Thursday, June 20, 2019

Moody’s keeps Korea’s credit rating at Aa2

Moody’s Investors Service maintains Korea’s credit rating at Aa2, while improving the economy's 2017 growth outlook to 2.8 percent, up 0.3 percent, considering the robust economic growth seen in the first quarter of the year. (Korea.net database) By Sohn JiAe Moody’s Investors Service has kept Korea’s credit...

Wishes for abundance, peace for centuries

People perform some nongak farmers’ music in 1993 in front of a large daljip bonfire (달집) on the night of Jeongwol Daeboreum, the first full moon of the lunar year. A large flag hanging on the bonfire says that, ‘Farmers are the great foundation...

Nature and people, tradition and modernity coexist in Suncheon

Suncheonman Bay can be seen from the Yongsan Observatory. " is famous for... nothing really, isn't it?" "No, not really. It's a bit strange that so many people are living in the city despite that." The imagined city of Mujin is described as above in the short...

Talk Talk Korea 2018 tops last year’s numbers

Director Kim Tae-hoon of the Korean Culture and Information Service (second from left) poses for a group photo with the winners of the Talk Talk Korea 2017 competition, at the Seoullo 7017 park in Seoul in Novermber 2017. (Jeon Han) By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  The global...

Pyongyang willing to hold talks with US

President Moon Jae-in (third from left) shakes hands with Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the North Korean Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, at the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympic Games, at the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do Province, on Feb....

Foreign workers in Korea must file income taxes by Feb. 28

An English-language guide to filing year-end tax returns for foreign workers is available on the National Tax Service’s homepage. By Oh Hyun-woo and Lee Hana Foreigners who earned income in Korea last year must file their tax returns by Feb. 28 regardless of nationality, country of residence or length...

Korea to be guest of honor at German theater festival

The Arts Council Korea holds a press conference about having been nominated as the guest of honor at the Heidelberger Stückemarkt theater festival, at Artist House in the Daehak-ro neighborhood of Seoul on March 22. By Min Yea-Ji and Yoon Jihye Photos = Arts Council Korea Korea has been chosen...

Pres. office’s front road to become new Seoul attraction

First lady Kim Jung-sook (center) and a crowd on June 26 walk along the pedestrian road in front of Cheong Wa Dae. By Yoon Sojung  Photos = Presidential Security Service The road in front of Cheong Wa Dae on June 26 was opened to the public 24 hours a...

Korea affirms solidarity against N. Korea with France, Australia

President Moon Jae-in holds a phone call on Sept. 11 with French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to discuss countermeasures to tackle the North Korean nuclear weapons issues. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Lee Hana President Moon Jae-in held phone conversations with the French...

PyeongChang Olympics PR campaign stepped up in U.S.

Children on June 23 pose for photos at a promotional booth in New York's Time Square with Soohorang the white tiger and Bandabi the Asiatic black bear, the two mascots of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. (Korea Tourism Organization) By Kim Ji Hoe and Kim Young...

‘We’ve got tickets to Pyeongchang in 2018’

Jaerg Himmler (second from left) poses for a photo with two friends at the Alpensia Biathlon Center, during the 2018 IBU Biathlon World Cup on March 5. “We’ve bought tickets,” said Jaerg Himmler from Heidelberg, Germany, with a bright smile. He said that he and his...

Korea, US to together usher in denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (left) and President Moon Jae-in shake hands before their meeting in Singapore on Nov. 15. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Kim Young Shin  President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held a meeting in Singapore on Nov. 15 to discuss strengthening...

‘Sexual enslavement is a crime against humanity’

"In July 1941, a group of Imperial Japanese soldiers carried out a military drill with the Soviet Union as their imaginary enemy. Yoshijiro Umezu (梅津 美治郎), then commander-in-chief of the Kwangtung Army, asked the governor-general of Korea to send him some 8,000 Joseon women...

Overseas tourists happier when traveling both Seoul, local areas

Deoksugung Palace is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul. By Kang Gahui and Yoon Sojung Photos = Jeon Han Research has shown that overseas sightseers who visit Korea seem to be more satisfied when visiting both Seoul and local areas. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the...

Team Korea Hosts Ceremony for 2018 World Cup

By Lee Hana Photo = Jeon Han Video = Kim Sunjoo, Choi Tae-soon We are at the Seoul Plaza on May 21, where an official ceremony is taking place for the footballers that will represent Team Korea at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next month. With just 24 days left...

Making soybean paste becomes a national heritage item

The Cultural Heritage Administration announced on Nov. 1 that 'Jang Damgeugi (Making Soybean Paste)' is to be registered as an intangible cultural property. The photo shows how meju, the bricks of fermented soybeans, are dried before storage. By Kim Hyelin and Hahm Hee-eun  Photos = Korea Tourism Organization Korea’s representative fermentation recipe, 'Jang Damgeugi (Making...

Korean dramas to air during Myanmar New Year

Two hit dramas, 'A Thousand Day's Promise' and 'Cinderella's Sister,' will air on Myanmar's MRTV network during Thingyan, Myanmar's water festival, from April 11 to 19. This April, two Korean dramas will air on Myanmar's state television network during Thingyan, the annual water festival that...

President presides over first NSC meeting

President Moon Jae-in presides over his administration's first National Security Council meeting, at Cheong Wa Dae on June 8. By Sohn JiAe Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in presided over his new administration's first National Security Council meeting on June 8, the same day that...

Seoul to host 2019 Int’l Renewable Energy Conference

The next International Renewable Energy Conference will take place in Seoul in 2019. Pictured is President Moon Jae-in speaking at a ceremony to mark the permanent shutdown of Korea’s oldest nuclear reactor, the Kori-1, in Busan on June 19. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Min Yea-Ji and Lee Hana Korea...

Time for PyeongChang Paralympics

The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games run from March 9 to 18. Bandabi the Asian black bear is the official mascot for the Games. Pictured is a press conference at the Gangwon Media Center on Feb. 22 about the Christmas in March festival that...

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