YouTubers awarded for letting world know more about Korean culture
Social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram are serving as key bridges to Korean culture for foreigners.
Music video director Lee talks pressure, artistry behind scenes
Inspired by the films that dominated her childhood, Lee Rae-kyung had the ambition to become a movie director. As things turned out, however, Lee ended up not close to cinema but with a prime position in making music videos for some of the most popular K-pop stars including IU, Girls' Generation's Yoona, Lee Moon-sae, Bolbbalgan4 and many others.
South Korea's military set for Dokdo defense drills
South Korea's Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and police were set to kick off a regular exercise Thursday to hone their combined capabilities to defend Dokdo, a pair of rocky islets in the East Sea. In the two-day maritime drills, a 3,200-ton destroyer and seven other surface ships will be mobilized, along with several aircraft, including an F-15K fighter, a P-3C maritime surveillance plane and a UH-60 helicopter, defense officials said.
Prosecutors raid Samsung BioLogics headquarters
Prosecutors raided the main offices of Samsung BioLogics Co. and its accounting firms on Thursday as part of a probe into alleged accounting fraud.
Koreas meet to hold railway ceremony this year
The two Koreas held working-level talks Thursday for a joint event to celebrate the potential start of work to reconnect inter-Korean railways and roads. They agreed to hold a ceremony on Dec. 26 at Panmun Station near the North's border city of Gaeseong.
[INTERVIEW] NGOs 'better at solving some of North Korea's intractable problems'
It is time for the two Koreas to engage more on private level exchanges to consolidate their relationship that has been made vulnerable because of the “state monopoly,” said Dr. Stephen Linton, who has long led humanitarian efforts for North Korea.
Missing Canadians raise stakes in China-US-Canada dispute
The apparent detentions of two Canadian men in China this week have raised the stakes in a three-way international dispute with the United States.
Foreigners' 'cash-only' immigration fee payment questioned
A government civil rights watchdog said Thursday it has asked the Ministry of Justice to allow foreigners staying in South Korea to use their credit cards to pay immigration fees. According to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission, foreigners are currently required to pay fees related to immigration and nationality in cash only, causing them inconvenience.
Builders bracing for housing market downturn
Samsung C&T, Daelim Industrial, Daewoo E&C and GS E&C have begun workforce reductions amid growing uncertainties about the construction market in 2019, according to industry officials Thursday.
Seoul is snow white [PHOTOS]
A man walks his dog in Namsan Park on snow-covered Mount Nam in Jung-gu, Seoul, Thursday morning. Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chulA worker is busy clearing snow in Namsan Park, Thursday. Seoul had 1.7 centimeters of snow.A bronze Buddha statue in Jung-gu, Seoul, is covered with snow.An attendant at Sungnyemun Gate, South Korea's National Treasure No.1 in Jung-gu, Seoul, clears a path for visitors.Commuters on Namdaemun-ro Road in Jung-gu, Seoul, rush to get out of the weather during Thursday's snowfall. Photos by Hankook IlboSungnyemun Gate is hardly visible through the snow as commuters cross Namdaemun-ro Road in Jung-gu, Seoul, Thursday.
Subcontractor operations criticized after young man's death
Subcontractor-based operations are under fire after a 24-year-old mechanic was killed recently while checking a conveyor belt at a power plant in Taean, South Chungcheong Province. Critics say large companies are outsourcing dangerous work to smaller companies without ensuring proper safety measures are in place.
Korea shares legislation knowhow with Indonesia
South Korea has stepped up its efforts to globalize its legal system by strengthening its cooperation with Indonesia.
Korean footballer shrugs off Italian colleague's 'racial joke'
Did national football player Lee Seung-woo fall victim to racism as some online users claim? Lee, 20, a left-winger for Hellas Verona in Italy, said “no” on his Instagram, Tuesday.
