[caption id="attachment_2178" align="alignleft" width="309" caption="Jin Goo"]Jin Goo[/caption] Happy New Year everyone! The year in Korean drama ended with a bang as always, with the three major networks each holding their gala Drama Awards. On MBC, awards night was all about the Queens. MBC had a very good year with the hit Queen Seon Duk, which dominated the evening by winning the Daesang (Grand Prize), Drama of the Year, Excellence Awards in acting for Lee Yo Won, Uhm Tae Woong and Kim Nam Gil, and Best Couple (Kim and Lee), among many other honors. Yoo Seung Ho and Lee Seung Hyo also won Newcomer Awards for their work on Queen Seon Duk. Many of Seon Duk's awards however were shared with another regal drama, the feel-good hit Queen of Housewives. Housewives cleaned up with Excellence Awards for Kim Nam Joo and Yoon Sang Hyun. Over at KBS, IRIS and Lee Byung Heon took top honors. The action hit also scored Excellence in Acting awards for Kim Seung Woo, Jung Jun Ho and Kim Tae Hee. Lee Min Ho and Kim So Eun each won Newcomer awards for fan favorite Boys Over Flowers, and you can check the complete list of awards winners right here. At SBS, the big winner of the night was Wife's Temptation, which not only won Daesang, but also Best Actor and Actress awards for Byun Woo Min and Kim Seo Hyung. Other dramas that gathered multiple awards for acting at SBS were Cain & Abel, Brilliant Legacy, and City Hall. After Queen Seon Duk's massive win at the MBC awards, star Ko Hyun Jung has announced her next role, and it's another intriguing and powerful female character: Korea's first woman president! Lee Dae Hae will appear January 2nd on the variety show Happy Together to promote her upcoming gender-switch historical drama Chuno. During taping, she reportedly performed an "almost perfect butt dance." Almost? Kim Hyun Jung is tops in Japan, at least according to the magazine Enolife, which ranked Hallyu stars' popularity. Check out the complete rundown here. Kim Bum on the other hand has not only conquered Japanese pop charts with his song Christmas Eve Sky--he's also topped the Japanese language pop charts in Korea! The mobius strip of popularity is explained here. Boys Over Flowers, scandals, crossover hits and the kpop star who wrote "Korea is gay" on his myspace page are all part of the Top 10 Korean Entertainment stories of 2009. Definitely worth a look! Finally, before Gourmet there was Le Grand Chef, and now there's Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi War! Check out the teaser trailer and then see stars Kim Jung Eun and Jin Goo at the press conference held to promote the new foodie romance.