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Shopping haven: Dongdaemun district
Jul 14, 2014
The tide of popularity of Korean soap operas is sweeping into shopping forays. There is a constant inflow of foreign visitors to Korea who are eager to purchase “Korean-made” goods, rather than simply sitting and watching a flood of cultural content come into their home territori...

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Catholics produce Koinonia music video to welcome papal...
Jul 11, 2014
Korean Catholics recently produced a meaningful music video in celebration of Pope Francis' visit to the nation scheduled for August. Earlier this week, the Preparatory Committee for the Visitation of the Holy Father released the music video "Koinonia" and some of the footage use...

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‘Go’ players from 54 countries compete with black, whit...
Jul 11, 2014
Taiwan snatched victory at the 35th World Amateur Go Championship held in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province), on July 9. Seventh-dan amateur Yitien Chan took first place, defeating his Korean counterpart Wi Tae-woong by a single count-back point. Players’ rank...

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Libération: Koreans' passion for coffee creates new cul...
Jul 10, 2014
There are an endless number of cafes on the streets of Seoul. There are not only foreign brands but also lesser known domestic brands. They are not just located in large boulevards but also in narrow alleys in almost every neighborhood. Some places even roast coffee beans on thei...

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President Xi, 'Korea-China relations better than ever'
Jul 04, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a speech at the Global Education Center for Engineers at Seoul National University during his state visit to Korea, on July 4. Some 500 professors, students and government officials were present at the event. (photo: Jeon Han) “Annyeonghasimnikk...

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President hopes for return of missing war dead
Jun 26, 2014
President Park Geun-hye attended the 64th Korean War Commemoration ceremony at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Gwanghwamun on June 24. President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech at the 64th Korean War Commemoration ceremony on June 24. (photo: Cheong Wa Dae)...

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Early Catholicism in Korea: holy places of Naepo
Jun 19, 2014
The Yeosaul Holy Place in Yesan County, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province), is the birthplace of Lee Jonchang Louis de Gonzague (1757-1801), the "Apostle of Naepo." It was he who taught the Gospel to the families of St. Andrew Kim Dae-geon and Thomas Choi Yang-eop, th...

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Kimchi Bus heads to Brazil for World Cup
Jun 13, 2014
A red bus loaded with kimchi, the iconic Korean delicacy made of fermented cabbage and red peppers, has materialized across South America. It is the Kimchi Bus, a promotional tour bus that is venturing across the continent and introducing the world to the wonders of Korean cuisin...

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Land of nameless martyrs, Haemi holy sites
Jun 12, 2014
The Haemi Martyrdom Holy Ground in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do (South Chungcheong Province), is a land of thousands of nameless martyrs, most of them commoners and farmers. Catholicism flourished in the area and among the many sacred places of South Chungcheong Province, Haemi, for...

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Upcycling for a better world
Jun 12, 2014
For many, the concept of environmental conservation, while important and topical, is not something they would consider to be particularly hip. We recycle and reuse things not because either act is particularly compelling, but because they help improve the sustainability of our mo...