Actor Hyun Bin Announces a Limited Asian Fan Meeting Tour

Actor Hyun Bin will visit three Asian countries as part of a limited fan meeting tour.

Image source – VAST Entertainment

Hyun Bin who recently starred in “Memories of the Alhambra,” will be meeting fans in three different countries on a newly announced fan meeting tour. So far, the actor will hold the fan meets in Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong starting in April.

Notably, titled “Log Into the Space – 2019 Hyun Bin’s Fan Meeting Tour,” will be his first such even in six years. The last time the actor had a similar tour was back in 2013. Understandably, the announcement has been welcomed news for his fans. With this six-year gap, VAST Entertainment, the actor’s agency, said that they have carefully prepared events for fans who have waited for so long.

Meanwhile, the Korean fanmeet takes place on April 13 with tickets going on sale later this month.





By O.C


[OPINION] Changes in Korean Drama From 2000s-Now

In 2019, there have been a lot of historical record breaking in terms of drama viewership for cable TV. Looking back on how much Korean dramas have changed over the last 2 decades, the Internet wins the grand prize for its role!

As an avid Korean drama fan since childhood, all I can say in short is… a lot has changed since the last century. You know time has really gone by when you remember actor Hyun Bin in his lead role in My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (2005) when he wasn’t buff with his spiky hair.

My Name is Kim Sam Soon (2005)

There was a time when a good portion of the dramas airing were historical dramas.

An example of what is Korean historical drama- some in the video would also go on my top  historical drama list.

In the past, historical dramas could be expected to have certain traits. Lots of beautiful traditional hanbok, accurate depictions of historical events, usage of Korean like Old Korean or Middle Korean (what is used today is Modern Korean) and traditional Korean music as part of the OST. While there are a lot of dramas I could mention as an example, the ones that many would be familiar are probably Jewel in the Palace also known as Dae Jang Geum (2003), Hwang Jini (2006) and Emperor of the Sea (2003).

Jewel in the Palace (2003)

Many scenes were about traditional Korean cuisine, hence its role in the start of the Korean Wave. After this drama became globally popular, Korean restaurants started becoming widespread in many major cities as many people became interested in trying Korean food like bibimbap. 

Emperor of the Sea (2003)

All members of the main cast in this mega-hit drama are today’s household names, Choi Soo-Jong, Chae Shi-Ra, Song Ill-Kook (triplets’ father), Soo Ae and Chae Jang-An. While some had already reached the heights of their career before this show, for others it sent them to the top!

Hwang Jini (2006)

This drama’s theme was traditional arts. The cast had to spend many hours learning to dance from an expert, the costumes were beautiful, the songs were well balanced between traditional and modern (modern classical). The drama’s success resulted in the lead actress Ha Ji-Won winning the 2006 Grand Acting Award.

Historical drama is not limited to hanbok or court intrigue

While many Korean dramas consist of wearing what is stereotyped as traditional Korean clothing, that doesn’t mean there aren’t others. One of the most iconic historical dramas would be Rustic Period aka Yainshidae (2002) depicted in the 1920’s to The Korean War when western clothes like suits and dresses have become widespread. As one of the THE highest-rated TV shows in Korea’s broadcasting history, the drama is based on a historical figure Kim Du-Han who happens to be the grandfather of Song Ill-Kook and the great-grandfather of the nation’s triplets-Daehan, Minguk and Manse.

Rustic Period (2002)

This drama had many action scenes attracting a male fan-base. Covering romance, bromance, trip to memory lane for the older generation, intrigue for the younger ones, this was considered the family drama to watch all together. Even now, there are references to this drama because of how memorable the drama is.

On a side note for those who haven’t been captivated by the nation’s triplets.

Korean Content Globally Accessible

In the past, before the Internet became widespread, Korean dramas could only be aired from the 3 major public broadcasting companies. During that time, there were limited slots for dramas to air, so with lots of demand but limited supply, each drama to be slotted for a broadcasting company had to go through a very competitive selection.

