Politic

President Park Geun-hye emphasizes a national understanding of law and order and the importance of constitutional values during a policy briefing on January 20.

Gov’t to push nationwide innovation, happiness for all

The government will set up policies to accomplish its dual goals of promoting innovation across the country and helping people to be more happy in their day-to-day lives. A total of 14 government ministries, including the ministries of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Education and Health & Welfare announced their plans during a 2015 policy briefing

Social affairs

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NYT recommends Seoul for 2015

Seoul, the capital of Korea, has been included in the New York Times’ (NYT) list of 52 must-see travel destinations for 2015. The 52 cities and countries selected by the NYT this year are destinations that were once somewhat off the beaten tourist path, but which have now become familiar cities for the world’s globetrotters.

Sports

One taekwondo adherent (top) learns the basic taekwondo techniques. Three young trainees (bottom) smile as they hold pine boards to be smashed in half, boards on which they have written their weak points that they want to break.

Taekwondo enjoys growing flow of adherents

The Taekwondowon is a global training center for taekwondo that opened its doors in September in Muju, Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province). Since launching its training classes, it has been welcoming one visitor after another. More than 140,000 people, both from home and abroad, have so far come to the venue and completed a variety of

Entertainment

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JYJ’s Kim Junsu to make solo comeback in March

JYJ’s Kim Junsu has confirmed his solo comeback. C-JeS Entertainment announced on January 16, “Kim Junsu will be returning with his third solo album in March. Making his comeback after about one year and eight months since he released the second solo album Incredible, Kim Junsu will be promoting the album in Korea as he

A Korean poster for the film 'Ode to My Father.'

‘Ode to My Father’ catches attention of US media

The film “Ode to My Father” has stirred interest among U.S. media outlets. The film is about a boy who grows up and then grows old living through Korea’s turbulent modern history. He is also the eldest son and keeps a lifetime promise to his father he made when the family fled southward and sought

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JYJ’s Kim Junsu to make solo comeback in March

JYJ’s Kim Junsu has confirmed his solo comeback. C-JeS Entertainment announced on January 16, “Kim Junsu will be returning with his third solo album in March. Making his comeback after about one year and eight months since he released the second solo album Incredible, Kim Junsu will be promoting the album in Korea as he

The Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra will set out on its first European concert tour to perform in Prague, the Czech Republic, Munich, Germany, and lastly, Vienna, Austria, on August 31, September 2 and 4, respectively. (photo courtesy of Bucheon Phil)

K-classic to set foot in Europe : Bucheon Phil

In the evening on August 31, Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4 in e minor Op. 98” will ring out across Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert hall in Prague, the Czech Republic. The masterpiece will be created this time by one of the most lauded Korean orchestras, the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, or Bucheon Phil for short. Starting

Biz & Market

Malpyo Industries also sells a cream-based shoe polish it developed in the 1980s.

Malpyo becomes household name for shoe polish

The shoes complete a gentleman’s look. The line of a man’s suit flows from the jacket and ends with flawlessly clean, polished shoes. Shoes are important because they determine one’s first impression and complete one’s look, but there’s more. Those who have repaired or polished shoes for customers over many years say they can figure

Life & Culture

Tourists take photos at around Scenery Train railroad.

A-Train takes you to birthplace of ‘Arirang’

Railroad operator Korail launched its new Jeongseon Arirang A-Train on January 22, a new train tour that loops through Jeongseon County in central Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province). The newly-launched A-Train service is the fourth of Korail’s themed train tours, following the O-Line and the V-train which travel around the central parts of the peninsula, the S-Train,

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Overseas aid channeled toward visual art, photography

In a remote mountain village of Vietnam, it has now become common to see students taking pictures. The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Arts & Culture Education Service launched a joint program in September this year in Lao Cai, a mountainous region in northeast Vietnam. Their aid helped children and

