K-TRENDS NEWS 

K-Pop Idols Assist Filipina Influencer in Seoul

A Filipina Influencer, Kristine Roces, also known as Real Asian Beauty, went viral for an unexpected encounter in Korea, where she received assistance from strangers, only to discover that these strangers were none other than K-Pop idols. The incident unfolded when Kristine Roces shared a video on TikTok of her struggling to carry a heavy suitcase up a steep staircase at Hyewa Station in Seoul. While struggling with her suitcase, two men came down the stairs and offered their help to the woman. Many netizens were surprised by this heartwarming…

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K-EVENTS NEWS 

Hongdae: Seoul’s New Halloween Party Hotspot?

As the first anniversary of the Seoul Halloween crowd crush approaches, discussions on how to celebrate the upcoming celebration on October 31st are widespread online among South Koreans. There is hardly any mention of spending Halloween in Itaewon, where the tragedy happened, Instead, most people point to the streets of Hongik University or Hongdae, as the preferred party location. Last year, the streets of Hongdae saw an influx of young people eager to embrace the Halloween spirit on October 30th, just a day after the Itaewon disaster. However, there are…

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NEWS 

Not by ARMYs: Seoul Subway Incident

Around 8:36 p.m. on the 6th of this month, passengers were evacuated from a train on Seoul Subway Line 9 due to a gas odor report. According to statements from both the police and fire authorities, a passenger on Line 9 express train heading towards Gimpo Airport Station raised concerns about an unusual smell, describing people rushing and even falling. This incident occurred when the train came to a stop at Sinnonhyeon Station, resulting in seven individuals sustaining minor injuries as they hurriedly disembarked. Upon thorough inspection of the scene,…

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South Korea Needs More Filipino Domestic Helpers K-ENTERTAINMENT K-LIFESTYLE NEWS 

South Korea Needs More Filipino Domestic Helpers

On May 10, South Korea‘s Ministry of Employment and Labor and the Seoul Metropolitan Government shared that the government is considering a pilot project to introduce foreign domestic helpers for housework and care. The government plans to come up with a detailed pilot project plan in the first half of this year. It is expected that foreign domestic helpers from Southeast Asia will be introduced in the second half of this year. An official from the Ministry of Employment and Labor said, “We will prepare a detailed pilot project plan…

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NEWS 

Flood Aftermath: No More Semi-Basements in Seoul

In August, Seoul, South Korea experienced the worst storm to lash the capital in more than a century. The Seoul Metropolitan Government phased out the use of semi-basements as dwellings after families living in semi-basement flats were killed due to the torrential rains and flooding. Seoul and its surrounding cities experienced record-breaking rainfall for two straight days resulting in 10 death and 8 missings. Thousands of establishments, cars, and farmlands were also waterlogged and mud-covered. The city would no longer issue new permits for basement or semi-basement residential and would…

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