Accessing Korean content abroad before the Internet

Previously up to the early 2010s, the main TV broadcasters were KBS, MBC and SBS. To watch Korean drama, you had to rent it from a video store (if you live in a city with a big enough Korean population) or pay a lot of money to access a Korean channel. However, even if you paid a lot to watch Korean drama on TV, there was a time when you have to watch it as it airs, not where you can go back on your smart TV and catch up on past episodes at your convenience. Additionally, watching 2 new episodes every week on TV outside of Korea meant you are going to be very behind on your drama. By the time it starts airing in the US, chances were the drama was almost done with its season back in Korea. So what many people opted for (including myself) was to go to the Korean video store and rented videos of the new episodes of Korean drama which would be only 1 week behind Korea’s broadcasting schedule. Note it wasn’t DVDs but video tapes where you need a device to rewind it for you before you can start watching it all over again!

Now in 2019, with the Internet, cable TV, web dramas and more in Korea, there are so much content available it has become somewhat overwhelming to prioritize your time when deciding which Korean drama to watch. Korean dramas have been globally recognized to be a very profitable market, hence companies like Viki, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc. distributing Korean dramas on their sites. Not only that, some of the mentioned companies are even producing or investing in Korean drama.

With lots of demand and supply in the 2010s, it wouldn’t be too strict to say that the quality of Korean content has dropped over the years. From the time when there was only 3 broadcasting options to today where there’s so many options and marketable groups, it has become more profit driven than ever before.

Of course, when there are negative aspects, there are also many positive aspects as well. Korean media has become more accessible resulting in more interest for Korea, more fan bases leading to what is the continuously growing Hallyu Wave. There are more opportunities for those aspiring to go into film and more economic growth. Depending on what is considered more important for each person, the pros can outweigh the cons.

My Take On This

With many positive aspects, I hope that growth (profits) will not blind the entertainment industry in forgoing quality for quantity. In the end once all the profits, growth and potential are temporarily earned, these dramas will remain to become evidence for the future generations as they study history. Just as we ourselves used historical artifacts like music, books, physical propaganda and chess to understand the past, it will apply the same in the future. Or even now where kids (Gen Z) do not know what a game-boy, furby, beanie babies and walk-mans are.

By Sara N



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Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin Deny Rumors about Couples Vacation

Rumors said actors Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin were having a romantic getaway to the US. Both actors promptly denied.

On January 9, an Internet community user said he has spotted Hyun Bin in the US having dinner with Son Ye-jin and her parents. The rumors also said that the two actors are traveling the states together.

Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin starred in the movie “Negotiation” last year.

The rumors spread quickly and the agencies of both stars promptly responded that they are not true. Hyun Bin’s agency said, “The actor is not in Korea, but it is not for a vacation with Son Ye-jin. He is out for a vacation and schedule after the production of ‘Memories of the Alhambra.’”

“The actress is currently traveling the US alone,” said Son Ye-jin’s agency, denying the rumor. “And her parents are in Korea, unlike what the rumors say.”

The original posting of the rumors is not deleted.


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Park Shin Hye Updates Instagram With EXO’s Chanyeol

Park Shin Hye updated her Instagram with a picture of her on-screen brother EXO’s Chanyeol.

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On January 4th, Hallyu Actress Park Shin Hye updated her Instagram with a picture on set with EXO’s Chanyeol. With the picture she captioned with #helloseju #helloemma #memoriesofthealhambra  “What can you not do (Chanyeol)? Such an amazing person”

Park Shin Hye is currently starring as the female lead with Hallyu Actor Hyun Bin on TVN’s Memories of the Alhamba. EXO’s Chanyeol stars as Park Shin Hye’s younger brother.


By Sara N


Park Bo-Gum Tops December’s Drama Actor Brand Ranking

Actor Park Bo-gum topped the list of drama actors. Park’s co-star Song Hye-kyo came in second and Hyun Bin third.

Park Bo-gum and Song Hye-kyo pose in front of a photo wall – OSEN News

The Korea Enterprise Institute (KOREAEI) published its findings after collecting and analyzing data from Nov. 20 to Dec. 21 related to 100 actors in dramas currently airing to determine which actor had the strongest brand.

