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Lantern in central Seoul marks Buddha's birthday
Apr 18, 2014
Celebrants circle an over-sized, pagoda-shaped lantern while carrying their own lotus lanterns on April 16 in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. (photo: Jeon Han)An over-sized lantern resembling the stone pagoda of Mireuksa Temple was lit in Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on April ...

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Have fun riding the bus with Tayo & friends
Apr 08, 2014
Four little buses have captured hearts around Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul. Children and parents alike, including those who traveled a long way from Daegu or Busan, gathered along Sejong-ro, closed to pedestrian traffic, on April 6 to see the buses decorated as cute cartoo...

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70% of North Korean defectors satisfied with new life: ...
Apr 04, 2014
Today, the number of North Korean defectors in Korea is on the rise, surpassing 25,000. Over the past few years, however, their new, yet uneasy, life often came under the media limelight. They were mostly featured having difficulties in getting accustomed to their new lifestyle...

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Dresden to build 'Korea Street'
Apr 04, 2014
Thanks to President Park Geun-hye’s visit to Dresden, the capital of Saxony will now establish a street named after Korea. The Grünes Gewölbe, or Green Vault, a well-known historic museum in the city with one of the largest collections of treasures in Europe, has also begun offer...

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Spring greens to brighten your plate
Mar 28, 2014
Director Yoon Sook-ja of the Institute of Traditional Korea Food The scent of spring is in the air. Life is slowly coming out of its long hibernation and it's ready to wake up and stretch, welcoming the new season. As spring springs into action, people tend to feel drowsy and t...

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Spring has sprung along Hangang River
Mar 21, 2014
The Hangang River is a large waterway that penetrates Seoul, the capital city of Korea, on its way to the ocean. It is the third longest Korean river, after the Amnokgang and the Dumangang Rivers along the northern border of the Korean Peninsula. The river is surrounded by wetlan...

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Civil defense drills held nationwide
Mar 14, 2014
A country-wide civil defense drill took place on March 14. This is the first national drill this year. During the 20-minute drill, starting at 2.p.m. with a siren, all cars pulled over and people stayed indoors. It was a civil air defense drill in which people practiced their pre...

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Tongin Market draws tourists to the heart of Seoul
Mar 04, 2014
Traditional markets are the best place in Korea to experience the unique feeling of jeong, a special expression of fondness, warmth, bonding and attachment. Traditional markets across the nation have similar, but unique, characteristics, each with their own personality. The marke...

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Family reunions resumed after more than 3 years
Feb 21, 2014
Family reunions for families separated during the Korean War (1950-1953) were resumed after three years and four months. An 82-person South Korean delegation had their first tearful reunions on February 20 at a hotel near North Korea’s Geumgangsan Mountain. After leaving Sokcho, ...

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First signs of spring across the peninsula
Feb 07, 2014
Spring has come early this year. The Korea Forest Service (KFS) announced on January 19 that the yellow wintersweet flower (Chimonanthus praecox L. Meratia Loises) has begun to bloom in Jinju, in the southern part of the peninsula. The KFS’s Southern Forest Resources Research Cen...