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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Korean Joga Bonito, Part XII: Gwangju FC - Successor of Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix FC

Gwangju FC (Hangul/Hanja :광주 FC/光州 FC) is a South Korean professional football club. Based in Gwangju Metropole, Gwangju FC joined the K-League as its 16th club for the 2011 season after Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix FC dissolved and moved to its new turf in Sangju, Northern Gyeongsang Province.

Gwangju FC was founded in December 2010 after Sangmu Phoenix moved to its new turf in Sangju and later become as Sangju Sangmu until today. The club kicked-off in the K-League season 2011. In 2012, Gwangju FC was relegated to the K League Challenge, the newly formed second-tier professional league in South Korea. In 2014, Gwangju FC won promotion back into the K League Classic, outwitting Gyeongnam FC 4-2 on aggregate in the Promotion-Relegation Playoffs.

Its home stadium is Gwangju World Cup Stadium - dubbed as the Guus Hiddink Stadium by its fans, located at 240 Geumhwa Avenue/Geumhwa-ro, PungAm-dong 432-2 beonji, Gwangju Seo-gu. This stadium is dedicated to the former South Korean national team coach Guus Hiddink, who helped the team advance to the semi-finals, for the first time in its history, by defeating Spain in this stadium. The stadium with the capacity of 44,118 spectators is accessible by using Gwangju Line 1 to Station 111: Ssangchon Station

Korean Joga Bonito, Part XI: Daegu FC

Daegu Football Club, commonly referred to as Daegu FC (Hangul/Hanja: 대구 FC/大邱FC), is a South Korean professional football club based in Daegu Metropole. The club was founded as a community club at the end of 2002, and the club made their K League Classic debut in 2003. Daegu FC have been one of the better supported clubs of the K League, with average attendance numbers at home (prior to their poor 2009 season) around 15,000 to 17,000. However, the club's poor performance in 2009 resulted in a decline in attendance to 8,500.

Its home stadium is Daegu Stadium - dubbed as the Blue Arc Stadium by its fans, located at 180 Universiade Road, Daeheung-dong 504-beonji, Daegu Suseong-gu. It was formerly named Daegu World Cup Stadium but was changed to Daegu Stadium on 5 March 2008. This stadium was one of the host venues of the 2002 FIFA World Cup (noted as the biggest World Cup Stadium in Korea), the main stadium for the 2003 Summer Universiade and the main venue of the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. The stadium with the capacity of 66,422 spectators is accessible by using Interstate 55: Daegu-Busan-JungAng Expressway to EXIT 9: Suseong IC or DTRO Line 2 to Station 238: Daegu Grand Park Station

Historically, Daegu have always placed in the lower reaches of the K League Classic. Their best season in the K League Classic to date was 2006, when they finished in 7th place (out of 14 teams), as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the Korean FA Cup. Two years later, in 2008, Daegu reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, but lost to the Pohang Steelers. At the end of the 2013 season Daegu was relegated to the K League Challenge.

Daegu FC was established in 2002 as a community club (generally in Korea, 'community-club' means that the club issues shares) based in the city of Daegu. The city is a key shareholder, and the current mayor is chairman of the club. Following their foundation, the club entered the 2003 season of the K League under manager Park Jong-Hwan. Park had previously managed the national side for a number years in the 1980s and 1990s. The club's entry, together with that of Gwangju Sangmu, brought the number of teams participating in the league to 12.

The K League structure for 2003 required each team to play a staggering 44 matches, making for a long drawn out season. Daegu ultimately finished their first season 11th (out of 12 teams) in the league, winning 7 games, and drawing 16. In the 2003 Korean FA Cup, Daegu reached the quarterfinals but against their first serious opponent (previous wins had been against lower league sides), and fellow K League club Ulsan Hyundai Horangi, they were knocked out in a 1-nil result. Daegu improved in 2004 to 10th place in the league, which due to Incheon United's entry, now boasted 13 clubs. The format of the league had changed following the long 2003 season, and now required each club to play home and away matches in two stages (each club playing 12 matches in each stage) against the other participating clubs; the winners of each stage qualifying for a playoff phase along with the top two teams from the overall table. This meant that only 24 regular season games were played. In the FA Cup, Daegu were knocked out in the round of 32 by National League side Ansan Hallelujah. In the Samsung Hauzen Cup, a new cup competition run as a league competition specifically for K League clubs (thus excluding National League and lower tier clubs) during the K League's mid-season break, finished 8th out of 13 teams. The following season saw Daegu placed 8th place in the league and 7th in the Samsung Hauzen Cup. In the FA Cup, after defeating University and National League sides, Daegu were knocked out in the quarterfinals in a 1–2 loss to another K League side, the Jeonnam Dragons.

