Politic

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President Park Geun-hye Vows to Increase Contribution to UN Green Climate Fund

President Park Geun-hye has said South Korea will increase its contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to up to 100 million dollars. In her keynote speech at the UN Climate Summit held in New York on Tuesday, Park introduced the South Korean government’s efforts in responding to climate change and urged advanced countries to

Social affairs

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Japanese media casts spotlight on Korean TV, music in Myanmar : 2NE1

The Tokyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily, has highlighted the popularity of Korean television and pop music in Myanmar. The newspaper reported in an article on September 12 that Korean soap operas are enjoying huge popularity in the Southeast Asian nation. The newspaper’s correspondent, based in Korea, went to the airport in Naypyidaw, the Burmese capital,

Sports

2014 is the fourth time for East Timor to participate in the Asian Games. (photo: Jeon Han)

Smaller countries face challenges in Asian Games

The 2014 Incheon Asian Games, currently on day four of its 15-day run, are being participated in by more than 9,000 athletes from 45 Asian countries and territories. The athletes from all across Asia are competing in 36 sports and vying for over 1,300 medals. Among them are a number of countries that aim for

Entertainment

Director Kim Ki-duk speaks about his film “One on One” during a press conference on August 27 during the 71st Venice International Film Festival. (photo: Yonhap News)

Director Kim Ki-duk wins ‘Best Film Award’ in Venice

Director Kim Ki-duk has been awarded the Venice Days Best Film Award, an independent sidebar to the 71st Venice International Film Festival, which ran from August 27 to September 6 in Venice, Italy. It was his 2014 thriller “One on One” that won the day. Venice Days sidebar, marking its 11th year in 2014, is

Director Kim Ki-duk speaks about his film “One on One” during a press conference on August 27 during the 71st Venice International Film Festival. (photo: Yonhap News)

Director Kim Ki-duk wins ‘Best Film Award’ in Venice

Director Kim Ki-duk has been awarded the Venice Days Best Film Award, an independent sidebar to the 71st Venice International Film Festival, which ran from August 27 to September 6 in Venice, Italy. It was his 2014 thriller “One on One” that won the day. Venice Days sidebar, marking its 11th year in 2014, is

The Economist’s August 9 article, “South Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle and pop.”

Korea is Asia’s foremost trendsetter: The Economist

The leading U.K. weekly The Economist has analyzed the factors behind Korea becoming Asia’s foremost trendsetter in its August 9 article, “South Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle and pop.” The piece began by saying, “From ‘Gangnam Style’ and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Korea’s cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world.”

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

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Fashionista: Jeon Ji-hyun in ‘My Love From the Star’

There are a growing number of people today who watch Korea-made soap operas and listen to Korean hip hop and dance music. This recent uptick in media consumption has brought increased attention to elements of the nation’s mass media and content industry. One of this year’s most-watched soap operas, SBS’s “My Love From the Star,”

Biz & Market

LG’s 65-inch UHD OLED TV has a thin, slightly curved screen and can be hung on the wall.

LG introduces world’s first UHD OLED TV

“Bigger, clearer and slimmer.” This is the unchanging wish of television makers. The TV industry has been making ever-newer technology developments, ranging from PDP (plasma display panels), to LCD (liquid crystal displays) and LED (light emitting diodes), evolving in all areas, including clarity, resolution and size. Recently in Korea, the world’s very first UHD (ultra

Life & Culture

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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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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

Pianist Hyung-ki Joo, Igudesman & Joo

The King of Classical Music Comedy Pianist Hyung-ki Joo, Igudesman & Joo For those hesitant to laugh at a classical music concert, Igudesman and Joo, the music duo, have the answer. Igudesman and Joo are the masters of blending music and comedy: classical music with pop songs or screen music, slapstick comedy with salsa or

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.

Half-dried herring sashimi is a delicacy famous in Pohang. (photo: KNTO)

Autumn tourism week offers discounts to travelers

The so-called “autumn tourism week” is scheduled to take place over eleven days from September 25 to October 5. Travelers can receive up to 75 percent off on 3,700 transportation and accommodation options and at a range of tourist attractions. Korail will provide up to a 30 percent discount on eleven of its routes originating

Food

Rice is topped with mushrooms and vegetables. This dish will be served by the Buddhist monk Daean.

Asian cuisine attracts people to Incheon

A food festival is attracting everyone to Incheon, as the city is offering the rare opportunity for people to enjoy delicious cuisines from across Asia, all in one place. The Incheon Asian Games 2014 Organizing Committee will host the Asian Food Festival from September 19 to October 4 during the Incheon Asian Games. The festival

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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

A red highland onion (photo courtesy of the Rural Development Administration)

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

An article in The Telegraph contains an interview with US chef Judy Joo who is going to introduce Korean food to Britain.

British press highlights Korean food

Korean cuisine has been garnering attention in British media. The Telegraph, a London-based daily, reported that Korean food has started to create a buzz in its article, “Korean food: a spice sensation taking Britain by storm,” on September 10. The broadsheet said that Korean-American chef Judy Joo is going to open a restaurant, Jinjuu, in

K-Chronicle

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea

This is the eighth part in our series, “ Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea. ” Master Craftsmen The style of pottery prominent today has been handed down since the early Joseon era. Some 500 years have passed, but production methods, the shape of the urns and the style of usage for the large containers

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 Buddha in the main rotunda of Seokguram as viewed from the antechamber. The rectangular antechamber has guardian deities, while the circular main hall enshrines the Buddha along with various bodhisattvas, arhats and Hindu gods.

Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple

Epitome of Silla’s Divine Buddhist Art In December 2000, UNESCO added Gyeongju, the old capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), to its World Heritage List, designating five areas that contain a total of 52 officially recognized cultural properties of Korea. However, the two most prominent sites of Gyeongju, Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple,

North Korea

North Korea Archery team

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

LG G WATCH R

LG G WATCH R : PRODUCT MOVIE

The new LG G Watch R is the world’s first watch-style wearable to feature a full circle display that utilizes 100 percent of the watch face. LG’s newest Android wearable features a classic look with various features you can enjoy. It is time to experience the LG G Watch R. By Ara Kim | inside

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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