Saturday, April 20, 2019

Talk Talk Korea 2018 tops last year’s numbers

Director Kim Tae-hoon of the Korean Culture and Information Service (second from left) poses for a group photo with the winners of the Talk Talk Korea 2017 competition, at the Seoullo 7017 park in Seoul in Novermber 2017. (Jeon Han) By Kim Eun-young and Kim Young Shin  The global...

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...

President Moon vows to forge permanent peace between Koreas

President Moon Jae-in (second from left) says he will concentrate on establishing permanent peace between South and North Korea through the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyeongyang. He presided over a Cabinet meeting on the afternoon of Sept. 17, one day before the summit. (Cheong Wa...

Winter Olympics enshrined in literature

By Jeon Han and Sohn JiAe  Photos = Jeon Han  Video = Kim Sunjoo A special event is underway in Seoul to spotlight written works about winter and winter leisure activities in former and current Winter Olympic hosts, like France or Korea, and also in future Winter Olympic hosts, like China. Winter’s Literary...

Plan your garden with plants that grow together

Basil and tomato, when planted near each other, yield tastier crops and get less damage from insects. (Rural Development Administration) By Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin  Some plant pairs are matches made in heaven. The Rural Development Administration published its list of “companion vegetables” on April 10 to help...

Korea, Italy discuss economy, nuclear issues

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (left) and President Park Geun-hye hold summit talks in Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province, China, on Sept. 5. President Park Geun-hye and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi held a summit on Sept. 5 in Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province, China. The two...

People reflect on meaning of independence on 70th anniversary

President Park Geun-hye (center) waves to the crowd aside figure skater Kim Yuna, singers Lee Seung-chul and Lee Sun-hee, and a choir, greeting the audience at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Korean independence held at the World Cup Stadium in western...

Korean, Chinese academics seek solutions to conflicts in Northeast Asia

A Korea-China joint academic conference was held on Nov. 26 in Seoul. It was part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Korean independence and the end of World War II. The Northeast Asian History Foundation (NAHF) and the Institution of International Relations (IIRS), part...

IMF predicts 3 percent growth for Korea

The IMF forecasts on April 17 that Korea’s GDP growth rate for 2018 and 2019 will be 3.0 and 2.9 percent, respectively. (Korea.net DB) By Park Gil-ja and Hahm Hee-eun The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that the Korean economy will grow by 3 percent this year and...

Dokdo ecological survey reveals 594 new species

Scientists have recently revealed that a total of 594 new organisms, including three species previously not found in Korea and 124 species previously not found in or around Dokdo Island, have been found to be living and thriving in the waters and around the...

Soman (소만, 小滿): Day of Steady Growth

Soman, the Day of Steady Growth, falls on May 21 this year. The traditional agricultural day of Soman (소만, 小滿), the Day of Steady Growth, falls on May 21 this year. It is the eighth of 24 solar intervals throughout the year, and falls between...

Seoul 1988 Paralympic torch returns for PyeongChang 2018

The torch for next year’s PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, unveiled to the public on Sept. 8, has a braille inscription of the Olympic slogan in both Korean and English. By Sohn JiAe Photos = Organizing Committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games The Paralympic...

President Moon meets leader of Latin American development bank

President Moon Jae-in (right) holds talks with President Luis Alberto Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank, at Cheong Wa Dae on Feb. 5. By Lee Kyoung Mi and Sohn JiAe President Moon Jae-in greeted President Luis Alberto Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at Cheong Wa Dae on...

Photo contest shows beauty of Korea

The grand prize is awarded to Kim Jae-hyun’s ‘Winding Through Fall Foliage’ at the 45th Korea Tourism Photo Contest in 2017. By Min Yea-Ji and Hahm Hee-eun Photos = Korea Tourism Organization The 46th Korea Tourism Photo Contest is now open, showing the beautiful landscapes of the many different parts...

Governmental writer wins Peony Prize

Presidential writer Elizabeth G. Kraft Lee from the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) gives a brief speech after receiving the Peony Medal during a retirement ceremony at the National Museum of Korea on June 29. (Kim Sunjoo) By Kim Young Shin Seoul | June 29, 2018 Elizabeth...

Mascots unveiled for PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, Paralympics

Soohorang (left) and Bandabi have been unveiled as the mascots for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics and Paralympics. The official mascots for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been unveiled. Soohorang is a white tiger and Bandabi is an Asian black bear, or moon...

Afghanistan models Korean e-gov’t

A group of Afghan government officials has visited Korea to learn about how online government services work in the country. The 13-member delegation talked with representatives from the Ministry of the Interior on Feb. 28 to seek ways to put in place an e-government system...

Korea, US open new frontier with stronger alliance

19 President Park Geun-hye attends the 27th U.S.-Korea Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Korea and the U.S. have agreed to open a “New Frontier” in their alliance by cooperating on space, health security and new energy industries. The two countries signed...

Stay overnight with books in a ‘home for paper’

The Jijihyang hotel provides Author Rooms where guests can not only read the books stacked on the shelves, but can also be inspired by all the books there written by Korean authors. Nowadays, there are small, easy-to-come-by libraries right next door to us in our...

Korea shares job training policies with 20 countries

Staff from the Human Resources Development Service of Korea explain Korean policies regarding human resource development at a meeting of the Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training's (ILO/CINTERFOR) Technical Committee, in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Aug. 9. (Human Resources Development Service...

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