Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Main throne hall at Gyeongbokgung Palace to be opened to public

The eojwa (king's throne) is at the center of Geunjeongjeon Hall at Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Royal Palaces and Tombs Center of Cultural Heritage Administration) By Kang Gahui and Kim Hwaya  Geunjeongjeon Hall, the largest hall at Seoul's Gyeongbokgung Palace housing the Joseon Dynasty king's throne, will be opened to the public...

Restaurateur’s ‘benevolent influence’ movement helping needy children

The pasta restaurant Zinjja Pasta, whose name means "real pasta" in Korean and is located in the Sangsu-dong neighborhood of Seoul's Mapo-gu District, has a small poster on its window saying "benevolent influence." This indicates that the establishment is part of a network of...

3rd DMZ Peace Trail to open in Paju on Aug. 10

Visitors to the DMZ Peace Trail in Goseong-gun County, Gangwon-do Province, on April 27 walk along the 2.7-km Course A of the trail. (Korea.net DB) By Min Yea-Ji and Lee Jihae  The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Peace Trail in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province, will open on Aug. 10, the third of...

National security chief discusses bilateral cooperation with Bolton

National Security Director Chung Eui-yong (right) on July 24 shakes hand with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton (left) at Cheong Wa Dae. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Yoon Sojung and Kim Hwaya  National Security Director Chung Eui-yong and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on July 24 discussed bilateral...

Aug. 8 designated Island Day to promote domestic tourism

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety has designated Aug. 8 as Island Day to promote the country's islands. Pictured here is the scenic Ulleungdo Island in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province that is included the ministry's 33 best islands in Korea for summer vacation. By Song Baleun and Kim Hwaya  Photos...

First lady Kim cheers for Korea at World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju

By Kim Hyelin and Kim Minji First lady Kim Jung-sook on July 22 cheers for swimmer Kim Seo-yeong competing in the women's 200-meter individual medley final at the FINA World Aquatics Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju. (Cheong Wa Dae)   First lady Kim Jung-sook on July...

Award-winning maestro promoting harmonica as featured instrument

By Lee Kyoung Mi and Kim Minji Photos = Jeon Han Videos = Kim Sunjoo and Choi Tae-soon Seoul | July 5, 2019 Trying too hard while playing an instrument can sometimes spoil the music, and harmonica performances work in the same way, according to acclaimed harmonicist Park Jong-seong. "Blowing on a harmonica too much or...

Women’s polo team scores Korea’s 1st goal in world tourney

Members of the national women's water polo team are ecstatic on July 16 after scoring their nation's first goal in the 2019 FINA World Championships in the southwestern city of Gwangju. In a Group B loss to Russia, 30-1, the team achieved a milestone...

U-20 men’s team gets welcoming reception after runner-up finish

Chung Jung-yong, head coach of the men's under-20 soccer team, on June 17 is tossed into the air by his squad at a welcoming reception in Seoul Plaza. Korea finished second to Ukraine in the U-20 World Cup, the best finish for a Korean...

FINA World Aquatics Championships see 1st medalists on Day 4

Medalists in the mixed duet technical event of artistic swimming at the 18th FINA World Aquatics Championships on July 14 pose for photographs at Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju. (FINA World Championships Gwangju Organizing Committee) By Song Baleun and Kim Hwaya  Day 4 of the 18th FINA World Championships in...

Billboard columnist: K-pop elevates music into another dimension

K-pop columnist Jeff Benjamin writes for publications like Billboard, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. By Xu Aiying and Lee Hana Photos and Video = Xu Aiying Seoul | July 2, 2019 When a discussion about K-pop is had in American media, one name never fails to get a mention: Billboard...

‘Bangtan Tour’ features top sites appearing in BTS videos, album covers

The Korea Tourism Organization from June 10-24 conducted a survey on the popularity of venues featured in the music videos and album covers of the K-pop super group BTS on eight foreign-language websites promoting tourism in Korea. Topping the list was the bus stop...

Film festival in Belgium highlights KCC’s July events

The exhibit "Project on #6 – Memory of Division" will be held from July 19 to Aug. 31 at the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin. (KCC Germany)   Since 1979, Korean Cultural Centers (KCCs) have promoted Korea and its culture worldwide through hosting arts and cultural...

Korean Sport & Olympic Committee chief elected IOC member

Lee Kee-heung, president of the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, on June 26 shakes hands with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after Lee’s election as an IOC member during the 134th IOC session. (Korean Sport & Olympic Committee) By Lee Kyoung Mi and Kim...

Indie bookstores cater to special interests to attract customers

(From left clockwise) Schrödinger exclusively stocks books on cats. Seoul Time Sketch is housed in a building sporting Hanok (traditional Korean architecture). Your Taste Film specializes in books on cinema, and History Books offers books on history and other genres as well as events. By Jung...

Seoul COEX hosts int’l wines and spirits expo

The Seoul International Wines & Spirits Expo 2019 is being held from June 20-22 at the Seoul COEX. By Kim Minji Photos = Jeon Han Video = Kim Sunjoo  Seoul | June 20, 2019 The Seoul International Wines & Spirits Expo 2019, which began on June 20 at the Seoul COEX, features a...

‘Parasite’ subtitle translator: Comedies are a fun challenge

Darcy Paquet, the English-language subtitle translator of Bong Joon-ho's Palme d'Or-winning "Parasite" (2019), on June 14 poses at a cafe in Seoul. By Lee Hana Photos = Kim Sunjoo Video = Choi Tae-soon Seoul | June 14, 2019 Darcy Paquet, an American movie critic who has lived in Korea for close to...

President Moon hints again at possible inter-Korean summit this month

President Moon Jae-in on June 13 holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg after their summit at her official residence in Oslo, Norway. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Kang Gahui and Kim Minji President Moon Jae-in on June 13 again hinted at the possibility of an...

President Moon boosts ‘innovative growth’ ties during 3-nation N. European tour

President Moon Jae-in on June 10 visits Otaniemi, a district in Espoo, Finland, known as the "Silicon Valley of Europe." (Cheong Wa Dae’s official Facebook page) By Xu Aiying and Lee Jihae  President Moon Jae-in has used his three-nation tour of Northern Europe to reconfirm cooperation and support from...

President Moon: ‘Positive peace’ should resolve ‘structural violence’ between Koreas

President Moon Jae-in on June 12 delivers a speech during the Oslo Forum at the University of Oslo in Norway. By Oh Hyun Woo and Kim Hwaya Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in on June 12 explained the peace process on the Korean Peninsula during the Oslo Forum at the...

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