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X-mas tree shines for all religions at Jogyesa Temple
Dec 18, 2014
Buddhist monks and a children’s choir pose for a photo during a lighting ceremony for a Christmas tree at Jogyesa Temple in Jongro-gu, Seoul, on December 17. On December 17, the lights of a Christmas tree at the Iljumun, the main gate to Jogyesa Temple, were switched on, emitting...

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T-Money: one transportation card, nation-wide
Dec 18, 2014
Less than a decade or two ago, passengers taking public transport had to pay their fare in a variety of ways. They had to pay cash, purchase coin-shaped tokens or paper tickets for buses or else tickets for the subway. However, things have changed a lot since 2004 thanks to the a...

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Photo exhibit captures 40 years of Hallasan
Dec 12, 2014
A photo exhibition is currently underway in Insadong in downtown Seoul that showcases the past 40 years of Hallasan Mountain, Jeju's iconic ancient volcano. It consists of around 40 works by Shin Yong-man, a photographer who has dedicated his life to capturing the island's beauty...

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'Dokdo is the proper name'
Dec 08, 2014
Representative Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said on December 6 that "Dokdo" is the proper name to refer to Korea's easternmost islands. Royce is known to have said that, "We have to understand history and what abuses occurred, b...

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New publication documents Vietnam’s floral diversity
Dec 05, 2014
The Korea National Arboretum publishes in both English and Vietnamese "Floristic Diversity of Hon Ba Nature Reserve" on December 3, the first of its kind in the region. A booklet documenting the floristic diversity of Vietnam's southeastern Hon Ba nature reserve has been publishe...

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Seoul, a top-ten city for students
Dec 03, 2014
Seoul has been selected as one of the ten best cities in the world in which to be a student. The Guardian newspaper reports on the QS Best Student Cities 2015 report which introduced Seoul as one of the best cities worldwide for students. QS, a global online career and educat...

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Reporters get stories before ASEAN talks
Dec 01, 2014
With the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit just around the corner, media personnel from across ASEAN are coming to Korea to get more stories from the host country. A group of journalists from Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand were invited to Seoul to check on pr...

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Three national parks recognized for conservation, natur...
Nov 28, 2014
Three major national parks -- Jirisan, Seoraksan and Odaesan mountains -- have been included on the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas, as the level of protection, conservation and management at these parks has been internationally acknowledged. The International Union for Conser...

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Zoologist Jane Goodall visits National Institute of Eco...
Nov 24, 2014
Jane Goodall, the 80-year-old zoologist and environmentalist, visited the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) in Seocheon, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province) on November 23. Goodall is known for her life-long devotion to studying chimpanzees and other wild animals.Goo...

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Northeast Asian scholars discuss 1,600-year-old Gogurye...
Nov 24, 2014
King Gwanggaeto (r. 391-413), the 19th king of the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 B.C.-A.D. 668), is a well-remembered and much-respected historic figure. He is known to have developed national power and to have stabilized society during ancient times disturbed by territorial disputes. ...