18 Feb – A small argument between Chinese netizens and Korean fans have now turned into a boycott campaign against the Korean series, "River Where The Moon Rises", following an Instagram photo posted by its star Kim So-hyun.
As reported on Mingpao, the actress recently shared a photo of her in the show's period costume to wish everybody a Happy Lunar New Year, attracting the attention of Chinese netizens who went on the comments section to say that the costume was actually a Chinese hanfu and not a hanbok.
They also stated that the Goryeo Kingdom was part of Chinese history instead of Korean, and was founded from Han Chinese commandaries instead of one of the major ancestors of Koreans; the Buyeo people.
Several mainland netizens then left angry messages saying that Korean has no knowledge of their own ancestors and supposedly plagiarised Chinese culture - even went on to calling South Korea a "thief country".
Angered by these comments, South Korean netizens fought back, including singer Song Ga-in, who uploaded a photo of her in a hanbok and wrote, "Kimchi and hanbok, they all belong to South Korea".
Korean rapper E-Sens also expressed his frustration with the issue, writing, "Hanfu is not hanbok. Please understand the facts. Hanbok belongs to Koreans."
It had since inflamed Chinese netizens even more, with some of them calling for everybody to boycott the said series.
"River Where the Moon Rises" tells the story of the Princess Pyeonggang of the Goryeo Kingdom who dreams of becoming the King of Goryeo.
(Photo Source: Kim So-hyun Instagram)