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Acne, Facial Rejuvenation

Look into the internal cause first Traditional Korean Medicine has the true anti-aging secret Columnist: Bae Eun-kyung L.Ac., Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic A rising use of Acupuncture developed over centuries of time is applying it to skin rejuvenation and acne treatment. While skin rejuvenation and acne treatments can be costly, painful and sometimes inconceivable, Acupuncture

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Intl. writers festival brings novelists, poets to Seoul

A group of international writers will gather in Seoul to share their literary world with booklovers and to communicate with their counterparts from around the globe. Under the theme of “Eros and Dream,” the 2014 Seoul International Writers’ Festival (SIWF) will bring together a total of 28 writers, half of them from home and half

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Russian students learn essence of tradition

A group of Russian college students have arrived on Jindo Island, off the southwest corner of the Korean Peninsula. On January 14, 17 members of the Russian art troupe Haedong, from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, visited the Jindo National Gugak Center on the island in Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province). They came here

On September 9, three up-and-coming Korean fashion designers rocked the New York runway as part of 2014's New York Fashion Week . 

The “Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2015” fashion show took the three designers and put them under the spotlight at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as their collections were on display and worn by catwalk models in front of a rapt audience.

Concept Korea wows New York Fashion Week

On September 9, three up-and-coming Korean fashion designers rocked the New York runway as part of 2014’s New York Fashion Week . The “ Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2015 ” fashion show took the three designers and put them under the spotlight at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as their collections

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Milkvetch root extract has been found to be effective in protecting cartilage in arthritis-induced mice. Mice with a shot of 400 milligrams of the extract (F) showed 27 percent less inflammation than other mice. (image courtesy of the RDA)

Milkvetch root found effective in treating degenerative arthritis

Milkvetch root is good for treating degenerative arthritis, researchers say. Milkvetch root extract has been found to be effective in helping suppress the progress of arthritis and inflammatory diseases and in protecting cartilage, announced the Rural Development Administration (RDA) on August 13. Milkvetch — any one of several species of flowering plant of the genus

Photographer Kim Jung-man admires his photos on display at an exhibition in Seoul, on July 28. (photo: Jeon Han)

Photos capture masculine beauty of Dokdo

Photographer Kim Jung-man has compared Korea’s easternmost outcropping, Dokdo, to a man. “Dokdo is like a taciturn father or a mother’s bosom. It is an island with a mystic power,” said Kim. The high-profile photographer explained his feelings about the collection of islands when asked about his two year-long project to photograph Dokdo. “To be

‘Concept Korea’ appealed with diversity at New York Fashion Week

Korean designers have delivered vibrant appeals for Korean fashion with elegant tailoring, twists to classic looks and various mix-matched styles. Four designers showcased fall and winter collections for 2014 at Concept Korea on Feb. 11, a show held for the ninth year to promote Korea’s design talent at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Tourists take photos at around Scenery Train railroad.

A-Train takes you to birthplace of ‘Arirang’

Railroad operator Korail launched its new Jeongseon Arirang A-Train on January 22, a new train tour that loops through Jeongseon County in central Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province). The newly-launched A-Train service is the fourth of Korail’s themed train tours, following the O-Line and the V-train which travel around the central parts of the peninsula, the S-Train,

Food

Kimchi can perk up just about anything. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

NYT calls kimchi ‘Korean soul food’

The New York Times has praised kimchi in a recent article. The New York-based daily reported in an article on January 20, “Cooking With Kimchi,” that, “It is the very backbone of Korean cuisine,” and that it is, “eaten enthusiastically at every meal, and daily life is unimaginable without it.” The newspaper compared kimchi to

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‘Kogi’ Taco Truck Pioneer – Roy Choi

Roy Choi(43) is the pioneer of the Korean taco truck in Los Angeles. In his recent memoir and cookbook “L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food,” the Korean-American chef Choi confesses: “Everything I am comes from kimchi.” Born in Seoul and grown up in LA since age 2, Choi was a rebellious soul. Once

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Beat the summer heat with onions

