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Korean fermented foods attract global interest
Jul 17, 2012
“Cuisine says a lot about a country. It encapsulates every aspect of the country’s life style and culture and enriches its culture in every respect. Metaphorically speaking, Hansik is a vessel of Korean culture, and Koreans should be proud of it.”Cho Tae-kwon, chairman of GwangJu...

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Dokdo, our home
Jul 11, 2012
Dokdo has never been very hospitable to its human habitants. It is windy, rainy, or snowy at least 300 days a year. To add to its hostility, it is almost always draped with sea fog. Yet, it has permanent residents, who made their home on this unwelcoming place in the East Sea in ...

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[Contribution] Carving out future
Jul 10, 2012
Director Woo Jin-yungOn a recent tour of Central and South America that started on June 17, President Lee Myung-bak traveled 45,152 kilometers, the equivalent of a trip around the Earth plus 5,000 kilometers. What are the gains from such a long trip? One is the fact that he was a...

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[Contribution] Yeosu Expo joins the global Spanish lang...
Jul 09, 2012
On June 23, visitors to the Yeosu Expo may have wondered why Yeony and Suny, the Expo mascots, were sporting bright red T-shirts reading “Corea también habla español” (Korea also speaks Spanish). Or why the grounds of the Expo were spotted with balloons with Spanish words like “o...

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Dasan rediscovered: a glance at Joseon’s prominent scho...
Jul 05, 2012
One of the most prominent thinkers in the late Joseon Kingdom, Jeong Yak-yong (1762-1836, penname Dasan), earned several epithets. He was known as the renowned theorist of Silhak (practical learning), author of Mongminsimseo (The Mind of Governing the People), architect of the UN...

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[Contribution] Yeosu Trip Reflection
Jun 26, 2012
Until recently, you would have been easily forgiven for not having the slightest clue about Yeosu. In fact, most people haven't even heard of it. Situated on the southern coast, far from the hustle and bustle of South Korea’s main tourist destinations, Yeosu remained off the rada...

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[Contribution] Local customs can mark unique heritage
Jun 22, 2012
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea. Despite ever-deepening exchanges of material and human recourses between the two countries, online tussles between netizens on cultural ownership unfortunately continu...

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Robert J. Fouser, Hanok village keeper
Jun 20, 2012
Robert J. Fouser is the first foreign professor to teach Korean language teaching methods at Seoul National University. He also leads a campaign to preserve Seochon Hanok Village. One of his favorite foods is bibimbap, a bowl of steamed rice mixed with a variety of namul (greens)...

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Korean-German Dorothea Suh, seeking the roots of the Ko...
Jun 15, 2012
-Studies and researches Korean traditional music in university, inspired by pungmul, and promotes Korea as a blogger -Participated in the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea press tour as a part of the Worldwide Korea Bloggers (WKB) Dorothea Suh Dorothea Suh is a 28-year-old Korean-German w...

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Foreign volunteers reach out
Jun 14, 2012
Many foreign English speakers come to Korea for a year to teach English and then leave, but for many, that’s not enough. For those who feel like they should contribute more, there are many volunteer opportunities. Volunteer English instructors are always needed for a variety of g...