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After a great amount of snow fell in Gangwon Province, children living in Daegwallyeong make a snowman (photo: Yonhap News).
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'Korea thrives on new ideas'
Apr 30, 2013 17:25
Korea, a country dubbed one of the four Asian dragons along with Hong Kong, has now become a “World Dragon,” according to Hong Kong’s daily newspaper Ming Pao. The March 31 edition of Ming ...
Arirang, a song of Korean identity and soul
Apr 30, 2013 17:22
A 75-year-old second-generation ethnic Korean living Japan, Kim Il-nam said the moment he heard the traditional folk song Arirang for the first time while attending Waseda University in Japan, he real...
Homestays to spring up across Seoul
Apr 09, 2013 10:17
There is a saying “Kill two birds with one stone.” This metaphor is very suitable to describe a new plan announced by Seoul City. The city government announced a plan on March 28 to increase ...
Hanbok makes daily routines beautiful
Apr 04, 2013 13:37
Public servants Kim Yeong-sin (center) and Nam Hee-sue (right) help a local resident while dressed in Hanbok at Hyehwa-dong Office, Jongno District in Seoul, on April 2 (photo by Jeon Han). Han...
Entrance ceremonies engage with students
Mar 13, 2013 13:54
Young children ride on the back of horses at Jangjon Elementary School in Jeju as part of their school entrance ceremony. This is one of many scenes visible at the entrance ceremony for new stude...
Onset of spring
Mar 06, 2013 08:13
After undergoing a long cold winter, an adonis comes into bloom at last to welcome the onset of spring on March 4, a day before gyeongchip, one of 24 solar terms in early spring. Gyeongchip is o...
Korea's winter hits record lows
Jan 07, 2013 12:02
Snow falls on Seochon in downtown Seoul. As temperatures reach record lows across Korea, locals and foreign residents alike face challenges and delights that are unfamiliar to some, but others have the...
Climate and Weather
Jan 02, 2013 09:05
Different sceneries depends on four different seasons The Republic of Korea lies between 38ºN and 33ºN latitude and 126ºE to 132ºE longitude. The country has a continental climate of very cold,...
Korea’s unique weather pattern returns
Jan 02, 2013 09:03
Three days of freezing cold followed by four days of milder weather was the typical cycle for Korea’s winters until recent years, which saw people fighting to keep warm during unusual long-lasting cold ...
Nov 16, 2012 09:27
Seoul Located along the Hangang River, Seoul has grown into a teeming metropolis with a population of more than 10 million. Over the years, the capital city has greatly expanded in the process of u...
Autumn athletics day: a look back
Nov 08, 2012 08:57
With the arrival of autumn comes golden leaves, a round Harvest Moon, and in Korea, the long-awaited annual athletics day. The autumn athletics day or sports day has been a popular and steady pastime thr...
Family: the decline of the patriarch, the rise of the matriarch
Oct 22, 2012 08:24
I think it is no coincidence that the most notable Korean novels on the theme of family have the mother narrative at their core. A mother’s worldview and the values she instills in her childr...
More Korean couples choose cost-friendly weddings
Oct 16, 2012 08:28
For couples looking to get married, preparations for the big day are often complicated by any number of issues including time, cost, varying preferences, and guest list. In Korea, the question of locat...
Korea’s ancestral rituals on Chuseok
Oct 04, 2012 08:43
Chuseok is just around the corner and Koreans are waiting for the brightest daytime full moon of the year. Chuseok, one of the two biggest holidays in Korea, falls on August 15 on the lunar calendar ...
Celebrating National Liberation Day
Aug 16, 2012 08:31
Korea’s liberation from colonial rule in August 1945 became a turning point in world history, one that would set into motion the eventual transformation of the entire Korean Peninsula. August 15 wi...
1950-1970: Korean summers remembered
Aug 01, 2012 14:40
For this next month, the online portal for the National Archives of Korea, which is operated by the Ministry of Public Administration Security, will be featuring a collection of photos and vi...
Hanji, living paper that breathes
Jul 31, 2012 15:41
Foreigners participate in a Hanji-making workshop. “Hanji is excellent as photographic paper!” exclaims Peter Bogardus. “The surface is very smooth, it comes in great colors, and on top of that, it’...
A guide to Seoul's nighttime
Jun 29, 2012 08:27
One of the things that most impresses foreign visitors to Seoul is the vibrant nightlife of the city. Seoulites proudly say that it is the safe streets of Seoul that make this possible. Stores and r...
[Contribution] Learning to share like Koreans do
Mar 26, 2012 11:45
There is an old saying that I learned while studying Korean in Korea: "Even a bean can be shared." From what I've seen during my time here, this saying seems to capture the spirit of the Korean...
Mar 07, 2012 10:03
It is generally believed that Paleolithic man began to inhabit the Korean Peninsula about 40,000 to 50,000 years ago. Neolithic man appeared in Korea around 4,000 B.C., with signs of their active pr...
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