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Jamsil's Hidden Treasure: Semaul Traditional Market
Feb 22, 2016
When you think of Jamsil, I bet these are some of the things that come to mind: Lotte World, the 123-story tower beside it, the gargantuan Lotte World Mall, the Olympic Park, the baseball stadium and Seokchon Lake. However, do you know that somewhere within the very mod...


Royal relics emerge from museum storage
Feb 22, 2016
The four boxes that held the royal seal of Heungseon Daewongun, plus the seal itself, are collectively known as the ogae sabibin (오개삽입인, 五個揷入印). They're intricately formed so that they cover and keep each of the smaller boxes, according to size. Each side of the boxes is carved w...


Korean language wave hits Havana
Feb 19, 2016
Despite there being no official diplomatic ties between Korea and Cuba, a Korean speech contest took place in Havana for the first time on Feb. 12. A Korean speech contest was held for the first time in Cuba on Feb. 12. The event, where participants had to answer the questio...


A Filipina’s Korean beauty haul
Feb 19, 2016
Korean beauty products have taken over the world and have found their way to the Philippine shores. Filipinos are crazy about Korean beauty products that are formulated perfectly for Asian skin. Korean skincare and makeup innovations truly address the needs of Asians, for their h...


Korean recipes: Ogokbap five grain rice
Feb 19, 2016
The Great Full Moon of the First Month, or Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월 대보름), falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month and marks the first full moon after the Lunar New Year’s Day. This year, it falls on Feb. 22. On this day, we can see the brightest and most luminescent moon of ...


Korea, Japan to further develop tourism industries
Feb 19, 2016
Experts from the tourism industries in Korea and Japan have met in Tokyo for a two-day festival aimed at developing tourism between the two countries. The industry experts discussed ways to expand the Korea-Japan tourism partnership, while the comedy show "Nanta" appeare...

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Usu (우수, 雨水)
Feb 19, 2016
Today is Usu (우수, 雨水), "The First Rainfall of the Year," so the worst of winter has now passed and we can begin to emerge from our winter hibernations across the northern hemisphere. Usu, Feb. 19, marks the beginning of the second of 24 solar terms of the year. Ipchun on ...


Korea - My Second Homeland
Feb 18, 2016
It all started three years ago when I went to the United Sates on a cultural exchange program. I was placed in Minnesota, a state known for its 10,000 lakes. During the six-month exchange program, I made millions of memories. I met friends from all around the world, but my best f...


Winter music festival hits slopes of Pyeongchang
Feb 18, 2016
Jazz vocalist Youn Sun Nah (left) and guitarist Ulf Wakenius open the 2016 PyeongChang Winter Music Festival. In anticipation of the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, a special winter music festival will start this year along the snow-covered slopes of Pyeongchang. ...

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Enjoy the royal palaces at night
Feb 17, 2016
An evening journey around the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Palace allows you to appreciate it from all angles, as it's reflected in the pond under the moonlight. Evenings at Seoul's royal palaces are soon to grow longer. Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeon...