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Restored gate to be returned to the public after five y...
Apr 29, 2013
The blackened surface of Sungnyemun gate’s wooden pillars recalls the tragic fire caused by arson five years ago. Now the fresh scent and vivid colors of the restored paint of the gate show the past glory of the national treasure originally built in 1398 as the south entrance of ...

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Seoul to introduce all-night bus service
Apr 24, 2013
In one of the most popular moves ever, the City of Seoul is introducing an all-night bus service. Service started on April 19, introducing two all-night bus routes that operate from midnight to 5 a.m. The announcement of the new all-night bus service quickly went viral onlin...

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Visitors still flocking to Korea
Apr 24, 2013
“Left South Korea after an interesting trip. Always impressed with their resolve when faced with adversity. Great people,” tweeted Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent on April 19. Korea is just as calm as its citizens are, and its airport has seen a continuous inf...

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TIME selects President Park ‘100 most influential peopl...
Apr 22, 2013
President Park Geun-hye was selected as one of “the 100 most influential people in the world” selected by TIME Magazine in its April 18 edition. Some of the other figures included on the annual list of the leading U.S. weekly are President of the United States Barack Obama, Chine...

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Bikesharing spreads in Korea
Apr 19, 2013
Korea is becoming the land of two wheels, as cycling facilities and routes are expanded in cities across the nation as well as the countryside. Bikesharing programs have been introduced in cities across Korea, allowing affordable access to bicycles for all residents. The advantag...

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Books on President Park win popularity in China
Apr 16, 2013
Books on President Park Geun-hye are winning popularity in China, reflecting a high interest among Chinese readers in Korea’s new leader. China’s Renmin Press (人民出版社) reported on April 10 that all 10,000 copies of the first edition of President Park Geun-hye’s biography, titled "...

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President stresses role of newspapers
Apr 09, 2013
President Park Geun-hye (center) gives an address at a banquet to mark Newspapers’ Day at the Seoul Press Center on April 5 (photo Jeon Han). President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of newspapers and expressed her gratitude for the role of journalists at a banquet to ma...

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Homestays to spring up across Seoul
Apr 08, 2013
There is a saying “Kill two birds with one stone.” This metaphor is very suitable to describe a new plan announced by Seoul City. The city government announced a plan on March 28 to increase the number of homestays which allow foreign visitors to stay at a Korean home with a host...

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Friends of Diplomats teach diplomats Korean language
Apr 08, 2013
Many people think of diplomacy as something official, for which they must wear nice suits and address each other in a formal manner, but a group of students are engaged in a more casual form of diplomacy, by teaching the Korean language to diplomats posted to Korea. The Friends o...

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Tree planting cultivates Korea’s hopes, future
Apr 08, 2013
  President Park (center) plants a Korean fir at Korea National Arboretum on April 5, Korea’s designated Arbor Day (photo from Cheong Wa Dae). President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of planting trees in Korea, as citizens planted trees nationwide on April 5 t...