Archive for October, 2014

Gov't to Attend UN Bonn Climate Change Conference Oct. 20-25

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A South Korean government delegation will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference …

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A Sign Of The Times

…or TDC Mickey D’s While certainly not the height of culture, a McDonald’s opening in Dongducheon is certainly a sign things are changing. The city has grown a great deal in the last 20 years, particularly with the arrival of the subway and the construction of “New Town” aka Jihueng-Dong. Yes, Dongducheon has finally arrived, for better of worse. This construction site sprung up recently, with little fanfare, on MSR 3 near Jihueng Station. Actually, it’s surprising it took so long. Neighboring Pocheon has two McDonald’s and Uijeongbu has at least two or three, among other American/international franchises. Local conventional wisdom is: itRead More

Eugene, Ki Tae-young Expect 1st Child

Actor couple Eugene and Ki Tae-young are expecting their first child after three years of marriage.

The couple’s agencies said on Wednesday that Eugene is 13 weeks pregnant and that they are thrilled about the news.

They started dating in 2010 after appearing in the 2009 MBC drama … …read more

Lydia Ko Makes Time's Influential Teens List for 2nd Year

Lydia Ko has made TIME’s list of the 25 most influential teens for the second year in a row. She is the only ethnic Korean on the list.

“After going pro last year, Ko now ranks third among women golfers worldwide, sparking interest in the sport ‘not just in her native South Korea and adop… …read more

First Cold Wave Watch Issued Tuesday Morning

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Morning lows plunged sharply across the nation on Tuesday as Typhoon Vongfong made its way toward Japan.

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First Cold Wave Watch Issued Tuesday Morning

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Morning lows plunged sharply across the nation on Tuesday as Typhoon Vongfong made its way toward Japan.

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Images From The Past: Dongducheon – Part 2

Various images of Dongducheon, or Tongduchon as it was once known, through the decades.

Anti-N.Korea Activists Must Show Some Common Sense

Heavy machinegun fire by North Korea on Friday aimed at balloons carrying anti-North propaganda leaflets prompted people in a South Korean town near the border to block activists from their neighborhood to send more balloons on Saturday.

When activists attempted to return to the town to s… …read more

Images From The Past: Dongducheon – Part 1

Various images of Dongducheon, or Tongduchon as it was once known, through the decades.

Seoul, Washington Finalizing OPCON Transfer Details

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Seoul and Washington are coordinating on the issue of further delaying the planned transfer of …

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Ebola Death Toll Surpasses 4,000

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has risen to more than 4,000 people.

The UN agency said Friday that nearly 8,400 cases of the diseases have been recorded in seven countries, with 4,033 people dying from the epidemic. It said all but nine of the de… …read more

Multiple Judges to Handle Sankei's Ex-Seoul Bureau Chief Case

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Seoul Central District Court says it will assign the trial of Tatsuya Kato, the former bureau chief …

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Massive Gov't Spending Fails to Boost Birthrate

The government has squandered vast sums on raising Korea’s record-low birthrate over the last eight years but to no avail, a report shows.

According to the report from Ministry of Health and Welfare for the National Assembly, the budget for stimulating the birthrate has grown almost seven … …read more

84.97% of Samcheok Voters Against Nuclear Power Plant

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Residents of Samcheok city in Gangwon Province have voted against the construction of a nuclear …

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Trip to Changwon Offers a Variety of Must-See Attractions

A trip to Changwon helps visitors appreciate the beautiful southeastern city. Visitors look around a variety of points of interests, including an art village, a set for TV dramas, a pleasure boat trip, a museum, an eco-park and an ancient pavilion.

An art village in Chang-dong is a must-se… …read more

Park: Establishing Foundation for Unification is Historical Task

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President Park Geun-hye says overcoming the abnormal state of division and establishing the foundation for a peaceful unification are historical tasks for all Koreans.

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Total Eclipse Begins In Seoul On October 8th at 7:27 PM

Residents of Korea will be treated to an eclipse in the early evening tonight. An eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the shadow cast by the Earth.  Usually, the Moon misses this shadow, but a few times a year it passes directly through the shadow, causing the Moon to appear anywhere from brick red to copper to dark gray. The light beams into Earth’s shadow, filling it with a coppery glow that colors the moon red. Additionally, recent volcanic activity also could contribute to a darker and redder moon. The eclipse is the second in a rare series known asRead More

3 Japanese Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physics

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Three Japanese scientists have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of …

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Chinese Tourists Boost Consumption in Korea

Surging numbers of Chinese tourists are changing the landscape of major commercial districts in Korea as shops and other businesses rush to cater to their demands. This plays a significant role in keeping the economy buoyant despite ever-shrinking domestic consumption.

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Cross-Border Thaw Hopes Buoy Hyundai Shares

Shares in the Hyundai Group rose by their daily limit on Monday following the surprise visit over the weekend of three top confidants of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The boost was due to expectations that subsidiary Hyundai Asan may soon be able to resume package tours to North Korea’… …read more