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December 31, 2017

 

Korean Stars Born In The Year Of The Dog

 

Source: Soompi by K. Do

 

2018 is the year of the dog! According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the year of the dog are honest, loyal, and faithfully work in their respective fields.

 

There are many stars born in the year of the dog. 2018 is all the more special because it is the year of the golden dog which last came 60 years ago.

 

Note: There is a time gap in the year dates between lunar calendar and Gregorian calendar. Therefore, some people born in January or February of Gregorian calendar may actually have the animal sign of the last year. The exact date for Lunar New Year varies from 21 January and February 20.

 

Let’s check out some stars born in the year of the dog!

 

1946

Ha Jung Woo‘s father Kim Yong Gun and actors like Noh Joo Hyun were born in 1946. Singers Nam Jin and Yoon Bok Hee are included as well. Those born in 1946 are now in 70s!

 

1958

Actors Kim Hye Ok, Kang Nam Gil, Song Young Chang, and Lee Dong Joon are a part of the 1958 group. Singers Lee Moon Sae (January 17, 1959), Kim Yeon Ja (January 25, 1959), Seol Woon Do, and Hong Seo Bom are also included.

 

1970
There are many top stars born in 1970! Actors Kim Hye Soo, Lee Byung Hun, Hwang Jung Min, and Cha Seung Won are among the bunch. This year also includes comedians Kang Ho Dong, Park Myung Soo, Kim Gu Ra, and Park Soo Hong.

 

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1982

Many stars born in 1982 have experience great changes recently. Rain got married to Kim Tae Hee who recently gave birth to their first child. Rain’s close friend actor Lee Shi Un is also born in the year of the dog. Actor Joo Ji Hoon is also a 1982-er and enjoying success with his movie “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds.”

 

Lee Byung Hun’s wife Lee Min Jung is also born in the year of the dog! In addition, actress Han Ga In and singer Wheesung are born in the same zodiac year.

 

1994

There are plenty of talented idol stars born in 1994! Some female stars include Suzy, f(x)’s Krystal, Sulli, Girl’s Day’s Hyeri, Apink’s Son Na Eun, and AOA’s Seolhyun (January 3, 1995).

 

As for male stars, there are EXO’s Sehun, BTS’s RM and J-Hope, GOT7’s Jinyoung and Jackson, Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon, and more.

 

Rising actors born in 1994 include Chae Soo Bin, Seo Eun Soo, Park Hye Soo, and more. There’s also former child actor Shim Eun Kyung, model-turned-actor Nam Joo Hyuk, and former rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon Jae.

 

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December 31, 2017

 

'Year of Golden Dog' raises hope for Koreans 

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According to the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the "Year of the Golden Dog. / Korea Times file

 

By Kang Hyun-kyung The Korea Times

 

Around this time every year, there's a ritual Koreans perform _ they characterize the New Year based on Chinese astrology and predict how it will turn out. 

 

According to the Chinese zodiac which relates each year to an animal of the 12-year cycle, 2018 is the "Year of the Golden Dog," a characterization derived from the "Year of Musul." In Chinese character, "mu" means yellow while "sul" refers to dog.

 

Yellow or gold is the color of royalty. So Chinese astrology experts say babies born in this year are bound to be leaders. People born in the Year of the Dog are trustworthy and conservative. They are deep thinkers and they enjoy a strong reputation. It is said they are mild-tempered, but once they are agitated they tend to explode and their anger is hard to control.

 

Ban Byung-yool, a professor of Korean history at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, said the 12-year cycle _ also known as the Earthly Branches _ had been part of Koreans' way of life since the Chinese Lunar calendar was introduced in this country. 

 

"In pre-modern times, the Earthly Branches were quite useful and it had long been used in East Asia as a tool to predict what will happen in the forthcoming year," he said. "They are a sort of empirical wisdom derived from humanity's accumulated knowledge acquired over thousands of years and lessons learned during those times. Therefore it's fair to say the 12-year cycle is wisdom, rather than superstition as some may call it to downplay its role." 

 

In the Year of the Golden Dog, some experts anticipate the nation's birthrates may go up because of the positive interpretation of the year. Birthrates likewise soared in 2007, the Year of the Golden Pig, as experts said babies born that year would become rich. Amid the falling birthrate, the nation's birthrate rose 10 percent that year from the year before.

 

Kwak Geum-joo, a professor of psychology at Seoul National University, said the use of the Chinese zodiac to predict how the New Year will turn out may sound a bit irrational but is not at all bad.

