korea Grand Sale 2013," will take place in major Korean tourist attractions in Seoul, Busan, and Jeju Island from January 11 to February 28, 2013.

In the Korea Grand Sale 2013, 85 companies and 24,700 stores such as department stores, duty-free stores, hotels, major retail outlets, convenience stores, and performances will participate. The festival, the largest scale in its history, will provide foreign tourists various shopping benefits including 70~10% discounts. 

To differentiate itself from the shopping festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore and other foreign countries, the Korea Grand Sale 2013 will start with an opening event in Myeong-dong on January 11 featuring the world raging K-POP stars of today. During the festival period, the event center in Myeong-dong will hold various events with themes of fashion, beauty and food allowing foreign tourists to be able to enjoy shopping as well as the fashion, traditional food and culture of Korea.

Also during the festival, foreigners will be able to utilize different shuttle buses ensuring convenient transportation. A nationwide circle line pay-bus for foreigners only, K-shuttle, will be operated with two courses: southwest course (Seoul→Buyeo→Jeonju→Yeosu→Suncheon→Busan→Seoul) and southeast course (Seoul→Pyeongchang→Gangneung→Wonju→Andong→Gyeongju→Busan→Seoul). There will also be a free shuttle buses; the Gyeonggi Shuttle Bus will circle major tourist attractions in Gyeonggi-do from Seoul and the Gangbuk-Gangnam Shuttle Bus will circle Gangbuk (Itaewon, Myeong-dong, Dongdaemun) and Gangnam (Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil, Apgujeong-dong Rodeo Street).

Another event to take notice is the Pre-Korea Grand Salewhere several participating stores including Galleria Luxury Hall, Doota, Yeoju & Paju Premium Outlets Lotte Department Store, Hyundai Department Store, and duty-free shops of Lotte, Shilla, Walkerhill, and the Korea Tourism Organization will offer discounts between mid November and late December prior to the main festival.

The festival will also offer "One More Night Promotion" where foreign tourists staying more than 2~4 nights can get one free night in fifty top-class hotels across the nation. The participating hotels will offer additional various events for customers such as restaurant discount and free tickets for amenities during the festival.

According to Katie Han, Executive Director of the Visit Korea Committee, Korea Grand Sale 2013 will be a more colorful, richer festival than previous occasions because foreign tourists can experience Hallyu culture contents along with shopping. "We will have a wider variety of promotions and marketing so that the Korea Grand Sale becomes Korea's own, truly distinct festival," she added.

Please refer to the official website (www.koreagrandsale.co.kr) of Korea Grand Sale 2013 for further information.




Psy Nominated for Three Titles of 2012 WMA

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 06:55 AM PST


World-famous singer-rapper Psy was nominated for three titles - best song, best video, best male artist - at the 2012 World Music Awards (WMA) for his hit "Gangnam Style."

According to the WMA's official website on Friday, in the best video category at the 2012 WMA, on top of Gangnam Style, the music video for "Oppa You're My Style," a sequel to "Gangnam Style", was also listed as a candidate.

Psy was not the only Korean nominated this year. Lee Hi and Ailee were selected as awards candidates in the best song category while Big Bang, Girls' Generation, Super Junior and Wonder Girls have been selected for the best group category.

HyunA, a member of K-pop girl group 4Minute who appeared in Psy's "Gangnam Style" video series, was nominated for best female artist.

WMA officials will decide the final awardees based on worldwide sales figures provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and a poll of internet users. The international awards show annually honors artists since 1989. This year's awarding show is scheduled to be held in Marines Park in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 20 (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

Meanwhile, U.S. music magazine Rolling Stone opined on its website on Dec. 6 that it was surprising Psy had not been nominated for the 55th Grammy Awards to be held next February. In an article under the title "2013 Nominations: Five surprises", the magazine expressed surpirse that Psy, who caused a sensation on YouTube with Gangnam Style, was not nominated in any category of Grammy Awards.


