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19 June


Koreans require renaming objects named K-pop singers

Earlier, several national pop stars received accusations of crimes

Photo: Korea Times

/NOVOSTIVL/ Local district offices are in a quandary over whether to remove the names of scandal-hit celebrities from facilities in their jurisdictions. This article appeared in The Korea Times.

The names of these stars once promised streams of tourists and income. But as people learn of the shocking allegations that a slew of entertainers illicitly recorded sex videos and shared the obscene material in mobile chatrooms, the regional offices' celebrity marketing is under scrutiny.

One example is Park Yoo-chun Cherry Blossom Road in Incheon's Gyeyang-gu. The road was named in 2013 by a local volunteer group funded by Park's fan club, and is decorated with Park's murals.

Park, an actor and a member of boy band JYJ, faces arrest over allegations that he took illegal drugs together with his former fiancee Hwang Ha-na, the now-arrested granddaughter of Namyang Dairy Products founder.

As the allegations grow, there are calls from the community for the 1.8-kilometer road to be renamed.

In response to the growing complaints, Gyeyang-gu Office said it held a discussion with the volunteer group recently about the issue.

The office and the group remain cautious because Park's case is still pending.

According to the volunteer group, it is considering removing murals and the plaque indicating the Park Yoo-chun Road by August, saying after observing how the situation develops, it will talk with Park's fan club about whether to get rid of these.