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56.8 % of eligible voters participate in local election...
Jun 05, 2014
The June 4 local elections took place with a voter turnout of 56.8 percent nationwide. The people cast ballots to select a total of 17 mayors of metropolitan cities, counties and heads of local governments, as well as superintendents of education and other local representatives. ...


Early Catholicism in Korea: the Hapdeok Catholic Church
Jun 03, 2014
The vast plains of Dangjin in Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province) have no mountains, but there is a small hill on the plain over which strong winds blow all the time. On the top of the hill stands the Hapdeok Catholic Church, a landmark of the area, which looks over th...


Korean Liberation Army honored in China
May 29, 2014
National Liberation Day -- August 15, 1945 -- is one of the most meaningful and historical moments in modern Korean history. To achieve that glorious moment, a great number of people sacrificed themselves, dedicating their lives to independence and to the anti-imperialism movemen...


Foreigners can vote in June 4 local elections
May 27, 2014
Expatriates in Korea can vote in the June 4 local elections.Foreigners who are eligible to vote should be over 19-years-old, be a permanent resident for more than three years according to immigration law, and be officially registered at their residential address with local g...


Korea grows by one more Seoul
May 23, 2014
Korean territory as recorded on the official land registry turned out to be 100,266 square kilometers as of late 2013, up from 99,617 square kilometers in 2004. In only one decade, the amount of land belonging to the nation has increased by about 649 square kilometers, 223.7 time...

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Queen's coronation banner returns
May 23, 2014
On June 2, 1953, when the Korean War (1950-53) was close to an end, a large, painted banner was hung at the British Royal Artillery Regiment camp on the frontlines of the conflict, in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province).The banner celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s corona...


Birthplace of Korean Catholicism, Solmoe
May 22, 2014
Naepo lies along the western shore of Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province). The name means a bay, on the shores of a sea or a lake. Ships travelled up the small rivers, like the Sapgyo-cheon, during high tide and traded goods, including rice, along the banks of the wate...


77.2 million people use Korean as mother tongue
May 15, 2014
Korean is the 13th most widely used mother tongue in the world. According to Ethnologue (, a web-based publication that provides various language-related statistics, 77.2 million people across the world use Korean as their native language. The language is mainl...


Children's songs bring Asia together
May 08, 2014
Seven Asian countries -- Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines -- have recently made a children’s song book together. “Singing Asia to Live Together” was recently published by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Unders...


April showers bring blue skies
Apr 30, 2014
Under a bright clear sky on April 30, views of the Banpo Bridge, and even as far as the Hangang Railway Bridge far to the west, can be seen from the Hannam Bridge. (photo: Jeon Han)After a few days of April spring showers, the skies over Seoul have now dried. Rain soaked most ...