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Pagoda lantern lights up central Seoul
Apr 30, 2015
Buddhist monks and believers circle a pagoda-shaped lantern after the lantern's lighting ceremony on April 29. The lantern is a replica of the pagoda at Mireuksa Temple. Ahead of Buddha’s birthday, a lighting ceremony for a lantern shaped like the pagoda at the site of&nb...


Last crown prince's tomb to be opened to public
Apr 29, 2015
The tomb of King Yeongchin, Yi Eun (1897-1970), and his wife, Yi Bangja (1901-1989), will be opened to the public for the first time beginning on May 10. King Yeongchin, was the last crown prince of the Daehan Empire (1897-1910). He and his wife are buried in Yeongwon (영원, 英園) in...


NYT asks PM Abe to confront Japan's wartime history
Apr 24, 2015
The New York Times (NYT) has called for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to honestly confront Japan's wartime history. In an April 20 editorial titled "Shinzo Abe and Japan's History," the newspaper's editorial board wrote that Prime Minister Abe will be the first Japan...


Korean mountains via stamps: Jeju's obaengnahan
Apr 24, 2015
A range of rocks resembling an unfolded folding screen along a Hallasan Mountain trail is called Obaengnahan (오백나한, 五百羅漢). The name Obaengnahan literally means 500 Buddhist saints, referring to saints who had gained the ultimate enlightenment and were entitled to respect and reli...


The day-to-day reality of unification
Apr 21, 2015
Korea has been divided into north and south for 70 years. Both North and South have suffered from war, as well as internal conflicts. Nonetheless, hope for reunification on both sides has never diminished. The reality of unification may be quite different from what you imagin...


Korean mountains via stamps -- Jeju's oreum
Apr 16, 2015
The volcanic cones formed from lava deposits discharged following a volcanic eruption are called oreum in the Jeju Island dialect. It refers to the range of small cone-shaped mountains scattered at the foot of Hallasan Mountain. There are traces of craters atop these small hills ...


Journalists discuss peace on the Korean Peninsula
Apr 14, 2015
The World Journalists Conference 2015 opened at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on April 13. Journalists from around the globe gathered for the event to discuss issues concerning the Korean Peninsula and freedom of speech. Approximately 100 reporters from about 60 countr...


Traditional liquors transformed into cocktails
Apr 13, 2015
It's no exaggeration to say that two words -- "integration" and "harmony" -- are keywords that represent modern society today. Everything is integrated and can be reproduced in harmony, and it can be found everywhere around us. This trend can also be seen in alcohol consumpti...


Special exhibition illuminates Ahn's life, philosophy
Apr 06, 2015
A young man from Joseon was executed in a prison in Lushun, Liaoning Province, China, at 10 a.m. on March 26, 1919. He was Ahn Jung-geun, who was found guilty of shooting former Japanese Prime Minister and then Resident-General of Korea Ito Hirobumi (1841-1909) at Harbin...


1,226 tree huggers embrace nature
Mar 27, 2015
A group of 1,226 people hug a forest of trees at the Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), on March 21, an event held to mark the International Day of Forests. Over 1,000 people have taken a tree into their embrace. On March 21, the International D...