After the U.S. presidential election, the Korean currency has been steadily weakening against the U.S. dollar. The Korean won, KRW exchange rate is over 1,200 won to one U.S. dollar. Many Korean economists expect the KRW to continue to slide against the U.S. dollar in 2017.
This is good news for South Korean exporters but also good for U.S. travelers planning to visit South Korea as the stronger dollar will bring cheaper travel packages. The best times to visit would in the spring or the fall season.
For those interested in traveling to South Korea, start by visiting the South Korean government funded site for information from attractions, travel, transportation, accommodations, food, shopping and of course K-pop. The site is: english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto.
Episodes 19 and 20
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Joong-nyun leaves home, furious at his recyclables thrown away without his permission. Nae-shim is dumbfounded at his reaction. Gab-soon sheds tears as she realizes how Gab-dol has looked out for her. She goes to see Gab-dol but is turned away by his mother.
Today, 7:45 p.m.: Da-hae is engulfed with unexplainable emotions, as Geum-shik and Jae-soon enjoys renewed happiness. Gab-soon and Gab-dol are together again. Ha-soo reacts at seeing them back together.
Episodes 11 and 12
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Chief Doh offers Dong-joo an offer he can’t refuse: to make him one of his men. Teacher Kim hears about the offer. Seo-jung finds out about Teacher Kim’s protégé, Jang Hyun-joo, from In-soo.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: The deceased deserter’s parents ask Dong-joo the exact cause of their son’s death, but Dong-joo hesitates. A sepsis patient’s surgery gets pushed back, and dies while Dong-joo performs a surgery for a VIP patient. The patient’s guardian stages a demonstration at Doldam Hospital.
‘Legend of the Blue Sea’
Episodes 11 and 12
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Shim Chung discovers that Joon-jae is a con artist. She disappears, feeling disappointed. Joon-jae searches high and low for her. Detective Hong, while in pursuit of Ma Dae-young, comes across new evidence.
Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Jin-joo decides to meet Seo-hee again when her investment plan doesn’t go as planned. Joon-jae is held by Detective Hong. He gets anxious when he can’t get in touch with Shim Chung. He tries desperately to find her.
Episode 20 and 21
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Mi-soon tells Se-ri to have a good life with Man-ho. Sam-bong tells her to leave the kids. Ji-gun gets upset at Hae-ryung, seeing her at a dinner.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: In-sook comes to Hae-ryung’s workplace. Hae-ryung asks Ji-gun why he’s attracted to her. Mi-soon prepares to say goodbye to her kids.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or email@example.com.