Friday, June 5, 2020

Repaying a 60-year-old gift

A U.S. veteran from the 40th Infantry Division embraces a student during a graduation ceremony at the Gwanin Middle and High Schools on Feb. 3 in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do Province. Gapyeong is in the center of the Korean Peninsula and it was the site of one...

Korean recipes: Yakgwa deep-fried honey cookies

Yakgwa are cookies that can also be medicine, and the snack has one of the longest histories in Korean cuisine. The snack originated during the era of Korea's three kingdoms, roughly 57 B.C. to A.D. 668. According to "The Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms" (Samguk...

Korean recipes: Tteokguk rice cake soup

Seollal Lunar New Year’s Day is back. This holiday has more meanings than other days, as we are now one year older. On Seollal, families and relatives get together to perform ancestral rites, the charye, enjoy a feast, the sechan (세찬, 歲饌), and share...

Explore Joseon royal palace design

On Feb. 2, the National Palace Museum of Korea reopens its Joseon Palaces and Royal Court Life exhibition halls and reveals drawings and plans of the northern section of Gyeongbokgung Palace. The National Palace Museum of Korea has reopened two of its permanent exhibition halls,...

Enjoy a merry Seollal together

Children in Hanbok play yunnori, a traditional four-stick board game, on Seollal Lunar New Year’s. Seollal Lunar New Year’s Day is just around the corner and tourist attractions are gearing up to welcome holidaymakers throughout the five-day national holiday. From Feb. 6 to 10, a series...

E-government exports exceed USD 500 mil.

Korea has now exported more than USD 500 million worth of e-government products, including digital inspection systems, remote control systems for electronic meters and transport systems. According to the Ministry of the Interior, about 500 Korean tech firms recorded total exports of USD 534.4 million...

Korea’s first maglev train launches in Incheon

Korea's first maglev train begins operations on Feb. 3. This is only the world's second successful commercialization of an independently-developed maglev train. A maglev commuter train travelling between Incheon International Airport and adjoining neighborhoods launched on Feb. 3. This new urban train runs at a maximum...

Hanji hits Frankfurt fair

Hanji, Korea's traditional hand-made mulberry paper, was on exhibit for European audiences in Germany this year for the third consecutive year. The Korea Crafts & Design Foundation (KCDF) participated in Paperworld Frankfurt 2016 from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. The exhibition is one of the...

Online comic strips bring Korea, France closer

The 43rd Angouleme International Comics Festival showcases some Korean online comic strips from Jan. 28 to 31. About 400 kilometers southwest of Paris, Angouleme has been playing host to a comics festival since 1974, and this year it brings together cartoonists from Korea and France. Starting...

Two triathletes aim for Rio

"We engage in competition under the spirit of Su-Sa-Bul-Pae (수사불패, 雖死不敗)," they said, referring to the four-character slogan that translates as, "I may die, but I can't lose." The future of Korean triathlons is bright due to two 20-something athletes, Heo Min-ho and Kim Ji-hwan,...

Great pianists play every piece with care: Seong-jin Cho

“My life is just beginning.” Pianist Seong-jin Cho, who turns 22 this year, returned to his home country on Feb. 1. This is the first time for him to return since he achieved victory at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in October last...

Forest of Wisdom builds new reading paradigm

Paju's Forest of Wisdom greets visitors with 8-meter shelves stacked with books donated by Korean scholars, intellectuals and specialists from a variety of fields. "Eight meters tall and spanning 3.1 kilometers." At first glance, one may think these numbers refer to the dimensions of a building...

Stay overnight with books in a ‘home for paper’

The Jijihyang hotel provides Author Rooms where guests can not only read the books stacked on the shelves, but can also be inspired by all the books there written by Korean authors. Nowadays, there are small, easy-to-come-by libraries right next door to us in our...

Joseon royal procedural records now available online

Many parts of the Uigwe, a collection of royal protocol guidelines covering a wide range of royal occasions and which were kept at the Oegyujanggak Archive, are soon to be available online. Made up of both text and illustrations, one well-known illustration shows a...

Jincheon to house Olympic training center

Sports in Korea are supported by two broad pillars: sports for the common person and then elite sports. As sports for everyone are directly connected to the citizens' health and well-being, elite sports play a major role in promoting Korea around the world and creating...

Korean recipes: Goldongban bibimbap

Bibimbap is one of the most popular Korean dishes enjoyed by non-Koreans. Depending on what ingredients you add and how you mix it, you can make your own bibimbap to your taste and enjoy the harmony created by all the ingredients. Bibimbap is one of...

Photo exhibit ‘Holywood’ portrays life in LA

“Please write me a letter when you get to Naseong.” This is part of the lyrics of the song “When You Go To Naseong” (1979) by the Sesaem Trio. It's particularly popular among middle-aged or elderly Koreans. For many years, the city of Los Angeles...

Korean cosmetics capture consumers worldwide

Visitors to Missha’s newly-opened shop in Barcelona, Spain, last October look around and to try the cosmetics on offer there. Reflecting the strong interest in Korean cosmetics that exists among Spanish consumers, the shop is crowded with shoppers. Korean skincare products and cosmetics are winning...

Gov’t pushes innovation through child protection, disaster response

In order to become a more innovative nation, the government has announced its plans to concentrate on protecting children, on general safety, on fighting corruption and on providing personalized welfare services. Eight government ministries presented their new policies and measures to the president during an...

Korean kitchenware goes local to win success

Poong Nyun’s diamond-coated frying pans are 26 centimeters in diameter, the ideal size to make naan. This product has won favorable responses from Indian customers. Korean kitchenware has recently been winning popularity in markets around the world. This is thanks to companies' efforts to customize...

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