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KUALA LUMPUR: In the dynamic world of South Korean entertainment, where the global phenomenon of Hallyu, driven by the infectious rhythms of K-Pop, often takes centre stage, there exists a discerning community made up of global fans.

This community find their true passion in the nuanced storytelling of homegrown television dramas, famously known as K-Dramas.

This community not only appreciates the magnetic allure of K-Pop but also cherishes the depth, emotion, and cultural resonance woven into the intricate plots and character development that define South Korea’s dramas.

In a spectacular fusion of cultures, the Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Malaysia hosted a two-night K-Cultural Concert during the Korea Travel Fest 2023 last weekend. The event featured an enchanting lineup of iconic Korean drama OSTs (Original Soundtracks) that have taken Malaysia by storm, capturing the hearts of music enthusiasts and K-Drama fans alike.

As one of the attendees, the author too was swept away by the rhythm of familiar tunes and found themselves singing along to the soul-stirring lyrics. This experience celebrated not only the universal language of music but also highlighted the profound cultural impact that K-Dramas continue to have on audiences worldwide.

Executive vice president of KTO’s International Tourism Division, Seo Yong Choong, noted that the concert served not only as a musical extravaganza but also as a nostalgic journey for fans, transporting them back to the memorable scenes and poignant moments from their favourite series.

Seo shared, “The allure of the K-Cultural concert was further heightened by the inclusion of renowned K-pop artists who lent their voices to these OSTs, creating an immersive experience for the audience. The seamless blend of live performances, state-of-the-art visuals, and a shared passion for Korean entertainment forged an indelible connection between the performers and the diverse Malaysian crowd.”

This sentiment was expressed during a press conference held before the concert, which featured artists such as Soyou (former member of K-pop girl group SISTAR), Vincent Blue, Kassy and Car, The Garden, as well as popular singer-actor Kim Jae Joong. The event was hosted by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, in collaboration with KTO, and was supported by the South Korean embassy in Malaysia.

Malaysian K-community influencer, Nura Ezzatie, shared her thoughts on K-Drama OSTs, emphasising their special ability to make fans feel the emotions portrayed in the storyline and leave a lasting impression.

She explained, “Every time I listen to the OSTs, I can feel and remember the particular scene in the drama. It certainly helps in promoting South Korean cultural and tourist spots, as the drama scenes showcase the beauty of the country. OSTs add a unique vibe, making us feel like we are part of the drama’s main characters.”

Meanwhile, Zulhimi Asyraf Zamri, a digital creator actively involved with the embassy and the Seoul Tourism Association in South Korea, highlighted the undeniable power of K-Drama OSTs in promoting South Korea’s culture and country.

He noted, “The K-Cultural Concert, filled with OSTs from famous K-Dramas, brought back memories of the dramas I have watched and the beautiful shooting locations. Even those who do not watch the drama will be drawn to it after listening to the OSTs, ultimately helping South Korea promote its country and culture.

“I am someone who loves both OSTs and the dramas, as the OSTs are released in line with the storyline, creating a strong impact that matches the episodes’ emotional intensity.”

The travel festival was part of the Visit Korea Year 2023-2024 campaign, aiming to immerse Malaysians in South Korean K-Culture while fostering their interest in visiting the country. – BERNAMA

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KUALA LUMPUR : Recently, Malaysia was ranked fourth best architecture in Asia, surpassing architectural powerhouses like Hong Kong, South Korea, and India.

The iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur has been a significant contributor to this recognition.

Insider Monkey reported the iconic towers have attracted 20.14 million tourists, with 30,000 reviews on TripAdvisor, making them the second-best-rated architectural landmark in Malaysia.

Malaysia, with its 20.14 million tourists, ranks fourth, demonstrating the country’s significant appeal to architecture enthusiasts worldwide.

China tops the list with 65.73 million tourists annually, followed by Thailand with 28.15 million tourists, and Japan with 25.07 million visitors.

The top 10 list was compiled using a consensus approach.

Initially, ten reports and rankings online were consulted, and countries mentioned in at least 50% of these sources were shortlisted.

These countries were then ranked based on their 2023 tourist arrivals, with the hypothesis that good architecture attracts more tourists.

Tourism data were sourced from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), with additional insights from Tripadvisor, The International Architecture Awards, and The Pritzker Architecture Prize.

According to data from TripAdvisor Inc., tourism in the Asian region is expected to flourish in the coming months.

Malaysia’s architectural marvels are poised to draw even more visitors, further enhancing its status as a top architectural destination.

