Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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...

Korea tops WorldSkills Competition

Korea has claimed victory in the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, an international factory and industrial skills contest, that was held in Sao Paulo this year. Korea clinched 12 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals, outdoing the other nations and taking first place in the competition...

Photos reveal beauty of Korean landscape

This photo of the Anapji Pond blanketed in winter snow is the winner of this year’s Korea Tourism Photo Contest. Snowflakes fall on the lake and over the palace, creating an enveloping and peaceful scene. This is a photo of snow falling on the Anapji Pond...

People reflect on meaning of independence on 70th anniversary

President Park Geun-hye (center) waves to the crowd aside figure skater Kim Yuna, singers Lee Seung-chul and Lee Sun-hee, and a choir, greeting the audience at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Korean independence held at the World Cup Stadium in western...

‘Hello, Mr. K’ energizes Iksan

The Gwanggaeto Samulnori percussion group performs a lion dance to a beat box rhythm during the ‘Hello, Mr. K’ concert at the Iksan Arts Center on Aug. 15. “Ari, Arirang…” The lyrics of the song "Arirang" filled the Iksan Arts Center in Iksan City, Jeollabuk-do (North...

Flag photos are on display in the capital’s heart

A Taegeukgi owned by a soldier from the Korean Liberation Army, Moon Eung-myeong, is on display at a photo exhibition currently underway at Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul. Moon’s fellow independence activists wrote their messages onto the worn flag as Moon was about to...

‘Jingbirok’ records 7-yr invasion

A special exhibition looking back on the life of Ryu Seong-ryong (1542-1607), who went by the penname of Seoae, is now underway at the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul. Ryu recorded the history of how Korea overcame the seven-year national crisis that...

President stresses ‘Grand journey for the Republic of Korea’s renewed leap forward’

President Park Geun-hye underlined that the Korean people finally achieved independence for their motherland 70 years ago after much longing and a struggle for liberation. She was speaking at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts on Aug. 15. The president then urged that...

US sends congratulations on Korean independence

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sends words of congratulations on Korea’s 70th anniversary of independence. Pictured is Kerry arriving in Seoul in May. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement on Aug. 13 congratulating Korea on its 70th anniversary of independence from...

Japanese civic group demands apology for colonization, invasion

“Only 70 years ago, Japan launched invasions and built colonies, inflicting tremendous damage and suffering on many countries, specifically on many parts of Asia.” These words are from a campaign announced in the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper on Aug. 15 titled “Messages from Japanese citizens who...

70 photographs reflect joy of independence

Seventy photographs that describe historical moments between Korean independence in 1945 and the establishment of the Korean government in 1948 have now been disclosed to the public. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Korean independence, 70 photos held by the U.S.-based National Archives and...

Descendants of independence activists granted Korean nationality

Descendants of Korean independence activists living outside Korea have been granted Korean citizenship. A ceremony was held at the government complex in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do Province, on Aug. 12 to grant nationality certificates to 30 descendants of independence activists. The ceremony was held to embrace the descendants...

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