Saturday, October 24, 2020

BTS stars in video promoting tourism in Seoul

▲ A promotional video on tourism in Seoul features K-pop sensation BTS. (Screen capture from Seoul Metropolitan City’s official YouTube channel) By Kim Minji K-pop sensation BTS, who has topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the second consecutive week, will promote tourism in Seoul to the group's fans around...

30 years of Korea-Russia ties see 25-fold jump in trade, tourism

With this year marking the 30th anniversary of Korea's bilateral ties with Russia, the trade volume and the number of tourists between the two countries have jumped 25 times since formal relations were established. The photo above is the brochure of an event hosted by the Korean Cultural...

Organizing committee launched for 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choi Younhee on Sept. 3 congratulates the launch of the 2024 Gangwon-do Winter Youth Olympics Organizing Committee in a ceremony at Korea Press Center.   By Kim Young Deok, Yoon Sojung and Lee Jihae Photos = Heo Man-jin, Ministry of Culture, Sports and...

Biz sentiment in August rises for 4th consecutive month

The Bank of Korea on Aug. 26 said the business survey index of all industries in Korea rose to 66 this month, up four points from last month. (Korea.net DB) By Kim Hyelin and Yoon Sojung Overall business sentiment in Korea in August has risen for the fourth consecutive...

Documents released on Japan’s forced mobilization of women, children

The National Library of Korea, the National Archives of Korea and the Northeast Asian History Foundation on Aug. 13 released to the public a compilation of 35 formerly scattered documents and sources on Japan's forced mobilization of Korean children and women during Japanese annexation of the...

Gorgeous night view, royal cuisine await at Gyeongbokgung Palace

The Gyeongbokgung Palace Starlight Tour and the program "Sisikgonggam at Sojubang the Royal Kitchen," slated to run from Aug. 19-31 at the palace in Seoul, offers a beautiful night view and royal food from the Joseon Dynasty.   By Kim Hyelin and Lee Jihae Photos = Cultural Heritage Administration The Cultural Heritage Administration through Aug. 19 is hosting the Gyeongbokgung Palace Starlight...

Seoul district opens 10 smart, virus-free bus stops

By Kim Young Deok and Yoon Sojung Video = Seongdong-gu District Office High-tech bus stops that can protect commuters from viruses and fine dust and shelter them from snow and rain have been launched in Seoul for the first time. Seongdong-gu District Office on Aug. 10 said the ten "smart...

Experiencing new normal at reopened Seoul art museum

As museums and art galleries were reopened on July 22, visitors on July 30 browse at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul's Jongno-gu District while practicing social distancing. By Kim Minji Photos = Kim Minji Seoul ㅣ July 30, 2020 "Please keep your distance." At the National Museum of Contemporary Art...

Masuno: Japan began organized activities to deny forcibly mobilizing Koreans in colonial era

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Yang-woo (fifth from left) on July 29 poses with participants of an international forum held at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents' Club of Korea Press Center under the theme "Humanity's Collective Memories, UNESCO World Heritage and Trust in International...

Plan to build AI-based immigration control system announced

Deputy ICT Minister Kim Jeong-won gives a speech on July 23 at the opening ceremony of an artificial intelligence-powered identification and tracking system verification at Nuriggum Square in Seoul's Mapo-gu District. (Ministry of Science and ICT) By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae The Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of...

Korea earns 6th straight term on UNICEF executive board

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 22 announced that Korea earned a sixth consecutive term on the executive board of UNICEF. The photo above shows UNICEF headquarters in New York. (UNICEF Korea) By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae   Korea on July 21 earned a sixth consecutive term on the executive...

New travel program promotes visits to 21 nat’l parks

The Korea National Park Service has launched a three-year tourism program dubbed "National Park Passport Vacation" to promote visits to 21 national parks. The photo above is of Hallyeohaesang National Park in Namhae-gun County, Gyeongsangnam-do Province. By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae Photos = Korea National Park Service The Korea National...

Launch of Anasis-II marks new era in defense

Korea's first military communications satellite Anasis-II on July 20 is carried on the rocket Falcon-9 and launched at 5:30 p.m. in Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Screen capture from Space X YouTube) By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae Korea's first military communications satellite Anasis-II on July 20 was launched at...

Korea rises to No. 6 on global auto sales list

The Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association announced on July 16 that its study of the world's top ten auto markets found that Korea jumped in the global sales rankings from 12th to sixth in this year's first half. (Korea.net DB) By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae The nation's successful response to...

[K-quarantine ③] Test kit propels SolGent as globally known company

SolGent is Korea's only company that produces the main enzymes for COVID-19 test kits, with 20 years of gene detection R&D. The photo above shows a researcher at SolGent's laboratory in Daejeon manufacturing a reagent. By Kim Minji and Lee Jihae Photos = Kim Sunjoo Global pharmaceutical companies are engaged in heated competition in molecular diagnosis, striving...

[Monthly KOREA] Asia’s Collective Ability to Tackle Economic Crisis

The collective force of Asia’s dynamic economies is a manifestation of their successin the economic sphere, as they will account for more than two-thirds of global growth this year.With the region facing an economic crisis driven by global uncertainty and slowing growth, PresidentMoon Jae-in...

Tourism body picks 100 non-contact vacation spots for summer

The Korea Tourism Organization has selected 100 summer tourist spots to escape the summer heat while being safe from COVID-19. The venues were chosen based on criteria such as suitability for solo or family trips, outdoor travel or social distancing. Of these "100 non-contact tourist destinations," this...

Trade minister launches free trade talks with Cambodia

Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee (right) and Cambodian Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak on July 9 pose during a videoconference to officially announce the launch of bilateral talks on a free trade agreement. (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae Korea and Cambodia have officially launched negotiations on a bilateral...

Unlimited mask purchases allowed as weekly quota ended

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on July 7 said the public from July 8 can purchase as many masks as desired in announcing an end to the government's mask rationing program. (Kim Sunjoo) By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae Koreans from July 8 can purchase as many masks as desired at venues...

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In line with global acclaim for Korea's effective quarantine response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), domestic companies are also receiving rising attention from the world. This Korea.net series features every week a "K-quarantine" company that is expanding internationally through an opportunity presented by...

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