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Hallyu stars given award for savings

2013/10/01 09:45

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's financial authorities said Tuesday it plans to award the country's "hallyu" stars for their exemplary savings, as part of events to commemorate the 50th Savings Day.

Following the plan, South Korean actor Hyun Bin and singer Gu Hara will be granted the government's award that credits their contributions in promoting savings and to the local economy, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) said.

The 31-year-old actor starred in "Secret Garden," one of South Korea's most popular TV dramas in 2011. Gu is a member of K-pop girl group KARA, which released its first full-length album last month since 2011.

Actor Hyun Bin (Yonhap file photo)

Hallyu, or the Korean wave, refers to the popularity of TV shows and music that has attracted hordes of fans in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

"The decision came as Hyun Bin has been saving most of his profits based on his thrifty lifestyle," an official from the FSC said, adding Gu Hara will also be awarded for making diverse donations to society.

Singer Gu Hara (Yonhap file photo)

The Savings Day, which has fallen on the last Tuesday of October annually since 1973, was announced to promote saving and securing cash to bolster the country's financial industries.

Actress Han Hye-jin and baseball player Lee Dae-ho will also be awarded for contributions made to the country's economy by their thrifty lifestyle and donations, the FSC added.

Market watchers said the governmental award granted on Savings Day has become coveted by local celebrities as such prizes prove their diligence and dedication to society.

colin@yna.co.kr

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