Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Come to Pyeongchang for Winter Olympics

Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin from the pop sensation EXO perform in the 'K-drama Festa in Pyeongchang' event in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province, on Feb. 18. The combined pop concert and fashion show was held to mark the one-year point until the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and...

New site corrects inaccuracies about Korea

On Sept. 1, the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, launched the Facts:Korea website, a new website designed to help correct inaccurate information that is out there about Korea. The site receives and deals with reports...

Korean retailers win over Vietnamese shoppers

Korean retailers, bakeries and home shopping channels have recently been winning more and more favorable responses from their Vietnamese customers. Korean retailers win popularity in Vietnam as they reflect the interests and preferences of local customers. The stores have differentiated and upgraded their fresh food...

Koreas to share waterway for the first time in 65 years

South and North Korea jointly investigate the waterway at the estuary of Han River by the north side of Gyodong-do Island in Ganghwa-gun County, Incheon on Nov. 5. The ship from the North (left) and South both have white and red flags, which signifies...

Enjoy Winter Olympics with no language barrier

An MOU is signed in Yangjae-dong, Seoul, on Dec. 28 that covers the development of automatic interpretation and translation technologies. The above photo shows models demonstrating the auto-interpretation service. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics are now likely to be language barrier-free international sporting events. In...

Film industry faces paradigm shift

Experts in the film and visual media business from Korea, China and the U.S. came together in Seoul to evaluate the current state of the industry in their respective countries. They also discussed the proper direction the industry should take in the future, and...

First lady meets support group to mark Coming-of-Age Day

First lady Kim Jung-sook invites to Cheong Wa Dae on May 17 members of a support group that helps institutionalized youth become self-supporting. In the photo, first lady Kim offers roses to the guests during a dinner. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Kim Hyelin and Yoon Sojung First lady Kim...

PyeongChang is complete with Paralympic Games: PM

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon speaks during the ninth Cabinet meeting, at the Government Complex Seoul on Feb. 27. (Prime Minister’s Office) By Sohn JiAe Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has said that the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games mirrored changing values across Korean society, revealing less obsession with...

Separated families wish for permanent reunion center

Seo Kyu Hoe, who has been separated from most of his family members since 1951, says that people like him are placing a lot of hope on the upcoming Inter-Korean Summit, during an interview at the National Museum of Korea on April 16. By Lee Hana and Park...

President Moon: NK leader’s visit to Seoul depends on him

President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 1 answers questions from journalists during a news briefing inside the presidential plane while flying to New Zealand from Argentina after attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit. By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 1 said the...

DPM Kim urges IMF to play active role in helping the opening of N.K.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Kim Dong Yeon sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Oct. 13 for renewing the global partnership on capacity development between Korea and the IMF. The two met on the sidelines...

New int’l team begins correctional activities

The Korean government's fifth batch of Global Monitoring Staff, tasked with taking on correctional activities both online and in print all around the world, is launched with an official starting ceremony at the Foreign Press Center in Seoul on Sept. 9. An earnest group of...

First lady meets ‘Dangal’ family, ‘You’re all gold medalists’

First lady Kim Jung-sook meets the Phogat family whose story was the inspiration behind the 2016 film 'Dangal,' at a hotel in New Delhi on July 10. Pictured from left are: youngest son Dushyant, mother Daya Kaur, eldest Geeta, the first lady, father Mahavir...

Korean battery makers stand out in global market

Korea-made batteries are leading the electric car lithium ion (Li-ion) battery market. A new Leaderboard Report released on Dec. 7 by Navigant Research, a global research body that provides market research, ranked LG Chem and Samsung SDI as first and third, respectively, both leading players...

Korea, Turkey celebrate 60 years of friendship

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn (pictured) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged letters on March 8 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Seoul and Ankara. On March 8, Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and...

Surround yourself with nature on Daebudo Island

The Gubongdo Sunset Observatory is the highlight of Daebudo Haesolgil trail No. 1. This spot is best known for its sunsets, where one can feel the true beauty of the Yellow Sea. People walk along the beach and mudflats that appear at low tide. As they...

Korea, US to cooperate on nuclear fuel

Korea and the U.S. have agreed to push for a variety of joint projects covering the safe use of nuclear energy. The agreement came during the High-Level Bilateral Commission on Nuclear Energy held on Jan. 9 in Washington between the governments of Seoul and Washington. Under...

First lady serves homemade meals to Korean-Americans in NY

First lady Kim Jung-sook greets kitchen staff at the Korean American Senior Center of Flushing in Queens on Sept. 20. The first lady paid a visit to the center at lunchtime, with homemade kimchi, cubed kkakdugi radish kimchi and soy sauce marinated crab that she brought...

Mobile banking apps now cater for non-Koreans

Since 2013, Woori Bank has been providing its Woori Global Banking services to its non-citizen customers. It allows them to do regular banking business on their smartphone through the app. The service is available in eight languages, including English, simplified Chinese and Japanese. (Jeon...

Halal food wins over SNU

As the 200 servings of halal food -- today, it's chiken tikka masala -- are sold out within an hour, Seoul National University (SNU) students face a sold-out sign in the Gamgol Cafeteria at Seoul National University (SNU) on April 10. By Kim Young Deok and Hahm Hee-eun Photos...

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