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Seolhyun's image deleted from the 'Visit Korea Committee' website + VKC claims she is still ambassador

By jennywill   Sunday, May 22, 2016   69,893   4,832   208
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Seolhyun's images have been deleted from the 'Visit Korea Committee's website.

There were images of Seolhyun in hanbok on the VKC website. However, those photos have been now deleted, and only Lee Min Ho's photos remain on the homepage. Many had been criticizing Seolhyun's role as the ambassador of the Visit Korea Committee since her historical knowledge controversy.

However, VKC said, "We don't have plans to change the PR ambassador yet. Seolhyun has been appointed to talent donation. Her photos being deleted doesn't have anything to do with the ambassadors changing."
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ilutgg Monday, May 23, 2016

Lets be real here, I don't think she's stupid but her profession is to dance/sing/act, not be a genius. I don't know many people who would be like 'omg no! lets not visit s.korea because that one celebrity didn't know ancient history' ...

liyingying ilutgg Monday, May 23, 2016

China has over 2000 years of history, I am sure that more than one celebrity do not know ancient history, please don't come to visit China.

EJC (Banned) Monday, May 23, 2016

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imatroll (Banned) Monday, May 23, 2016

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liyingying  imatroll (Banned) Monday, May 23, 2016

you are not dumb and bimbo! if you are a korean, can you tell me the history of korea why korea seperated into S korea and N korea. can you also tell me how many soldiers had died in the korea war. have you given a bow every year to the soldiers sacrifice for S korea

imatroll (Banned) liyingying Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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bangeryun94 Monday, May 23, 2016

Translation:  we have deleted all her photos but we are not replacing her.

YifansBalls Monday, May 23, 2016

She is being called an idol! At least be somebody people can idolise. Not just a pair of legs in a mini skirt lip synching on stage. Basic knowledge at least. I heard Ahn Joong Geun or whatever is almost equivalent to Martin Luther King in Korea. So to not know him shows the level of education these 'idols' are exposed to. To have language, dance, singing lessons some other lessons need to be overlooked. It is sad that these idols may be missing out in these sort of things. Did she not go to school?

liyingying YifansBalls Monday, May 23, 2016

are you sure she doesn't know who is Ahn Joong Geun and are you sure she doesn't know he was a great man of korea history. I only knew from the news that she could not fill the name ahn joong geun to the picture(photo) as shown to her. can you tell me whether that picture(photo) had printed in the history books for the students to study in school when teachers teaching students who was ahn joong geun

YifansBalls liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

I heard people are not angry at her as much as they are at Jimin. I saw the episode. She made light on the matter like calling him nicknames and even joking around with the clues the staff gave her. I also heard that Ahn Joong Geun is important to Koreans as George Washington is to Americans. Thus even elementary school kids know of him. I am currently studying in the UK. Trust me, my korean friends here all say that you have to be really ignorant to not know who he is. An article also mentioned that Seolhyun went to school at a place very near to Ahn Joong Geun park which has his statue. As for the history books, considering my Korean friends here said that even during elementary hey are thought about him, I would assume it definitely have pictures. Why? History books in your country do not have pictures? I'm from Malaysia and even mine does. Tunku Abdul Rahman the man responsible for Malaysia's independence is everywhere! Even on our currency. So if a Malaysian does not know him...

liyingying YifansBalls Monday, May 23, 2016

General Cheung Chi Cheung who was the highest grade general died in a war in the eight years Sino-Japanese war in world war 11, he was a great hero in the second Sino-japanese war of China. Nowaday many main streets in the main cities in China are used his name to name the streets.But i can assure you that over 90 percent of the youth in China born in 80's, 90's and 20 century can not fill his name correctly under his photo if ten different photos show to the youth at the same time. it is all because even if the history books in China in schools for the students to study have mentioned the history of general Cheung Chi Chung but his photo did not have printed in the history book, so how can we critize a youth can not recognize the picture(photo) of the hero in their country if they have never seen the picture(photo)before