Prior to the start of the 2006 K League season, Daegu participated in the Tongyeong Cup. The Tongyeong Cup was a four-team invitational tournament held in Tongyeong, South Korea. As well as Daegu and fellow K League club Incheon United, A-League side Queensland Roar and Beijing Guo'an were also part of the tournament. After beating both Incheon and Beijing, Daegu drew 0–0 with Queensland, winning the Tongyeong Cup and thus the first piece of silverware for Daegu's trophy cabinet.

Unfortunately, Daegu's TongYeong Cup form did not carry over into the 2006 K League season proper, and the club had a disappointing first stage. Winning only 2 games, they placed joint llth, alongside Gwangju and debutant club Gyeongnam FC. However, as had happened in 2005, the club's performance improved for the second stage, with six wins, four losses and three draws. This saw the club place 7th overall in the league. The club placed 13th in Samsung Hauzen Cup and again reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 edition of the FA Cup. However, they lost (again) to the Jeonnam Dragons.

Following completion of the 2006 season, Park Jong-Hwan stepped down as manager after four years with the club. On 1 December 2006, Byun Byung-Joo was appointed manager. A former representative player for the Republic of Korea, Byun had no previous K League management experience prior to his appointment as Daegu FC's manager. The K League revamped its format for 2007, with the season now simply consisting of a conventional league, with the top six teams qualifying to the championship phase. This didn't help Daegu much, and after their mid-table finishes of the previous two seasons, their performance slipped, and the club placed 12th, winning six games. The club failed to get out of the group stage in the 2007 Samsung Hauzen Cup and achieved a similar level of performance in the FA Cup, where Daegu lost to Incheon United in the round of 16.

In 2008, Daegu became famous with their extremely aggressive football, becoming the joint equal top-scoring team of the K League, alongside Suwon. However, they also conceded the most goals in the league. Nonetheless, because of their offensive approach, their style of play was nicknamed "Bullet Football", for its speedy and attacking focus. A 11th place in the K League standings was the eventual outcome, winning a reasonably impressive eight games, but drawing only two, both against Daejeon Citizen. For the first time in its history, Daegu reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, by defeating Ulsan in the quarterfinals, following a win in the round of 16 over Ansan Hallelujah. However, they then lost to their opponents Pohang Steelers in a 2-nil loss. The club placed 5th (out of 6) in their group in the Samsung Hauzen Cup.

The 2009 season would transpire to be one of the worst, if not the worst, in the club's history. In a now expanded league of 15 clubs, thanks to new entrant Gangwon FC, Daegu would place 15th, dead last, winning only five games. In the FA Cup, Daegu made it to the quarterfinals, beating Gyeongnam FC in a penalty shootout in the round of 16. In the quarterfinal itself, against Daejeon Citizen, the game finished with a 1–1 scoreline. For the second consecutive match, the result would come down to a penalty shootout. This time, Daegu lost out. In the league cup, now known as the Peace Cup Korea 2009, the club finished third in their group, one point away from qualifying for the knockout phase of the cup. Late in the year, Lee Young-jin was appointed as manager for the 2010 season. Lee, who has previously coached FC Seoul, replaced Byun who had resigned after being embroiled in a scandal involving a player's agent and payoffs for selecting specific players.

On field, Daegu repeated their dismal performances of the previous season, finishing 15th in the K League standings, equal with Gwangju Sangmu on points. The defensive effort was dire, and Daegu conceded the most goals of any club in the league, losing 19 games out of 28 games, with five wins and four draws. Daegu fared little better in the FA Cup, losing 0:1 to National League side Suwon City in extra time. Better results were achieved in the League Cup, with Daegu progressing out of their group to the knockout stage, thanks to wins over Daejeon and Busan. Unfortunately, they drew FC Seoul in their first knockout match. Although holding their more fancied opponents to a 2:2 draw after extra time was completed, Daegu lost out in the penalty shootout.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Moe-Korea's Dev Log, Part XII: How Koihime Musou Girls invaded Korea?

In this Moe-Korea's Development Blog, I will tell a story behind the Conquest of Koihime Musou Girls on Korea. Koihime Musou is a prolific Japanese eroge and strategy game based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It was developed by BaseSon, and was first released on January 26, 2007, for the PC as two DVD-ROMs, followed by a re-release on April 11, 2008, containing an extra CD-ROM. The gameplay in Koihime Musou follows a linear plot line, which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the female main characters.

