Baeksang Arts Awards 2011 red carpet

The 47th Korean Baeksang Arts Awards were presented on May 26 at Kyunghee University in Seoul. Actors Lee Byung-hun and Hyun Bin won the Daesang (grand prize) in movie and drama categories respectively.

Check out the red carpet photos by Newsen [Kr], including Ryu Shi-won, Kim Ah-jong, Taecyeon, Suzy, JYP, Hong Soo-ah, Park Shin-hye, Park Ha-sun, Park Yoo-chun, Yoo In-na, Park Min-young, Ko Hyun-jung, Lee Byung-hun, Hwang Jung-eum, Han Hyo-joo, Seo Young-hee, Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Si-young and Tang Wei.

Ryu Shi-won & Kim Ah-joong (emcees)
Ryu Shi-won Kim Ah-joong Baeksang Awards 2011

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Hallyu stars dominate J-pop chart

Hallyu stars are dominating the Japanese Oricon singles chart for the past two weeks. The Koreans claimed the top three spots at the singles’ sales chart last week, and keeping their momentum with three of the top four spots this week.

Pop group TVXQ (known as Tōhōshinki in Japan) tops the singles’ sales chart for two consecutive weeks with their 24th Japanese single “Jumon-Mirotic”. This is their 4th chart topping Japanese single in 2008.

Actor turn singer Lee Byung-hun claims the 2nd spot also for two weeks in a role with his debut single, “Itsuka”; while Ryu Si-won dropping from 3rd to 4th with his 8th single “Kimito Boku”.

To be frank, I’m quite puzzled how the songs managed to lead the charts. I can understand that Mirotic is appealing to some audiences (although not to my liking), but the other two are just so average. Anyhow, sharing all three music videos below…

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Family house of Korean star becoming tourist spot

Korean pop star Ryu Shi-wonThe family house of Korean pop star Ryu Shi-won is becoming a tourist spot, according to KBS news. A Japanese travel agency has introduced a package in liaison with the star which includes a visit to his family house in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province.

Tourists can see beautiful sceneries and experience traditional Korean culture during the tour. Ryu’s fans should be particularly enjoying it as Ryu’s mother will cook them Korean dishes and tell stories from his childhood.

Ryu Shi-won is one of the most popular Korean stars in Japan, although his popularity in Korea has somewhat faded since he focuses so much on his Japanese career these days.