Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Seoul City estimates cost of co-hosting 2032 Summer Olympics with Pyeongyang

Athletes from both South and North Korea on Feb. 9 march together during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang-gun County, Gangwon-do Province. (Hyoja-dong Studio) By Park Gil-ja and Kim Young Shin  With South and North Korea agreeing on a...

Gov’t pledges more investment to revitalize economy

President Moon Jae-in (third from left) on Dec. 17 speaks during an extended meeting of economy-related ministers at Cheong Wa Dae. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung The government on Dec. 17 said it will do its best to conduct regulatory reform and boost investment to...

Koreas top two CNN lists on ‘good things that happened in 2018’

President Moon Jae-in (right) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un embrace ahead of talks during their historic summit on April 27, 2018. (2018 Inter-Korean Summit Press Corps) By Park Gil-ja and Lee Hana The two Koreas pledging to end the Korean War and marching under one flag at...

2 Koreas to pitch 2032 Olympics co-hosting bid to IOC

South Korean Deputy Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Roh Tae-kang (right) and North Korean Vice Physical Culture and Sports Minister Won Kil-u on Dec. 14 shake hands at the inter-Korean joint liaison office in Gaeseong. (Ministry of Unification) By Kim Minji South and North Korea have agreed...

Hongeo: tastes far better than it smells

‘Hongeo samhap’ (홍어삼합) refers to the combination of fermented hongeo skate, kimchi and steamed pork. (Mokpo City Government) By Kim Eun-young, Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin Mokpo | Nov. 29, 2018 China’s stinky tofu, a deep-fried fermented dish, Sweden’s surstromming, or salted and fermented Baltic sea herring, and France’s vieux-Boulogne, cheese made from...

Groundbreaking for inter-Korean rail, road connection set for Dec. 26

A groundbreaking ceremony for the connection and modernization of inter-Korean railways and roads is slated for Dec. 26 at Panmun Station in Gaeseong, North Korea. (Ministry of Unification) By Park Hye Ri and Kim Minji A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Dec. 26 at Panmun Station in the North...

Two Koreas confirm removal of DMZ guard posts

Military officials from South and North Korea on Dec. 12 shake hands at the Demilitarized Zone in Cheorwon, Gangwon-do Province. By Kim Young Deok and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Ministry of National Defense The two Koreas on Dec. 12 completed joint verification of the removal of 11 guard posts...

Consumer safety training targets non-Korean residents

Vice Justice Minister Kim O-su (third from right) on Dec. 10 signs a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Consumer Agency at a regional branch of the agency in Jincheon, Chungcheongbuk-do Province. (Ministry of Justice) By Park Hye Ri and Hahm Hee-eun  "The mobile phone store manager said the...

Two Koreas proceed with joint projects in waterways, forestry

Following a joint field survey of the Hangang River estuary completed on Dec. 9, representatives from the two Koreas discuss the study’s results aboard a South Korean research vessel. By Song Baleun and Lee Hana Photos = Ministry of National Defense While the U.S. and North Korea have entered a...

President Moon: Peace will secure human rights

President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 10 gives a speech at the Seoul Cathedral of the Anglican Church of Korea during a ceremony marking Human Rights Day. By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 10 stressed the role of peace in human...

Colombian writer finds peace while walking on Korea’s ‘tightrope’

Andrés Felipe Solano says on Nov. 29 at a cafe in Seoul that Korea’s candlelight protests were the most peaceful scenes he has seen while living in the country. By Yoon Sojung and Kim Hyelin Photos = Kim Sunjoo Seoul | Nov. 29, 2018 People lining up to touch their transportation smart...

Two Koreas to soon begin joint survey of East Sea railway

A joint inter-Korean survey team inspects a section of the Gyeongui Line Nov. 30 to Dec. 5. Ministry of Unification (South Korea) By Kim Minji A South Korean survey team will visit North Korea to inspect the East Sea (Donghae) Rail from Dec. 8 after having...

More than 60 pct. of S. Koreans welcome NK leader’s visit to Seoul: poll

President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sept. 19 shake hands after signing the Pyeongyang Declaration at the government guesthouse Baekhwawon in the North Korean capital. (Pyeongyang Press Corps) By Park Gil-ja and Hahm Hee-eun  More than half of South Koreans welcome a visit to...

Major indicators say Korean economy is comparatively fine

The Bank of Korea on Dec. 6 said Korea recorded a trade surplus of USD 9.19 billion in October 2018 according to the balance of payment. (Korea.net DB) By Min Yea-Ji and Yoon Sojung Major economic indicators have shown that the Korean economy is relatively healthy. The Bank of Korea...

Seoul exhibition honors 1,100 years of Goryeo Dynasty artworks

The 12th-century “Gilt-silver Ewer with Basin” from the Goryeo Dynasty, owned by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, is part of the exhibition “Goryeo: the Glory of Korea” at the National Museum of Korea Dec. 4, 2018, to March 3, 2019. By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  Photos...

Bucket list for Korea arrives as 2019 calendar

KOCIS begins distributing its 2019 calendar on Dec. 3. The calendar is centered on activities that non-Koreans put on their bucket list during their stay in Korea. (Kim Sunjoo) By Kim Hyelin and Lee Hana Going to a K-pop concert, taking pictures at the DMZ, touring palaces, and visiting...

Korea, NZ to boost cooperation in sci-tech, defense, Antarctic research

President Moon Jae-in (right) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Dec. 4 exchange a handshake prior to their summit at Cordis Hotel in Auckland. By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung Photos = Cheong Wa Dae Facebook President Moon Jae-in and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Dec....

President Moon: NK leader’s visit to Seoul depends on him

President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 1 answers questions from journalists during a news briefing inside the presidential plane while flying to New Zealand from Argentina after attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit. By Park Gil-ja and Yoon Sojung Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in on Dec. 1 said the...

Eleven Southeast & South Asian countries granted multiple-entry visas for Korea

Eleven Southeast and South Asian countries on Dec. 3 were granted multiple-entry visas for short-term visits to Korea. Pictured is an immigration checkpoint at Incheon International Airport. (Korea.net DB) By Park Hye Ri and Lee Hana The nationals of 11 Southeast and South Asian countries from Dec. 3 can...

KOCIS releases video promoting inter-Korean peace featuring Footbridge

A new promotional video released by Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, on Dec. 3 features the Footbridge of Peace in Panmunjeom Truce Village that President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong...

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