Making $30k, but unhappy
A 34-year-old woman, who wants to be identified only by her surname, Jeong, works in the fast-paced tech industry. It's been three years since she first started her job earning more than $30,000 a year. But she said the higher income doesn't mean a better lifestyle.“It's the same - trying to make ends meet, pay monthly bills, keep moving with a busy schedule. I should feel glad though that I have a job,” Jeong said.
Samsung in dilemma over fashion biz
Samsung Group appears to be in dilemma over its sagging fashion business since Chairman Lee Kun-hee's second-oldest daughter Lee Seo-hyun left Samsung C&T on Dec. 6, according to industry officials Thursday.
North Korea denounces US over human trafficking blacklisting
North Korean propaganda outlets lashed out at the United States on Thursday for pressuring the communist nation over human rights issues, calling it an "intolerable insult" and "political provocation." The U.S. has recently renewed its designation of the North as one of the worst human trafficking countries and a violator of religious freedom, and slapped sanctions on Choe Ryong-hae, a close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, for human rights abuses.
Older heating pipes may burst in winter
A total of 203 hot water pipes in the country were found to be fragile in cold weather during an emergency inspection, the Korea District Heating Corp. (KDHC) said, Thursday. Sixteen of them were in very poor condition and could burst at any time.
Korea Grand Sale to return with more diverse benefits
The Korea Grand Sale is returning for its 10th edition along with unprecedented large-scale promotions including air and hotel fare discounts for foreign tourists. The annual comprehensive festival of shopping, tourism and culture, co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism and the Visit Korea Committee to encourage more foreigners to visit, exclusively provides them with benefits in various sectors such as flights, accommodation, shopping, entertainment and food.
Cha Jun-hwan takes giant leap in trailblazing season
At the tender age of 17, Cha Jun-hwan is going where no South Korean male figure skater has gone before.
POSCO faces growing labor union risks
POSCO is facing growing risks associated with its labor unions as unionized workers vow to stage a full-scale protest against management, following the dismissal of several union leaders.
'Peace treaty possible without ending war'
A declaration ending the 1950-53 Korean War is a step toward a peace treaty, but a peace treaty could be reached without the declaration, the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) said Thursday. The remarks came at an event where the institution shared its forecast of affairs on the Korean Peninsula for 2019.
LG rolls out ESS for solar power plant
LG Electronics rolled out energy storage systems (ESS) for small-sized solar power plants to take the lead in the growing ESS market, the tech giant said Thursday.
Korea pushing for Putin's visit early next year
Efforts are being made for Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Korea to take place in the first half of next year, South Korean Ambassador to Russia Woo Yoon-keun said Thursday. Russia earlier stated Putin's visit is slated for next year.
Hyundai Motor, POSCO support partner firms
Hyundai Motor Group and POSCO each announced programs to support their respective partner companies, in a bid to promote the value of mutual growth, the conglomerates said, Thursday.
Court dismisses compensation suit against perpetrators in 'Itaewon murder' case
A Seoul court dismissed Thursday compensation claims filed against Arthur Patterson and Edward Lee for their involvement in the “Itaewon murder” case, by the victim's family. The two U.S. citizens were charged separately with the murder of Korean university student Cho Joong-pil in a Burger King restroom in Itaewon, Seoul, in April 1997.
MAMAMOO Hwasa's daring outfit sparks controversy [VIDEO]
The daring bright-red outfit Hwasa from K-pop girl band MAMAMOO wore at the 2018 MAMA Fans' Choice in Japan on Wednesday has made her a hot talking point.
COEX Aquarium holds underwater shows for Christmas
The COEX Aquarium is running two underwater performances for Christmas and they are receiving rave reviews.
US-China trade war 'just tip of iceberg': Jack Ma
The ongoing trade war between China and the United States is just the tip of the iceberg hiding deeper, underlying tensions between the world's two largest economies and the real problem lies in their fraught bilateral relations, the executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba said on Wednesday.“Even if the trade war is over, the complicated relationship between China and the US will not be changed in the next 20 years,” Jack Ma said.
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