Politic

President Park Geun-hye (fourth from left) presides over the sixth trade and investment promotion meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on August 12. The government came up with deregulation plans aimed at promoting investment in service industries. (photos: Cheong Wa Dae)

Government pushes deregulation to promote foreign investment

The government intends to support the establishment of integrated tourist resorts that feature hotels, casinos and performance venues, as well as for-profit hospitals on Jeju Island and in free economic zones across the country. Also, beginning next year, Chinese tourists will be allowed to file group visa applications online and private vocational schools will be

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

This advertisement was created by Diesel for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It attempts to deliver an important message that desertification can possibly bring loads of sand to cover the entire Great Wall of China. It is expected to bring awareness of the importance of environmental protection.

Worldwide competition for wits: Busan Ads Festival

The 2014 Busan Ads Festival kicked off on August 21 at Bexco in Busan. A wide variety of advertisements submitted to the festival offer a glimpse of the humor and creativeness of people from around the globe. The festival heated up even before its opening, with more than 12,000 entries submitted from 62 countries. Only

Entertainment

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.”

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Directors see opportunity in Chinese film market

The film industry here is getting increasingly involved in making Chinese movies. Kwak Jae-yong, director of 2001′s smash hit romantic comedy “My Sassy Girl,” has just completed two more films in China, a romantic comedy titled “My Girlfriend is Sick”/ “我的早更女,” a project that’s currently in post-production, and the other that has yet to be

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.”

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Pentaport Rock Festival offers escape from sweltering heat

Incheon’s newly-developed neighborhood of Songdo played host to a rock festival on August 1, with electrifying tunes and rock ‘n’ roll ringing out across the port city. The 2014 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival had rock lovers gather from every corner of the country to escape the scorching summer heat as the mercury shot up to

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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

SK Telecom

SK Telecom Announces 2014 2Q Earnings Results

SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) announced its earnings on a K-IFRS consolidated basis for the second quarter of 2014: revenue of KRW 4.305 trillion, operating income of KRW 546.1 billion and net income of KRW 497.6 billion. The revenue rose by 4.6% year-on-year (YoY) and 2.5% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) backed by increase of the LTE/LTE-Advanced subscribers and strong

Life & Culture

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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

'Nine-bend Streams of the Wuyi Mountain' (1753) is by Joseon-era painter Kang Se-hwang (1713-1791). (photo: Jeon Han)

Utopia in East Asian landscape paintings

The face of a rugged mountain peak is made up of grand, astonishing rocks, while a bargeman leisurely paddles a small boat as he passes by a large, thick tree. Such a scene depicted in landscape paintings is amazingly calm and peaceful, and it makes the summer heat disappear. The kinds of utopia described in

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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

A: Negative control, B: Positive control 1, C: Positive control 2, D: 100mg of milkvetch root extract, E: 200mg of milkvetch root extract, F: 400mg of milkvetch root extract, G: normal 
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.

Bamseom Island was painted by landscape painter Sim Sajeong (1707-1769). According to historical accounts, the island was included as one of the eight scenic points in the ancient capital. The houses featured in the painting look quite peaceful.

Nature’s resilient beauty as seen on Bamseom Island

The Hangang River is a gigantic stream that cuts through the capital city. In the middle of the flowing waterway, underneath the Seogang Bridge that connects Yeouido and Mapo, sits a tiny island that preserves nature in a pristine state. It is Bamseom Island. The island is currently uninhabited, but it is known to have

Food

Omija tea and dried omija berries (image courtesy of the Rural Development Administration)

Herbs for everyday health

- Medicine to improve focus and cognitive abilities, while calming the nerves – During the summer, hot temperatures often linger into the night, making it hard to sleep and to recover from the day’s work. As fatigue piles up, students and office workers who are under constant pressure, while still having to focus for long

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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

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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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,

Sports

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Incheon Asian Games torch relay crosses country

The ongoing torch relay for the Incheon Asian Games 2014 is building enthusiasm for the competition as it threads 5,700 kilometers through 17 provinces and cities. The Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee held a ceremony to combine the flames drawn from Manisan Mountain on Ganghwado Island and from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi,

IT

metal framed Galaxy Alpha

This is How Metal Framed Galaxy Alpha is made in the Factory

Here is something you already know, the Galaxy Alpha features a metal frame with curved corner. But did you know that it is also one of the slimmest Galaxy devices ever at less than 7mm thick? The Galaxy Alpha has redefined Samsung’s design aesthetics in many ways; and not surprisingly, it required advanced design techniques

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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