A new version of Koihime with many new characters Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Ryōran Sangokushi Engi (真・恋姫†無双 〜乙女繚乱☆三国志演義〜) was released on December 26, 2008. A third version of Koihime Shin Koihime Musou: Moe Shouden (真・恋姫†無双~萌将伝~) was released on July 23, 2010. Another game named Shin Koihime Eiyuutan has been developed recently and divided into three storylines based on the Chinese Three Kingdoms: Shu, Wei and Wu.

An Online Version of this game, Web Koihime Musou was developed and adapted by GJP. For your information, Shin Koihime Musou won the Grand Prize for Moe-Style Game in 2009 because of sumptuous moe element in this game.

In 2011, Korean Subsidiary of Gamania has announced the new promotion video for Web Koihime Musou in October 2011 and that game will be introduced in the end of the year 2011. Taking a footstep after Japan, these three gorgeous gender-swapped teenager fighting warlords with their retainers of Chinese Three Kingdoms are expected to sweep Korea off its feet. 

In December 2013, Moonblock Inc. and High1 Entertainment developed a TCG game for Android-based Phones entitled '연희몽상/Yeonhui Mongsang'. This game available in T-Store in Korea but you must fill in the 성인인증 (Seong-in Injeung) or roughly known as Adult Registration Form in Korean. This is because this game contains H-Scenes.

For the lighter version without X-Rated Content, Daum Games, a subsidiary of daumkakao Group together with MoonBlock Inc. launched '연희삼국/Yeonhui Samguk' for kakao recently in 2015. This game will link to your Kakaotalk application on your phone. 

Introducing two key people who brought Koihime Musou Girls to Korea: Lee Jeong-hoon of Moonblock Inc. and Shim Kyu-baek of High1 Entertainment.

Sooner and after, these girls will rumble on the Korean Soil.

Friday, 11 September 2015

KorEconomics 101 (한국경제학개론), Part XXII: Shinhan Bank - The Oldest Bank in Korea, established since 1897

Shinhan Bank (Hangul/Hanja/Romanization: 신한은행/新韓銀行/Shinhan Eunhaeng; SWIFT SHBKKRSE, numeric 088), is a bank, headquartered at Daekyung Building, 20 Sejong Boulevard 9th Street/Sejong-daero 9-gil, Taepyeongno 2-ga 120-beonji, Seoul Jung-gu, Republic of Korea. The building is overlooking the Sungnyemun Gate or also known as Namdaemun Gate, Korean Republic's First National Treasure.

Historically it was the first bank in Korea, established under the name Hanseong Bank since the foundation of Korean Empire in 1897. The bank was reestablished in 1982. It is part of the Shinhan Financial Group, along with Jeju Bank. Chohung Bank merged with Shinhan Bank on April 1, 2006.

Shinhan Bank started as a small enterprise with a capital stock of KRW 25.0 billion, 279 employees, and three branches on July 7, 1982. Today, it has transformed itself into a large bank, boasting total assets of KRW 176.9 trillion, equity capital of KRW 9.7 trillion, 10,741 employees, and 1,026 branches as of 2006. Total deposits and net income amounted to KRW 105.3 trillion and KRW 1.4 trillion, respectively. Shinhan Bank is the descendant of Hanseong Bank, the first modern bank in Korea. It was established by Kim Jong-Han in 1897, but began operating around 1900. It was originally located in a small house with only two rooms. One room was for the president, and the other room was for the staff. The bank operated by borrowing money from Japanese banks at low interest rates and then loaning it out for twice the rate to the Korean market. The Bank was successful because despite lending out money at twice the rate it borrowed it at, the bank's interest rates were still far lower than what could be obtained elsewhere in Korea at that time.

Shinhan Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of commercial and other banking services to retail and corporate customers in Korea and internationally. It offers retail banking services to individual customers, wealth management customers, and institutions, such as hospitals, airports, and schools. The company also provides corporate banking and treasury services to corporations, including small or medium sized companies and businesses related to investment banking; internal asset and liability management; trading of securities and derivatives; and investment portfolio management and other related activities. 

In addition, it engages in international bank services, as well as administration of bank operations and merchant banking account. The company’s product portfolio includes various deposit products, such as saving accounts, time deposits, and installment accounts; loans, including mortgage and personal credit loans; investment options; foreign exchange; and retirement pension products, as well as Internet banking, ATMs, and fee based services. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 797 domestic branches, 103 depositary offices, 24 premises, and 8 overseas branches.

In an anecdotal story the bank's first property to use as collateral on a loan happened to be a donkey. The bank staff were challenged to feed and care for their collateral as the loan was out.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Confucian Confusions in Korea, Part XXVIII: Chungnyeol Seowon, Yongin Cheoin-gu, Gyeonggi Province

The Chungnyeol Seowon (Hanja: 忠烈書院) is a seowon located at 9-19 Chungnyeol Avenue/Chungnyeollo, NeungWon-ri 118-1 beonji, Mohyeon-myeon, Yongin Cheoin-gu, Gyeonggi Province. Built in 1576 (9th Reigning Year of King Seonjo of Joseon Dynasty), this lecture hall is dedicated to Po-eun Jeong Mong-ju (포은 정몽주/圃隱 鄭夢周; 1337-1392), a scholar and Civil Officer of Goryeo Dynasty who expressed his loyalty to Goryeo against Yi Bang-won (later King Taejong of Joseon Dynasty) before he perished at Seonjukgyo Bridge, Kaesong on King Taejong's hands. 

Chungnyeol Seowon is gazetted as Gyeonggi Provincial Tangible Cultural Property No. 9 in May 4th 1972. It housed the portraits of Jeong Mong-ju, enshrined inside the lecture hall. According to the documents 'Po-eun Series' and 'Hwa-sang Series', these portraits were painted in 1390, the 2nd year of King GongYang's reign during the Korea Dynasty, when he was appointed to Jwa-myeong Vassal. 

In 1555, the 10th year of King Myeongjong's reign, the portrait enshrined in Yeongdang of a family shrine, was copied and kept in Imgo Seowon in Yeongcheon City, Northern Gyeongsang Province. In 1575, the 8th year of King Yeongjo's reign, the portrait at the family shrine was again copied and enshrined in SungYang Seowon in Kaesong in the present-day DPRK. According to a document, there were 3 copies of the portrait, however they were destroyed during Japanese Imjin Invasion (1592-1598) and only the copied portrait at Imgo Seowon survived. 

Afterwards, in 1619, the 11th year of King Gwanghae's reign, Ga Gyeong-shin ordered the painter Gwon-eung to copy the portrait at Imgo Seowon. The copy was kept in a family shrine by Son Jun. 

When the only surviving portrait at Imgo Seowon was destroyed during Byeongja Chinese-Qing Invasion, King Injo, during the 8th year of his reign, ordered the painter, Kim Yuk to make a copy of the portrait. The copy was enshrined and the original piece was kept in a box. Later in 1654, the 5th year of King Hyojong, one of his descendant, Gan enshrined the original piece in Chungnyeol Seowon. In 1677, the 3rd year of King Sukjong, 3 copies of the portrait were ordered to be painted by the painter Han Si-gak. Each of them was enshrined in Yeong-dang, Chungnyeol Seowon in Yongin and SungYang Seowon in Kaesong.

The copies which were painted by Han Si-gak were destroyed after a while and other copies were again made. The one at Chungnyeol Seowon was copied by the painter Jang Gyeong-ju, the one at SungYang Seowon, by Han Jong-yu and the one at the family shrine by Han Jong-yu. 

The copy made during the 10th year of King Myeongjong's reign is kept in the family shrine. The one at Chungnyeol Seowon Lecture Hall is of a full-length figure sitting on a chair wearing a hat which belongs to the end of the Korea dynasty. He is wearing a green uniform and is leaned to the left. Both of his hands are hold together inside the sleeves and over them a golden belt is placed. Beneath the uniform a white cloth is shown. Even though it is a copy, it is a precious material representing the style of painting during the latter period of the Korea Dynasty. 

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Take Fivers (NSFW!): I Wanna Fuck You by Akon, featuring Snoop Dogg

If I post this crap, it is confirmed that I will be banned from using Blogger. I don't have any ideas to write a blog so, feast your ears by hearing this erotic song. Out of K-meth Pill, I guess. One more thing, don't ban me. I have too many things to write on this shit.

Koihime Musou Groups: Sorted based on South Korean Regions

After I made articles about Koihime Musou Girls and Korean Clans, I've decided to sort them into groups. Each group represents the regions in South Korea. This is how I sort them.

Majority of Koihime Musou Girls are resided in Yeongnam-Gyeongsang Region. So, I divided into four smaller groups.

Which team are you sided? Choose wisely and be the force to be reckoned with.