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Seoul mayor plans to improve South Korea’s fertility rate with foreign and low-cost nannies

Oh Se-Hoon
  • Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon has shared his plans to aid South Korea’s ongoing fertility crisis on Facebook.
  • “South Korea’s fertility rate is 0.81 (as of 2021) and Seoul’s fertility rate is 0.63, pushing us past a decrease in population to face a growing concern of demographic extinction,” he wrote.
  • Citing Hong Kong and Singapore as examples, he shared, “I am focusing on policies for foreign child nannies. It will be welcomed news for parents who have avoided nannies because of financial issues or shortage of helpers.”
  • Mayor Oh’s foreign nanny policy is expected to further open South Korea’s borders and ease immigration and visa processes.
  • Earlier in August, South Korea also tripled monthly baby allowances to 1 million KRW (approximately $703) as an incentive for more births.

Oh Se-hoon, Seoul’s mayor, shared plans to alleviate South Korea’s fertility crisis with foreign and low-cost nannies in a Facebook post on Tuesday. 

In the post, translated by NextShark, he states:

Viral video captures elephants springing to action to save calf drowning in pool

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  • In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, two elephants can be seen rushing to save a drowning baby elephant.
  • In what appears to be footage from Seoul Grand Park Zoo in South Korea’s capital, a calf can be seen falling into a large pool of water.
  • An adult elephant who is thought to be the baby elephant’s mother begins to panic, and another adult elephant rushes over.
  • The two adults enter the pool from the shallow end while the calf struggles to keep its trunk above water.
  • Keeping the little elephant between them, the adults lead it safely out of the water.
  • The clip has gone viral since it was uploaded, already garnering more than 2.3 million views.

In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, two elephants can be seen rushing to save a drowning baby elephant.

In what appears to be footage from Seoul Grand Park Zoo in South Korea’s capital, the calf can be seen falling into a large pool of water. 

Authorities in Seoul to phase out ‘Parasite’-type basement homes following devastating flood

  • After four people died in semi-basement homes during the recent historic rainfall, Seoul will no longer be granting permits for semi-basement apartments.
  • “Banjiha,” meaning semi-basement in Korean, gained global recognition after they were shown in the film “Parasite,” symbolizing financial inequality in South Korea.
  • Outrage over the danger of the homes following the devastating flood prompted officials to phase out the apartments and begin plans to convert the existing ones.
  • During the catastrophic rainfall on Monday, two sisters in their 40s, a 13-year-old girl and a fourth person living in a banjiha died in the flooding.

Concerns raised over semi-basement homes in South Korea following the catastrophic rain flood on Monday have prompted officials to phase them out.

Semi-basement homes, known as “banjiha” in Korean, first gained global recognition after they were shown in Bong Joon-ho’s popular 2019 film “Parasite.” The homes, typically occupied by lower-income individuals, became a symbol of South Korea’s growing financial disparity in society.

Man stuck on top of car during Seoul flooding becomes meme in South Korea

  • A man who was photographed stuck on top of his car in the midst of the devastating rainfall in Seoul has become amemes in South Korea.
  • With his car halfway submerged into the water, the man is seen on top of his car looking down at his phone.
  • The man became the subject of several edited images, with many imitating movie posters.
  • Another image shows a photo the man took himself from the roof of his car.
  • Seoul was hit by a historic rainfall on Monday that left nine dead and seven others missing as citizens walked in thigh-high waters.

Following the devastating rainfall in Seoul that left at least eight dead and seven others missing, a man who was photographed marooned on top of his car has become a meme in South Korea.

In the original photo, a half-submerged car is seen stranded in the middle of the road as the driver sits on top of the vehicle while looking at his phone. Internet users in South Korea edited the image and created various memes imitating advertisements and movie posters. 

Videos show severity of historic rainfall in Seoul that flooded the city, leaving 8 dead and 7 missing

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  • A historic rainfall in Seoul has sent floods down subway stations and roads, reportedly leaving eight people dead and seven others missing.
  • Videos show cars and buses submerged in water, with some people stuck on top of their vehicles, as well as water rushing down subway station stairs like a waterfall.
  • The rain began Monday morning and intensified by night with pedestrians wading in thigh-high waters in Gangnam.
  • Monday night recorded the highest hourly downpour measured in South Korea since 1942.

Videos online show vehicles submerged and people wading through thigh-high waters in Seoul as South Korea was hit by a historic rainfall that reportedly left eight dead and seven others missing.

The rain began Monday morning and intensified through the evening. By nightfall, streets in Seoul were flooded and water cascaded down subway station steps. Stranded cars and buses were seen scattered on the streets as workers cleared the roads on Tuesday, blocking off damaged roads and pavements. 

Seoul police investigating serial ‘no-show man’ who ordered 40 rolls of kimbap and never paid

  • A man in South Korea reportedly ordered 40 rolls of kimbap at a local restaurant but never picked them up or paid for them.
  • Investigators in Seoul discovered that the man has habitually been committing several crimes targeting local businesses around Gangdong district for seven years.
  • After the news about the kimbap restaurant went viral, many regulars and new customers stopped by the restaurant to order food in support of the owner.
  • Authorities are currently searching for the suspect’s whereabouts.

After an unidentified person in Seoul reportedly placed an order for 40 rolls of kimbap and did not pay for them, a local restaurant witnessed the kindness of its customers.

