Friday, March 22, 2019

Abu Dhabi crown prince to visit Korea Feb. 26-27

President Moon Jae-in (left) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in March 2018 hold talks during President Moon's official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (President Moon Jae-in’s Facebook account) By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, United Arab...

Media watchdog defends SNI blocking, denies internet censorship

The Korea Communications Commission on Feb. 13 announces in a news briefing the adoption of Server Name Indication (SNI) blocking technology to crack down on sites deemed illegal in Korea. (Korea Communications Commission) By Kim Young Deok and Kim Minji The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) on Feb. 14 said...

Koreas to field 4 unified teams in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jonghwan (sixth from left), International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (seventh from left), North Korean Minister of Physical Culture and Sports Kim Il Guk (fifth from right) and other IOC members on Feb. 15...

‘Korea is a part of us now, wherever we go’

Foreign exchange students who received their degrees in Korea through the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) on Feb. 15 attend a farewell ceremony at the National Institute for International Education in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do Province. (NIIED) By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Hana  Foreign exchange students who received degrees in Korea...

Gwangju job project spurring other cities to pursue similar ventures

President Moon Jae-in (center) on Jan. 31 delivers a congratulatory speech at the signing ceremony for the Gwangju job project, a revolutionary joint venture between the Gwangju municipal government and Hyundai Motor Company. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Kim Minji and Kim Young Shin  The Gwangju job project, considered a...

US House Speaker Pelosi backs Korea’s stance on sex slave issue

Visiting National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang on Feb. 12 takes a picture with his American counterpart Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill in Washington. By Park Hye Ri and Kim Minji Photos = The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Feb. 12...

Smart city era draws closer in Korea

President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 13 visited the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) to see a presentation on the Busan Smart City Innovative Strategy. He is seen here trying a high-tech floor designed by the Korean company HNJ that transforms kinetic energy into...

Installation of hydrogen stations in Seoul announced under ‘regulatory sandbox’ initiative

Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yunmo (center) on Feb. 11 attends the first meeting of a committee for reviewing regulatory exemptions for new business models at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Seoul. By Park Gil-ja and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Ministry of Trade,...

Prime minster hails PyeongChang Olympics for bringing peace to Korean Peninsula

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and other VIPs on Feb. 9 release dove-shaped balloons in a ceremony commemorating the first anniversary of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in Gangwon-do Province. By Jeon Han and Kim Minji Photos = Jeon Han Video = Kim Sunjoo, Choi Taesoon "The PyeongChang Olympics marks...

Korean Cultural Center directors discuss better promotional strategies in Seoul

Kim Tae-hoon, director of the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), on Feb. 11 stresses the importance of Korean Cultural Centers (KCCs) on their 40th anniversary this year in the annual meeting of KCC directors abroad at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History...

Gangwon-do governor seeks to earn his province special self-governing status

Interviewing leaders | #1. Gangwon-do Province Balanced national development is the government's key challenge in the government's drive to solving issues Korea faces such as low economic growth, wealth polarization, the low birth rate, and developmental and economic disparity in the provinces. President Moon Jae-in said...

‘Inclusive nation policy seeks to make Korea attractive immigrant destination’

Jung Dong-il, head of national policy for the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, on Jan. 31 explains the initiative Future Vision 2040, a set of long-term strategies to achieve the national vision of an inclusive state, at his office in Seoul.   Marking his third year...

Japanese mystery novelist is Korea’s top-selling foreign author

The most popular foreign writer in Korea over the last decade is Keigo Higashino, a Japanese author best known for his mystery novels. The photo above shows a display of his works on Jan. 31 at Kyobo Book Centre in Gwanghwamun, Seoul. (Lee Kyoung...

Second NK-US summit set for Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

U.S. President Donald Trump on Feb. 5 officially announces the schedule of the second North Korea-U.S. summit in his State of the Union address at Congress in Washington, D.C. (White House) By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung  The second North Korea-U.S. summit between the North's leader Kim Jong Un...

Seollal tourism hotspots for celebrating Year of the Golden Pig

The golden pig statue at the front yard of Geungnakjeon Hall at Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, is a popular tourist spot among visitors seeking to attract good luck in the new year. By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Korea Tourism Organization With 2019 being the...

President Moon’s Lunar New Year message to the nation

By Yoon Sojung President Moon Jae-in on Feb. 2 sent a video message marking Lunar New Year (Seollal). In the message posted on the homepage and SNS channels of Cheong Wa Dae, he said he hoped that everyone can share love and happiness during the holiday. arete@korea.kr

Traditional dance, music set to dazzle over Lunar New Year’s holiday

The National Gugak Center in Seoul from Feb. 5-6 will showcase "Pig Taryeong." The photo shows a dance featuring cranes, the lotus flower and Cheoyong, one of the sons of the East Sea dragon featured in “Samguk Yusa,” a collection of ancient folktales during...

Ceremony marks centennial anniversary of Korean Declaration of Independence

A ceremony and seminar to mark the centennial anniversary of the Korean Declaration of Independence was held on Feb. 1 at Seoul City Hall. The photo shows the original handwritten first draft of the declaration. (Seoul Metropolitan Government) By Park Hye-ri and Yoon Sojung  A ceremony and seminar marking...

‘Push for inclusive policy is a global trend’

Jung Hae Gu, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning, on Nov. 23 explains the Moon Administration's vision for inclusive growth at the Government Complex- Seoul's annex building on Nov. 23.   Marking his third year in office, President Moon Jae-in has been driving his...

Inclusive growth boosts quality of life: OECD’s top statistician

  Martin Durand, director of statistics and chief statistician of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), says "Better Policies for Better Lives" is the theme of the OECD's mission and that she will conduct joint research on inclusive growth with Korea. By Park Gil-ja and Kim Minji  Photos...

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