 

"It shows that people, deep in their hearts, are longing for a certain positive change to happen in their lives and this means they are still hopeful for the future," she said. "We never know what will happen tomorrow. As people live in uncertainty, they are just hoping things will go well."

 

Predicting the New Year based on the characteristics of zodiac animals is unique to East Asian culture. Chinese astrology experts predict what will happen in the New Year based on the presumed characteristics of the animal. 

 

For example, people born in the Year of the Dog are frank, outgoing and cause-driven people who can risk themselves for what they believe is right for the community, according to them. 

 

Among people born in the Year of the Dog, those who were born in 1958 _ better known as ‘58ers _ are well-known for their striking differences in characteristics. They are the post-war boomer generation. Some 920,000 babies were born that year, the first time in the nation to see over 900,000 annual newborns. 

 

Rising birthrates led to heavier competition for college entrance in 1977 as Korea's first boomer generation turned 19. Although they are old now, the ‘58ers are regarded as more independent and less hierarchical than other age groups. 

 

Park Gwang-seo, a retired professor of physics at Sogang University, said the use of the  Chinese zodiac to predict the future is quite a Korean phenomenon. 

 

"Koreans localized foreign culture," said Park, also the president of the Korea Institute for Religious Freedom. "I presume the Chinese culture has been almost forgotten in China. But Koreans still have it and use it widely… Such Koreanization of foreign-born culture is also found in religion when we look at how American Protestantism has transformed in this country. I feel Korean Protestantism is more fundamental than its American counterpart." 

 

Some experts say commemorating the New Year with the Chinese zodiac has been spurred by self-serving businesses. High birthrates create a boon for some businesses that produce child-related products, so they make the most of the Chinese zodiac to sell their products more. Diaper producers enjoyed a rare boom in 2007 due to the boosted birthrate.

 

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January 10, 2018

 

[Lily's Take] Top Actresses Attend Son Ye-jin's Birthday Party

 

Source: HanCinema.net

 

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To celebrate their best friend's birthday, top actresses like Gong Hyo-jin, Lee Min-jung, Oh Yoon-ah, Uhm Ji-won, Song Yoon-ah, and Lee Jung-hyun came together. Here are some of the pictures taken at actress Son Ye-jin's birthday party!

 

This truly is a gathering of goddesses. There are beautiful actresses everywhere the head turns. Upon release of these photos of Son Ye-jin's birthday celebration, many netizens commented that this line up makes the scene look like they are at an award ceremony since there are so many top actresses all in one place.

 

This group of friendship may be surprising to those who weren't aware of it, but actually, this beautiful actress squad is already a famous squad in Korean celebrity world.

 

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In fact, they've spend time together during their birthday's for several years now.

 

These photogenic beauties make even the ordinary gathering look like a photo taken from a magazine photoshoot.

 

Their friendship is making people be envious. Many people expressed they would love to have a friendship this strong and some even mentioned their lifetime wish is to join this group of friends.

 

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Cheers to these sparkling friendships so that they may last forever. Also, Happy Birthday to our beautiful Son Ye-jin!

 

By: Lily Lee

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January 15, 2018

 

Lee Min Jung at 'MY WORLD ONLY' VIP Premiere

 

Source: STARNEWS ++

 

Appearing lovelier than ever, Lee Min Jung attended the special screening of Lee Byung Hun's latest movie, 'IT'S ONLY MY WORLD' on Monday.

 

The comedy-drama is set to open on January 17.

 

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Published on January, 2018 by SPOTV STAR
 

MJ: I came to cheer my husband..:wub:

 

 

Source: OSEN 

 

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MJ also shared photos at her IG :)

 

Her review:  Laugh & cry watching 'IT'S ONLY MY WORLD,' hope the movie makes it big.

 

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January 15, 2018


Lee Min Jung Looks Classy at Premiere of "Keys to the Heart"
 

Source: TV Daily via HanCinema.net


The VIP premiere of the movie "Keys to the Heart" was held on the 15th and Lee Min-jung made an appearance. She looks lovely in business attire.

 

"Keys to the Heart" starring Lee Byung-hun and Park Jung-min is about a former boxer named Jo-ha and his brother, Jin-tae, who has savant syndrome and relies on his mother. The two meet and learn to get along. The movie comes out on the 17th.

 

Photos: MJ @216jung

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January 19, 2018

 

Minjung just posted photos on her IG ~ the family is at Ananti Cove in Busan for the weekend. It's also where Byunghun will participate in the stage greeting events for KEYS TO THE HEART which recently opened in South Korea on 1/17.

 

A series of seaside photos from the lovely Omma. Check out the last photo, it's a bit far & dark to focus but clearly Appa & son walking together.:wub:

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