Source: KBS

Kwon Sang Woo’s family trip photos revealed

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 06:30 AM PST


Photos from actor Kwon Sang Woo's family trip was revealed.

On December 5, actress Son Tae Young updated her Facebook with photos of her husband Kwon Sang Woo and their son Luke at an amusement park.

In the photots, Kwon Sang Woo has his son in his arms and is standing next to a rabbit in a mask. Son Tae Young is hugging a duck character and smiling brightly in another picture. The couple's happiness could be seen through their bright smiles.

Netizens commented, "They look so happy", "Kwon Sang Woo's arms are still looking amazing", "The hottest family ever" and "Their son is so cute."

Psy’s Anti-American rant returns to haunt him

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 06:05 AM PST


Psy has apologized after U.S. media dug up footage from performances in 2002 and 2004 where the rapper expressed forceful opposition to the U.S. military.

U.S. online news service Mediaite said Psy "got into some trouble" after footage surfaced that shows him smashing a miniature model of a U.S. tank during a protest in 2002 after two U.S. soldiers were acquitted after running over two Korean school girls in an armored vehicle.

And in 2004, Psy went on stage during a concert by fellow avant-garde singer Shin Hae Chul and rapped about "slowly and painfully" killing U.S. soldiers and their families as part of a protest against Korean troop support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Mediaite carried English translations of Psy's lyrics, which soon went viral along with clips of the performances posted on YouTube.

Psy, who is in the U.S., was quick to issue a "heartfelt apology."

"I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world," Psy said. He explained that the song from eight years ago "was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time."

He added, "While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words."



Source: Chosun Ilbo

UEE appointed as UNICEF’s Santa Campaign ambassador

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 05:40 AM PST


After School's UEE has been appointed as the honorary ambassador for UNICEF's Christmas project, 'Santa Campaign'.

On December 10, The Korean Committee for UNICEF stated, "UNICEF promotes a society where healthy people like UEE helps poor children all over the world. Despite her busy schedule, she actively making donations and doing voluntary work so she would make a perfect representative for the Santa Campaign."

UEE stated, "I wanted to share the the love that I received from the public. I'm very happy to participate in the campaign and I hope people will become Santa that helps little kids who need your support."

Lizzy reveals her secret to sexy body

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 05:20 AM PST


Lizzy recently revealed the secret to her sexy body.

Orange Caramel's Lizzy appeared on SBS E!'s 'Seo In Young's Star Beauty Show' and revealed that she eats late at night to maintain a slim figure.

On a variety show, Lizzy stated that she has a better body than fellow member UEE. When asked about the reason, she explained, "UEE recently lost her weight, so she doesn't look voluptuous anymore, but I ate something late at night and gained some weight. I compared myself to her because because I wanted to let people know about it."

Lizzy continued, "But now I don't eat late night food anymore to maintain a slim figure. I eat low-calorie food only and exercise a lot."

Brown Eyed Soul signs with Japan’s Avex and will release album next year

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 04:55 AM PST


It was belatedly revealed that Brown Eyed Soul had signed with major Japanese label for its plan on making a Japanese debut next year.

On December 10, their agency Santa Music revealed that the 4-member group signed a contract with well-known Japanese management Avex Entertainment last month. Avex is well known as the home to many top Korean singers like TVXQ, BoA, SS501's Kim Hyung Jun and more.

The agency also added that Brown Eyed Soul would soon make its debut in the Japanese music market. An official stated, "There's nothing set in stone, but Brown Eyed Soul will release an album in Japan."

Adorable IU waves at her fans

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 04:35 AM PST


Singer IU showed off her adorable charm.

An online community posted a picture with the caption, "Just now, IU said hello in a kkal kkalyi."

In the picture, IU is sitting in the front passenger side of the car she finished her 'Inkigayo' recording last week. She is smiling adorably and waving to her fans. Especially, IU drew attention for wearing kkal kkalyi, a padded winter jacket worn mostly by Korean soldiers.

