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New school for multicultural children opens
Mar 09, 2012
An inauguration ceremony was held on March 2 for the Global International School, the first multicultural school ever to receive accreditation from the civil education department, heralding a milestone in Korea’s multicultural education. Students at Global Sarang, the Global In...


“Save My Friend” campaigns for North Koreans
Mar 08, 2012
26-year-old Kim Ji You and Save My Friend are collecting signatures to prevent the forced repatriation of 30 North Korean defectors recently arrested in China (photo courtesy of Weekly Gonggam).A petition to prevent the forced repatriation of North Koreans recently arrested in Ch...


Smart way to be smart: visit used bookstores
Mar 08, 2012
Although the popularity of e-books and audio books has never been higher, there have always been book lovers who prefer to read an actual book. Even on a normal weekday at a bookstore, there are always people who are eager to study foreign languages, learn more about life, a...


French encyclopedia publisher adopts ‘East Sea’ denomin...
Feb 24, 2012
French publisher Larousse used the term 'East Sea' in the 2012 editions of Le petit Larousse (photo : Yonhap News).Two leading French publishers, Larousse and Michelin, have started using the term “East Sea” to describe the body of water located between Korea and Japan, on their ...


Korea as seen by foreign press
Feb 23, 2012
President Lee Myung-bak holds a press conference following the conclusion of the Seoul G-20 summit on November 12, 2010 (photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae).During the last four years of the Lee Myung-bak administration, the foreign media has shed light on Korea’s economic growth an...


Dream Factory, Kidzania
Feb 16, 2012
Shin Saimdang, a Korean artist, calligraphist, noted poet, and the mother of the Korean Confucian scholar Yulgok, is often held up as a wise mother. According to the historical record, she had never taken her children on an excursion for their education, but if she lived in conte...


Find treasures, win prizes at
Feb 16, 2012
Visitors to the newly reopened can join in on the celebration of the site’s twelfth anniversary, as well as the first anniversary of the Korea Blog, by participating in a special month-long online event.From February 14 to March 13, visitors are invited to search for im...


Subway and bus fares in Seoul to be raised by 150 won
Feb 14, 2012
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is raising subway and bus fares by 150 won on February 25."The price of powering public transportation has increased, with prices for CNG and diesel increasing by 40% while electrical costs have been raised by 24%," the Seoul Government said. "In...


Korean language education goes global
Feb 07, 2012
In recent years, there has been a rise in worldwide interest in learning Korean, along with the ever-growing popularity of Korean pop culture around the world. The widespread enthusiasm for K-pop and dramas has led fans overseas craving to learn the Korean language, a prerequisit...


Social media usage in Korea
Feb 07, 2012
While the prevalence and ease of internet usage in Korea is nothing new, a recent report from Statistics Korea offers insight into a trend that has accompanied the arrival of an increasingly connected world: the rise of social media. Social media servicesAccording to Statistics...