Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Gwangju, Hyundai Motor finalize deal on innovative job project

President Moon Jae-in (center) on Jan. 31 expresses his congratulations at Gwangju City Hall, where the municipal government and Hyundai Motor Company held a ceremony for signing their deal finalizing the Gwangju job project. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Xu Aiying and Yoon Sojung The Gwangju city government and Hyundai...

Inaugural trade fair reflects rise of veganism in Korea

Visitors stop by booths at Korea’s first Vegan Festa from Jan. 25-27 at aT Center in Seoul. By Kim Hyelin and Kim Minji Photos = Kim Hyelin Visitors at a food exhibition in Seoul were drawn by the appetizing smell of bulgogi (marinated stir-fried beef) and roasted beef patties. They were...

Korea, Qatar to expand economic cooperation to wider range of fields

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (left) and President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 28 shake hands before their summit at Cheong Wa Dae. By Park Gil-ja and Kim Young Shin  Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 28 held a summit with Qatari Emir Sheikh...

Asians prefer shopping, Westerners visiting palaces when in Seoul: poll

Three tourists on Dec. 6, 2018, take a group selfie at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. (Jeon Han) By Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin  Asian visitors in Seoul consider visits to and shopping in Myeong-dong, a bustling and popular neighborhood in downtown Seoul, the most satisfying while traveling in...

Asians prefer shopping, Westerners palace visits when in Seoul: poll

Three tourists on Dec. 6, 2018, take a group selfie at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. (Jeon Han) By Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin  Asian visitors in Seoul consider visits to and shopping in Myeong-dong, a bustling and popular neighborhood in downtown Seoul, the most satisfying while traveling in...

No. of foreign tourists in Korea rose 15 pct. last year

The heightened mood of peace on the Korean Peninsula attracted more foreign tourists to Korea last year. This photo shows Japanese shoppers lined up at the Line Friends store in Seoul’s trendy Hongdae neighborhood to buy BTS goods. (Korea.net DB) By Kim Eun-young and Kim Minji The Korea Tourist...

Drone Show Korea 2019 showcases latest, greatest in drones

Drone Show Korea 2019 opened on Jan. 24 at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO). First Vice Minister of Science and ICT Mun Mi-ock (third from left) and Vice Minister Cheong Seung-il join visitors in listening to an explanation about the power pack,...

Public libraries in Korea to feature cutting-edge innovation by 2023

The Presidential Committee on Library and Information Policy on Jan. 23 announced its third comprehensive plan for library development from 2019-23. The photo above shows collections at the National Library of Korea in Sejong Special Autonomous City. (National Library of Korea) By Lee Kyoung Mi and Kim Young...

Defense Ministry issues stern warning to Japan over flybys

Suh Wook, chief operations director at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Jan. 23 delivers the official stance of the Ministry of National Defense at the ministry's briefing room in Seoul. (Ministry of National Defense) By Song Baleun and Kim Young Shin  The Ministry of National Defense on Jan....

President Moon makes Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers list for 2nd straight year

President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 10 hosts a New Year's news conference at Cheong Wa Dae. (Cheong Wa Dae) By Park Gil-ja and Kim Young Shin President Moon Jae-in has made the annual 100 Global Thinkers list of the U.S.-based news site ForeignPolicy.com for the second consecutive year. Celebrating their...

65 foreign residents gain Korean nationality in ceremony

Newly naturalized Koreans citizens on Jan. 21 salute the national flag with Justice Minister Park Sang-ki (front row, fourth from the right) in a ceremony at the National Hangeul Museum in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District. By Min Yea-ji and Kim Minji Photos = Ministry of Justice "In the past, I lived...

Bloomberg names Korea ‘most innovative country’ for 6th straight year

Korea on Jan. 22 was announced as the world's most innovative country by the Bloomberg Innovative Index. (Screen capture from Bloomberg website) By Oh Hyun-woo and Kim Minji  Korea has topped for the sixth straight year the Bloomberg Innovative Index as the world's most innovative nation. Bloomberg News on Jan....

Survey shows 80 percent of world has ‘positive’ image of Korea

According to an annual national image survey conducted by the Korean Culture and Information Service, 2018's top keywords about Korea were "Korean food," "K-pop" and "Korean culture." Most respondents said the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and the three inter-Korean summits had a positive influence...

President Moon urges more job creation in meeting with CEOs

President Moon Jae-in on Jan. 15 delivers an opening speech at his meeting with business leaders at the Yeongbingwan Guest House of Cheong Wa Dae. The inscription on the wall behind him reads "A nation where business grows, Korea to become a country where...

Korean gov’t to promote hydrogen economy through car, fuel cell sectors

President Moon Jae-in (second from left) on Jan. 17 looks at the booth of a hydrogen fuel car at Ulsan City Hall ahead of the announcement of the administration’s pro-hydrogen economy policy. (Hyoja-dong Studio) By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung The government on Jan. 17 announced an ambitious plan...

Economy minister announces plans to foster hydrogen, big data, AI sectors

Minister of Economy and Finance Hong Nam-ki on Jan. 16 chairs a meeting on innovative growth strategies at Yangjae Innovation Hub in Seoul. (MOEF) By Xu Aiying and Lee Hana The government on Jan. 16 announced plans to boost innovative growth by fueling the hydrogen economy as well as...

Defense Ministry blasts Japan’s demand in radar row as ‘very rude’

Shown is a screen capture of the video released on Jan. 4 by the Korean Ministry of National Defense to refute Japan's claim that a Korean destroyer’s radar locked on a Japanese patrol ship. (Ministry of National Defense’s YouTube channel) By Song Baleun and Kim Minji Korea and Japan...

Korea, Denmark to mark 60 years of bilateral ties through ‘Year of Culture’

This photo from on Oct. 20, 2018, shows President Moon Jae-in (left) and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen holding a summit at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. Both leaders agreed to designate 2019 as the “Year of Culture.” (Cheong Wa Dae) By Kim Hyelin and Yoon Sojung Korea and...

Foreign workers in Korea must file income taxes by Feb. 28

An English-language guide to filing year-end tax returns for foreign workers is available on the National Tax Service’s homepage. By Oh Hyun-woo and Lee Hana Foreigners who earned income in Korea last year must file their tax returns by Feb. 28 regardless of nationality, country of residence or length...

Korea Grand Sale to offer extensive tourist discounts, offers

Korea Grand Sale 2019, to run from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, will offer overseas tourists huge discounts and benefits in select sectors like lodging and dining. By Min Yea-Ji and Yoon Sojung Photos, Video = Visit Korea Committee Korea Grand Sale 2019, one of the country's biggest shopping and...

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