Politic

President Park Geun-hye (third from right) and her newly appointed cabinet officials walk to the function hall after the appointment ceremony on July 18. (photo: Yonhap News)

Park Geun-hye’s administration launches 2nd cabinet lineup

Park Geun-hye’s administration has officially launched its second lineup of cabinet members. President Park swore into office seven ministerial level officials on July 18, including Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Strategy and Finance Choi Kyung Hwan, and four vice-ministerial level officials. The president presented them with their first tasks as her newly appointed cabinet

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

Social affairs

Korean students, including Kim Dong-Ryul of the Seoul Science High School (far right), pose for a photo during the IMO 2014. This year’s IMO was held in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier in July. (photo courtesy of the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and Creativity)

Korea receives awards in int’l math, physics competitions | IYPT

Korean high school students have recently received remarkable results in a series of international scientific competitions. Korea took seventh place in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held in South Africa earlier this month, and the country was also the silver winner at the International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT), held in the U.K. At the math

Entertainment

Maroon 5 (courtesy of CITYBREAK 2014)

Beat the heat with summer concerts | Now Festival 2014

Ozzy Osbourne. Queen. Lady Gaga. Richie Sambora. Maroon 5. These are just some of the world-class musicians who will head to Korea this summer. Large-scale concerts this season will feature popular musicians from both Korea and abroad, covering various genres from rock ‘n’ roll and R&B through to soul to hip hop. For rock ‘n’

Movie stars, including Shim Eun-Kyuong (second from left), Hyun Bin (third from left) and Son Ye-jin (fourth from left), give a big round of applause during the Pifan opening ceremony hosted by emcees Shin Hyun-joon and Yoo In-na on July 17. (photo: Jeon Han)

Film festival kicks off in Bucheon

The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Pifan) began on July 17 in Bucheon City, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province). A total of 210 films from 48 countries, including 87 short films, will be screened in this year’s annual film festival as it marks its 18th anniversary. The opening film was “Stereo” by German director Maximilian Erlenwein. The

EXO

EXO released TV CF ad teaser video together with Nature Republic

EXO released TV CF teaser video together with Nature Republic Nature Republic released teaser video of EXO’s appearance and posted “Nature Republic and EXO TV CF, aren’t you curious? It is coming very soon on 11 July.” it’s on YouTube. EXO with a clear skin and without blemishes left an impact impression in a short

Maroon 5 (courtesy of CITYBREAK 2014)

Beat the heat with summer concerts | Now Festival 2014

Ozzy Osbourne. Queen. Lady Gaga. Richie Sambora. Maroon 5. These are just some of the world-class musicians who will head to Korea this summer. Large-scale concerts this season will feature popular musicians from both Korea and abroad, covering various genres from rock ‘n’ roll and R&B through to soul to hip hop. For rock ‘n’

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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

Chungho Nais' Whi Caffe is the world's first water purifier that can serve hot water, cold water, ice cubes and capsule coffee.

Chungho Nais develops world’s first water purifying coffeemaker

Can a water purifier make coffee? Most people would think it impossible, but Chungho Nais’ Whi Caffe can do it. The home appliance can not only purify tap water to produce cold water, hot water and ice, but it can also can make capsule coffee. It can make an espresso, Americano or iced Americano, depending

Life & Culture

People who visit N Seoul Tower can enjoy a cool, fresh breeze blowing across Namsan Mountain, despite the hot and humid weather of summer. (photo: Jeon Han)

Love padlocks at N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is one of the iconic symbols of Seoul. This place has now become a popular date spot for couples. Like the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, couples head to the tower to lock their “padlock of love” onto the railing and to dream that their love will last forever. Thanks to TV

(Left) Cover the clay bricks with clean dirt to prevent them from sticking; (middle) Again, remove any contaminants by slicing the clay bricks with a so-called mud knife; (right) Lump the clay into large, round clods.

Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea

*This is the third part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Steps to making traditional Korean pottery Usually, the kiln will be fired for two to three days, or about 45 hours. For the first 15 hours, the fire slowly heats up the kiln and dries any moisture that’s inside. The temperature

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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

Thank You Small Library

Helping Friends One Library at a Time | Thank You Small Library

The opening of Thank You Small Libraries in Ethiopia helps wartime ally in its development efforts Korea is saying thank you to an old comrade-inarms through the gift of learning. As part of its official development assistance (ODA) program, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has opened up libraries at Civil Service University, Finfine

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

Mirumbeau by Ugleebasement. (Korea Craft and Design Foundation)

Mulberry paper products showcased at Paperworld

Korean mulberry paper and everyday products that use it are on view at Paperworld, an international trade fair for paper and stationery, in Frankfurt, Germany. Forty-three kinds of Korean mulberry paper, hand-made by Korean artisans, are on display. Two products using the paper have been selected as the highlights of the trade fair’s Asia Design

Barley sprouts (photo courtesy of the RDA)

Barley sprouts can help prevent fatty liver, obesity

Barley is one of the main staple food ingredients, along with rice, for many Koreans. A recent study has found that barley sprouts can help treat fatty livers and obesity. The Rural Development Administration (RDA) carried out a clinical test involving 62 healthy grown men, dividing them into two groups. Over 16 weeks, one group

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‘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.

People who visit N Seoul Tower can enjoy a cool, fresh breeze blowing across Namsan Mountain, despite the hot and humid weather of summer. (photo: Jeon Han)

Love padlocks at N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower is one of the iconic symbols of Seoul. This place has now become a popular date spot for couples. Like the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, couples head to the tower to lock their “padlock of love” onto the railing and to dream that their love will last forever. Thanks to TV

Food

Ramyeon

Ramyeon

Koreans love instant noodles, or ramyeon. You can find it everywhere—in supermarkets, at streetside stalls, at hole-in-the-wall shops, at specialty restaurants and even at the tops of mountains. While often served as a stand-alone dish, instant noodles are frequently used as an ingredient in other dishes, such as stews like budaejjigae and kimchijjigae. There are

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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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Spring greens to brighten your plate

The scent of spring is in the air. Life is slowly coming out of its long hibernation and it’s ready to wake up and stretch, welcoming the new season. As spring springs into action, people tend to feel drowsy and tired. In an effort to address the lethargy and fatigue that comes with the new

Ramyeon

Ramyeon

Koreans love instant noodles, or ramyeon. You can find it everywhere—in supermarkets, at streetside stalls, at hole-in-the-wall shops, at specialty restaurants and even at the tops of mountains. While often served as a stand-alone dish, instant noodles are frequently used as an ingredient in other dishes, such as stews like budaejjigae and kimchijjigae. There are

K-Chronicle

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Late Silla stone chamber found in Jeolla

A stone chamber believed to be the remnants of a tomb and earthenware artifacts, all dating from the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), have been found in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province), announced the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) on July 9. This is the first time that a stone chamber built in a late Silla

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,

Sports

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Mesut Özil, say goodbye to Park Chu-young who is leaving Arsenal F.C.

Mesut Özil who is participating in 2014 Brazil World Cup left a farewell message for the team of Arsenal colleagues to hear during the game. Park Chu-young was also included. Recently Arsenal announced a player list that the contract is terminated for this summer through club website. 11 people including Nicklas Bendtner, Emiliano Viviano and

IT

▲Galaxy Tab S offers new standards of the viewing experience

Why we think Galaxy Tab S changes the rules for Tablets

After its debut at the Galaxy Premiere 2014 last month, the Galaxy Tab S has been receiving a lot of attention. Especially with its super high-res display, the Galaxy Tab S proved itself as Samsung’s best tablet yet. However, we must say the Galaxy Tab S really differentiates itself from many other tablets and it

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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