* Date : 2016-12-24
"Winter for Sale!" 2.2 Million SE Asian Tourist Visitors
The number of Southeast Asian tourist visitors to Korea in the winter is rising. The figure has been increasing every year, and is expected to surpass 2.2 million this year. As the weather in Southeast Asia is warm year-round, tourists from the area are drawn to the winter backdrop in Korea. The average spending per person for tourists from 5 of the major countries of the Southeast Asian market is greater than 1,000 dollars, making the group helpful to the tourism industry and an alternative to the Chinese tourists whose numbers are dwindling due to regulations by the Chinese government. Ski resorts and rural festivals are developing marketing strategies to target Southeast Asian tourists as well. We went on-site to see how the winter season itself is becoming a tourism resource, and considered ways to promote tourist visits.
Webtoons, Korea's Rising Cultural Export
Webtoons, or online comics, are becoming an international business in Korea. With webtoon-based dramas like Misaeng and Cheese in the Trap becoming hits overseas, Korean webtoons have become hit cultural products. This has led to Korea's webtoon companies partnering up with foreign platform companies to implement localization strategies for international markets. Take a look at the Korean webtoon industry from its beginnings as a handy content for local fans to a cultural product gunning for the international market.
Due to climate change and the limits of fossil fuel, global interest in renewable marine energy is higher than ever. Korea, surrounded on three sides by water, is ideally situated to make use of marine energy, which comprises power generation through forces such as waves, tides and winds. In particular, offshore wind farming and salinity gradient generation are emerging as next-gen renewable energy sources.
Salinity gradient power generation uses the difference in salinity between fresh and ocean water to create electricity. Research and development are in full sway. Offshore wind farming is a strong alternative to land-based wind energy power, since it is not as limited in terms of securing the necessary sites. This leads to advantages in forming large-scale infrastructure and even the wind itself tends to be stronger. Jeju Island has begun operation of 3 offshore wind power generators for the first time in Korea. The electricity produced there is enough to power 24,000 Jeju households.
It's worth noting that these generators were built entirely with domestic technology. We took a look into the rapid development of renewable marine energy in Korea.
What were the topics that moved and shook Korea's cultural scene in 2016 From Han Kang's 'the Vegetarian' being awarded the Man Booker International Prize, to the 'Descendents of the Sun' craze that overtook Asia, BTS's two weeks in the Billboard 200, Korea's movie audience breaking past the 100 million mark for the 5th year in a row and Korean composers gaining prominence in the classical music scene, we bring you a roundup of the year 2016 in culture.