Netizens commented, "She is cute," "Even IU wears that jacket?" "I wonder who gave her that jacket" and more.

Ailee reveals her new style

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 04:10 AM PST


Singer Ailee showed a different image of herself on her latest selca.

On December 9th, Ailee posted on her Twitter, "Changed my hair color!", and attached a new photo of herself, revealing her new style.

In the photo, Ailee is sporting a blonde, wavy hair matched with her unique style of makeup and skyblue-colored contacts. Especially, her flawless and milky white skin is getting much attention, giving her a doll-like appearance.

Netizens commented, "I think she got sexier," "I wonder why she changed it" and "It's a fresh look!"

SHINee holds successful concert in Singapore

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 03:40 AM PST


SHINee ended its concert in Singapore with great success last weekend!

On December 8, the group held its 'SHINee Concert SHINee World Ⅱ' in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Even before the concert started, the group showed their immense popularity overseas being welcomed by thousands of fans and media.

At the concert, SHINee performed a total of 29 songs including their hits "Love Like Oxygen", "Ring Ding Dong" and "Sherlock", as well as other tracks of the albums. The also got an explosive response from the audiences with each member's unit stages.

The fans cheerfully sang along to the Korean lyrics and even shouted the official fan chants. They also prepared a special event for members Minho and Onew, who both have their birthdays in December.

C-REAL releases second teaser image

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 03:20 AM PST


Girl group C-CREAL continues to tease fans with another mysterious teaser image, hinting for a possible comeback.

On December 10th, C-CREAL's agency, NAP Entertainment posted the above picture to their official Twitter account with the captions, "씨리얼 (C-REAL) … 레니 (Lenny) … 레디 (Re Dee) … ?" The new photo added an image of member Re Dee, leaving the remaining space for other members.

C-REAL made their impressive debut back in 2011 with "No No No No No." The girls returned earlier this with "JOMA JOMA" and ballad track, "Sorry But I", displaying their effortlessly beautiful voices.

‘Girls’ Generation II ~Girls & Peace~’ certified ‘Platinum’ by RIAJ

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:55 AM PST


On December 10th, Girls' Generation's second Japanese album, "Girls' Generation II ~Girls & Peace~", was certified "Platinum" by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

"Girls' Generation II ~Girls & Peace" was released on November 28th and earned the "Platinum" certification by shipping over 250,000 albums. In its first week of release, the album ranked third on Oricon's Weekly Album Chart and remains in the top ten on Oricon's Daily Album Chart.

Earlier this year, Girls' Generation's first Japanese album was also certified by the RIAJ for shipping over one million albums.

Meanwhile, Girls' Generation will be starting their second arena tour in Japan in February of 2013.


Source: Soshified

Loen reveals Lee Seung Gi’s ‘Ask in a Box’ interview

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:35 AM PST


Singer and actor Lee Seung Gi became the next artist to be featured on Loen Entertainment's 'Ask in a Box'.

On December 10th, Lee Seun Gi was featured on 'Ask in a Box', where he talked about his latest mini-album 'Forest', his title song "Return", concept and other behind the scene events.

Lee Seung Gi's "Return" was worked on by Epitone Project and features addictive melody with the lyrics about the story of a man who wants to return to the past.

Check out the clip below!

Apink's Eunji,"Marry Seo In Guk? I'm looking for a new partner

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:33 AM PST




Reply 1997's couple Seo In Guk and Apink's Eunji once again proved their popularity.

On December 9th at Daejeon city, South Korea, at "K-Drama Star Awards", Seo In Guk and Apink's Eunji won Best Couple Award, Best OST Award and Best Newcomer Award, proving their enormous popularity.

When Eunji received the award, she was asked whether she was willing to marry Seo In Guk, she replied," I'm married to him in the drama, even have kids so now I would like to look for another partner"


Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Hwayobi sings for ‘My Love, Madame Butterfly’ OST

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:12 AM PST


The R&B songstress Hwayobi has lent her vocals to the soundtrack for SBS weekend drama, 'My Love, Madame Butterfly'.

