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International students choose Korea
Jul 08, 2011
Last year, of the 83,842 foreigners studying in Korea, nearly 85% were from Asia. Roughly 6% were from South America, while students from North America, Europe and Africa followed in decreasing order. Korea has witnessed a rapid rise in the number of foreign students since the mi...

Koreans take home prizes at the XIV International Tchai...
Jul 04, 2011
The XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow from June 14 to July 2, and for the first time ever, five Korean musicians received awards from the prestigious classical music competition.  Seo Sun Young and Park Jong Min both received the prizes in voice, w...

Bringing Sweden and Korea closer through K-pop
Jun 28, 2011
When Elin Mellerstedt and Johanna Stillman first started taking a deeper look at international fandom for idol groups and bands, they never expected their journey would bring them to Korea. (Elin Mellerstedt, left; Johanna Stillman, right, photos courtesy Dancing On Our Own)Melle...

Koreans leadership winning international recognition
Jun 27, 2011
Ban Ki-moon, the eighth UN Secretary General, was reelected to lead the United Nations for the second term last week. The unanimous reelection of the former Korean foreign minister as head of the UN was met with applause on June 21 at the UN Assembly in New York, where 192 member...

Seoul offers business classes for non-Koreans
Jun 23, 2011
Seoul Global Center is running a free Korean-language "Business Start-up School" for foreign nationals residing in Korea at its headquarters in the Korea Press Center. The first lecture was on June 18 on "Founding and operating a company in Korea." A new lecture will be held ever...

Park Tae-hwan wins at Santa Clara International Grand P...
Jun 21, 2011
Park Tae-hwan (Photo: Yonhap News) Korean swimmer Park Tae-hwan racked up three wins at the 2011 Santa Clara International Invitational, which took place from June 16 to 19 at George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, California.Finishing the 200-meter freestyle...

Journalist Juan Villoro visits Korea
Jun 17, 2011
The Korean Culture and Information Service invited Juan Villoro, a Mexican writer and journalist, to Korea from June 1st until June 13 for his first visit to the country.During his trip, Villoro published an article on Korean development in Reforma, a Mexico City newspaper, empha...

"Please Look After Mom" finds success in Europe
Jun 17, 2011
Shin Kyung-sook meets with local fans at a reception celebrating the release of the French translation of “Please Look After Mom” at the Korean Cultural Center in Paris on June 7. (Photo: Yonhap News)Korean author Shin Kyung-sook’s novel “Please Look After Mom” continues to capti...

Love without borders
Jun 09, 2011
Korea is proud to be a country that sends medical volunteers overseas, but in the past decade there has been a particularly sharp rise in the number of its nationals being dispatched to every corner of the world. Organizations running medical volunteer programs for the underprivi...

Superstar K opens its auditions internationally
Jun 09, 2011
The popular Korean music TV program “Superstar K” will be opening up its third season auditions to non-Koreans who want to try their hand at K-pop.  The program, which looks for undiscovered talents, is similar to programs like “Britain’s Got Talent” and “American Idol.”Orig...