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'Winter Sonata' to Air in Iraq

2005/05/24 | 173 views | Permalink | Source

By Kim Ki-tae
Staff Reporter

The South Korean hit soap opera "Winter Sonata" will broadcast in Irbil, Iraq, where Korean troops are stationed.

The Korean Overseas Information Service (KOIS) announced yesterday that Iraqi satellite channel Kurdistan Television will start airing the series at 5 p.m. every Thursday, starting this week.

Each episode of the program, which KOIS supplied for free, will also rebroadcast twice within 24 hours of the first airing.

The channel is run by the Kurdish Regional Government and can be seen all over the Middle East. The program will air with Kurdish subtitles.

"The program is expected to enhance peaceful images of the Korean troops there as well as Korea itself among the locals", KOIS official Shin Dong-hak said.

Korean dramas "Autumn Fairy Tale" and "Winter Sonata" have already broadcast in Egypt last August and this January, leading to thousands of fan letters to the Korean Embassy in Egypt and to KBS.

KOIS has been promoting the Korean dramas as a way of raising awareness of Korean culture around the world.

"Winter Sonata", depicting a tragic love story, has drawn a large audience in East Asian countries, including Japan, and contributed to the "hallyu" phenomenon, or the popularity of Korean pop culture throughout Asia. The drama also earned lead actor Bae Yong-joon stardom in East Asia.

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