South Koreans open up about plastic surgery obsession

In South Korea, a society where men outnumber women, plastic surgery has become the ideal weapon in the fierce competition for a perfect partner. The Asian country has the highest proportion of people undergoing any cosmetic procedure.


Thousands get down and dirty at summer mud festival

Muddy, mucky and marshy, the Boryeong Mud Festival on Saturday saw thousands flock to Daecheon beach on the west coast of South Korea for a blowout of gunky mud wrestling competitions, a bespattered mud marathon, soiled mud massages, along with a mud mega tub, mud painting, a mud slide, mud trampolines and even a mud showroom. Beginning July 19 and running until July 28, the annual Boryeong Mud Festival is now in its sixteenth year.

Popular with tourists from around the globe, the festival attracts visitors who wish to immerse themselves in the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud. Said to treat skin diseases, wet clay absorbs toxins in the skin, increases blood circulation and improves circulation in the body. Yet for many of the dirty participants, rolling around in the mud for plain old-fashioned muddy fun was the name of the dirty game.

Psy’s latest single “Gentleman” attracts thousands of fans

Psy performed for 50,000 K-Pop fans his new single “Gentleman” for the first time at Seoul’s World Cup Stadium, South Korea, on Saturday.

Crowds gathered hours before the “Happening” concert began with people coming from as far as Europe just to see Psy in person.

South Korean superstar Psy, aka Park Jae Sang, released “Gentleman” nine months after his first song “Gangynam Style” became a world-wide Youtube sensation.

Psy asked concertgoers to wear only white clothes as he posted various images of himself in costumes varying from a white bridal gown to a spacesuit as part of the promotion for the “Happening” concert.

Those not attending were invited to watch a live stream of the event on Psy’s official youtube channel.