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Learning Korean the fun way
Sep 05, 2012
Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, was created in 1443 under King Sejong (1397~1450), the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty. One can read King Sejong’s love of the people in the preface of the Hunminjeongum in which he says he decided to invent a new simple writing system since he cam...


Korean baseball, past and present
Sep 05, 2012
From the crack of the bat to the delighted roars of a crowd on its feet, little comes close to the excitement of a night out at a ballgame. Koreans’ passion for the sport is no different, a fact that may have come as a surprise to spectators around the world who witnessed the his...


Typhoons pummel Korean Peninsula
Aug 29, 2012
Starting on Monday night, Typhoon Bolaven entered South Korean territory, wreaking havoc as it moved north along the western coastline of the Korean Peninsula. Regarded as the most powerful typhoon to strike Korea since 2000, Bolaven formed near Guam before heading north through ...


Korea wows with medals, pop music, and smartphones
Aug 17, 2012
When the 2012 London Summer Olympics came to a close on August 12, much talk was made of the issues that had been spotlighted at this year's games. Amid discussions about the influence of social media, the growing presence of female medalists, and record television viewership, th...


1950-1970: Korean summers remembered
Aug 01, 2012
For this next month, the online portal for the National Archives of Korea, which is operated by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, will be featuring a collection of photos and videos that give a glimpse into summertime in Korea during the 1950s to 1970s. Haeund...


Books for loan at new forest libraries
Jul 20, 2012
For many people, talk of public libraries brings to mind images of an indoor space lined with neat shelves, maintained under the watchful eye of a fastidious librarian, and mostly silent save for the rustling of pages, the beeping of the checkout machine, and the soft whir of whe...


Korean wave finds welcome in Iraq
Jul 13, 2012
The beginnings of what may become a substantive chapter in the story of Hallyu’s global spread are now underway in Iraq. According to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Iraq, plans are in the final stages for two of Korea’s most popular television dramas to be broadcast on I...


The battle against electricity
Jul 12, 2012
Korea is no exception to global warming. The summer season has recently expanded to approximately six months, from early May to mid October. Tropical night weather of over 25°C is no longer a surprise. As a result, the country’s reliance on air conditioning in the summer is extra...


Historic markets come to life
Jul 12, 2012
Transformation is underway in Korea’s traditional markets. From home delivery services and updated facilities to the addition of budding young entrepreneurs, artists, and fun programs for all ages, the changes in the marketplace are drawing growing crowds. More convenient, more a...


Now playing, films on multiculturalism
Jul 10, 2012
As of 2011, over 1.4 million non-Koreans have come to call Korea their home. On June 27, the fourth annual Multicultural Film Festival, organized since 2009 to spotlight the themes of multiculturalism and diversity that have emerged in Korean society in recent years, kicked off a...