Regarding brand, this refers to their market value as a celebrity individual. In particular, the institute looked at different indexes including participation, media, communication, and community index about consumers’ behavior. Through analyzing these indexes, KOREAEI can measure the positive assessment of brands, media, and consumers’ interest and traffic, response to content and popularity.

Hyun Bin – OSEN News

In conclusion, KOREAEI determined that the ranking for December 2018 put actor Park Bo-gum at the top with 14,837,092 points. Co-star Son Hye-kyo followed closely in second (13,334,953). Both are the main characters in “Encounter” on tVN. Rounding out the top three is Hyun Bin ( 8,110,227) who is lead on “Memories of the Alhambra.”



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Song Joong-Ki and Lee Jong-Suk Are the Highest Paid Male Actors in Televison

Industry insiders have produced a list of names of the highest paid male actors on television this years. However, although there are several names on the list, there are no surprises with the biggest names getting the biggest paychecks.

Image source – Ilgan Sports

According to entertainment industry insiders, seven actors received more than 100 million won (roughly 89,300 USD) per drama. Unsurprisingly, this list comprised of Lee Byung-hun, Jang Dong-gun, So Ji-sub, Hyun Bin, Song Joong-ki, Lee Seung-gi, and Lee Jong-suk. Further, out of the seven, Song Joong-ki and Lee Jong-suk are said to have the highest salary.

Both actors are paid over 100 million per episode. After starring in the enormous success of “Descendants of the Sun,” Song is in high demand and is currently filming “Asadal Chronicles” alongside Jang Dong-gun. Similarly, Lee Jong-suk is starring in next year’s romantic drama “How to Publish Love.”

Image source – tVN

On the other hand, Lee Byung-hun, So Ji-sub, and Hyun Bin were paid a substantial amount for their roles in “Mr. Sunshine,” “My Secret Terrius,” and “Memories of the Alhambra,” respectively. However, after the first few episodes, the actors proved by they have such a high asking price.

Each of the dramas they starred in drew in a higher viewership rate incomparision to other other airing dramas at the same time. Notable, Lee’s “Mr. Sunshine” yielded an 18.1% viewership rate while So’s show always ranked in the top 10 most watched dramas. Likewise, Hyun’s program, which is currently airing, broke the 7% viewer rating in just two episodes.

All of the actors have such high salaries based on their reliable acting skills, the weight their names carry in the industry, market value, and established reputations and fans. An example of how this is how “Mr. Sunshine” simultaneous premiered on Netflix, opening it up to a global audience. Moreover, broadcasters in the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan bought the rights to air “My Secret Terrius” at high prices.



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7 Upcoming Dramas to Premiere in December 2018

Before the year ends, 7 Korean dramas have listed their titles to the list of new dramas to premiere this month.

For currently showing dramas, check out our list of 12 Upcoming Korean Dramas to Premiere in November.


Memories of the Alhambra

  • December 1
  • Starring Hyun Bin, Park Shin-hye, and more
  • The owner of an investment firm visits Granada, Spain for a business trip. When he stays at a hostel owned by a former guitarist, he gets involved in a mysterious incident.


Coffee, Do Me a Favor

Channel A
  • December 1
  • Starring Yong Jun-hyung, Kim Min-young, Chae Seo-jin, Lee Tae-ri, and more
  • “Coffee, Do Me a Favor” depicts the love story between a good-looking webtoon artist and girl who finds a magical coffee that turns her into a beautiful girl.


Drama Stage

  • December 1
  • Starring Kim Min-seok, Kim Seul-ki, and more
  • Every Saturday from December 1, tvN is airing ten one-act dramas written by the winners of O’PEN One-Act Scenario Contest. The hottest K-drama stars, including Kim Min-seok, Kim Seul-ki, and Han Seon-hwa, are to make appearances in each episode.


Less Than Evil

  • December 3
  • Starring Sin Ha-kyun, Lee Seol, Baro, and more
  • The crime thriller drama follows the psychological battle between a detective and a psychopathic murderer.