People and their health consciousness are two things that cannot be taken apart. Food has always played a central role in consoling the body and the soul, while enduring the sweltering hot summers and frigid cold winters. Although ginseng and the famous chicken-based soup samgyetang is most commonly enjoyed during the mid-summer season, the art

Kimchi can perk up just about anything. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times

NYT calls kimchi ‘Korean soul food’

The New York Times has praised kimchi in a recent article. The New York-based daily reported in an article on January 20, “Cooking With Kimchi,” that, “It is the very backbone of Korean cuisine,” and that it is, “eaten enthusiastically at every meal, and daily life is unimaginable without it.” The newspaper compared kimchi to

K-Chronicle

The special exhibition at the National Museum of Korea, "In Blue and White: Porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty," showcases an array of blue and white porcelain dating from the Joseon Dynasty.

Joseon era porcelain emanates azure beauty

Blue and white porcelain adorned with cobalt-colored glazes started to be mass-produced during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The artistic ability then spread to Korea, Japan and even reached as far as Europe. In the early 15th century, artists of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) brought the craftwork home and started to produce blue and white porcelain

The gilt bronze crown excavated in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do. A sheet of gilt bronze was cut to create an openwork design in a flower and grass pattern. (photo courtesy of the CHA)

Ancient gilt bronze crown, shoe found in Gyeonggi-do

A gilt bronze crown and a shoe, presumably from the ancient Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.-A.D. 660), have been unearthed in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). This is the first time that a Baekje gilt bronze crown and shoe have been found in the area around Gyeonggi-do. According to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) on May 26,

LEARNING KOREAN

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table.

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table. 01. 치엔 씨, 뭘 찾고 있어요? Chien ssi, mwol chatgoisseoyo? What are you looking for, Chien? 02. 수진 씨, 제 휴대전화 못 봤어요? 휴대전화를 잃어버렸어요. Sujin ssi, je hyudaejeonhwa mot bwasseoyo? hyudaejeonhwareul ireobeoryeosseoyo. Sujin, have you seen my mobile phone? I lost it. 03. 아, 그 검은색

The special exhibition at the National Museum of Korea, "In Blue and White: Porcelains of the Joseon Dynasty," showcases an array of blue and white porcelain dating from the Joseon Dynasty.

Joseon era porcelain emanates azure beauty

Blue and white porcelain adorned with cobalt-colored glazes started to be mass-produced during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The artistic ability then spread to Korea, Japan and even reached as far as Europe. In the early 15th century, artists of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) brought the craftwork home and started to produce blue and white porcelain

North Korea

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North Korea Archery team will be training in South Korea

North Korea Archery team, which is consisting of more than 10 men and women players is going to visit South Korea to train for the Incheon Asian Games 2014 the end of next month. Kim Jong-un who is a dictator of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea visited the archery training ground in Pyongyang Mangyongdae Terrace

IT

The left image shows the chemical structure of chitosan and a microscopic image of a chitosan-based memory device. On the right, chitosan is put between silver (Ag) and platinum (Pt).

Researchers develop USB memory with crab shell extract

A group of researchers announced on January 12 that they have developed a new technology to make memory devices from chitosan, an element extracted from shellfish, such as crabs or shrimp. Led by Professor Lee Jang-sik, the team made a non-volatile memory device which can be used to make USB memory sticks or flash memory

Learning Korean

LEARNING KOREAN

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table.

LEARNING KOREAN : It’s on the kitchen table. 01. 치엔 씨, 뭘 찾고 있어요? Chien ssi, mwol chatgoisseoyo? What are you looking for, Chien? 02. 수진 씨, 제 휴대전화 못 봤어요? 휴대전화를 잃어버렸어요. Sujin ssi, je hyudaejeonhwa mot bwasseoyo? hyudaejeonhwareul ireobeoryeosseoyo. Sujin, have you seen my mobile phone? I lost it. 03. 아, 그 검은색

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