Noel reveals that 10 billion Won were invested in their debut on ‘Come to Play’

Noel reveals that 10 billion Won were invested in their debut on ‘Come to Play’

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Noel reveals that 10 billion Won were invested in their debut on ‘Come to Play’

On the April 23rd broadcast of MBC’s ‘Come to Play‘, Noel revealed many hidden stories behind their debut.

Noel’s Chun Woo Sung confessed, “Compared to the amount invested into our debut, we did not do as well.” Following this statement, fellow member Nah Sung Ho stated, “We received a 10 billion Won investment (~$8.7 million USD) for our debut. At one point during our music career, we drove around in a specially designed car worth 500 million Won (~ $438,127 USD) containing music equipment inside.”

Noel further revealed, “Although it’s been ten years since our debut, we weren’t active for five years. We also only lived together in a dorm for a total of one year and because our debut album didn’t do so well, our company at the time kicked us out of our dormitories.”

Noel’s Kang Kyun Sung stated, “Because we went through these hardships, we became a stronger and more sincere group.”

Sources + Images: Star News via Nate, Mydaily via Naver News

Customers Steer Clear of Troubled New Lotte Mall

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Customers Steer Clear of Troubled New Lotte Mall

Stores in the new Lotte World mall in Jamsil, Seoul are empty on Friday, the 100th day of its opening.

The sprawling halls of the new Lotte World mall in southern Seoul were eerily empty last Friday afternoon, usually peak shopping time for Korea”s avid consumers. One store owner reported a marked drop in the number of customers since late December and says now only 20 to 30 people a day stop by.”Sales have declined by around 70 percent and I wonder if I”ll be able to stay in business”, the owner added.There were no fanfares as the gigantic mall marked its first 100 days in business on Friday. A series of accidents and construction flaws have plagued the new mall, keeping any customers away who are not already deterred by the draconian parking restrictions. . ... Read more

Spring, Sentience, and Sorority in Davichi’s “Hug”

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Spring, Sentience, and Sorority in Davichi’s “Hug”

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One thing utterly unique about Davichi is the fact that both songstresses, Hae-ri and Min-kyung, emit an outstanding warmth in unity with one another. One does not vocally exceed the other, the other does not surpass the one with her beauty. They are one voice, one artist, one “shining light”, inhabiting musicality and creating nostalgia. This solitary splendor is heightened in the duo’s latest mini-album, Hug. What is more epitomizing of unity than a sweet and sisterly hug? . ... Read more

[Spoiler] "Rosy Lovers" Park Sang-won announces breakup to Lee Mi-sook

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[Spoiler] "Rosy Lovers" Park Sang-won announces breakup to Lee Mi-sook

On the 32nd episode of MBC weekend drama, “Rosy Lovers“, Lee Yeong-gook (Park Sang-won) met Jeong Si-nae (Lee Mi-sook) and told her, “I don”t think I will be able to keep the promise with you. So please don”t wait for me”. . ... Read more

Culture Day program set to expand

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Culture Day program set to expand

President Park Geun-hye examines a painting from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) at an exhibition June 25 at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul. Her visit was to promote the government-led Culture Day program. [Blue House Press Corps] . ... Read more

Joseon sites discovered in Jongno

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Joseon sites discovered in Jongno

At the site behind Jonggak Tower in Jongno, central Seoul, archaeologists found alleyways and building sites formed between the early part of the Joseon Dynasty and Japan”s colonial period (1910-45). Provided by the Cultural Heritage Administration . ... Read more