Moon Geun-young Saves Community Learning Center

Popular actress Moon Geun-young donated about 300 million won to a learning center for poor children in Haenam, South Cholla Province, near her hometown of Kwangju.

Bae Yo-seop, a pastoral intern at a church in a Haenam, opened an after-school study room for poor children in 2002. About 40 children from poor or single-parent families study there for free.

The program was facing closure in October when the landlord told Bae that the house would be sold off.

Bae recalled in an interview with Yonhap News Agency that a middle-aged couple visited him, suggesting that he find new place for the study room. They bought 1,650 square meters of land, estimated at 75 million won ($79,700), for the program. Only when Bae saw the name on the registration papers did he realize that the couple were actress Moon’s parents.

“It was a blessing so overwhelming that I couldn’t be sure whether I was dreaming or not,” Bae said, expressing gratitude to the 20-year-old actress and her parents.

A new building, equipped with library, computer room, bathhouse and dining room will be built on the land. The 200 million-won expense will be also covered by Moon.

Moon, a graduate of Kukje High School in Kwangju, has donated to charities and social welfare institutions in her hometown several times. She is currently studying at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.
Source: The Korea Times

doozy: Wow, that was very generous and kind of MGY. Although I can’t call myself a fan of her works, the more I read about the charitable activites that she does, the more I respect her.

Moon Geun-young’s Bid to Grow Up Hits World Headlines

The Korean actress Moon Geun-young, dubbed the “nation’s little sister,” is seeing her fame extend beyond her native country. Wire agency Reuters recently published an article on Moon titled “South Korea’s Little Sister Wants to Grow Up,” which was picked up by newspapers in the U.S., U.K, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Taiwan. This proves her potential to rise to world stardom.

Reuters reports that Moon, with her sweet and innocent image, is “the country’s most sought-after celebrity for advertisers.” But Korea seems unwilling to allow her to change and grow up. Shaking off the image is proving anything but easy. The movie Love Me Not, the first she shot after turning 20 and where she plays a grown woman, performed poorly at the box office. And there is the risk that she could lose everything she has in her quest for a more mature identity. As part of her efforts, she appeared in a racy commercial for a mobile company, where she projected a sexier image.

“Because I am a girl now, it is only fair for people to see me as a girl. But as time goes by, I believe I will become a real woman who understands sorrow, love and pain,” Moon told Reuters. “But the interest in me is sometimes too much. Expectations are high and I loathe to let people down.”

The news agency took due interest in her college life, quoting her as saying, “I am having so much fun in college. If I want to express different images and emotions on screen, I have to learn lessons from real life. It is only when my personal life takes shape that my career as an actress can take shape.”
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To read the article from Reuters, click here.

Innocent Star Goes Sexy for KTF Commercial

No longer a girl but a full-grown woman: in a commercial for KTF music portal site Dosirak, Moon Geun-young breaks with the innocent image that has won her the adoration of fans to transform herself into a sexy musical star. In the ad, which will be hitting the airwaves on Dec. 14, she sings a new song and moves her body to some racy choreography. A music video is to be separately released. KTF will be making the commercial public on the Dosirak site on Dec. 26.

Appearing opposite Kim Joo-hyuk in the romantic film Love Me Not Moon has already shown a mature side of herself with her role as a closed-off blind woman. The film, released on Nov. 9, however, failed to perform well at the box office.
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doozy: I’m not really sure how I feel about this change of image. I need to see the music video first before I can make comments on whether I like this new “sexy image.”
I wonder if the Korean public will welcome this change because it’s kinda hard, IMO, to view someone who’s been like your “little sister” or “daughter” in this new light. Nonetheless, I guess we’ll have to accept the fact that MYG is all grown up.