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1,226 tree huggers embrace nature
Mar 27, 2015
A group of 1,226 people hug a forest of trees at the Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), on March 21, an event held to mark the International Day of Forests. Over 1,000 people have taken a tree into their embrace. On March 21, the International D...

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Dresden opens Korean Plaza
Mar 25, 2015
The Korean Plaza, a new city park, opens in Dresden.The sign indicates the Korean Plaza in Dresden, Germany.A new sign was put up on March 23 in a park in central Dresden, the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. The sign says, “Koreanischer Platz,” meaning, "Kore...

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Rice transformation: Noryangjin's Cup Rice Alley
Mar 25, 2015
It's a worldwide phenomenon that new cultures form where youngsters gather to hang out or to live. In Seoul, for example, many of its neighborhoods -- Gangnam, which represents the glamorous nightlife; Hongdae, a center of campus life; Myeongdong, known as the nation's number one...

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Entering the long-awaited spring
Mar 24, 2015
Peeking over the tiled wall, flowering apricots burst into bloom, heralding the onset of spring, on March 24.Forsythias, azaleas and Korean apricot flowers (maehwa) have come into bloom this week, telling us that spring is on its way. People may not be in the same mood as they wa...

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Marine city sparkles at night
Mar 23, 2015
The beautiful nightscape over the dark ocean of Haeundae has recently become increasingly popular online, showing up on more and more people's social media profiles, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The high-rises in the Marine City neighborhood add to the glamorous ...

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An Indonesian girl expresses her passion for Korean cul...
Mar 20, 2015
One of our readers from Indonesia, Fitri Pratiwi, submitted an essay, telling us about various aspects of Korean society and what she loves about them. Please find excerpts of her essay below. I want to share a story about my love for Korea. It was already 10 years a...

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Come and be part of the ancestral rites at Jongmyo
Mar 06, 2015
A select group of people perform the royal ancestral rites, the Sangmangjeon, at the Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul on March 5. On March 5, the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, known as Jeongwol Daeboreum, the Jongmyo Shrine played host to a reenactment of a special set of royal a...

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‘Video games become sport in Korea’: Libération
Feb 25, 2015
The French daily Libération recently reported on the video game industry boom in Korea that has helped launch the new trend of electronic sports, or "e-sports." In its February 20 article, “In Seoul, video games are a sport of clicks,” Eva John wrote that, “Such e-sports have slo...

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Korean picture books win Ragazzi awards
Feb 24, 2015
Five Korean picture books have won the 2015 Bologna Ragazzi award, often dubbed as the “Nobel Prize of picture books.” The list of 2015 Bologna Ragazzi award winners across four categories -- Fiction, Non Fiction, New Horizons and Opera Prima -- was announced on the offici...

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Exotic Korean restaurants engage London diners
Feb 24, 2015
Thanks to the increased popularity of Korean food, more and more chefs are using the East Asian cuisine to come up with new and unique recipes.Recently, JTBC, a cable TV channel, reported about a couple of eye-catching Korean restaurants in the heart of London. The reporter said ...