source: suehan's blog Chosun Ilgo 2011-02-01 23:50 Hallyu star Bae Yong Joon said that it was groundless rumor regarding the rumor of the management crisis of the high-class Korean restaurant, “Gosireh” which Bae Yong Joon opened at Minatogu Shirogane in Tokyo, Japan in August of 2006. In the afternoon of February 1st, CEO Yang Geun Hwan of Keyeast, Bae Yong Joon’s agency, had a telephone conversation with this company and explained, “We decided to close it temporarily to improve the old equipment of the restaurant. Reports saying we closed it because of a management crisis are false.” CEO Yang also said, “The lease contract will end in March of this year. We’re still considering whether we should move to a better commercial zone or stay here. It seems like we need to finish the contract first and then think about remodeling and repairing the facilities.” On the rumor regarding employees being laid-off, he said, “As far as I know, because we can’t continue business for a while, we are giving lay-off notices to some employees including part-time workers. We are finding agreements with both sides regarding the matter. CEO Yang emphasized that “Except the main store, the 2nd and 3rd store are doing well and we plan to decide about the lease of the main store and start construction to open the store once again.” Before, a monthly magazine reported that “It seems like the reason for the closing of “Gosireh” coming in February is because of management deterioration.” Until recently, Bae Yong Joon was hospitalized due to a ruptured cervical disc, but he is resting now while receiving physical treatment as an out-patient. http://news.nate.com/view/20110201n21780
source: suehan's blog Kang Myung Seok; 2011.01.27 15:44 Bae Yong Joon Bae Yong Joon: “At one point, I thought my life was full and beyond my capacity. But now, I’m grateful for that role. If I must do it, then I want to do it the best of my capabilities. Of course, someday, my life may feel full once again.” – Bae Yong Joon, at the interview with “Yonhap News” Lots of strength, lots of responsibility. It is the life of a man to carry those two qualities. Kim Jae Yeop:The owner of the acting institute where Bae Yong Joon used to attend. According to him, Bae Yong Joon was very sincere and constantly prepared to become an actor. When Bae Yong Joon was a teenager, he decided to become an actor to quickly make money during his family’s financial troubles. He had a reserved personality and enjoyed assembling and disassembling toys alone rather than playing with his friends. But, he started to play with his friends and sports while learning Hapkido when he was in junior high and high school. The elders around him worried about him changing, but they thought that “It isn’t best to follow the path that is recommended to him by their experiences.” Bae Yong Joon jumped at an acting job after he graduated high school. Kwon O Joong:An actor who went to the acting institute with Bae Yong Joon. He was part of the staff at the filming location of the movie, “The Girl for Love and The One for Marriage”. After he appeared as an extra in “Pilgu”, he was recognized and received free acting lessons at the acting institute. He met Kwon O Joong at that time. He learned Kungfu from Kwon O Joong and débuted in KBS’s “Salute D’Amour” At that time, Bae Yong Joon decided to make “Be like a convenient store” as his personal motto. Because, after experiencing situations at many filming locations, he wanted to be an actor who could present anything that the directors wanted.”
For those looking for a travel book with content divided by region, “Korean Journeys: Heartland of Culture and History” is the perfect guide.
Stuck with no plans for next week’s Lunar New Year holiday? Two recently published travel books offer insights on Korean getaways that are both well-traveled and off the beaten path.
“A Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty” has been a hot seller due to a record number of foreign tourists exploring Korea’s history and natural beauty.
This book stands out because it is a first-person account by one of Asia’s most famous actors, Bae Yong-joon.
The strongest point of “A Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty” is its honest portrayal of the subject matter. Bae explores his country in search of its “beauty.”
However, the book can hardly be considered a “deep” look into the country. He focuses on kimchi-making, hanbok, temple stays, tea, pottery, Hangul, museums, hanok and other well-known aspects of Korea. Nevertheless, the book’s plain table of contents is given some life simply because it is from Bae’s perspective.
The book is divided into six parts: “Staying,” “Leaving,” “Letting go,” “Contemplating,” “Returning,” and “Leaving, Once Again.” (Yes, there two “Leaving” sections). It also includes useful routes and maps at the end of the book.
Fans of the actor will be delighted to see his pictures of scenic places in Korea. But they will be even happier to sort through dozens of photos of Bae in action: trying local food, learning to make pottery and drinking tea with a monk.
Fans of Bae will love this book, but those not interested in his point of view will not find it of any value.
For those looking for a more comprehensive travel book with content divided by region, the Korea Foundation’s “Korean Journeys: Heartland of Culture and History” is the perfect guide.
Whereas most travel books on Korea struggle to get to the point, “Korean Journeys” demonstrates the beauty of the country through photographs.
The book’s understated photography paints an honest portrayal of the content covered – unlike most travel books that utilize stunning photographs, which often misrepresent a location’s character.
The content is divided into five regions: Seoul, Central and Western Regions, Southwestern Regions, Southeastern Regions, and Gangwon. Each category is further broken down by city and the historical background of locations.
The book introduces Seoul’s ancient city wall, describing the 600-year history starting from the Joseon Dynasty through to the Japanese colonization period.
“Korean Journeys” focuses on lesser-known destinations for foreign tourists such as Jinan, North Jeolla. Jinan is characterized by its striking rock formations, numerous temples and its role as a focal point of Korea.
A Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty Author: Bae Yong-joon Genre: Travel Publisher: Hollym
Korean Journeys: Heartland of Culture and History Author: Lee Kyong-hee Genre: Travel Publisher: The Korea Foundation
Original in Korean: Song Min Yong Date/time: 2011.01.29 14:27 Translated into English: suehan
I thought this part-time job was going to be high-class work because my job was to wrap the wine.
I still had fun, even though it ended up being hard labor.
My co-workers and employees of the company were nice.
source: suehan's blog asia economic 2011-01-29 12:40 An Audi will be used as PPL (Product Placement, indirect advertisement) in “Dream High” and Bae Yong Joon will be driving it . Currently, the production company of “Dream High” and Audi Korea are discussing which model Bae Yong Joon will be driving. source:http://news.nate.com/view/20110129n04271
source: suehan's blog Yonhap News 2011-01-28 18:01
[photo]Hot packs sent by Bae Yong Joon’s Japanese fan
It is known that KBS 2TV’s Mon-Tue drama “Dream High”, which keeps the ratings up with Goyang City’s official support, is receiving lots of attention in Japan and it has become a topic. On the 26th, Kobayashi Kazyo (female, 21 years old) who resides in Kyoto, Japan sent mail and 240 hot packs that attaches to the clothing for the casts and staff. She said that she read the article on the internet saying, “The Dream High filming set is so cold and Choi Seong, the mayor of city of Goyang, supported the heating equipments.”.