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Korea Close-up's "Korea Close-up" collection of articles highlights the vast range of diversity and variance that exists across the cities and countryside of Korea. We will unveil stories from the past and feature information about modern industries, covering official government polic...


Insight into Korea's long-lasting brands takes a look at a range of long-lasting brands and successful firms, companies that have won over the hearts of domestic consumers and are now branching out overseas.


Korea via Stamps - Great stories in small frames
Stamps are a snapshot of history, recording meaningful events, notable figures and objects of the times. Korea's modern postal history dates back to late 19th century during Joseon times. The intertwined postal network kept remote communities in touch with each other by means of letters, parcels and, in more ...


Our Readers - Voices from around the world
Love, affection and compassion for your neighbor -- jeong in Korean -- is a common value across humanity, transcending borders and time. As civilization progresses, many countries are becoming neighbors in the global village. Stories of daily romance, friendship and helping each other during times of distress are movin...


Explore the humanities
Korea has a tradition and a rich history of the humanities covering many centuries. Its deep traditions of Buddhism and Confucianism produced various philosophical creeds which sought the root of human existence and a harmonious society. The respect and care of each other was reflected in the form of manners and behavi...


Pope brings message of love to Korea
Pope Francis paid a visit to Korea to conduct a dedication mass and a beatification on August 15 in Daejeon. He visited the sacred grounds of the Haemi, a religious site in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province), among other things. The beatification was for Paul Yoon Ji-chung (1759-1791), the firs...


Love of taekwondo spreading worldwide
A taekwondo demonstration by overseas taekwondo trainees at the World Taekwondo Hanmadang 2012 (photo: Jeon Han) [Introduction]Taekwondo is Korea's representative martial art and an officially acknowledged international sport that originated in Korea and is today practiced worldwide. Taekwondo uses the whole body, pa...


Expats’ Lounge: tips for foreign residents living in Korea
Living in a foreign country can lead to unfamiliar situations and other circumstances that can sometimes be downright confusing. In an effort to help expatriates in Korea, the Expats’ Lounge section compiles a selection of articles about the essential things that foreign residents may find useful while living...


Korea in the foreign press
As Korea continues to distinguish itself internationally as a leader and innovator across various sectors, foreign press coverage has also focused increasing attention on the elements that define Korea today. Looking in-depth at everything from new trends and old traditions to noteworthy events, policies, industries, a...


Seollal: Lunar New Year's Day
Koreans celebrate New Year twice a year, one at the December 31 countdown and the other on the Lunar New Year holiday. Seollal, the Korean Lunar New Year, falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar -- some time in late January to late February in the solar calendar. It is one of the two biggest hol...


Show us your feelings about Korea!
What do international students studying in Korea think about Korea? The Korean Overseas Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, held a UCC, photo, and essay contest titled "Show us your feelings about Korea" for international students studying in Korea. The contest w...