Lee Kwang-soo, a star of the SBS variety show "Running Man" and actress Lee Chung-ah have been designated honorary ambassadors for the Busan Contents Market (BCM) 2013, slated for May 9-11.
The organizing committee said Tuesday the two were selected because of their popularity with hallyu (Korean wave) fans in other parts of Asia, such as China, Japan and Thailand.
Busan City has hosted the BCM since 2007. Over the last six years, it has grown into Asia's largest venue to trade visual content.
So far, 394 companies from 49 countries have registered for this year's event.
B.A.P sells 10,000 tickets for US tour
K-pop group B.A.P sold out tickets for next month's U.S. leg of its world tour in just an hour, its agency TS Entertainment said.
The six-member boy band will start their American tour May 7 in Los Angeles, then perform in San Francisco May 10, Washington May 14 and New York on May 17. Each venue is scheduled to host about 2,500 concertgoers.
The four-city stint is part of the group's "B.A.P Live on Earth Pacific Tour." The six members will then tour through Asia, with concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong in June.
B.A.P debuted in 2012 with "Warrior." Their EP album "One Shot," released in March, topped the Billboard world album charts.
World Cup star teaches in Japan
Ahn Jung-hwan, hero of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, has been made an honorary principal of a new Korean-language school in Japan, Japanese daily Nikkan Sports News reported yesterday.
The principal of "Juke 19" is a Japanese interpreter who helped Ahn settle with his former J league team. The school, in the Okubo district of Tokyo, is scheduled to open April 19.
"As a soccer player, I played in six nations. Every time, I worked especially hard to master each language," said the former midfielder.
"That in turn helped me to make friends as well as broadening my view. I hope students attending this school to learn Korean can also have the opportunities I had."
Ahn, 37, retired from the local soccer scene in 2012.