Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gwangju making final preparations to host World Aquatics Championships

Gwangju Metropolitan City and the organizing committee for the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships are in the final stages of preparation for the competition, which starts on July 12. By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae  Photos = The Organizing Committee of the 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju 2019 The...

Swiss Embassy in Seoul unveils new Hanok-style building

The Swiss Embassy in Seoul's new building is a reinterpretation of a Hanok (traditional Korean house). (Kim Sunjoo) By Min Yea-Ji and Kim Hwaya Seoul | May 16, 2019 The Swiss Embassy in Seoul has unveiled its new building that reinterprets a Hanok (traditional Korean house) in the capital's Jongno-gu...

Danish royals visit Korea

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Princess Mary, are in Korea for three days this week to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Denmark. On May 21, the royal couple attended a Korean-Danish Business Conference held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel,...

Interview with Korea.net Honorary Reporter Diya Mitra

Since 2014, Diya Mitra of the U.K. has been a Korea.net Honorary Reporter. (Korea.net DB) By Yoon Sojung The induction ceremony for the eighth group of Korea.net Honorary Reporters on May 20 in Seoul saw a combined 591 applicants from 73 countries. The ceremony this year had added...

Gwangju marks 39th anniversary of pro-democracy movement

President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook on May 18 lay flowers at the May 18 National Cemetery in Gwangju. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Kim Minji and Kim Hwaya  A ceremony to commemorate the 39th anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement of 1980 took place on...

President Moon to host summit with Trump in June

President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump on April 11 shake hands at the White House in Washington during their last summit. Both leaders will hold another summit in Seoul in June. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Xu Aiying and Kim Hwaya President Moon Jae-in in June will host...

22nd annual Korean speech contest attracts wider variety of foreign competitors

By Oh Hyun Woo and Kim Hwaya Photos = Kim Sunjoo  Video = Choi Tae-soon  Seoul | May 14, 2019 A middle school student from Japan, a worker from Nepal, a production assistant for Korean entertainment shows from China. People who seemingly have nothing in common on May 14 gathered at Crown Concert Hall...

Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo marking 40th anniversary with events

The Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has held the exhibition "Monochrome Monologue" and performance "Sounds Are Dancing" to commemorate the occasion. By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Jihae  Photos= Lee Kyoung Mi  Tokyo | May 10, 2019 The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in Tokyo is celebrating...

Korean, Polish foods have common features: celebrity chef

Chef Karol Okrasa on May 13 introduces traditional Polish liquor made from wild berries during a “master class” cooking show at the Korean Cuisine Culture Center in Seoul’s Jung-gu District. By Yoon Sojung Photos = Kim Sunjoo  Seoul | May 13, 2019 Polish culinary celebrity Karol Okrasa believes Korean and...

Seoul’s lone Islamic street bustles at night during Ramadan

Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, began on May 5 this year. This photo taken on May 7 shows Usadan-ro, known as the only Islamic street in Seoul and located in the capital's Itaewon neighborhood. By Kim Young Deok and Yoon Sojung Photos = Kim Young...

K-pop contest finals, folk painting exhibit highlight May KCC events

The finals of a K-pop singing and dancing contest will be held from May 11-12 at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square nearby Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam. This photo taken on April 21 shows a group competing in the preliminaries. (KCC in Hanoi,...

Unsung Hero of Korea’s Independence – George Lewis Shaw

By Jeon Han Photos = The Independence Hall of Korea Illustration = Manus Eugune A trading company in Andong (now Dandong), China, holds a distinctive place in the history of Korea's independence movement. Yilyungyanghaeng assisted the Korean Provisional Government in transporting weapons, delivering government funds and communicating with activists,...

Korean Cultural Centers offer K-pop Academy classes

Participants learn K-Pop dance in a class of the 2018 K-pop Academy of Korean Cultural Center in Berlin, Germany. By Kim Hyelin and Lee Jihae  Photos = Korean Culture and Information Service The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), an affiliate of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, on...

Korea, NASA to jointly build payload device for lunar landers

Ben Bussey, senior NASA exploration scientist (left), Choi Won-ho (middle), director-general of the Space, Nuclear and Big Science Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Choi Young-jun, director-general of the Space Science Division of the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute,...

Jongmyo Daeje on Children’s Day

Jongmyo Daeje, a rite worshipping the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), was held at Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul on May 5. The annual ceremony is held on the first Sunday of May, which was Children's Day this year, complete with programs for children to enjoy. In the afternoon,...

[Sharing a Prosperous Global Village] Ambassadors’ Voices in Korea 7: Hungary

To gauge the direction of cooperation between Korea and the world, Korea.net is running a series of interviews with ambassadors to Korea. This episode features Hungarian Ambassador and Korea scholar Mózes Csoma, who expresses his thoughts on the prospects of a bilateral relationship that...

Lotus Lantern Parade lights up Seoul

The Lotus Lantern Parade took place in central Seoul on May 4 as a ceremony to celebrate the Buddha's birth. The parade, the main event of the annual Lotus Lantern Festival, featured Koreans and non-Koreans marching and holding lanterns representing their countries and Buddhist figures. The Lantern Festival Global Supporters,...

DMZ Peace Trail opened to public for 1st time in 65 years

Visitors on April 27 walk along a fortified coastal road known as the DMZ Peace Trail in Goseong-gun County, Gangwon-do Province. The trail has been opened to the public for the first time in 65 years. By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae  Photos = Kim Young Deok Gangwon-do | April 27,...

#HANAGo Season 2 Ep. 4 – Korea’s spring flowers

Hi, it's Hana of #HANAGo. Today I'm going to answer a question sent in by Esraa Elzeny from Egypt who asked, "Where are the most beautiful flower festivals in Korea during the spring season?" Spring flowers on the Korean Peninsula have been blooming from the southern...

Event to mark centennial anniversary of Korean Provisional Gov’t

This huge Taegeukgi (Korean national flag) hangs on a building at Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the March First Independence Movement. On April 11, a ceremony to mark the centennial anniversary of the Korean Provisional Government was scheduled at Seoul's...

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