Friday, September 25, 2020

Korean imperial banquet reenacted after 110 years

A reenactment of a Korean royal imperial banquet from the Korean Empire (1897-1910) takes place at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on Oct. 11. The event commemorates the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of the Korean Empire. By Kim Young Shin  Photos = Cultural Heritage Administration The...

170,000 government publications now available online

The National Archives of Korea, part of the Ministry of the Interior, released 170,000 government publications online on Nov. 3. For easier searching, the records are organized by title, publication date, type and publishing organization. A range of government publications produced between 1953 and 2014...

President Moon requests diplomacy ‘at people’s eye-level’

President Moon Jae-in toasts with some makgeolli rice beer (막걸리) during a dinner with heads of diplomatic missions, in the Yeongbingwan Guest House at Cheong Wa Dae on Dec. 18. By Sohn JiAe and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in has stressed that the standard for defining...

President Moon begins Vietnam itinerary

President Moon Jae-in (right) shakes hands with football coach Park Hang-seo, head of the Vietnamese national men's soccer team, at the team's training center on March 22. By Sohn JiAe and Yoon Jihye Photos = Cheong Wa Dae On March 22, President Moon Jae-in met football coach Park Hang-seo, who...

Korea, US, Japan share goal of North Korean CVID

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left), Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (center) and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha hold a joint press conference following a ministerial meeting in Tokyo on July 8. (U.S. Department of State) By Lee Hana  Top diplomats from Korea, the U.S. and Japan...

Korea, Turkmenistan to boost ties in energy, infrastructure

President Moon Jae-in (left) on April 17 holds a summit with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow at Oguzkhan Palace in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. By Song Baleun and Lee Jihae  Photos = Cheong Wa Dae  President Moon Jae-in and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on April 17 announced plans to boost bilateral cooperation in sectors...

Korea, Malaysia to pursue free trade agreement

President Moon Jae-in (left) on March 13 holds a joint news conference with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad following their summit in Putrajaya, Malaysia. By Park Gil-ja and Lee Hana Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on March 13 pledged to reach...

Hanji used to restore Italian Chartula

Hanji was chosen as the material to help restore the Chartula, one of the most beloved items of Italian cultural heritage. The Chartula is a handwritten prayer on parchment by St. Francis of Assisi (1182~1226), a Roman Catholic saint and one of the patron saints...

Tourism body picks 100 non-contact vacation spots for summer

The Korea Tourism Organization has selected 100 summer tourist spots to escape the summer heat while being safe from COVID-19. The venues were chosen based on criteria such as suitability for solo or family trips, outdoor travel or social distancing. Of these "100 non-contact tourist destinations," this...

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,...

PM meets Philippine Foreign Minister

Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano (left) and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon meet at the Government Complex Seoul on Sept. 4. (Prime Minister’s Office) By Kim Young Shin  Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon hosted a meeting with Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano to talk about ways to...

Thousands attend 1,400th weekly Seoul protest for comfort women

The day before Korea's 74th National Liberation Day, thousands of people on Aug. 14 gather in front of the former site of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. This rally marked its 1,400th straight week to demand Japan's apology for sexual enslavement of Korean women...

Korea, Vietnam aim for stronger cooperation on healthcare, forests

Korea and Vietnam have vowed to enhance bilateral cooperation on healthcare and medical services and on the forestry industry. On Dec. 1, Minister of Health and Welfare Chung Chin-youb and his Vietnamese counterpart Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to...

Culture minister says we are all united for peace

Do Jonghwan, minister of culture, sports and tourism, gives an interview to the Hong Kong-based channel Phoenix Satellite Television at the Foreign Press Center Korea in Seoul on May 14. (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) By Xu Aiying and Hahm Hee-eun Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Do...

Seoul proposes high-level talks about Pyongyang summit

President Moon Jae-in (second from left) speaks during the second general meeting of the preparation committee that's handling the upcoming inter-Korean talks, at Cheong Wa Dae on March 21. By Sohn JiAe Photos = Cheong Wa Dae South Korea suggested that a meeting between high-ranking officials from the...

Seoul to launch self-driving buses next year

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announces that it will build a cooperative intelligent transportation system (C-ITS) across downtown Seoul, in Seoul on May 13. The photo shows a concept map of the autonomous driving area. (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) By Kim Eun-young and Hahm...

Survey shows great satisfaction with PyeongChang

PyeongChang Olympic fans have been satisfied with their time in the country. Pictured is a non-Korean family who came to Gangneung in Gangwon-do Province on Feb. 15, to watch the Games. (Korea.net DB) By Sohn JiAe Non-Korean visitors to Korea during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic...

International tourists visiting Korea exceed 15 million

The number of international arrivals visiting Korea between January and mid-November this year topped 15 million people for the first time ever. The number of international tourists visiting Korea in 2016 will likely surpass 17 million people for the first time ever. According to a joint-announcement...

Vice Culture Minister Choi gives pep talk to nat’l team for Winter Youth Olympic Games

Second Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Choi Younhee on Jan. 3 poses with the national team for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, at Team Korea's inaugural meeting at Seoul Olympic Parktel after giving team members good luck pouches....

A glimpse into the world of ancient boats, ships

A special exhibition has opened its doors inviting visitors to witness a chronicle of boats and vessels throughout ancient history from all around the world. On Jan. 5, the National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage in Yonghae-dong, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do Province (South Jeolla Province), opened...

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