Friday, March 22, 2019

Korean books grab attention in Beijing

Korean books garnered many readers' attention in Beijing. Some 1,500 Korean books were introduced at the 22nd Beijing International Book Fair held from Aug. 26 to 30. Among them were "The Thorn Mountain" and "Dust Kid," which won a Bologna Ragazzi Award at the Bologna...

Korea exports petrochemical technology to US

A Korean firm will soon begin exporting its petrochemical technology to the U.S. The first-ever Korean firm to do so is Daelim Industrial. The company recently signed a technology license agreement granting Lubrizol the rights to use its technology for the manufacture of polyisobutylenes (PIBs). Based...

Korea via stamps: patriotic girl Ryu Gwan-sun

There is a famous woman and patriot in Korean history who is often compared to France's Joan of Arc. Ryu Gwan-sun (1902-1920) was active in the March 1 Independence Movement in 1919. Ryu was born into a Protestant family in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do Province (South Chungcheong Province)....

Two expats enter food delivery business

When living in another country, the language barrier can be one of the most difficult barriers to leading an otherwise normal life. If not fluent in the country's mother tongue, you may have to ask people around you for a favor to do something as...

Joseon vessel recovered after 600 years

  An ancient vessel excavated near Mado Island in the waters off Taean-gun County in Chungcheongnam-do Province (South Chungcheong Province) has turned out to be a jounseon (조운선, 漕運船), a type of ship that delivered grain during Joseon times (1392-1910). The ancient vessel, named Mado No....

President pushes industrial investment, manufacturing skills

President Park Geun-hye attended a ceremony to mark the completion of a new chip factory by SK Hynix in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, on Aug. 25. The chipmaker's new factory, named “M14,” was built on a site about the size of seven and a half football...

Catholic church becomes cultural asset

The Ganggyeong Catholic Church in Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do Province (South Chungcheong Province), was officially registered as a cultural asset on Aug. 25. Built in 1961, the church has unique arch beams and boasts a modern and Western architectural style. The church was designed and built by French...

US reality show filmed at Suwon fortress

  A U.S. reality show has been shot at the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do Province. An episode of the reality show "Better Late Than Never," in which former celebrities travel around Korea, was filmed there. "Better Late Than Never" is an...

Olympic Park becomes selfie hot spot

A stand-alone tree, commonly referred to as the Lone Tree, grows in Olympic Park, southern Seoul. Park visitors stand at the tree to take selfies, filling their SNS feeds. “If you're an SNS user, you got to come here. There are tons of images of...

SK digs underwater tunnel to connect Europe, Asia

Engineers and workers at SK E&C celebrate the completion of the Eurasia Undersea Tunnel in Istanbul on Aug. 22. An underwater tunnel that connects Europe and Asia underneath the Bosphorus has now been linked up using the technology and engineering of a Korean construction firm. SK...

Wild grape wine Meoru de Seo beloved by connoisseurs

Wine can be said to be the fruit of Western civilization. Its origins can be traced back to times when people processed wild grapes and made wine with the processed fruits. Over a span of many years, wine has taken shape mainly across the...

North Korean defector paints new life

The painting of a man wearing a socialism-inspired red scarf and another work depicting the face of a North Korean leader atop Marilyn Monroe's body are both at the same time works of satire that mock the North Korean regime and works of art...

‘Learn from the old and new, create new ideas to move ahead’: president

Speaking in a cabinet meeting on Aug. 4, President Park Geun-hye said that going forward she will concentrate on cultural prosperity, reviving the economy and on labor sector reform. "I would like to reinforce the foundation of cultural prosperity and strive to make our unlimited,...

Quench summer thirst with Hanareum pears

Researchers from the Pear Research Institute, part of the Rural Development Administration, examine some of the newly-harvested and newly-bred Hanareum pears, on Aug. 20. Pears are one of the most popular fruits, thanks to their rich and sweet juice and their crunchy, chewy flesh. Asian pears...

North Korea launches provocations across DMZ

The Ministry of National Defense announced on Aug. 20 that North Korea provocatively shot two artillery projectiles south of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) at 3:53 p.m. and again at 4:12 p.m. that day. The ministry said in a statement during an evening briefing that,...

Raspberry vinegar effective in preventing obesity

Raspberry vinegar and lacquer tree vinegar have been found to be effective in preventing obesity, the hardening of the arteries and the developing of a fatty liver. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) recently conducted experiments on the effects of fermented vinegars using obesity-induced mice. Mice fed...

President to visit China to attend WWII commemorative ceremony

Park Geun-hye will visit China early next month to attend its celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The above photo is from the Korea-China summit President Park held with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seoul in November 2014. President...

Korea via stamps: Ahn Jung-geun

A stamp is dedicated to independence activist Ahn Jung-geun. "If I fail once, I try again. If I fail again, I will try for a third time, fourth time and tenth time. Even if I am defeated the one hundredth time, I will not give...

President Park meets IOC head, U.S. senator

President Park Geun-hye (right) meets with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Aug. 19 at Cheong Wa Dae. President Park Geun-hye met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and separately with Cory Gardner, U.S. senator and chairman of...

Tourists to benefit from nation-wide sale

Discounts on a wide range of items are now on offer for tourists flying to Korea. The Visit Korea Committee has kicked off its nation-wide “Korea Grand Sale,” an event that continues until Oct. 31. During the period, 12 regions nationwide will provide non-Korean shoppers...

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