Sleep, Ghosts, and Drama News

This week we’ve got two different looks into modern Korean Culture and lifestyle, a feature about a Seoul ghost tour, and a smattering of drama news, some of it I’m more excited about than others. How much sleep do you get a night? Do you skip breakfast, too?

  • CICI chief Choi takes modern look at Korean culture.” Choi Jung-hwa, the founder and president of the Corea Image Communications Institute and a professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, has released K-Style: Living the Korean Way of Life in English. Her book is supposed to explain “distinctly Korean ways of life,” and covers wedding customs, the preeminent place of education in people’s lives, folklore, plastic surgery, kpop/Hallyu, and other topics relating to modern Korean life.
  • Koreans most sleep deprived in Asia-Pacific.” Not the kind of list I would want to top, personally. The article and infographic touch on a couple other healthy living metrics, from stress levels to how many people skip breakfast.
  • Ghost hunting in the dark alleys of Seoul.” I love the idea of ghost tours, though I’ve never been on one. (There’s one in a nearby city I ought to go on this fall…) Stops include sites where a King was ambushed and murdered to battle sites, plus a health dose of urban legends and folk lore.
  • Bride of the Water God finds a home at tvN.” I only ever read a couple volumes of the manhwa–all that my roommate had–but it left me with a vague positive impression. I’m interested in seeing how they do a modern take on it. Please be good, because I would love some more fantasy kdrama in my life.
  • Lee Bo-young offered lead in SBS’s Advance.” I want Lee Bo-young back in dramaland so much, and while I’m not all that thrilled with the idea of yet another medical drama, the writer of Punch is behind this one, so it could be gripping. We’ll have to wait and see!
  • COMING SOON: Cinderella and the Four Knights, starring Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, Lee Jung Shin, and Park So Dam.” Despite all the scheduling issues, Cinderella and the Four Knights found a broadcast slot on tvN–and an exclusive streaming contract with DramaFever.