Just Dance

  • December 3
  • Starring Jang Dong-yoon, Park Se-wan, and more
  • Based on a documentary film under the same title, “Just Dance” is a coming-of-age drama centers on six high school students who aspire to win a dance sports competition.


The Sound of Your Heart Reboot Season 2

  • December 3
  • Starring Sung Hoon, Kwon Yoo-ri, and more
  • The Netflix comedy series based on popular webtoon is coming back with the second season. From the “Reboot” series, Sung Hoon is acting the main character


My Strange Hero

  • December 10
  • Starring Yoo Seung-ho, Jo Bo-ah, Kwak Dong-yeon, and more
  • Bok-su, who was falsely accused of school violence and kicked out of school, comes back to his high school as an adult to take revenge.


By Heewon Kim


Park Shin-Hye and Hyun Bin Reveal Why Each Chose to Star in “Memories of the Alhambra”

Park Shin-Hye and Hyun Bin reveal why they chose to star in tvN’s new drama “Memories of the Alhambra” and talk about their experience of working together!

On November 28, a press conference for tvN’s new drama “Memories of the Alhambra” took place in Seoul. Attending the event were the main actors Hyun Bin and Park Shin-Hye, alongside director Ahn Gil-Ho and actors Park Hoon and Kim Eui-Sung.

“Memories of the Alhambra” is a romance mystery that takes place in Granada, Spain. Yoo Jin-Woo (Hyun Bin), who is the CEO of an investment company, pays a visit to the location for a business trip. He ends up staying at an old hostel that is owned by Jung Hee-Joo (Park Shin-Hye). During his stay, he gets involved in a mystery and magical experience.

The drama not only gained the attention for the collaboration of writer Song Jae-Ho and director Ahn Gil-Ho, but also for the fact that it had incorporated the AR games into adding virtual images into the world that we live in.

During the conference, Hyun Bin and Park Shin-Hye revealed that the AR element is what caught their attention first, ultimately leading them to confirm their appearances.

Hyun Bin said, “when I’m choosing my next drama/film, I’m always looking for new ideas. Something I hadn’t done in the past so I can give myself another challenge. In this case, I was intrigued to find out how the element of AR can be incorporated in a domestic drama, and how the audience will react to it. As an actor, I’m always looking for new ways to tell a story.”

He continued, “but of course, I was also thrilled to be working alongside director Ahn and writer Song. It was meaningful to me that I get to work with such a great crew for such an interesting element as AR.”

Park Shin-Hye said, “The AR element of the drama was also what caught my attention at first. However, it went beyond its recreational purpose. It was delivering a hidden message to the society. That is what I liked about it the most. Furthermore, my character has such a warm heart. I believe the character would allow me to showcase my different sides.”

At the end, the two actors exchanged compliments and shared their experience of working together.

Park said, “Hyun Bin leads the drama so well. Thanks to him, I was able to follow and do well on set.”

Hyun Bin responded, “I think because Park has been acting since she was young, she has a lot of experience from which she gained knowledge. More importantly, her deep passion for acting motivates me to do better. As I’ve worked with her, I learned that she is just a nice person in general. I received such positive energy from her, and that really brightened up the mood of the set. She perfectly fits into her character as well, and I’m thankful for her.”

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Hyun Bin Spotted in Spain While Filming for New Drama

Upcoming Korean drama “Memories of the Alhambra” made drama fans excited by releasing pictures of Hyun Bin filming in Spain.


Having confirmed to premiere in November, tvN’s new drama “Memories of the Alhambra” released pictures of the male lead Hyun Bin.

In the released pictures, the actor is leaning against a wall in a grey jacket. In the drama, which is one of the most anticipated ones to come this year, Hyun Bin is to act a humorous yet masculine business owner Yoo Jin-woo.


As much as the actor has led a series of drama hits, the news about his upcoming drama is keeping drama fans excited. Pictures spotting Hyun Bin in Spain are spreading through social media and local media outlets made visits for an interview.

Not only through the drama, but the actor is also planning to be active in films as well. “Negotiation,” in which the actor acted his first villain role since his debut, will open in local theaters in September. A historical action zombie film “Rampant” is on its way as well.


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