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'Light up a lantern for others'
May 26, 2015
The Ven. Jaseung (left) and the Ven. Sungmoon perform an annual ritual on May 25 in celebration of the 2559th birthday of Buddha. "Those who light a lantern for oneself will be entrapped in darkness, but those who light a lantern for others will be considered to have done it f...

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'Comfort women' were forced into sexual slavery against...
May 26, 2015
Head of the Japanese Society for History Studies Toru Kubo (second from right) reads a joint statement during a press conference on May 25, emphasizing that it is an undeniable fact that the so-called ‘comfort women’ were forced by the Imperial Japanese Army into sexual slavery. ...

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Countryside home to world of conveniences
May 20, 2015
The word sigol refers to, "a rural village,” an area far away from a modern city. In fact, it can refer to any region far from the Korean capital of Seoul, and any agricultural or fishing village falls into the “sigol" category, too. Such sigolvillages are small in...

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Stanford Univ. scholars ask Japanese prime minister to ...
May 18, 2015
"Feelings of deep remorse," for its colonial rule and aggression, and asking for, "forgiveness," from the women, in particular, who suffered under colonial rule were the phrases contained in the statements posted on the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) h...

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Gourmets take culinary trip to countryside
May 14, 2015
A group of chefs and gourmets embarked on a culinary journey on May 12 to visit Jeongeup-si in Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province). Participating in the “Take Non-Korean Chefs on A Culinary Tour” program hosted by the Rural Development Administration (RDA), they slaked t...

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Seminar explores future of Asia Culture Academy
May 06, 2015
With only five months remaining until the opening of the Asian Culture Complex in Gwangju, on April 30 Seoul hosted the third seminar on the vision and plans for the complex's new Asian Culture Academy (ACA). The ACA, one of the five cultural centers belonging to the new compl...

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Pagoda lantern lights up central Seoul
Apr 30, 2015
Buddhist monks and believers circle a pagoda-shaped lantern after the lantern's lighting ceremony on April 29. The lantern is a replica of the pagoda at Mireuksa Temple. Ahead of Buddha’s birthday, a lighting ceremony for a lantern shaped like the pagoda at the site of&nb...

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Last crown prince's tomb to be opened to public
Apr 29, 2015
The tomb of King Yeongchin, Yi Eun (1897-1970), and his wife, Yi Bangja (1901-1989), will be opened to the public for the first time beginning on May 10. King Yeongchin, was the last crown prince of the Daehan Empire (1897-1910). He and his wife are buried in Yeongwon (영원, 英園) in...

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NYT asks PM Abe to confront Japan's wartime history
Apr 24, 2015
The New York Times (NYT) has called for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to honestly confront Japan's wartime history. In an April 20 editorial titled "Shinzo Abe and Japan's History," the newspaper's editorial board wrote that Prime Minister Abe will be the first Japan...

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Korean mountains via stamps: Jeju's obaengnahan
Apr 24, 2015
A range of rocks resembling an unfolded folding screen along a Hallasan Mountain trail is called Obaengnahan (오백나한, 五百羅漢). The name Obaengnahan literally means 500 Buddhist saints, referring to saints who had gained the ultimate enlightenment and were entitled to respect and reli...