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Paju Book City receives international spotlight
May 08, 2012
Driving about 30 minutes to an hour along Jayuro towards Paju, you will reach a traffic sign that signals the entrance into Paju Book City. The entrance to the city is lined with modern and unique architectural designs.Paju Book City, an industrial complex built on a 1,600-square...


17th century nautical chart denotes ‘Sea of Korea’
Apr 20, 2012
A nautical chart specifying the waters between Korea and Japan as the Sea of Korea was recently found in Japan. A nautical chart produced in 1646 labels the waters between Korea and Japan as the Sea of Korea (photo: Yonhap News).The chart, produced in 1646 by Sir Robert Dudley, ...


World Friends Korea seek better world for all
Apr 20, 2012
World Friends Korea (photo courtesy of KOICA)World Friends Korea (WFK) has been selected as one of the top government-led projects, in recognition of its public engagement and socioeconomic contributions to poverty reduction and sustainable development in developing countries. Ac...


Simply exchange your driver's license to Korean
Apr 17, 2012
Driving in Korea Once you’ve decided to stay in Korea longer than a year, you might need more than just your alien registration card: you might need to get a Korean driver’s license. As Korean laws on motorbikes have also changed, it’s mandatory now to have a license to drive a ...


Korean traditional markets ready to upgrade
Apr 16, 2012
In order to promote low prices at traditional markets in Korea, various promotional events and policies will be carried forward from the second half of this year. Starting next year, helpers will be available at most traditional markets to assist consumers. Gwangjang Market, one...


Learning Korean online gets easier
Apr 09, 2012
Nuri-Sejonghakdang, opened to the public on April 2 to bring Korean language and culture education to cyberspace. An affiliate of the King Sejong Institute, the Korean language study website run by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism now boasts a variety of tailor-made di...


Don't buy pets, adopt them
Apr 09, 2012
People who adopted pets from Yuhaengsa (Photos courtesy of Yuhangsa) There have been several movements in Korea campaigning to send the message "Don't Buy Pets, Adopt them." While the campaign is being held worldwide, some government agencies and civil groups began their movemen...


Old Japanese maps mark Dokdo as Korean territory
Apr 06, 2012
This 1892 map codes different parts of Japanese territory with different colors. The Shimane Prefecture, which today claims jurisdiction over Dokdo, is coded in orange. Ulleungdo and Dokdo are left blank (photo courtesy of the Northeast Asian History Foundation).The Northeast Asi...


Rediscovering the joys of market day
Apr 02, 2012
In the neighborhood around Ilsan Station in Goyang City sits Ilsanjang, a 100-year-old market that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty. Known then as Sapojang, the market featured prominently in the local landscape and was well known for opening only on dates ending with three or ei...


NYC TV airs show on Seoul NSS
Mar 20, 2012
As the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit approaches, NYC TV aired a special show on the upcoming summit for its “Asian America” series on March 18, inviting experts on nuclear security as guests. Asian America’s 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security SummitFollowing an academic seminar h...