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Rebirth of a nation: the Korean War and reconstruction
May 29, 2012
It's easy to forget in the modernity of urban Seoul just how far this country has come in such a short period of time. Today we have skyscrapers and an abundance of food, but just one lifetime ago Korea was one of the poorest nations on Earth, having faced almost total devastatio...

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Korean culture, IT spotlighted in Italian press
May 23, 2012
Italian daily Corriere della Sera featured an interview with Culture Minister Choe Kwang-sik in its May 7 edition. “Cultural heritage builds up a country’s nation brand.” This statement by Culture Minister Choe Kwang-sik appeared as a headline in the May 7 edition of Italian nati...

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From Prague, a look at Korea’s changing image
May 11, 2012
Czech national daily Pravo featured an article on Korea's national brand on April 20.The April 20 edition of the Czech national daily Pravo featured an article on the elements that define Korea today. Entitled “South Korea is Seeking its own Image,” the piece written by reporter ...

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Rivers, the new national playgrounds
May 10, 2012
The four major rivers in South Korea— the Hangang, Nakdonggang, Yeongsangang, and Geumgang—have become venues for families and friends to engage in all manner of leisure activities including cycling, trekking, and camping. People are now able to enjoy the lovely scenery and histo...

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Korea goes multicultural [2]
May 10, 2012
Multicultural streets with respect for differences The South Korean government’s policy on multicultural issues is basically designed for homogenization of society, but it also respects the identities and diversity that foreign people bring when they become members of Korean soci...

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Korea goes multicultural
May 08, 2012
Overcoming differences through cultural activities More than 45 million people left and entered South Korea in 2011 alone, and the number of foreigners staying in Korea topped 1.4 million. Yes, Korean society is rapidly going multicultural. Of these 1.4 million, 1.1 million are l...

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Paju Book City receives international spotlight
May 08, 2012
Driving about 30 minutes to an hour along Jayuro towards Paju, you will reach a traffic sign that signals the entrance into Paju Book City. The entrance to the city is lined with modern and unique architectural designs.Paju Book City, an industrial complex built on a 1,600-square...

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17th century nautical chart denotes ‘Sea of Korea’
Apr 20, 2012
A nautical chart specifying the waters between Korea and Japan as the Sea of Korea was recently found in Japan. A nautical chart produced in 1646 labels the waters between Korea and Japan as the Sea of Korea (photo: Yonhap News).The chart, produced in 1646 by Sir Robert Dudley, ...

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World Friends Korea seek better world for all
Apr 20, 2012
World Friends Korea (photo courtesy of KOICA)World Friends Korea (WFK) has been selected as one of the top government-led projects, in recognition of its public engagement and socioeconomic contributions to poverty reduction and sustainable development in developing countries. Ac...

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Simply exchange your driver's license to Korean
Apr 17, 2012
Driving in Korea Once you’ve decided to stay in Korea longer than a year, you might need more than just your alien registration card: you might need to get a Korean driver’s license. As Korean laws on motorbikes have also changed, it’s mandatory now to have a license to drive a ...