Friday, February 22, 2019

Korean Cultural Center directors discuss better promotional strategies in Seoul

Kim Tae-hoon, director of the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), on Feb. 11 stresses the importance of Korean Cultural Centers (KCCs) on their 40th anniversary this year in the annual meeting of KCC directors abroad at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History...

Gangwon-do governor seeks to earn his province special self-governing status

Interviewing leaders | #1. Gangwon-do Province Balanced national development is the government's key challenge in the government's drive to solving issues Korea faces such as low economic growth, wealth polarization, the low birth rate, and developmental and economic disparity in the provinces. President Moon Jae-in said...

‘Inclusive nation policy seeks to make Korea attractive immigrant destination’

Jung Dong-il, head of national policy for the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, on Jan. 31 explains the initiative Future Vision 2040, a set of long-term strategies to achieve the national vision of an inclusive state, at his office in Seoul.   Marking his third year...

Japanese mystery novelist is Korea’s top-selling foreign author

The most popular foreign writer in Korea over the last decade is Keigo Higashino, a Japanese author best known for his mystery novels. The photo above shows a display of his works on Jan. 31 at Kyobo Book Centre in Gwanghwamun, Seoul. (Lee Kyoung...

Second NK-US summit set for Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

U.S. President Donald Trump on Feb. 5 officially announces the schedule of the second North Korea-U.S. summit in his State of the Union address at Congress in Washington, D.C. (White House) By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung  The second North Korea-U.S. summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un...

Seollal tourism hotspots for celebrating Year of the Golden Pig

The golden pig statue at the front yard of Geungnakjeon Hall at Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, is a popular tourist spot among visitors seeking to attract good luck in the new year. By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Korea Tourism Organization With 2019 being the...

President Moon’s Lunar New Year message to the nation

By Yoon Sojung President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 2 sent a video message marking Lunar New Year (Seollal). In the message posted on the homepage and SNS channels of Cheong Wa Dae, he said he hoped that everyone can share love and happiness during the holiday. arete@korea.kr

Traditional dance, music set to dazzle over Lunar New Year’s holiday

The National Gugak Center in Seoul from Feb. 5-6 will showcase "Pig Taryeong." The photo shows a dance featuring cranes, the lotus flower and Cheoyong, one of the sons of the East Sea dragon featured in “Samguk Yusa,” a collection of ancient folktales during...

Ceremony marks centennial anniversary of Korean Declaration of Independence

A ceremony and seminar to mark the centennial anniversary of the Korean Declaration of Independence was held on Feb. 1 at Seoul City Hall. The photo shows the original handwritten first draft of the declaration. (Seoul Metropolitan Government) By Park Hye-ri and Yoon Sojung  A ceremony and seminar marking...

‘Push for inclusive policy is a global trend’

Jung Hae Gu, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, on Nov. 23 explains the Moon Administration's vision for inclusive growth at the Government Complex- Seoul's annex building on Nov. 23.   Marking his third year in office, President Moon Jae-in has been driving his...

Inclusive growth boosts quality of life: OECD’s top statistician

  Martin Durand, director of statistics and chief statistician of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), says "Better Policies for Better Lives" is the theme of the OECD's mission and that she will conduct joint research on inclusive growth with Korea. By Park Gil-ja and Kim Minji  Photos...

Gwangju, Hyundai Motor finalize deal on innovative job project

President Moon Jae-in (center) on Jan. 31 expresses his congratulations at Gwangju City Hall, where the municipal government and Hyundai Motor Company held a ceremony for signing their deal finalizing the Gwangju job project. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung The Gwangju city government and Hyundai...

Inaugural trade fair reflects rise of veganism in Korea

Visitors stop by booths at Korea’s first Vegan Festa from Jan. 25-27 at aT Center in Seoul. By Kim Hyelin and Kim Minji Photos = Kim Hyelin Visitors at a food exhibition in Seoul were drawn by the appetizing smell of bulgogi (marinated stir-fried beef) and roasted beef patties. They were...

Korea, Qatar to expand economic cooperation to wider range of fields

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (left) and President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 28 shake hands before their summit at Cheong Wa Dae. By Park Gil-ja and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 28 held a summit with Qatari Emir Sheikh...

Asians prefer shopping, Westerners visiting palaces when in Seoul: poll

Three tourists on Dec. 6, 2018, take a group selfie at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. (Jeon Han) By Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin  Asian visitors in Seoul consider visits to and shopping in Myeong-dong, a bustling and popular neighborhood in downtown Seoul, the most satisfying while traveling in...

Asians prefer shopping, Westerners palace visits when in Seoul: poll

Three tourists on Dec. 6, 2018, take a group selfie at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. (Jeon Han) By Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin  Asian visitors in Seoul consider visits to and shopping in Myeong-dong, a bustling and popular neighborhood in downtown Seoul, the most satisfying while traveling in...

No. of foreign tourists in Korea rose 15 pct. last year

The heightened mood of peace on the Korean Peninsula attracted more foreign tourists to Korea last year. This photo shows Japanese shoppers lined up at the Line Friends store in Seoul’s trendy Hongdae neighborhood to buy BTS goods. (Korea.net DB) By Kim Eun-young and Kim Minji The Korea Tourist...

Drone Show Korea 2019 showcases latest, greatest in drones

Drone Show Korea 2019 opened on Jan. 24 at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). First Vice Minister of Science and ICT Mun Mi-ock (third from left) and Vice Minister Cheong Seung-il join visitors in listening to an explanation about the power pack,...

Public libraries in Korea to feature cutting-edge innovation by 2023

The Presidential Committee on Library and Information Policy on Jan. 23 announced its third comprehensive plan for library development from 2019-23. The photo above shows collections at the National Library of Korea in Sejong Special Autonomous City. (National Library of Korea) By Lee Kyoung Mi and Kim Young...

Defense Ministry issues stern warning to Japan over flybys

Suh Wook, chief operations director at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Jan. 23 delivers the official stance of the Ministry of National Defense at the ministry's briefing room in Seoul. (Ministry of National Defense) By Song Baleun and Kim Young Shin  The Ministry of National Defense on Jan....

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