Wednesday, January 16, 2019

President Moon’s nat’l cemetery visit begins new year’s official schedule

President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 2 burns incense at the Seoul National Cemetery in the Dongjak-gu district of the capital. (Hyoja-dong Studio) By Kim Young Deok and Yoon Sojung President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 2 began his first official schedule of 2019 by visiting Seoul National Cemetery in the...

PM Lee wraps up visits to Tunisia, Morocco

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (left) and Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Dec. 19 hold a meeting in Tunis. By Park Hye Ri and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon’s Facebook Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has wrapped up visits to Tunisia and Morocco after his trip to...

Top 5 overseas events hosted by Korean Cultural Centers in 2018

Korean Cultural Centers around the world in 2018 hosted a number of exciting events. Highlights included (clockwise from top left) a live screening in Mexico of the year’s first inter-Korean summit on April 27, a pep rally for the World Cup soccer finals in...

Nat’l park service lists 6 lesser-known spots to see sunrise, sunset

Dalah Park inside Hallyeohaesang National Park in Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, has a sunset observatory with a wonderful view of sunlight reflected on the sea with islands big and small. By Kim Young Shin  Photos = Korea National Park Service Many Koreans watch the sunset or sunrise on the...

Kim Jong Un ‘strongly hoping to visit Seoul’ per personal letter to President Moon

This is the personal letter sent on Dec. 30 by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to President Moon Jae-in. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Dec. 30 sent a personal letter to President Moon Jae-in expressing Kim’s intent...

Nat’l park service lists 6 lesser-known spots to see sunrise, sunset

Dalah Park inside Hallyeohaesang National Park in Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, has a sunset observatory with a wonderful view of sunlight reflected on the sea with islands big and small. By Kim Young Shin  Photos = Korea National Park Service Many Koreans watch the sunset or sunrise on the...

Forced labor victim waiting 74 years to hear a simple ‘sorry’

Young Korean girls in June 1944 brought to Mitsubishi Nagoya Aircraft Works in Japan for forced labor march with their Japanese instructors at Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya. (Civic Alliance Supporting Korean Women Victims of Forced Labor) By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  Anyang | Dec. 18, 2018 For 74...

President Moon named person of the year: domestic poll

President Moon Jae-in (right) on March 15 takes part in a briefing session on measures for youth employment at the Yeongbingwan Guest House of Cheong Wa Dae. (Hyoja-dong Studio) By Park Gil-ja and Kim Minji President Moon Jae-in has been chosen 2018’s person of the year in a domestic...

Inter-Korean rail, highway network reconnected for 1st time in 70 years

Officials from the two Koreas on Dec. 26 hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an inter-Korean network of railroads and highways at Panmun Station in Gaeseong, North Korea. By Kim Young Deok and Lee Hana Photos = Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport For the first time in 70 years, roads...

Xmas wishes from Korea, abroad stress peace and prosperity on peninsula

Cheong Wa Dae on Dec. 25 posts a photo of six puppies on its Facebook account as part of its Christmas greeting. The puppies are the offspring of Gomi, one of two Pungsan breed dogs received as gifts by President Moon Jae-in from North...

Nat’l security strategy for 2019 stresses peace on Korean Peninsula

President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 20 delivers opening statements at the National Defense Ministry on policy goals for 2019. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Park Gil-ja and Kim Young Shin  The Moon Jae-in administration on Dec. 20 highlighted the importance of creating as well as defending peace under a newly...

Korean relics displayed at Saudi Arabia’s National Museum of Riyadh

The exhibition “The Enchanting Journey to Korean Civilization” is being held at the National Museum of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia through March 7, 2019. By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  Photos = National Museum of Korea Relics representing Korea’s rich history and heritage from 700,000 years ago through 1910...

4 naturalized Koreans receive gov’t honor as ‘exemplary citizens’

Justice Minister Park Sang-ki (center) and four naturalized Koreans honored as “exemplary citizens” on Dec. 19 pose for photos at Government Complex-Gwacheon in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do Province. By Park Hye Ri and Yoon Sojung Photos = Ministry of Justice The descendant of an independence fighter now serving in the Korea Coast...

Tower commemorating 100th year of March 1 Independence Movement unveiled

Chairman Han Wan-sang, Minister Kim Boo-kyum, descendants of people of merit are unveiling the tower of 100th anniversary of March First Independence Movement and provisional government establishment, in ceremony held in Gwanghwamun Square on Dec. 20. By Kim Minji  Photos = Jeon Han "100th anniversary square" Gwanghwamun Square in downtown...

New medical tourism support center opened at Incheon Int’l Airport

The Medical Tourism Support Center, which opened on Dec. 18 at the arrival section of Terminal 1 at Incheon International Airport, offers information on medical tourism in Korea and related services for overseas visitors. (Korea Tourism Organization) By Lee Kyoung Mi and Yoon Sojung Overseas visitors to Korea can...

Nat’l Folk Museum of Korea exhibit features Year of the Pig

The pig, a traditional symbol of fertility and wealth, is popular as a model for piggy banks. By Kang Gahui and Lee Hana Photos = National Folk Museum of Korea Seoul | Dec. 19, 2018 2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig according to the Chinese zodiac. The 12th and final...

PM Lee conducts business diplomacy in Algeria

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (left) and Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia on Dec. 17 pose for photos in the Algerian capital of Algiers. (Prime Minister’s Office) By Song Baleun and Yoon Sojung Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Dec. 17 held talks with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia in Algiers...

U.S.: Bilateral talks with North Korea continuing

Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will visit Seoul Dec. 19-21 to bolster bilateral coordination toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In this photo from October 2018, Biegun is shown meeting with National Security Director Chung Eui-yong at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul....

Celebrating winter solstice the traditional Korean way

The National Folk Museum of Korea in a 2014 event reenacts dongji gosa (동지고사, 冬至告祀), a rite that offers patjuk (팥죽), or red bean porridge, to a family shrine at the museum’s outdoor showroom. (National Folk Museum of Korea) By Kim Young Shin  Dongji (동지, 冬至), the winter solstice and 22nd of...

Marriage immigrants in Korea now eligible for victim’s compensation

Marriage immigrants will no longer be denied victim's compensation. (Ministry of Justice) By Park Gil-ja and Kim Minji Marriage immigrants in Korea are now eligible to receive victim’s compensation regardless of whether an applicant gets a guarantee from his or her home country. The Justice Ministry on Dec. 18 announced...

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