Seoul City To Expand Free Medical Services For Foreign Residents

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Seoul City to Expand Free Medical Services for Foreign Residents
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Seoul City to Expand Free Medical Services for Foreign Residents

Foreign residents in Seoul will receive expanded medical services including a more expansive range of free dental treatments, the city government said Tuesday.

The Southwest Global Center, run by the city government to help foreign residents in the capital, will stay open on weekday evenings to offer dental treatments for those who cannot afford to visit the center during the day due to work.

Currently it offers the service three times a week on Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays for foreign residents aged 10 or above who are not eligible for health insurance benefits.

Seoul City to Offer Free Weekend Movie Screenings
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Seoul City to Offer Free Weekend Movie Screenings

Seoul residents will be treated to free outdoor movie screenings under bridges across the Han River for the next five weeks.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday said the city would provide screenings at 8 p.m. every Saturday from this weekend through Aug. 19 under the Cheonho Bridge in Gwangnaru, the Cheongdam Bridge in Ttukseom, the Wonhyo Bridge in Yeouido and the Seongsan Bridge in Mangwon.

Part of the city's summer festival program, the screenings will include the hit Japanese animated film "Your Name" and the Academy Award-winning "La La Land".

Seoul City Bus Tours Lose Appeal
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Seoul City Bus Tours Lose Appeal

Seoul City Bus Tour is seeing fewer and fewer passengers as critics accuse the rides of failing to catch up with the interests of visitors. The rides started in 2000 catering mostly to foreign tourists visiting the capital, and two private operators run 21 buses on six different routes.

The operators complain that their problem is a lack of funding. The Seoul Metropolitan Government subsidized them until 2011, but now they have to fend for themselves.

The number of users dropped from 251,000 in 2014 to 194,000 last year and stood at only 66,000 in the first five months of this year, or 437 a day. That means each bus carries only four or five passengers at a time, and foreigners account for a paltry 30 percent of the total.

Jellyfish Entertainment announces Seo In Guk's medical re-examination date
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Jellyfish Entertainment announces Seo In Guk's medical re-examination date

Jellyfish Entertainment announced actor Seo In Guk's medical re-examination date and gave an update on his status.

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On April 17, Jellyfish Entertainment revealed, "Seo In Guk's medical re-examination date is April 27. Please expect an official statement once the results come in."

The agency continued, "Also please understand that we are unable to reveal the exact examination location and time at this moment."

[Hot Takes from the Noonas] Seo In-guk will get medical re-examination on April 27
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[Hot Takes from the Noonas] Seo In-guk will get medical re-examination on April 27

Roughly two weeks after leaving the military early due to an ankle injury, Seo In-guk is keeping fans posted on the status of his military re-enlistment.

Without a doubt, Seo In-guk's agency wants to reassure Koreans that the actor is not shirking his civic responsibility. One only has to look at Yoo Ah-in's repeatedly postponed enlistment due to a persistent shoulder injury to see how unforgiving Korean netizens can be about perceived army duty evasion.

Let's hope Seo In-guk has more luck than Yoo Ah-in in overcoming his injury so that he can get army duty over with sooner. Unfortunately, if Seo In-guk is deemed unfit for enlistment, he would still be forced to remain absent from the public eye for the same amount of time, much like Choi Jin-hyuk was after being discharged early due to a knee injury. To resume his career after a premature discharge would be PR suicide.