G.O and Mir from MBlaq form duo

G.O and Mir from MBlaq form duo

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G.O and Mir from MBlaq form duo

G.O and Mir from MBLAQ have formed a subunit duo just in time for the band's first Asian tour.A teaser image for the temporary collaboration was made public yesterday.In the picture promoting the duo's new single "Wild", the two are seen standing dressed in suits, facing each other with solemn expressions.The single, which was released at midnight, is a melodic combination of funk, groove and hip-hop.G.O and Mir took part in writing the lyrics, which tell the story of a confident, cocky man."We wanted to emphasize the sexiness that comes from a confident male", G.O said.The two will perform the song live while on the "Blaq% Tour", which kicks off on Saturday in Indonesia.The concert derives its name from the band's newly released fourth EP "Blaq% Ver". The group will also make stops in Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan. "It's been our dream since our debut to tour Asia, so needless to say, we are thrilled", band leader Seungho said.By Carla Sunwoo

A magazine aims at the obsessed

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A magazine aims at the obsessed

Won Jong-un, editor of the magazine Deokjideokji, smiles in front of a cafe in Jongno District, central Seoul. The first issue of her magazine is ready and will be available beginning this month. By Hong Sang-ji . ... Read more

Kaesong items prove a hit in Seoul

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Kaesong items prove a hit in Seoul
Despite the fact that personal exchanges between North and South Koreans are rare, products made by North Korean laborers can easily be found here in the capital area.Kaesong Joint Industrial Complex Cooperatives, which sells men”s clothing and textiles produced at industrial facilities in the North, opened a branch June 17 in Jongno District, central Seoul, with donations from 12 companies, at the inter-Korean venture park. ... Read more

Fancy smartphones losing appeal

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Fancy smartphones losing appeal

Purchasing a premium smartphone used to be a no-brainer for Korean consumers, who benefitted from the hefty subsidies telecom companies provided to lure new users. In 2012, sales of high-end smartphones costing more than 800,000 won ($713) accounted for 96 percent of the 10 best-selling devices, according to Digieco, KT”s economic research institute. But the days when consumers could freely choose a top-of-the-line device are long gone, following a government regulation limiting subsidies to 330,000 won. The regulation caused people to shy away from expensive phones, creating a sharp decline in the premium market. . ... Read more

4 Adventurous Travelers Become Korean Air Poster Boys

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4 Adventurous Travelers Become Korean Air Poster Boys
From left, Seol Young-hyeong, Seo Yang-soo, Jeong Jun-oh and Choi Jin-taek Four adventurous men have become unlikely poster boys for a Korean Air campaign promoting travel to Russia.The four — Seo Yang-soo (33), Jeong Jun-oh (32), Choi Jin-taek (34) and Seol Young-hyeong (35) — made a habit of applying for cheap group trips abroad when they were at university. ... Read more

Stone Amitabha Buddha of Gamsansa Temple

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Stone Amitabha Buddha of Gamsansa Temple
Located in Wolseong County, North Gyeongsang, Gamsansa Temple was built in 719 by a dedicated Silla Buddhist named Kim Ji-sung to bring peace to the spirits of his deceased parents, as well as protect the king and royal family. ... Read more