By Park Chung-a
Jang Yoon-jeong, Miss Korea 1987 and the first runner-up for Miss Universe in 1988 nabbed top place on the nation's No.1 search engine Naver's most searched keywords list.
Monday’s news that the 24-year-old Lee Honey, Miss Korea 2006, finished third runner-up at the 2007 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Mexico drew public attention to former Miss Korea Jang who recorded Korea’s best finish at the Miss Universe pageant by finishing first runner-up in the 1988 contest. Jang became very popular by hosting various television entertainment shows and as a model but disappeared from the entertainment scene when she got married. Lee, who marked Korea’s second-best finish in the contest, was fifth on the search list.
Second place was taken by Jang Chae-won, a transsexual who appeared on the SBS’ entertainment show ``Truth Game’’ last Tuesday. It is the second time for Jang to be in the spotlight since appearing on the same program before the sex-change operation three years ago, dressed as woman.
Third was Jeon Do-yeon, who won the best actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Jeon, 34, won for her role as a widow struggling to cope with the loss of her husband and son in the movie ``Secret Sunshine.’’
In fourth place was Yeo Jae-gu, a 37-year-old actor who was found dead after hanging himself in his home on Monday. The death of the actor is drawing attention to the plight of actors in low budget dramas which depict true life stories and are popular in Korea. His acquaintances said that he had suffered from depression for some time, since his roles were always minor and he never gained much fame as an actor.
Sixth on the list was Starcraft 2, the new online game. Blizard, an American game maker, on May 19 introduced part of the sequel to Starcraft, which has sold 9.5 million copies _ 4.5 million in Korea alone. The full version of the game is expected to be released early next year.
Comedian Kim Goo-ra’s wife came in the seventh place as her beautiful looks drew public attention after Kim’s wedding video footage was shown on a television talk show in which Kim was a guest.
The Hollywood blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean III: At World’s End” took eighth place after it attracted 3 million people to se it in the eight days since its release.
The late Song In-duk, an MBC sportscaster, placed ninth. He died as a result of complications from internal bleeding on May 23 and his fans have expressed their condolences on the Internet. Song was famous for his passion and diligence toward his work and sports.
Last on the list was Ulsan Nursery School after a child there died from an intestinal rupture while under the supervision of a school teacher. The cause of the rupture has not yet been determined.