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Cheongmyeong (청명, 淸明)
Mar 31, 2016
Monday, April 4, marks Cheongmyeong (청명, 淸明), the Day of Pure Brightness. Traditionally, this marks the "clearing" of the sky, what with the rapid approach of spring. The Day of Pure Brightness was generally a day to prepare the fields, but was also significant for certain royal ...


UNESCO Biosphere Reserve expanded in Sinan-gun County
Mar 31, 2016
UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve in Sinan-gun County, off the southwestern corner of the Korean Peninsula, has now been expanded to cover the entire county. UNESCO announced its decision to extend its designation of a Biosphere Reserve in Sinan-gun County at the 28th session of...


Giant magnolia tree found on Jeju
Mar 29, 2016
An extremely tall specimen of an endangered species of magnolia tree, Michelia compressa, has been recently found on Jeju Island. The newly found tree is the biggest of its kind ever discovered in Korea. This giant Michelia compressa magnolia was found near a valley on t...

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Black-tailed gull born in Korea found in Japan
Mar 29, 2016
A black-tailed gull with a broken right wing is found and helped in Japan in October 2015. The gull is wearing an ankle bracelet from the Korea National Park Service from last June. Photo: Kazuto Yoshida A black-tailed gull that was born and tagged in Korea has been found ...


Police animals become hot topics on social media
Mar 24, 2016
Thanks to fuzzy animals, police stations are becoming more and more popular on social media. At the Okgu Patrol Division in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, you can find a dog going on duty with the police officers. It's the patrol division's mascot, Okdori. Although he has grown ...


Four reasons an American is surprised at Korean medical...
Mar 24, 2016
A young American attracts people's gaze because he raved about his treatment at a Korean hospital. On March 22, an article by the title of "The four reasons an American is surprised at Korean medical care" was written by an American, Luke Chandler, enrolled at the Graduate School...


Small library zips along the tracks
Mar 22, 2016
Travelers read on the Book Train, running along the Gyeongui Line. The gentle smell of books blows across the train. The Book Train hits the tracks along the Gyeongui Line, covering about 124 kilometers from Munsan Station in Paju to Yongmun Station in Yangpyeo...


A visit to a Korean healthcare center
Mar 22, 2016
Goesan-gun County in Chungcheongbuk-do Province is a mountainous region located in the central part of Korea. Due to the many mountains and valleys that make up its topography, it has long been called the backcountry of the central interior region. Goesan covers an area of 842 sq...


Humans, AI reconfirm present, make moves for future
Mar 16, 2016
Google DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis (left) and go grandmaster Lee Sedol pose for a picture on March 15. They hold the go board used in the fifth and final game between Lee and the company's computer program AlphaGo. Five games, one win and four losses. This is t...


Spring steps closer to Seoul
Mar 15, 2016
Apricot flowers begin to bud at the Boshingak Bell at the National Museum of Korea on March 15, showing us that spring has sprung. Seoul's weather in the middle of March can still be a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, and some parts of the city center still have rem...