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KCCs offer plethora of Korean content, programs over summer

The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) on July 16 said 27 Korean Cultural Centers (KCCs) worldwide will hold events throughout the summer. The poster here is for "Summer Night's Screening" hosted by the KCC in Hungary from July 16 to Aug. 30. (KOCIS) By Yoon Hee Young Korean Cultural Centers...

California designates Sept. 4 ‘Taekwondo Day’

The U.S. state of California has designated Sept. 4 "Taekwondo Day." (Korea.net DB) By Lee Hana The U.S. state of California has officially designated Sept. 4 "Taekwondo Day." The California State Senate on July 15 read and adopted the bill ACR 1 that "designates September 4, 2021, and the...

New website promotes Korean culture, cheering for Olympic team

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee are jointly running the site Team Korea House during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. By Park Hye Ri and Lee Jihae Photos = Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and...

Exhibition shows how late Joseon Dynasty fought summer heat

The National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul displays items used by Koreans from the 17th to the 20th centuries to ward off the summer heat. (Yang Seon-ah) By Lee Jihae How did Koreans back in the day endure the heat when the country lacked air conditioners or refrigerators? "Korean Traditional Daily Life," a...

‘Korea’s digital capacity will lead new tourism market after COVID-19’

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee on July 9 answers questions from foreign correspondents in Seoul at the Foreign Press Center in the capital's Jung-gu District. By Elias Molina and Yoon Hee Young Photos = Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee...

[Creative kimchi creations] 10. Kimchi fried shrimp udon

Kimchi, a staple of Korean cuisine, has grown popular among gourmets worldwide as "tasty fermented food." The spicy condiment can stand on its own but also goes so great with other foods. Kimchi as a secondary ingredient can enhance the taste of a dish...

Joseon-era public bathroom with sewage facility found at Seoul palace

A public restroom with a sanitation system and built 150 years ago was excavated at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. By Yoon Hee Young Photos = Ganghwa National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage The remains of a public restroom believed to have been built about 150 years ago have been found in Seoul at...

Current account in May posts 13th straight surplus with USD 10.8B

The Bank of Korea on July 7 said the current account surplus in May reached the provisional figure of USD 10.76 billion. Park Yang-su, director general of the central bank's Economic Statistics Department, on the same day elaborates on the black figure at the bank's headquarters in Seoul's Jung-gu...

UN agency upgrades Korea’s status to developed economy

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on July 2 upgraded Korea's status from a developing economy to a developed one. The photo is of the 24th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development on May 17 that UNCTAD headquarters...

English-language paper rebuts Ramseyer’s false claim on ‘comfort women’

Sejong University professor Yuji Hosaka (pictured) has published a paper to rebut the claims of J. Mark Ramseyer, a professor at Harvard Law School, that sex slaves of Japan before and during World War II were willing "prostitutes." The paper is included in the...

Gov’t boosts this year’s growth forecast to 11-year high of 4.2%

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Hong Nam-ki on June 28 speaks to a joint briefing on the government's economic policy for the second half of the year with relevant government agencies at Government Complex-Seoul. From left are Minister of SMEs and Startups...

New test of Korean-language proficiency to debut next year

Students take a mock version of the Sejong Korean Language Assessment at the King Sejong Institute in Hangzhou, China. (King Sejong Institute Foundation) By Kim Minji The King Sejong Institute Foundation from next year will launch the Sejong Korean Language Assessment (SKA). The foundation on June 28 said SKA evaluates...

President Moon attends his 1st summit with Central America

President Moon Jae-in on June 25 speaks at the virtual summit of the fourth Korea-Central American Integration System (SICA) at Cheong Wa Dae. (Cheong Wa Dae's official Facebook page)   By Kim Eun-young and Lee Jihae President Moon Jae-in on June 25 held an online summit with member states of SICA, or the...

President Moon hails 2 Austrian nurses who served Korea for 40 years

Korean Ambassador to Austria Shin Chae-hyun (left) on June 23 takes a photo with Austrian nurses Marianne Stoger (second from left) and Margaret Pissarek (third from left) after delivering a personal letter, red ginseng and lap blankets from President Moon Jae-in and first lady...

President Moon pledges vaccine supply to N. Korea if it agrees

President Moon Jae-in on June 14 speaks at a news conference after his summit with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen at the latter's official residence of the Hofburg in Vienna. By Jung Joo-ri and Lee Jihae Photos = Cheong Wa Dae's official Facebook page President Moon Jae-in on June 14 said during a...

President Moon becomes 1st Korean leader to visit Austria

President Moon becomes 1st Korean leader to visit Austria Jun 14, 2021 President Moon Jae-in on June 13 attends the third session of an extended meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven economies in Cornwall, the U.K. From left are President Moon, British Prime Minister...

Korean-language textbook featuring BTS content being developed

The Ministry of Education on June 10 announced the development of a Korean-language curriculum for elementary and middle school students abroad and producing textbooks based on the curriculum. (King Sejong Institute in Santiago, Chile) By Joung Haseung A textbook incorporating BTS hits and music videos is under development for elementary and...

From rubbish to resource: recycling discarded plastic into functional items

By Kim Hyelin and Lee Jihae Video = Lee JunYoung Walking under the scorching sun, a person enters a convenience store, buys one bottled water and takes a sip. The bottle is soon empty, so she puts the cap back on and throws it away in a can marked "PET" (polyethylene terephthalate). This is when the journey of the plastic bottle's transformation...

Nat’l library section offers high-tech look at historical documents, books

By Kim Yeojin and Lee Jihae Video = National Library of Korea A copy of Donguibogam (Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine), the classic textbook on traditional Korean medicine and national treasure written by the 17th-century royal physician Heo Jun of the Joseon Dynasty, is hard for the public to see. But the section Shilgam Seojae (a...

Nat’l library section offers high-tech look at historical documents, books

By Kim Yeojin and Lee Jihae Video = National Library of Korea A copy of Donguibogam (Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine), the classic textbook on traditional Korean medicine and national treasure written by the 17th-century royal physician Heo Jun of the Joseon Dynasty, is hard for the public to see. But the section Shilgam Seojae (a...

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