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Spring has sprung along Hangang River
Mar 21, 2014
The Hangang River is a large waterway that penetrates Seoul, the capital city of Korea, on its way to the ocean. It is the third longest Korean river, after the Amnokgang and the Dumangang Rivers along the northern border of the Korean Peninsula. The river is surrounded by wetlan...

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Civil defense drills held nationwide
Mar 14, 2014
A country-wide civil defense drill took place on March 14. This is the first national drill this year. During the 20-minute drill, starting at 2.p.m. with a siren, all cars pulled over and people stayed indoors. It was a civil air defense drill in which people practiced their pre...

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Tongin Market draws tourists to the heart of Seoul
Mar 04, 2014
Traditional markets are the best place in Korea to experience the unique feeling of jeong, a special expression of fondness, warmth, bonding and attachment. Traditional markets across the nation have similar, but unique, characteristics, each with their own personality. The marke...

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Family reunions resumed after more than 3 years
Feb 21, 2014
Family reunions for families separated during the Korean War (1950-1953) were resumed after three years and four months. An 82-person South Korean delegation had their first tearful reunions on February 20 at a hotel near North Korea’s Geumgangsan Mountain. After leaving Sokcho, ...

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First signs of spring across the peninsula
Feb 07, 2014
Spring has come early this year. The Korea Forest Service (KFS) announced on January 19 that the yellow wintersweet flower (Chimonanthus praecox L. Meratia Loises) has begun to bloom in Jinju, in the southern part of the peninsula. The KFS’s Southern Forest Resources Research Cen...

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China becomes biggest source of tourists
Jan 17, 2014
Chinese tourists have become Korea’s biggest visitors. According to the Ministry of Justice, the number of Mainland Chinese visitors amounted to 3.92 million in 2013, rising a whopping 43.6 percent from 2012’s figure of 2.73 million. The Chinese accounted for 36.7 percent of tota...

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Small-town tourism companies grow and prosper
Jan 14, 2014
Korea is a nation that has long preserved its agricultural traditions. When farmers used to lend each other a hand during harvest season, it was called durae. A group of six to ten neighbors would form a durae to give a hand to each other during every stage of the rice cycle: pla...

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War Memorial teaches history, offers winter fun
Jan 09, 2014
For parents with young children, the War Memorial of Korea is one of the best places to visit as it hosts a snow festival and interesting youth-oriented programs throughout the winter. (Photo: Jeon Han)The New Year has begun. Here in Korea, winter gets into full swing in January,...

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“I wanted to experience first-hand as much as possible ...
Dec 31, 2013
The winners of a photo and video competition held to mark the broadcasting of “Three Colors of Korea” and other event winners recently paid a visit to Korea.The TV program was jointly produced by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) and KBS World, a broadcaster, and...

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Libraries transformed into new cultural spaces
Dec 31, 2013
The winds of change are blowing through libraries.There are a growing number of libraries designed with trend-setting exteriors and interiors and following specific themes. People visit there not only to read books, but also just to experience the surroundings. Libraries with wel...