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“A little bit of interest can make a big difference”
Nov 05, 2012
At Anyang Foreign Language School, just 20 some kilometers outside of Seoul, school is out for lunch. Uniformed students stream out of their classrooms, setting down their bags for an impromptu soccer match on the sports field or finding shady spots on the bleachers to unpack the...


Legendary handball scorer Yoon Kyung-shin
Oct 31, 2012
When the national squad of South Korea paraded into the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a very tall flagbearer caught people’s eyes. He was Yoon Kyung-shin, a living legend in the world of handball, even dubbed the God of Handball. He was ...


Book recommendation by Ambassador of Sweden
Oct 16, 2012
The Guest by Hwang Sok-yongWhat is it that makes a book worth reading and being translated?The answer to that question is of course highly individual. We all have different requirements and expectations when it comes to what we like to read. But for me, good literature is somethi...


Book recommendations by former German Ambassador
Oct 09, 2012
*Ambassadors from Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic to Korea share their favorite literature from Korea and their native countries to our readers.Der Yalu fließt – eine Jugend in Korea by Li Mirok Dr. Hans-Ulr ich Seidt , former Ambassador of GermanyA book on Korea I re...


A surgeon who was called a fool, Dr. Chang Kee-ryo
Oct 02, 2012
With love and commitment, he helped and treated numerous people and left behind stories of big and small miracles of love. Let’s retrace the life of Dr. Chang Kee-ryo.When Yi Kwang-su (1892-1950), a pioneer of modern Korean literature, authored his novel Sarang (lit. Love), he mo...


Makgeolli Mamas & Papas, connoisseurs of makgeolli
Sep 21, 2012
For whom does the bell toll? In the university district of Hongdae, it tolls for makgeolli drinkers. Selling makgeolli from a pushcart, the infamous Makgeolli Ajeossi (old man) heralds his arrival with a handbell and a hearty yell. “I love you!” he offers to his foreign customers...


A cosmopolitan communicator, cartoonist Rhie Won-bok
Sep 05, 2012
Rhie Won-bok is a cartoonist who freely transcends the boundaries between the Occidental and the Oriental as well as the classical and the modern. Let’s take a short trip into the world of cartoons with this cosmopolitan communicator.Rhie does not consider creating cartoons work ...


Seoul mayor holds townhall with int'l students
Aug 31, 2012
With a population of 30,000 international students, Seoul has a diverse collection of residents from around the world, each with their own needs, problems, and dreams. In Seoul’s push to be a global city, it launched the fifth Seoul International Student Forum (SISF) in cooperati...


The lasting legacy of poet Yun Dong-ju
Aug 23, 2012
"Wishing not to have so much as a speck of shame toward heaven until the day I die, I suffered, even when the wind stirred the leaves."For most Koreans, whether young or old, the first verses of the late poet Yun Dong-ju’s famous poem “Foreword” are as familiar as the innumerable...


[Contribution] Algerian Ambassador speaks of Korean, Al...
Aug 20, 2012
H.E. Hocine Sahraoui, Algerian Ambassador to Republic of Cultural exchanges between Korean and Arab-Muslim civilizations through the Silk Road date back more than a millennium. In recent years, Korea and Algeria have expanded their diplomatic horizons, further dee...