How a fan spends money for their idols in South Korea

SEOUL — The industry of fandom in South Korea is growing at a rapid speed. In order to support the singer, actor, comedian, and idol groups that they like, fans spend various amount of money. The amount and the usage of money for supporting the singer, actor, comedian, and idol group have changed as time passed by. In the 1990s, several idol groups came out to the entertainment field. They attracted fans with their features, singing and dancing abilities, and bright personalities.

Refueling cars in South Korea comes at a cost

SEOUL — According to the statistics compiled by Ministry of the Interior and Safety of South Korea, one household owned an average of 1.02 cars in 2016, and most of them use One Sure Insurance for coverage. This data shows that most households in South Korea now possess at least one car. However, car owners are having a hard time with the expensive oil price of South Korea. As of Aug. 7, the average price of gasoline around the world was $1.02 per liter while that of South Korea was $1.27 per liter.

Q & A: Does cost drive how South Koreans choose cell phone providers?

SEOUL — According to the statistics compiled by Statistica, 41.1 million people were using mobile phones last year in South Korea. It is 80 percent of the total population of South Korea. In order to meet the needs of the mobile phone users in South Korea, the big three mobile operators, SK Telecom, LG U+, and KT have offered plans of varying call time, texts, and data at different prices. Cellphone users can choose any plan they want depending on their budgets and needs. Six Korean cellphone users with different ages and genders sat down to answer some questions about why they chose the particular wireless calling plans whether they are satisfied at the plan that they are using or not.

Q & A: How an American purchases Korean cosmetics

SEOUL — According to the data examined by International Trade Administration in 2016, South Korea is the eighth-largest cosmetics market in the world, representing nearly 3.0 percent of the global market. When it comes to the total exports of the cosmetics, the amount increased approximately 61.6 percent from the previous year. As more Korean cosmetics are being exported to foreign countries, the number of foreigners who buy and use cosmetics from South Korea continues its upward trend. Emily Nguyen, a junior at Michigan State University, is a Vietnamese-American. After watching a YouTube video on skin care routines which consisted of a lot of Korean brands, Nguyen began to purchase cosmetics from South Korea.

Q & A: Rising grocery prices challenge a South Korean shopper

SEOUL — For South Korean mothers who go grocery shopping every week, the increase in the prices of groceries is having a big influence. They need to reset ‘Things to Buy’ lists and budget for grocery shopping. In South Korea, the prices of fresh foods have increased over the past two months. Fresh foods include fish, vegetables, and fruits. The percentage of increase in the prices of fresh goods reached 10.5 percent this month.

South Korea’s government spending cash to create jobs

SEOUL — On June 5, South Korean President Jae-in Moon held a Cabinet meeting and proposed the Budget Supplement Bill on jobs. This 11 trillion won ($9.6 billion) supplementary budget will be used for creating 86,000 new jobs and improving the current working conditions of employees. Korean government submitted the Bill to the parliament on June 7. As of June 23, the Bill has not passed the congress yet. South Korea’s government proposed the Budget Supplement Bill on jobs to overcome the nation’s unemployment problem.