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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 25th, 2014 at at 9:00 pm

North Korea Upset About YouTube Video Lampooning Kim Jong-un

This video is actually quite funny:

North Korea has asked China to stop the spread of a video clip lampooning leader Kim Jong-un.

According to a source in China on Tuesday, the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, “seriously compromises Kim’s dignity and authority.”

Beijng was unable to oblige.

The viral video is a Chinese-language techno track that features various dance and fight scenes in which Kim’s head has been magicked on the body of a participant. In one scene, the eternally smiling Kim is knocked out by U.S. President Barack Obama, while in another he has a bucket upturned on his head and is pushed into a swimming pool.

In a third he dances through a field hand in hand with Osama Bin Laden.

The clip was made by a Chinese man surnamed Zhang from Suzhou who reportedly studied at Kyonggi University in South Korea.  [Chosun Ilbo]

On a positive note for the North Koreans, in the video Kim Jong-un does beat up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Japan.  This video does show that the Chinese government has no issues with their people making fun of Kim Jong-un which may be an additional sign of the current animosity between the two countries.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 25th, 2014 at at 4:32 pm

Tweet of the Day: Anyone Else Hate the COEX?

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 25th, 2014 at at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Fugitive’s Hiding Space

Shown is a secret closet inside the vacation home of Yoo Byung-eun in Suncheon city, South Jeolla Province, prosecutors said on July 23, 2014. The 73-year-old billionaire who owns the sunken ferry Sewol that sank off the southwestern coast on April 16 was holed up in the closet when prosecution investigators raided the home in May. Yoo’s dead body was found in a plum field in the city on June 12. (Yonhap)

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 25th, 2014 at at 10:39 am

Autopsy Cannot Determine Cause of Fugitive Billionaire’s Death

This news will only add to the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the fugitive Yoo Byung-eun:

Seo Joong-seok, director of the National Forensic Service, announces the results of a toxicology test and an autopsy conducted on Yoo Byung-eun, a fugitive billionaire allegedly responsible for April’s ferry disaster

The state forensic agency said Friday that it was impossible to determine the cause of death for the fugitive shipping tycoon allegedly responsible for April’s ferry disaster as his body was badly decayed.

The body of Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire who owned Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co., was found on a remote hill in the southern part of the country last month amid a nationwide massive manhunt.

Authorities had sought Yoo — a religious figure and ex-convict — believing that his alleged corruption may have contributed to the April 16 disaster that left more than 300 people, mostly high school students, dead or missing.

“It was impossible to conclude the cause of death since Yoo’s body was in a very advanced stage of decomposition,” said Seo Joong-seok, director of the National Forensic Service (NFS), announcing the results of a toxicology test and an autopsy conducted on Yoo.

In a nationally televised press briefing, Seo further said that the service could not determine whether Yoo had died from a disease or been strangled, as there was too little evidence left on the body.

“The NFS ruled out the possibility that (Yoo) had died from drugs or had been killed by a poisonous animal,” Seo said.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link, but I continue to believe that Yoo likely died of exposure.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 25th, 2014 at at 6:46 am

Son of Fugitive Billionaire Ferry Boat Owner Captured In Yongin

Authorities have finally captured the son of the former fugitive and now deceased billionaire Yoo Byung-eun:

Yoo Dae-kyun

The police said that investigators arrested Yoo Dae-kyun, the eldest son of the runaway Yoo Byung-eun, at a residence in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, at around 7 p.m. on Friday.

In addition, Park Soo-kyung, who was staying with Yoo Dae-kyun, has also been captured. Park is a daughter of Shin Myung-hee, who was a female confidante of Yoo Byung-eun.

Park had allegedly been accompanying Dae-kyun during his escape. Her mother Shin Myung-hee is known to be a key leader of the Salvation Sect, which was led by the Sewol owner Yoo Byung-eun, who was found dead by a farmer on June 12.  [Korea Herald via reader tip]

You can read more at the link, but I am amazed that despite all the money this family has that their flight from authorities was so incompetent.

Park Soo-kyung

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 25th, 2014 at at 3:45 am

How Did Fugitive South Korean Cult Leader Die?

The Chosun Ilbo has a number of explanations for how the fugitive cult leader Yoo Byung-eun died, but I think this one makes the most sense:

How Yoo Byung-eun’s body looked when found and the possessions he had with him.

The most probable cause of death is natural factors. Yoo apparently fled on his own when police raided the cottage in Suncheon. He did not know how to drive and probably ran away on foot and headed toward the mountains. In his haste he did not take much with him.

Most cult members suspected of assisting Yoo’s escape were soon arrested, so Yoo probably lost contact with his supporters and died while wandering through the woods on his own. He was suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, which makes it more likely that he died of natural causes.

It is possible that he died from hypothermia. Suncheon saw frequent rains during the time when Yoo was on the run, while the discovery of the liquor bottles suggests that he drank and fell asleep, causing his body temperature to plummet.  [Chosun Ilbo]

The only thing I find strange about this theory is that he was not found with a bag of money.  You would think if he fled the cabin to avoid the police he would have brought a bunch of money with him.  This opens the possibility that he was killed for a bag of money he had with him or someone stumbled upon the body and stole a bag of money he had with him?

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 24th, 2014 at at 9:09 pm

Korea Finder 26-14

So who knows what this is a picture of?

Korea Finder 2014 Leaderboard

1. Smokes – 8

2. Comfortable Chairs – 6

3. Bobby Ray – 4

4. Setnaffa – 1

4. Bob – 1

4. Coryah – 1

4. 2ID Doc – 1

3. Leon Laporte – 1

3. VAGN – 1

4. MTB Rider – 1

The person with the most points at the end of the year of the weekly Korea Finder contest will win a book or DVD of their choice from Also note that if you have a picture you think would make for a great Korea Finder feel free to send it in to me.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 24th, 2014 at at 4:39 pm

Tweet of the Day: Substitute Wanted

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 24th, 2014 at at 1:51 pm

Picture of the Day: Hanbok Dress Up In Pyeongchang

Women pose in hanbok or traditional Korean dress during a cultural program in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province on Wednesday. /Newsis

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 24th, 2014 at at 7:19 am

Fugitive Ferry Owner Hid In A Secret Room Inside His Cabin With Bags of Cash

You would think the police would have searched this cabin more thoroughly for a secret room like the one Yoo Byung-eun was hiding in:

Location where Yoo’s body was found [Daily Mail]

At the modest but well-appointed, two-storey cabin on the outskirts of Suncheon where Yoo had holed up, its entrance cordoned off by police tape, plates and other tableware could still be seen piled up beside the kitchen sink.

Bags of clothes lay on the floor next to a washing machine, and bibles and a calendar still open to the month of May were visible through a window.

Police raided the cabin, called “Memory in Wood”, on May 25 but failed to find the multi-millionaire, who had hidden behind a wooden wall.

When they returned last month, acting on testimony given by an assistant, police found two suitcases that between them contained 830 million won ($810,800) and $160,000, tagged with numbers 4 and 5, prosecutors said, suggesting more cash may have been stashed elsewhere.  [Reuters via reader tip]

You can read more at the link, but if the police had did a thorough search of the cabin on May 25th they would have caught this guy alive. Here is what the secret room looked like:

The secret compartment of the cottage where ferry owner Yoo Buyng-eon was hiding when police raided it on May 25. There was another cubbyhole on the other side where two bags containing cash were found. [Chosun Ilbo]

Here are pictures of the bags of cash that were found in the cabin:

Investigators on Wednesday show cash found at the cottage in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province. /News 1

Hopefully police are looking into is where bags 1, 2, & 3 are located?

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