Posted on 01 August 2009 by Korean Beacon
Two Korean-American teenagers are the main suspects in a killing that occurred in an Itaewon Burger King. Both young men point the finger at the other for the violent stabbing of a Korean university student, and the thriller unfolds as a detective (Jung Jin-young) tries to uncover what really happened. This is the movie based on a murder mystery from 1997, which was never been fully resolved.
According to a source with the film production, this story differs from other murder-thriller movies like Memories of Murder or Voice of a Murder in which authorities pursue an unknown killer. In Itaewon Murder Case, the two suspects are already in custody, and police must decide which is the true culprit.
Itaewon Murder Case also stars actors Shin Seung-hwan, Go Chang-seok, Oh Kwang-rok, and Triple’s resident cutie Song Joong-ki. It is planning for a September release. Meanwhile, Jang Geun-seok also recently announced his next television role in the idol drama You’re Beautiful.
Posted on 12 April 2009 by Korean Beacon
Time Magazine published their top ten things to do in Seoul. In my opinion, Seoul is a bit bipolar because it can be so homogeneous and isolated but yet it’s very metropolitan. Wait, that sounds like all other big Asian cities. I have to admit that I’ve only done a few of the top ten things, but if you’re across the Pacific and you have a clear 24 hours to run around Seoul then this may be worth investigating. The top ten things to do in Seoul are:
- Gyeongbak Palace
- Bukchon Village
- Shinsegae Department Store
- Namdaemun Market
- Cheonggyecheon Stream
- War Memorial of Korea
- Seoul City Tour Bus
- Korean Feasts
Posted on 03 January 2009 by Korean Beacon
When I was a youth visiting Seoul (80s), I dropped by Itaewon because that’s where the kyopos would go to hear English. Looks like Itaewon is emerging into a culturally eclectic place.
Itaewon has been known as the foreigner’s district of Seoul since Japanese invaders made it their home 400 years ago. For decades the area has been known as “little America” because most of its customers worked at Yongsan Garrison.
Today, Itaewon is an eclectic mix of trendy shops and restaurants, sidewalk vendors selling hats and knock-off purses, and a maze of backstreets lined with vendors, and in some spots, brothels. Read>