sarangsarrah liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

knowing what he does and knowing what he looks in pictures are two different things. i think she knows well who ahn jung geun is just that she couldnt identify him in pictures. speaking as a korean it's kinda easy to get confused since we have so many historical figures to remember. ask an american, they could probably name all their presidents in order but maybe if pictures were put in front of them, they probably have a hard time to identify. it's honestly a mistake which everyone can learn together. the show 2D1N covered an entire episode as tribute to ahn jung geun and the members couldnt really identify him either. it's cause different pictures are sometimes used in different books and settings and there was not an issue at all regarding the 2D1N members. that show has a much higher rating than channel AOA with wider audience at a consistent rate. dont believe so easily what people tell you when they say a friend of this says...a friend of that says... cause many people are trying to incite hate needlessly. even if she gets stripped off her ambasadorial title people wont leave seolhyun alone and i'm not even a big fan of her but i feel really sorry for the disproportionate amount of hate and double standards that she always seem to get

liyingying sarangsarrah Monday, May 23, 2016

your words are right. I have never written a word in allkpop or other medias concerning the matters of moves stars , singers or kpop idols before. I wrote so many comments here , because I have noticed the K nitizens have made harsh criticism since the matter happened. It seems like that they have the objective to cease Seolhyun's entertainment career or at least put her down to the bottom of the career. It is too hard to a girl who are only 21 years of age. She has paid a lot of efforts and get the present result. I always wonder if AHN joong geun is well known by all korean, at least one of the two girl must know who is Ahn Joong Geun, so I doubt the problem is came from the pictures(photos). of course , they have made mistakes of joking in front of the pictures of the heros of korea, but taking into considerations of they are not attending a political meeting and they didn't know the pictures in front of them were the heroes of korea, they were attending a entertainment tv show, it is unfair for the K netizens give the disproportionate amount of hate to Seolhyun.

JYJRainbow YifansBalls Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Who is Martin lauther? and I answer your question

liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

I totally agree with the representive from the Visit Korea Committee stated"Seolhyun was appointed as a tourism ambassador based on her contributions of her talents" One of the reason why Korea products are so welcomed worldwide nowaday because Korea has sucessfully increase their country image through the movies, dramas and kpop. I think it will be a very small amount of tourist go to Korea are because of interesting to learn Korea's history.  One of the reason why Korea is a attractive country for travelling now because fans love their idols such as Song joong ki, Suzy, Seolhyun, IU and more and more. If the Visit Korea Committee thinks that Korea history is an  important part for the  tourists, why did they not appoint a university korea history's professsor  as a tourism ambassador?

jalila10 liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

and do seolhyun has big foreign fandome like song joong ki , suzy and iu ???

YifansBalls jalila10 Monday, May 23, 2016

I live in the UK. And people here only know BigBang. Even then it's usually just GD. Other groups especially girl groups don't get much attention here. TBH, I've never even heard a full AOA song, have no idea how many members there are. I just know her. Even then because of running man.

jalila10 YifansBalls Monday, May 23, 2016

i do like seolhyun body and her face , but she is not talented in acting on doing variety shows , which makes me not like her personality

liyingying jalila10 Monday, May 23, 2016

song jong ki is only became very popular after the drama DOS this year and he had the biggest foreign fans Do you have the figures of the foreign fans number between suzy, iu and seolhyun? the above three named female idols all are very popular both in korea and overseas, all of them have good charactor besides their pretty, so fans need not to dispute their popularity.

jalila10 liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

no it wasn't because of DOS , he had two previous hit drama and movie ...he was already A list actor , but now he become top A list ... but when it come to the three idols , iu popular with her music , suzy get populat thru dream high , seolhyun get popular with cf pose lol ???

Monkeytae liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

Sorry I dont even know her existence in aoa until there's a lot of news about her famous to be nothing

liyingying jalila10 Monday, May 23, 2016

actually i am not a kpop fan, i know seolhyun in the tv show Brave Family, i think she was not so popular in korea at that time. I pay attention to her because of her good charactor shown in the show. I think she is getting popular because of the SK telecom cf and also she has attended various shows in tv especially in the running man. i think all you know that she has now filmed many cf in korea. I think she can get popular one of the reason is that she has a nice charactor, she is smiling all the times. In laws of jungle, you can see the elder members treat her like their daughter, the younger member treat her like their sister.

