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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 ...


We humbly accept criticism from foreign press
Apr 30, 2014
It has been two weeks now since a ferry carrying hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, capsized off the southwestern coast near Jindo Island. This tragic accident has now been making headlines in the international press. Many news outlets see this tragedy as ...


Commonwealth veterans remember Imjingang River battle
Apr 29, 2014
Sixty-three years on, modern Korea has remembered some of the 700 fallen soldiers of a British regiment who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War. The soldiers belonged to the Gloucestershire Regiment, the "Glorious Glosters," the British Army infantry regiment to which th...


Pope Francis reaches out to believers
Apr 21, 2014
"The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew."This is a part of the preface from "Evangelli Gaudium," o...


We are grateful for your condolences
Apr 21, 2014
Korea has been plunged into mourning following the tragic sinking of the Sewol-ho. The ferryboat sank dramatically on the morning of April 16 off the southwestern coast of Korea, near Jindo Island in Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), with hundreds of people on board, many of ...


Lantern in central Seoul marks Buddha's birthday
Apr 18, 2014
Celebrants circle an over-sized, pagoda-shaped lantern while carrying their own lotus lanterns on April 16 in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. (photo: Jeon Han)An over-sized lantern resembling the stone pagoda of Mireuksa Temple was lit in Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on April ...