Jo In-sung and Kim Min-hee break up/ Gong Hyo-jin and Lee Jin-wook break up

It was revealed by Jo In-sung’s agency that the actor has broken up with Actress Kim Min-hee (Very Ordinary Couple); days after “It’s Okay, It’s Love” co-star, Gong Hyo-jin announced her breakup with Actor Lee Jin-wook (Nine).

Jo In Sung Kim Min Hee

Jo In Sung Kim Min Hee


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Korean Names Part 2

Korean names remained one of the more popular posts in this blog. Many readers continue to asked through emails regarding the meaning of Korean clebrities. This time round, more people are asking names of actors as compared to my previous posts, which more are interested with idols. Seems like the popularity of actors(배우/탈렌트) are rising internationally.

As mentioned in my previous post, Korean names comprise of the surname/family name or seong(성/姓) in Korean, usually one character. Exceptions include Seonwoo (선우/鮮于), Namgoong (남궁/南宮) etc. Most given names are Hanja based. Hence, to understand Korean names, we ought to know what is the true meaning of the Hanja (Chinese characters) that are being formed. More commonly, names are two syllables. There are also individuals with only one-syllable given name, such as the case of Jo Kwon (조권). Rarely, there are also Koreans with native Korean names such as Sarang (사랑; Love), Byul (별; Star), Haneul (하늘; Sky),such as the case of Actress Jang Nara. Nara (나라) means Land in native Korean. There are even Koreans using English names, such as the case of  Actor Choi Daniel (최다니엘), Choi being his surname and Da-Ni-El being his given name. Let us see some of the examples of the meaning of Korean names which some of my readers had enquired.

Song Hye-gyo and Zo In-Sung (That Winter The Wind Blows/그겨울, 바람이 분다)

SHK JIS

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Rainy Days in Korea

It has been raining for about six weeks in Seoul. The summer rain is known as Sonagi(소나기) in Korean. “Sonagi” is also the name of Korea’s beloved story, penned by Hwang Sun-won (황순원). The story depicts a snapshot of innocent love between a boy and a girl. This beautiful story has inspired many TV and movie scenes to replicate – couple discovering a romantic bond when a downpour huddled them together beneath an umbrella or a tree. Such examples are “My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀)” and “The Classic (클래식)”.

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