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Three islands brighten up Hangang River
Oct 16, 2014
Some Sevit, the name for the three man-made islands floating on the Hangang River, opens on October 15. A complex of three man-made floating buildings, "Some Sevit," nestling at the southern end of the Banpo Bridge in Seoul, opened its doors on October 15. The complex's Korean na...

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Halloween festival takes root in Korea
Oct 16, 2014
When it comes to the last day of October, the streets of many Western countries are decorated with orange pumpkin lights and are crowded with children dressed in colorful spooky costumes. It's the yearly celebration of Halloween. Halloween has been influenced by Celtic yearly...

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Endangered orchid discovered in eastern Korea
Oct 13, 2014
A new colony of the endangered Vexillabium yakushimense has been discovered in Yanggu, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), in the north central part of the country. With the discovery, the northernmost habitat of the species has moved up to 38 degrees north latitude, from the previous...

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'I love Korea': int'l artists flock to Seoul
Oct 08, 2014
Seoulism is a combination of "Seoul" and "-ism," a suffix referring to a belief, attitude or style. As a single concept, it refers to the distinctive atmosphere or lifestyle of Seoul, as seen through the eyes of its non-Korean residents. Seoul, the birthplace of Korea's newly...

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Make-A-Wish Foundation gives hope, courage to ailing ch...
Oct 07, 2014
Kang Hyeon-bin, a six-year-old boy, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. He has one wish. He wants to become Roy, a fire truck featured in the cartoon Robocar Poli. Living in Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), he needs to go for blood tests for eight or nine hours ...

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KOPIA bridges Korea and the world through agricultural ...
Oct 01, 2014
On July 10, a Korea Project on International Agricultural (KOPIA) center opened in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The center, under the wings of Korea’s Rural Development Administration (RDA), will focus on enhancing the lives of local farmers by developing...

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Medical services for overseas residents
Oct 01, 2014
For non-Korean residents who have adapted to life in Korea, visiting the hospital for medical treatment is not always as easy as can be. It could be harder if they cannot see the doctor because of their work schedule, or their unregistered status. For these members of the communi...

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12 Jeju sites designated as Global Geoparks
Sep 26, 2014
Twelve geological sites, including Hallasan Mountain, the Manjanggul Lava Tubes and the Seongsan Sunrise Peak, have received "Global Geopark" designation from UNESCO. The UNESCO-affiliated Global Geoparks Network (GGN) re-designated nine sites on the island and added three more t...

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Biodiversity conference to be held in Pyeongchang
Sep 26, 2014
The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP12) is just around the corner, and it will be hosted in Korea.The world's biggest environmental conference will be held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), from September 29...

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Korea shows that men, too, can be pretty
Sep 24, 2014
Beauty and grooming are often seen as the domain of women, but Korea has a bit more gender equality when it comes to looking good. The country is currently the world’s largest market for men’s skincare, leading in global sales of men’s cosmetics. Male cosmetics label Lab Ser...