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Ice rink opens at Seoul Plaza
Dec 17, 2013
Skaters enjoy the ice rink at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall on its opening day this year on December 16. It will be open for 70 days until the end of February 2014. (Photo: Jeon Han)The ice rink at Seoul Plaza, which has become one of Seoul’s winter icons, opened on December ...

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Seoul becomes winter wonderland
Dec 11, 2013
Early in the morning on December 11, an overnight snow shower turns Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bugaksan Mountain into a striking snowscape. (Photo: Jeon Han)Waking up on the morning of December 11, Seoulites arose to find their city covered with an overnight snowfall. With thick la...

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Christmas tree lights up central Seoul
Dec 02, 2013
The plaza in front of City Hall in downtown Seoul was twinkling with festive cheer last Saturday night as the lights on the 18 meter Christmas tree were switched on. On November 30, citizens collect holiday memories at the giant Christmas tree in the square in front of Seoul...

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CNN reports on ‘the 10 bests’ of Korea
Nov 29, 2013
CNN recently published a travel piece about Korea, titled “10 things South Korea does better than anywhere else.” The top South Korean characteristic that grabbed CNN’s attention was the nation’s ”wired culture,” where, it said, people use their smartphones every minute of their ...

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President Park donates to charity
Nov 25, 2013
President Park Geun-hye made a donation to charity on November 25. After making her donation to the Community Chest of Korea, President Park received a red fruit-shaped brooch, symbolizing the charity’s “Fruit of Love” campaign. This was during a meeting with Community Chest of K...

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Help Thermometer of Love reach 100 degrees
Nov 21, 2013
People stroll past the Thermometer of Love in Gwanghwamun Square, central Seoul, on the morning of November 21. The thermometer shows the "temperature of love," which rises as people make donations to charity. The goal is to raise KRW 311 billion for the needy this winter. The te...

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Nature in the heart of the city
Nov 21, 2013
The Muleoksaegil is a walking path where people can enjoy nature. Citizens stroll along the path next to the downstream end of the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Dongdaemun-gu (district), Seoul, on November 21. (Photo: Jeon Han)A winding stream that runs through the city. Silver grass ...

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First snowfall in Seoul
Nov 19, 2013
With a rapid drop in temperature, the first snow of the season fell on November 18 in Seoul and a few other cities across the peninsula. Pictured is Bukhansan Mountain and the Pyeongchang-dong neighborhood surrounded by snow clouds accompanied by stiff winds. (photo: Jeon Han)The...

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Dutch youth get deeper insight into Korea
Nov 15, 2013
On October 28, students at three elementary schools across Gorinchem, in the Netherlands, opened their textbook titled “Our Korea.” The students at Basisschool Mariengaarde, OBS Anne Frank and CBS De Regenboog, the three schools, were receiving their education on Korea and things...

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A glimpse at East Timor
Nov 05, 2013
*This is a story featured in the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Newsletter, Vol.43, October 2013.Korea established formal diplomatic ties with East Timor in 2002. It had opened a Representative office in East Timor in 2001 but raised its status to an Embassy in 20...