South Korea hails return of books looted by France
The Korea Herald
Korea celebrated the return of nearly 300 copies of its ancient royal documents that were looted by French troops 145 years ago with welcome ceremonies and performances in Seoul and Ganghwa Island on Saturday.
The ceremonies came after the final batch of 297 volumes of Uigwe arrived in Seoul from Paris late last month. The books have been shipped back to Seoul in four separate installments since April 14.
Korean pop groups hold first concert in Paris
The Korea Herald
K-pop fans throughout Europe descended upon Paris last Friday and Saturday to attend the first-ever Korean pop music concert in Europe.
Popular acts TVXQ, Girls‘ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and f(x) put on a three-hour performance at Le Zenith de Paris concert hall, singing a total of 44 songs for the fans, who had come from all parts of Europe, including France, Spain, Italy and Poland.
About 100 teenage fans spent the night outside the concert hall on Thursday, while more than 1,000 people crowded outside the hall five hours prior to the start of the show. Even rain was not enough to drive away fans who stood waiting for the concert to start as they sang Korean pop songs and danced to their music.
The Korea Herald reported that only two percent of the audience was Korean, according to promoters.
The Wall Street Journal explored the business side of a potential European expansion for Korean music.
“Thanks to the Cannes Film Festival, many Korean directors, actors, and actresses have found French acclaim can lead to international fame,” said Bernie Cho, chief executive at DFSB Kollective. “Hopefully, Korean bands, singers, and musicians can now follow in their footsteps.”
South Korean University President Dead in Apparent Suicide
The Associated Press
A South Korean university president and former agricultural minister reportedly under a corruption investigation was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide, police said.
Police found the body of Sunchon National University President Lim Sang-gyu along with burned charcoal and a suicide note in a parked car in the southern city of Suncheon, officer Yang Byung-wu said.
Lim apparently killed himself with carbon monoxide gas from the charcoal sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, Yang said.
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