liyingying Monkeytae Monday, May 23, 2016

it's o.k you don't know her, all we need to do is to give a fair words to a person and not confirm he/she is guilty before giving him/her a chance of explanation

liyingying jalila10 Monday, May 23, 2016

I know IU after she held the concerts in china and hong kong in 2015 and i like to listen her songs very much. I like suzy besides her very pretty face, her smiling and laughing were true hearted when she attended the various tv shows.

sarangsarrah jalila10 Monday, May 23, 2016

she was chosen because of her popularity in korea. lee minho was chosen because he is popular overseas. if you wanna compare seolhyun to song joong ki, you might as well compare lee minho to song joong ki. currently the latter is more famous. seolhyun is now at the peak of her popularity which is why she was chosen. suzy has had her time and is honorary ambassadors for other roles whereas IU's level of popularity didnt quite reach yoona or suzy or seolhyun's level and yes i said that in descending order where at one point if you walk the streets you can see their pictures almost everywhere

liyingying sarangsarrah Tuesday, May 24, 2016

how will I compare song joong ki with seolhyun, of course I know Song joong ki popularity now in Korea, China , Hong Kong and south east asia. all of the movie stars or kpop idols you talking about are adorable, I will not compare amongst them.

aysh95 Monday, May 23, 2016

probably going to change the ambassador soon...

nameisinvalid Monday, May 23, 2016

Bitter bandwagons critters.

intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

why did they remove her photos?

Monkeytae intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

She's kicked out

liyingying Monkeytae Monday, May 23, 2016

Monkeytae- I have seen many rude words you have said to Seolhyun in your comments. How ugly your heart is?

KpopPRs (Banned) intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

controversy about her not knowing some integral figures in south korea's conception

intricate  KpopPRs (Banned) Monday, May 23, 2016

that's their actual explanation for removing her pictures?

Lynnbia intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

that personality is very famous , she and Jimin didn't know who he is and kept joking about him , netizens are hating on her for that and think she doesn't deserve the title of ambassador . That's the reason she'll probably lose her title , but they removed the pics just like that

KpopPRs (Banned) intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

they haven't offered any official one as far as I can tell, but to keep her pictures up would be hypocritical and undermine SK's history entirely. even though she is beautiful

intricate  KpopPRs (Banned) Monday, May 23, 2016

okaaay..... it just seems so unrelated though. As if folks would visit Korea because of Ahn Joong Geun.... most people weren't even wearing hanboks by the time he did his thing...

YifansBalls intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

I believeit would be a bad reputation for them to keep her as the ambassador when the scandal is still fresh. Not hating on Seolhyun but I think it is just a business strategy. I study business and if one issue can be corrected easily, it should. They deleted her photo simple. They may be targeting tourism, but don;t imagine tourists are all international. Most tourism money come from the locals themselves. So if the locals have a problem with it. Might as well deal with it right?

Monkeytae liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

Only seolhyun...

Monkeytae liyingying Monday, May 23, 2016

Have not you see ajlee who throw a lot of hate at many idols?

intricate YifansBalls Monday, May 23, 2016

I don't think the issue here is income from local tourists... but rather local support. Somehow they figured it's bad for them to keep Seolhyun's picture up there, due to an issue that's factually unrelated to anything they do, but at the same time it's okay for them to keep her as an ambassador for their campaign. It just makes so little sense for them to draw attention to themselves like this, unless their PR director is one of those "bad publicity is good publicity" fanatics. Basically, by doing this they only aggravated the "controversy", therefore actively diminishing the value of Seolhyun's image, and therefore making her an even bigger liability for themselves as they did decide to keep her in the campaign. But then.... when it comes to image in Korea, folks tend to get emotional and make rash decisions.. so it's to be expected?? Such a shame really.... Anyway.... if I was a CEO for VKC and I knew someone decided to do something like change a PR campaign over some unrelated issue I'd be sure to fire some people.. because this just reeks of incompetence.

bangeryun94 intricate Monday, May 23, 2016

They're not really giving an explanation. They've deleted her photos while still claiming she is an ambassador "of talent." They're attempting to distance themselves because there seems to be more issues brewing.

Sunami Monday, May 23, 2016

That hate is really stupid and unnecessary ...

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