Top 10 Asian Countries for Architecture

1. China – 65.73 million tourists

2. Thailand – 28.15 million tourists

3. Japan – 25.07 million tourists

4. Malaysia – 20.14 million tourists

5. India – 27.91 million tourists

6. Hong Kong – 17.16 million tourists

7. Macau – 14.23 million tourists

8. Vietnam – 12.60 million tourists

9. South Korea – 11.03 million tourists

10. Taiwan – 6.49 million tourists

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PUTRAJAYA: Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong ( pic ) has deposited the ratification document of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Convention (also known as C155) as part of the government's measures to strengthen aspects of OSH in line with the decision of the Cabinet meeting on May 8.

The Human Resources Ministry said the ratification document was submitted to ILO director-general Gilbert F. Houngbo while attending the 112th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday (June 11).

"This step is a positive action by Malaysia in improving the country's labour standards, especially in the aspect of occupational safety and health which is a very important global human right.

"At the same time, this effort will complement the implementation of policies and legislation related to national occupational safety and health following the amendment to the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514) (Amendment) 2022 (Act A1648) which came into effect on June 1."

Also present at the session were Malaysia Employers Federation (MEF) president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Mohd Effendy Abdul Ghani as tripartite partners of the government.

Among others, the statement mentioned that the latest amendment to Act 514 emphasised the employer's responsibility to ensure workplace safety, expand legislative coverage of Act 514 from the previous 10 sectors to all economic sectors, improve safety and health training at the workplace, and introduce provisions for the right of workers to isolate themselves from high-risk workplaces.

According to the ministry, the ratification step will accelerate the country's efforts towards achieving target 8.8 under the sustainable development goals (SDG) which emphasises the protection of labour rights and promotion of a safe and secure work environment for all workers.

The ministry also said the government has held dicussions and consultations with its tripartite partners namely MEF and MTUC as well as also sought the views of the ILO before making the decision to ratify Convention C155.

It also announced that it will hold an information session for all stakeholders including the media about the ratification and its compliance requirements.

"This step is expected to lead to an increase in safety and health at workplaces throughout the country," it added. – Bernama

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K HIVA (Uzbekistan): A holistic approach that prioritises sustainability, resilience and equity is needed to capture the growing and significant Muslim tourism market, says Datuk Roslan Abdul Rahman.

The Tourism, Arts, Culture Ministry (Motac) secretary-general said the Islamic tourism sector has grown significantly over recent years, driven by the increasing number of Muslim travellers seeking destinations and services that respect their religious beliefs and practices.

“This is strategically advantageous for OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) member states to satisfy the growing demand for Muslim-friendly products and services, especially in the tourism supply chain.

“We must adopt a holistic approach to Islamic tourism development that prioritises sustainability, resilience and equity, particularly in the face of global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, geopolitical challenges and socio-economic inequalities,” he said in reading the national statement at the 12th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM12) here on Sunday.

Roslan led the ministry’s delegation to the ICTM12, organised by the OIC, held from May 31 to Sunday.

The conference included two working sessions.

Roslan said Malaysia has developed the National Tourism Policy (NTP) 2020-2030, which advocates inclusivity, sustainability, innovation and digitisation in the transformation of the country’s tourism sector, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Goals (UNSDGs).

“This policy serves as a guide and basis for planning the development of the tourism industry to optimise its potential as one of the key economic drivers,” he added.

He said that Malaysia has identified the Muslim-Friendly Tourism and Hospitality (MFTH) segment as one of the crucial drivers of economic progress that could be further explored.

“Since 2009, Malaysia has been actively expanding and enhancing its MFTH segment.

“In 2023, Malaysia received over 4.5 million Muslim international arrivals and managed to retain its top position as the premier destination for Muslim travellers.

“This marks the ninth time Malaysia has maintained its top spot in the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2024,” Roslan added.

During the ICTM12 senior official meetings presentation, Roslan said the tourism industry in Malaysia has seen gradual growth since the reopening of the country’s borders on April 1, 2022, post Covid-19 pandemic.

“According to the latest data recorded, a total of 5.8 million tourist arrivals were identified in the first quarter of 2024, an increase of 32.5% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

“Based on this positive development, Malaysia targets the arrival of 27.3 million foreign tourists to Malaysia with a total expenditure of RM102.7bil for the year 2024.

“This is in line with the UN World Tourism Barometer prediction of tourism performance post-pandemic, following a strong rebound that the industry has shown in 2023,” he added.

He said air connectivity remains one of the main priorities that can increase tourist arrivals in a particular destination.

Based on the Official Airline Guide (OAG) data, Roslan said Malaysia will have 31.6 million international flight seats in 2024, which is significantly lower than Singapore, which has 31.6% more flight seats than Malaysia.

“It is imperative that Malaysia capitalise on Singapore’s air connectivity to increase arrivals to the country.

“This can be done through multi-destination offerings either via Singapore-Malaysia’s international airports, such as KLIA, Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, or via Singapore-Johor land borders,” he added.

Big focus: Roslan representing Malaysia at ICTM12 in Khiva, Uzbekistan.

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