On Wednesday, South Korean news outlet KBS reported that a man had ordered the kimbap at a local restaurant in Gangdong district but never arrived to pick up the rolls. While placing his order, the man purportedly told the restaurant’s owner that he “will pay for the food later” and left his contact information. 

Gucci’s new Osteria restaurant in Seoul serves Korean hanwoo version of signature burger dish

  • The new Gucci restaurant in Seoul, Gucci Osteria Seoul, officially opened its doors on March 28 and features a Korean version of the restaurant's signature burger, the “Emilia Burger.”
  • The restaurant is located in Seoul in the Yongsan district and is on the top floor of the Gucci Gaok flagship store.
  • There are currently three other Gucci Osteria global restaurants, located in Florence, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
  • The adapted version of the burger is made of “hanwoo” (a Korean beef) and Italian parmigiano reggiano cheese, created by Chef Massimo Bottura, who runs the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy.

Seoul’s new Gucci restaurant, Gucci Osteria Seoul, officially opened on March 28 and features a contemporary dining experience that incorporates South Korean flavors into traditional Italian dishes.

Gucci Osteria Seoul is located on the top floor of the Gucci Gaok flagship store in Yongsan and officially opened its doors on March 28.

‘To All the Boys’ spinoff ‘XO, Kitty’ begins production in Seoul, new cast members announced

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  • Netflix has kicked off production in Seoul for “XO, Kitty,” a spinoff of the “To All the Boys” franchise.
  • Anna Cathcart is reprising her role as Lara Jean’s younger sister Kitty in the 10-episode series.
  • On Tuesday, Netflix announced nine additional actors have joined the cast: Choi Min-yeong, Anthony Keyvan, Gia Kim, Sang Heon Lee, Peter Thurnwald, Regan Aliyah, Yunjin Kim, Michael K. Lee and Jocelyn Shelfo.
  • Jenny Han, author of the original “To All The Boys” young adult novel series on which the franchise was based, serves as co-showrunner to “XO, Kitty” alongside Sascha Rothchild.

Production for Netflix’s “XO, Kitty,” a spinoff of the “To All the Boys” franchise, is underway with the youngest Song-Covey sister heading off to Seoul. 

Anna Cathcart is reprising her role as Lara Jean’s younger sister Kitty in the upcoming 10-episode series. While Kitty may have been successful in finding a match for her sister, she finds that love is a lot more complicated than she thought after reuniting with her own long-distance boyfriend. 

Seoul’s first K-pop concert venue, set for 2025, will have a max capacity of 28,000 people

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  • South Korean IT company Kakao and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have agreed to construct the first K-pop arena in Seoul.
  • The arena, named Seoul Arena, will begin construction in June of this year and is expected to be completed in October 2025 at an estimated cost of $257 million.
  • The venue will be able to hold more than 20,000 attendees and will include around 19,000 seats in addition to a midsize venue that can accommodate another 7,000 concertgoers.
  • Kakao expects that Seoul Arena will attract around 1.8 million visitors annually and will help boost the local economy.

South Korean IT company Kakao and the Seoul Metropolitan Government have agreed to build Seoul’s first K-pop arena, expected to be complete by 2025. 

The concert venue, called Seoul Arena, will begin construction in June of this year and is expected to be completed by October 2025. The project will cost around $257 million and is set to be built in Seoul’s northern Dobong-gu.

Netflix releases trailer for docuseries ‘Midnight Asia: Eat. Dance. Dream.’

Midnight Asia Trailer
  • Netflix Philippines released a trailer for the streaming platform’s upcoming “Midnight Asia” docuseries, which explores the vibrant underground nightlife of six “megacities”.
  • The six-episode series features the intimate stories of various city dwellers who highlight the unique subcultures spanning across the continent.
  • ‘Midnight Asia’ is slated for a Jan. 20, 2022 release date.

The trailer for Netflix’s upcoming docuseries ‘Midnight Asia: Eat. Dance. Dream.’ was released on Dec. 23, giving audiences a sneak peek at the rich nightlife of six major Asian metropolises.

The series was previously announced by the streaming platform on Dec. 14 in a statement written by Original Documentary Programming Manager Aloke Devichand. It aims to feature the cities’ different food, drink and music scenes, as well as the “night owls who shine in the dark,” on the basis that nighttime highlights the cities’ most “playful” sides.

Burberry built a gleaming mountain of mirrors in the middle of South Korea’s Jeju Island

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British luxury brand Burberry has installed an eye-catching mirrored mountain structure on South Korea’s volcanic Jeju Island, the first of a planned series of global pop-ups from the fashion house. 

Shining bright: The structure, which was designed to evoke how the digital and physical worlds collide, will house an art installation and a café until Dec. 12. 

Seoul Now Has AirBnB Experiences That Teach You How to Sing and Dance Like a K-Pop Idol

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Those who have enmeshed themselves in the K-pop world long before BTS and BLACKPINK set milestones in the international music scene would by now be familiar with the rich diversity the genre has to offer.

Over time, in ideal conditions, a K-pop act develops his/her/their own unique style, either by building upon a core concept (think TWICE, SEVENTEEN, Red Velvet and the Orange Caramel) or experimenting with fresh elements to set a new trend (cue NCT, GOT7, f(x) and SHINee).