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Entrance ceremonies engage with students
Mar 11, 2013
Young children ride on horseback at Jangjon Elementary School in  Jeju as part of their school entrance ceremony. This is one of many scenes visible at the entrance ceremony for new students on the first day of school. These ceremonies can be very meaningful events in m...


Onset of spring
Mar 04, 2013
After undergoing a long cold winter, an adonis comes into bloom at last to welcome the onset of spring on March 4, a day before gyeongchip, one of 24 solar terms in early spring. Gyeongchip is one of 24 solar terms which literally means awakening of animals and insects from ...


Remembering Korea’s independence patriots
Mar 04, 2013
President Park Geun-hye gives an address at a ceremony commemorating the March First Independence Movement Day held at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, central Seoul (photo: Jeon Han).President Park Geun-hye extended her sincere appreciation to the fallen patriots who dedic...


Stamps to mark inauguration of President Park
Feb 28, 2013
(image courtesy of Korea Post)Stamps depicting President Park Geun-hye sold out right after their release. Korea Post issued the stamps on February 25, the day of the inauguration of the next Korean president. The theme of the stamps was “the first female president to open a new ...


Preparations for presidential inauguration ceremony ven...
Feb 25, 2013
Preparations are underway for the upcoming presidential inauguration at the National Assembly. The slogan of the inauguration is “Opening a new era of hope.” Nearly 70,000 people are expected to attend the gathering scheduled to take place on February 25 (photo: Jeon Han). Chai...


Seollal brings the world together in Seoul
Feb 13, 2013
There were a string of events welcoming the Lunar New Year across Seoul all throughout last weekend. Many foreign tourists took advantage of the traditional programs during the three-day long weekend which lasted from February 9 to 11, experiencing folk games and traditional rite...


Pyeongchang spreads message of miracle
Feb 04, 2013
Several "special" people who participated in the Special Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang have charmed the media with their life experiences and struggle to overcome obstacles. Among them include Park Mo-se, a man with a miraculous voice, Costa Rican tennis player Ariel A...


World leaders adopt PyeongChang Declaration
Jan 31, 2013
Pyeongchang, Gangwon -- The PyeongChang Declaration was adopted by world leaders to support the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities. World leaders and influential figures gathered in Pyeongchang on January 30 for the Global Development Summit, where they agreed ...


Filing for a tax return in Korea
Jan 25, 2013
In Korea, office workers welcome tax returns season; they call the year-end tax return "the 13th payday." Though it requires filing many related documents, non-Korean workers can still get it done if they follow the necessary instructions and prepare their documents carefully. No...


New dog registration system enacted for 2013
Jan 21, 2013
All dog-owners in Seoul are now required to register their dogs over three months old with the city, under revisions to the Animal Protection Act. The new registration system is intended to address the rising numbers of dogs that go missing or are abandoned each year. “It will pr...