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The Nature Republic cosmetics store in the Myeong-dong shopping district in downtown Seoul has been an obligatory stop for Japanese women visiting Korea, but no longer. Until last summer, the place was crawling with Japanese tourists, but now most customers are Chinese.
The main culprit is the weak Japanese yen. According to the Korea Tourism Organization, the number of Japanese tourists in Korea stood at around 300,000 in September last year but dropped to 220,000 in December.
In contrast, the number of Korean tourists heading to Japan, which had plunged 32 percent in 2011 on-year just after the Tohoku earthquake, rose 21 percent at the end of 2012.
This trend is not restricted to tourism. The weak yen is affecting the financial, retail, manufacturing and hotel industries here as well
ROTTINI Debut Concert: Hero of Voice
Seoul Arts Center*
Four of Korea's top opera singers, Park Ji-min, Joseph Lim, Lim Chang-ham and Aldo Heo, have come together in a group called Rottini. Rottini has successfully reached out to the international audience, and took first place at the New York Opera Competition. Tickets cost 40,000 to 100,000 won. For more information, call (02) 580-1300 or visit 222.sac.or.kr/eng.
National Museum of Korea
Through Oct. 28
Maya 2012 focuses on the life and death of the Mayans. The exhibition is organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Mexico, and Korea and Guatemala
SM Entertainment has just released the highlight clips from the previous ‘SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Seoul‘ which was held at the main Sports Complex in Seoul on August 18th, 2012!
Gathering 40,000 audience members, the SM artists showed that they had prepared meticulously for their fans from all around the world, with explosive performances and special collaborations from Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, The Grace, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x), EXO, Zhang Li Yin, etc. Now, fans who didn’t catch them live can get a peek at the action.
Check out the highlighted clips below!
Slam your I<3 SNSD shirts on as SMTown is coming to a town near you!!!!!….Atleast thats true for Thailand Sones!! You didnt misread! Scheduled on November 25th of 2012, SMTown will bring down chants and joys as they plan to hold the next SMTown Wold Tour III at Bangkok,Thailand! Start saving monies for a trip to the hospital as you will chant till your voice become destroyed!
Meanwhile, SMTown has just finished their concert at Seoul and is heading to Jakarta, Indonesia on September 22nd, before Thailand!
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Girls' Generation perform during the SM Town World Tour III in Seoul at Jamsil Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
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The task that TVXQ has in front of them is to come back to the audience, with a new outlook and music.
"SMTOWN Live World Tour 3" was incredibly successful, with fans from over 30 countries gathering to attend the Seoul performance. The 40,000 seats were all packed with fans there to see top stars like BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls Generation, SHiNee, f(x), and EXO.
On the third floor, the seats were divided for fan clubs and it was easy to see that TVXQ's popularity had not diminished much. They hadn't appeared in very many performances in Korea, mostly performing in Hallyu concerts in Japan. Fans were incredibly excited to see TVXQ, whom they hadn't seen that often on stages in Korea and every time TVXQ appeared on screen, the fans erupted in cheers
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On Saturday, August 18, the "SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Seoul" kicked off at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. The world tour began back in May, earlier this year, in LA then moved on to Tokyo and Taipei. The SM artists returned to the heart of K-Pop to perform in front of 40,000 fans.
The timing of this year's "SMTOWN Live World Tour" has a special meaning. Although the world tour was previously held in 2008 and 2010, K-Pop has never been this hot internationally. The slogan for the "SMTOWN Live World Tour" is "A Global Music Festival to Unite the World with SM's Music."
The opening ceremony of the concert in Seoul was unlike any other concert opening ceremonies
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Yesterday afternoon, a new nation that was never on the map before was newly created at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium. The citizens of this new nation consisted of approximately 40,000 fans with various cultural backgrounds who gathered together for "SM Music".
The SM ceremony that took place on the 18th of August resembled the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Fans from nations like Spain, Brunei, Kazakhstan, Poland as well as 26 others gathered in Seoul to show support for the artists of SM Entertainment. The representatives of each country entered the gymnasium at the beginning of the concert while holding the flags of their country
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At the finale of the "SMTOWN Live Concert," the SM Entertainment celebrities stated, "We will forever become together as one with all of you" and revealed their tears while expressing their gratitude towards all the fans who attended the concert to show their support.
Yesterday afternoon, fans from 30 different nations gathered together at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium to watch their favorite SM celebrities perform at the "SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Seoul."
"Gam-sa-hap-ni-da. Thank you. Arigato. Xie xie. Kob ku krab...."
The shining stars of SM Entertainment expressed their thanks by saying thank you in 5 different languages and concluded the 5-hour-long concert
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Starting with the group H.O.T that swept away China in 1990s to BoA who gained huge popularity in Japan, TVXQ that conquered Asia, and Super Junior and Girls' Generation that even went out to Europe, SM Entertainment is the head runner of the K-POP wave.
'SM TOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III in Seoul' held today was an event that proved this.
SM even involved a proclamation that declared that music makes the world one. Fans from all over the world, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong, walked the parade with SM Town artists.
TVXQ's member Yunho and Changmin raised the 'SMTOWN' flag, and H.O.T's past member Kangta and BoA read the SMTOWN declaration