South Koreans invested properties overseas in 2018 to the tune of nearly half a billion U.S. dollars, according to the Bank of Korea. Major cities in the U.S. has been the most popular, followed by Vietnam. Uncertainty in the South Korean economy and severe case of fine dust in the country has been a growing issue. Many South Koreans have been eying the many new condo projects in Honolulu, in the Kapiolani, Ala Moana and Ward Village areas. Many South Korean visitors are here during the Lunar New Year break, avoiding the cold temperature. Celebrity Kang Ho Dong and Shin Dong Yup were in town frequenting local Korean restaurants.
Episodes 25 and 26; 27 and 28 (Sun.)
Today, 6:45 p.m.: The truth about Hyun Joo’s death slowly unveils itself. Faced with new information, He Ra pledges to once again, take revenge against the person who put her sister in that state. Soo Hyun sees s shocking letter at Tae Oh’s house and confronts him about it.
Today, 7:45 p.m.: Soo Hyun plants doubts into In Joon’s heart about He Ra’s real intentions. He Ra’s suspicion toward In Joon grows even stronger.
‘My Strange Hero’
Episodes 17 and 18 (Mon.); 19 and 20 (Tues.)
Monday 7:45 p.m.: The Trio takes action to fend off Se Ho, and in the process, they find evidence about Sulsong High School’s secret. Even with Se Ho’s schemes and hindrance, Bok Su and Soo Jung’s feelings for each other only gets deeper.
Tuesday 7:45 p.m.: Bok Su and Soo Jung’s relationship is put at risk of being discovered, but they can’t hide their feelings for each other. Wildflower Class Avengers come up with an ingenious plan to take back the victory.
‘The Last Empress’
Episodes 33 and 34 (Wed.); 35 and 36 (Thur.)
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: In an act to protect Sunny, Wang Shik tells Lee Hyuk that he has feelings for Sunny. Wang Shik worries that Lee Hyuk’s growing likeness toward Sunny may hinder their plans for revenge. Princess Ari is caught in the middle of the Queen Dowager’s devious schemes.
Thursday 7:45 p.m: Lee Hyuk confronts his mother about the death of Empress So Hyun, but the conversation only creates more animosity between the two. Min Yu Ra comes back to work in the palace. Lee Yoon promises Hel Ro that he will do whatever it takes to help her sister.
Episodes 13 and 14 (Fri.); Episodes 15 and 16 (Sat.)
Friday, 7:45 p.m: Bu Han tries to reconcile with his wife. Song Joo is stricken with anxiety. Song Joo hides away Chi Woo’s old clothes. Jun Seung’s father and Yi Yoo’s father both find out that they are army buddies.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m: Jin Yoo and Chi Woo form a connection. Unbeknownst to Chi Woo, seeing Jae Hak pulls at her heart strings. Jin Yoo’s ex-wife comes back out of the blue. Joo Ah falls for a con artist. Song Joo tries to get rid of Chi Woo’s old clothes for good.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.