Here are the answers to LKL’s 2010 Quiz of the Year.
1. Jong Tae-se is the emotional coal miner. The Korean footballer, born in Japan, wept as he lined up for the DPRK national team in the 2010 World Cup. After their less than successful campaign, the DPRK footballers were said to have been sent to do a bit of hard labour in the mines when they got home.
2. The quaint village is Hahoe, which achieved UNESCO World Heritage status along with Yangdong: “Founded in the 14th-15th centuries, Hahoe and Yangdong are seen as the two most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea”
3. The Prime Minister of Australia has been dressed in Austrian national costume to welcome the G20 leaders to Seoul
4. The pastime is Maesanyang, falcon hunting, which was among three Korean traditions that were included in UNESCO’s intangible world heritage list this year along with gagok (lyrical songs) and daemokjang (wooden architectural craftsmanship).
5. DPRK leader-in-waiting Kim Jong-un is said to have had surgery to make him look more like Kim Il-sung.
6, 7. Jang Dong-gun and Song Hye-kyo are said to be the top plastic surgery templates
8. Apparently hemorrhoidectomy claims top spot on the 2009 surgery list, not eyelid or any other form of plastic surgery.
9. A <--> c | B <--> e | C <--> b | D <--> a | E <--> d
Awards, appointments and honours
10. Kim Yu-na had a coin minted in her honour in Tuvalu, had August 7th named after her in Los Angeles and received a Proud Korean award, was named global goodwill ambassador for Seoul and a Catholic foundation, and was one of the faces of the G20 summit, the other two being Park Ji-sung and Han Hyo-joo.
In the K-Pop world, the Wonder Girls were #38 in the list of the world’s sexiest women by FHM Singapore, Girls Generation earned the moniker Lovely Legs in Japan and Kara got known for their Butt Dance.
The honour of being the ambassadors for the Boryeong Mudfest went to slightly lesser celebrities.
11. They used the same florist for their weddings
12. They were all presents for Kim Jong-il. Breeding pairs of exotic animals were gifts from Zimbabwe, while an Austrian was fined 3.3 million euros for a sanctions-busting export of luxury yachts and pianos to the DPRK.
13. Programmers from North Korea’s General Federation of Science and Technology developed mobile-phone bowling games based on The Big Lebowski and Men in Black: Alien Assault
North of the Border
14. The least true story about Kim is his espousal of a strong defensive game in football. He is said to have overruled the team coach by giving orders on his patent invisible mobile phone, telling them to play a more attacking game, resulting in their thrashing at the hands of Portugal in the World Cup.
15. 400 tons of ginseng. The Czechs would rather have the less perishable and more marketable zinc.
17. To the best of our knowledge, the Port of Dover and the Shard of Glass have no Korean investors. The other assets are wholly or partly owned by the Korean National Pensions Service or the National Oil Corporation.