On December 10th, Hwayobi released her latest single "Only You", which serves as the theme song of the drama. The song was composed by Kim Won and features Hwayobi'sentimental voice.

Listen to the track below:

Who are Sistar' Bora and Dasom ideal types?

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 01:06 AM PST



Sistar' Bora and Dasom had difficulties in selecting their ideal types.

The broadcast of KBS's "Entertainment Weekly" on December 8th, Sistar' Bora and Dasom participated in the selection of "Ideal type World Cup", all the candidates are  popular male artists such as Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Seung Gi, Song Joong Ki, Kang Dong Won and Wonbin.

Bora and Dasom couldn't choose their ideal types so they decided to play rock-paper-scissors. But in the end they all chose all the three actors: Song Joong Ki, Kang Dong Won and Wonbin as their ideal types, bringing much laughter on the set.


Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

BEAST's Yoseob gets his small head verified on '‘Gag Concert’

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 12:30 AM PST



BEAST's member Yang Yoseob has his small head verified.

On KBS 2TV's 'Gag Concert' aired on the 8th, Yang Yoseob made a surprise appearance in the 'Discovery of Life' corner.

When Yoseob appeared, he put Song Jun Geun ad Shin Bora into embarrassment with his famous small-head terminator.

Shin Bora compared Yang Yoseob and Song Jun Geun's head size and  said, "Your (JunGeun) head exceeds Yoseob's by four times". Song Jun Geun then retaliate while pulling Shin Bora's head close to Yang Yoseob's and said, "Yours is bigger than him too. So the one who is abnormal is him", attempting to rationale with her remarks.


Source: BEASTportugal


Kid G-Dragon received a kiss from his "boyfriend"?

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 11:30 PM PST


On December 8, G-Dragon (Big Bang) shared an old photo of himself on Twitter with a message: "Bbuing bbuing".

In the photo, he poses coolly to the camera while receiving a kiss from his 'boyfriend' ?? 

Netizens' reactions to this photo, "so cute since your baby time", "Your cool face started from a very young age", "The right one is TOP", ....


Source: GD's twitter
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Gaon Chart releases rankings for the month of November 2012

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:55 PM PST


Gaon Chart is the national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts.

[Rankings for the month of November 2012 (November 1st - November 30th)]


Digital Singles Chart

1. Lee Hi : "1,2,3,4" : 132,391,547 Points

2. Geeks ft. Soyou : "Officially Missing You" : 113,474,200 Points

3. Ailee : "I'll Show You" : 85,381,580 Points

4. Noel : "Things I Couldn't Say" : 83,771,185 Points

5. Primary ft. Zion T : "?" : 83,638,638 Points

6. Lee Seung Gi : "Return" : 78,680,108 Points

7. K. Will : "Please Don't…" : 74,476,011 Points

8. Byul : "So Cute" : 67,728,063 Points

9. Roy Kim and Jung Joon Young : "Becoming Dust" : 66,068,596 Points

10. miss A : "I Don't Need A Man" : 62,483,901 Points

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Physical Album Chart

1. INFINITE's Sunggyu : "Another Me" : 62,958 Albums

2. TVXQ : "Humanoids" : 57,598 Albums

3. B1A4 : "In The Wind" : 47,559 Albums

4. B2ST's Yang Yoseob : "The First Collage" : 36,240 Albums

5. Boyfriend : "Janus" : 25,687 Albums

6. Lee Seung Gi : "Forest" : 18,666 Albums

7. Block B : "1st album Blockbuster" : 13,530 Albums

8. Park Jung Min : "Beautiful" : 9,623 Albums

9. TVXQ : "Catch Me" : 8,131 Albums

10. G-Dragon : "One Of A Kind" : 6,399 Albums


< Last Month (October) ranking

miss A’s Min is excited for Christmas

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:35 PM PST


miss A's Min is getting excited for the upcoming Christmas holiday!

