Four Korean sailors were released last Saturday after more than a year and a half after being abducted by Somali pirates, the Chosun Ilbo reported.
The crew of a Singaporean-registered chemical tanker, MT Gemini, consisting of four Korean members, were released after 582 days after they were kidnapped in April 2011. AFP reported that the release occurred after an agreement was reached between the pirates and the ship’s owner for an undisclosed sum of money.
Upon his release, captain Park Hyun-yeol held a press interview and shared the nightmarish experience. Continue Reading »
Interview with Hollywood actress Sandra Oh
Sandra spoke of her love for Korea as a Korean-Canadian and her hopes to one day star in a Korean movie. She also talked about the inside stories behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and how she was cast into the show.
“If I am to be cast in a Korean movie, I will be happy to take any role. I will study Korean, and if I don’t have any lines, I can act with just my facial expressions. I’ve always wanted to attend the Busan Film Festival, but I was always caught up with work. I want to attend the festival with a piece I star in.”
Somali pirates holding S. Korean hostages demand release of captured pirates
Somali pirates holding four South Koreans in a hijacked chemical tanker are demanding that Seoul pay ransom for the hostages and release five pirates captured during a January raid of a seized Korean freighter, an official said Friday.
The four South Koreans are among 25 crew members of the Singapore-registered 21,000-ton MT Gemini that was hijacked on April 30 in waters off Kenya. The seizure came about three months after South Korean naval commandos raided a Korean-owned freighter on Jan. 21 and rescued all 21 crew members.
N.Korean Defectors Flock to U.K.
Some 581 North Korean defectors have been given asylum in the United Kingdom, making them the largest group of all defectors in countries other than South Korea.
Korean young guns impress at British Open
AFP via Google
South Korean young guns Noh Seung-Yul and Hwang Jung-Gon led the Asian charge at the British Open on Thursday, signaling their talent with sub-par rounds at Royal St George’s.
Where in The World is Daniel Henney?
Daniel Henney recently wrapped shooting on the buddy flick with Bill Paxton tentatively titled “Americatown” and apologized to fans for not being online lately.
I know it’s been FOREVER since I’ve chimed in. My apologies. We’ve been in China for 1.5 months now shooting this film, and it’s been incredibly difficult to get online. Anyway, I’m back now, and will update you with some pics very soon…Pics from my last 1.5 months spent in China.
SUNY Gets OK for Campus in Songdo
The Wall Street Journal
Soon South Korean students seeking a U.S. diploma might be able to do so without even getting a stamp in their passports.
The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that it has given final approval to Stony Brook University — or the State University of New York at Stony Brook — to open a campus in Songdo, the newly established international business district near Incheon International Airport.
Koreans turn to dog soup to beat the heat
Reuters via ABC News (Australia)
Thursday was not a good day to be a dog in South Korea. That’s because it was one of the three hottest days according to the Korean lunar calendar – and dog soup is one way to beat the heat.
On “Chobok,” people seeking to protect the body from overheating eat traditional healthy foods such as ginseng chicken soup, broiled eel and “bo-shin-tang,” literally “body preservation stew”.
Dogs are bred to be eaten in South Korea, and advocates say bo-shin-tang, which consists of dog meat boiled in a mix of hot and strong spices and vegetables, is good for the health. It is considered a delicacy by some.
Korean BBQ Trivia + Forage’s Soy and Coca-Cola Flank Steak Recipe
If you’ve ever wondered if Korean households have dining tables with built in bbq holes, like the ones at Korean bbq restaurants, the answer is “no”. The historical antecedent for modern restaurant tables are traditional Korean kitchens with round stoves (agungi) that were fueled by wood or large cylindrical charcoal briquets. If you clicked on the link, you probably figured out why Korean bbq pans are dome shaped, rather than square or rectangular.
FC Barcelona signs Korean teen for five years
A Korean teenager has signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona’s youth team, his father revealed Wednesday.
Play Canceled on Account of Suicide Threat
The Korea Times
A nude play has been forced to cancel its performance on July 14 by a male member of the public.
The man threatened to commit suicide if “The Professor and the Female Student 2” goes on stage on that date. He claimed that star actress Um Da-hae, 30, who plays the female student, is “his woman.”
Korean gangsters invade Manila
The Manila Times
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) was warned Monday against the entry into the country of Korean criminal syndicates that wanted to establish their illegal network in the country.