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Books on President Park win popularity in China
Apr 16, 2013
Books on President Park Geun-hye are winning popularity in China, reflecting a high interest among Chinese readers in Korea’s new leader. China’s Renmin Press (人民出版社) reported on April 10 that all 10,000 copies of the first edition of President Park Geun-hye’s biography, titled "...


President stresses role of newspapers
Apr 09, 2013
President Park Geun-hye (center) gives an address at a banquet to mark Newspapers’ Day at the Seoul Press Center on April 5 (photo Jeon Han). President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of newspapers and expressed her gratitude for the role of journalists at a banquet to ma...


Homestays to spring up across Seoul
Apr 08, 2013
There is a saying “Kill two birds with one stone.” This metaphor is very suitable to describe a new plan announced by Seoul City. The city government announced a plan on March 28 to increase the number of homestays which allow foreign visitors to stay at a Korean home with a host...


Friends of Diplomats teach diplomats Korean language
Apr 08, 2013
Many people think of diplomacy as something official, for which they must wear nice suits and address each other in a formal manner, but a group of students are engaged in a more casual form of diplomacy, by teaching the Korean language to diplomats posted to Korea. The Friends o...


Tree planting cultivates Korea’s hopes, future
Apr 08, 2013
  President Park (center) plants a Korean fir at Korea National Arboretum on April 5, Korea’s designated Arbor Day (photo from Cheong Wa Dae). President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of planting trees in Korea, as citizens planted trees nationwide on April 5 t...


U.S. veteran reunited with the girl he saved
Apr 04, 2013
On April 1 at Lotte Hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, U.S. Korean War veteran Richard Cadwallader is reunited with Kim Yeon-soon whom he helped six decades ago (photo: Jeon Han).An elderly American man said repeatedly, “Dreams come true,” as he hugged a woman with burn scars on he...


The pine tree’s close ties to Koreans
Apr 04, 2013
The pine tree is a favorite for many Koreans, enjoying a popularity that can be traced to its close ties to the lives of the Korean people and its versatile uses. In the distant past, Koreans used to hang pine-tree branches over the entrances of their homes when a baby was born, ...


Hanbok makes daily routines beautiful
Apr 03, 2013
Public servants Kim Yeong-sin (center) and Nam Hee-sue (right) help a local resident while dressed in Hanbok at Hyehwa-dong Office, Jongno District in Seoul, on April 2 (photo by Jeon Han).Hanbok is becoming more common in daily life these days. They are catching on at Jongno Dis...


World views on Korea
Mar 26, 2013
With Korea starting a five-year term with a new president, the nation’s past, present, and future have been rising as a hot topic among the foreign press. In addition to Italy’s bimonthly magazine Pragmatica whose February issue shed light on Korea’s development history as seen f...


Gwanghwamun street closes for car-free market
Mar 20, 2013
The southbound side of Sejongno, the main street running from Gyeongbokgung Palace to Gwanghwamun Station in downtown Seoul, was closed off to traffic on Sunday, March 17 for a special car-free street market (photo: Jon Dunbar). Pedestrians took over the street in front of Gwan...