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South Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone Eyes Indonesian Expansion

As the South Korean government steps up its monitoring of cryptocurrency trading, one of the country’s top exchanges is expanding into Southeast Asia. Coinone, a partner of local bank Nonghyup, announced on Apr. 16 plans to move into Indonesia, citing the Southeast Asian giant’s “high economic growth rate

Juwon Park
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K-Webtoons: The Next K-Pop in Southeast Asia?

Deydra Azhara Brahmantya, a graduate student at the University of Indonesia, is engrossed in “I Am Gangnam Beauty.” The South Korean webtoon, created by an author writing under the pseudonym Kee Maeng-kee, tells the story of an unattractive girl who turns her life around by having plastic surgery

Juwon Park
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Can South Korea Tap into Growing Halal Market?

Up the hill from the subway station in Itaewon, one of Seoul’s most diverse neighborhoods, a quiet road lined with a random jumble of shops leads to Seoul Central Mosque. In among the tattoo studio, the corner grocery shops and the LGBT bookstore stands Eid, a small eatery serving

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How Influential Is Islam in South Korea?

Islam has a very small presence in South Korea. As recently as 2005, the religion section in the country’s census did not offer “Muslim” as a category. Currently, the number of Muslims in South Korea reportedly stands at roughly 200,000, or about 0.4 percent of the population.