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County mayor: enjoy beautiful water, nature in Hapcheon
Mar 31, 2015
Hapcheon-gun County in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) overflows with history and tradition. It also has beautiful mountains, like Gayasan and Hwangmaesan. As the nearby villages are surrounded by mountains, the region takes pride in its wonderful environment. The Hw...


Master Koo Young-kook breathes new life into hwangchil
Mar 23, 2015
Golden lacquer, hwangchil in Korean, is paint from a natural source with a mysterious golden hue. It has been used since the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C.–A.D. 660). The skills to make the lacquer and apply it to craftwork have long been forgotten. Mr. Koo Young-kook is one of a ...


Mountains, martial arts & greenery: Muju's 'trinity'
Mar 18, 2015
Muju-gun County Mayor Hwang Jeongsu talks about his hometown of Muju. Muju-gun County Mayor Hwang Jeongsu said that the mountain vastness of Gucheon-dong, the Taekwondowon martial arts center and the smaller riverside neighborhood of Naedori, which is also part of the ...


Imsil, a county that fills your emptiness
Mar 17, 2015
One wall in Mayor Sim Min's office is covered with an oversized photograph of Bungeoseom Island in Okjeongho Lake. Mayor Sim says that the island and the surrounding lake, covered in heavy fog, is a matter of pride for the county and that photographers can create different pictur...


'Man of Fragrance' takes on more baseball challenges
Mar 13, 2015
He’s nicknamed the “Man of Fragrance" (香男). The title doesn’t come from a cosmetic commercial advertisement or something. It’s from the given name of baseball pitcher Choi Hyang-nam (최향남, 崔香男). The "Man of Fragrance" recently turned 44-years-old, some say past his prime as a prof...


Singer Park Kang-soo: on a journey with a single guitar
Mar 12, 2015
Singer Park Kang-soo accompanies herself as she sings one of her own compositions, ‘Spring is Coming.’ She is not the kind of singer who has a crowd of adoring fans swarming to her concerts. She is certainly not a performer who can dance or give off a flamboyant performance under...


A Special Encounter
Mar 10, 2015
*The following piece is a contribution from Febryanty Putry, a regular reader. She wrote this story based on her personal experiences here in Korea. She is currently studying at Sogang University in Seoul. I never imagined that I would have a really good friend in Korea...


'Welcome to Namhae, a treasure trove of untold stories'
Mar 04, 2015
Mayor Park Young-il of Namhae-gun County says, ‘This county is a treasure trove of precious stories.’“Namhae-gun County doesn’t look that fancy or that big, but there are simple and priceless things here to enjoy,” said Mayor Park Young-il of Namhae-gun County in Gyeongsangnam-do...


Green county of Sancheong will heal you
Mar 03, 2015
Mayor Heo Kido of Sancheong-gun County says that nature itself is an engine for new growth in the region. The town makes an effort to preserve nature and to make the area greener and cleaner. "Sancheong-gun County is getting greener and cleaner. It's an ideal place for people goi...


‘Ode to My Father’ moves Korean War veterans
Feb 23, 2015
The sound of quiet sobbing and weeping filled the Regal Fairfax Towne Center movie theater in northern Virginia late on February 11. The sounds were from about 50 or so grey-haired war veterans who fought for the U.S. during the Korean War (1950-53). At the theater, the veterans ...