On December 8th, Min posted on her Twitter, "Christmas is coming. Any plans? Let's smile!", and attached a set of selca.

In the photo, Min sports short hair style and smoky makeup while looking at the camera with a cute facial expression. Especially, her breathtaking figure impressed the public.

Netizens commented, "I was so surprised by her body shape", "How lovely", "I don't have any plan so far" and "I wonder what miss A are doing."


Source: StarN News

B.A.P, Psy, Lee Byung Hun & Super Junior to be featured in Discovery Channel documentary

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:10 PM PST


Hallyu stars will be introduced on a documentary of The Discovery Channel.

On December 10th, B.A.P's agency, TS Entertainment, revealed that B.A.P along with Super Junior, Psy and actor Lee Byung Hun, will be featured in an upcoming Discovery Channel documentary which will broadcast on December 15th and 16th from all over the world.

Titled "Korea Next", the documentary is a five-part series which will include 30-minute segments on K-pop, nature, traditional culture, religion and the IT (information technology) industry to further introduce Korea today to the world.

TS Entertainment also stated that along with their success from their debut and high rankings on various music charts, they expect B.A.P's popularity to become further solidified through their position in this documentary.


Source: StarN news

Seo In Guk and A Pink’s Eunji win triple crown at ‘K-Drama Star Awards’

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:45 PM PST


The 'Reply 1997' couple, Seo In Guk and A Pink's Jung Eunji each won three awards at the recent '2012 K-Drama Star Awards' that took place at the Daejeon Convention Center on December 8th.

Seo In Guk and Eunji both took home the 'Rising Star Award', 'Best OST Award' and 'Best Couple Award', further proving their unchanged popularity despite.

Previously, the two casted in tvN drama 'Reply 1997' together which went off the air in September. The two grew largely popular and received favorable reviews by playing the roles of Yoon Jae and Si Won with background in Busan of the 90s.

2PM wraps up successful concert in Jakarta

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:29 PM PST


The "beastly idol" 2PM heated up Indonesia with a successful concert in front of 9,000 cheering fans!

2PM held the '2PM Tour 2012 What Time Is It?' concert on December 8 at the Mata Elang International Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. Over 9,000 fans packed stadium and 2PM impressed the fans with their phenomenal performance.

The fans sang along 2PM members during the whole show, and the members ran all over the stage to heat up the atmosphere. And after receiving favorable reviews for their concert in 2011, Indonesian Trans TV decided to air the '2PM Special Program' on December 25.

Meanwhile, 2PM will travel to Taiwan and Macau to perform for their fans once more in the coming days.

‘Architecture 101’ picked as #1 movie that people want to watch again

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST


The 2012's hit romantic movie 'Architecture 101' has been chosen as the #1 movie that people want to watch again.

The 'Korean Film Council' recently ran a survey on Twitter, and the movie was chosen for the #1 spot. The was released in March, and received much attention with star studded cast including Um Tae Woong, Han Ga In, Lee Je Hoon, Suzy, and Cho Jung Seok.

Especially, Suzy and Lee Je Hoon met their golden age after casting in the movie, and Cho Jung Seok also became one of the hottest actors in Korea.


Source: StarN News

Dal Shabet makes kimchi for the needy

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 08:40 PM PST


Girl group Dal Shabet participated in making kimchi in an 'Kimchi for Poor Neighbors' event which took place at the Seocho District Office in Seoul on December 8th.

The event was held as a part of The 1st Youth Dream Project, and it was planned to help those in need by delivering kimchi for the winter. Officials of this event revealed that despite the extremely cold weather, Dal Shabet members did not lose their smiles and were very helpful.

The members commented, "We were very glad to participated in such a meaningful event. We hope the kimchi that we made will become a big energy to many people, and we also hope that everyone will be able to have a great year-end season."