Sunday, December 30, 2012

Korea Headline News 30 December 2012

Korean news
South Korea lowers its growth forecast

BBC

N.K. celebrates anniversary of leader’s appointment

Korea Herald

Three K-League coaches get the chop

Soccerphile

Kim Jong-il 'Died in Fit of Rage Over Construction Project'

Chosun Ilbo

What's with the girls' group in North Korea?

Korea Times

China's trade with North Korea increases

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Korea Headline News 23 December 2012

Korean news
North Korea rocket 'has 10,000km range'

BBC

Park opting against radical chaebol reform

Korea Herald

FC Seoul win K-League

Soccerphile

Kim Jong-un Squanders $1 Billion on Showy Projects

Chosun Ilbo

NK provocation expected soon

Korea Times

South Korea elects first female president

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Korea Headline News 16 December 2012

Korean news
North Koreans mark rocket success with mass rally

BBC

Uncertainty deepens over North Korea, a year after Kim takes power

Korea Herald

FC Seoul win K-League

Soccerphile

Ko Soo Out to Prove He's More Than Just a Pretty Face

Chosun Ilbo

Korea, "Big Winner of 2012"

Korea Times

North Korea leader's stock rises with rocket launch

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Korea Headline News 9 December 2012

Korean news
North Korea 'may delay rocket launch'

BBC

Psy apologizes for past anti-American lyrics

Korea Herald

FC Seoul win K-League

Soccerphile

Heartthrob Hyun Bin Completes Mandatory Military Service

Chosun Ilbo

America angry, remorseful about Korean's death in New York subway

Korea Times

North Korea rocket launch plans: Little to gain, nothing to lose

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Korea Headline News December 2 2012

Korean news
North Korea to launch long-range rocket in December

BBC

4 Korean sailors freed by Somali pirates after 19 months

Korea Herald

FC Seoul win K-League

Soccerphile

Top 4 North Korean Military Officials Fall Victim to Shakeup

Chosun Ilbo

Psy says he would like to see Obama do 'Gangnam Style' move

Korea Times

North Korea threatens South Korea ahead of attack anniversary

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Korea Headline News November 25 2012

Korean news
Gangnam Style becomes YouTube's most-viewed video

BBC

Korea faces era of low growth: KDI

Korea Herald

FC Seoul win K-League

Soccerphile

South Korea Marks Yeonpyeong Anniversary

Chosun Ilbo

Even pastors get in on pornographic website

Korea Times

North Korea threatens South Korea ahead of attack anniversary

Los Angeles Times

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gimnyeong Maze Park

김녕미로공원

Gimnyeong Maze Park on the island of Jeju (Cheju) is a fun experience for visitors to the island. The maze was the brainchild of the American professor Frederic H. Dustin, a long-term teacher at Cheju National University.

Gimnyeong Maze Park, Jeju


The maze is in the shape of the Jeju Island and has a number of symbols of this beautiful island embedded in its layout: a serpent, an historic object of worship on the island until recently, Jeju horses first brought here by Mongolian invaders in the 13th century; the Sparrowhawk, shipwrecked on Jeju along with Dutch mariner Hendrick Hamel and Bronze Age dolmens.

Gimnyeong Maze Park Cheju


The Gimnyeong Maze is quite a challenge to get out off and some visitors have been known to take an hour to exit or have been forced to cal for help. usually though 20 minutes is enough to navigate yourself around the immaculately kept hedges.

Gimnyeong Maze Park, South Korea


Ring the bell when you finally get out. Gimnyeong Maze Park can easily be visited on a half day or full day taxi tour from either Jeju City or Seogwipo taking in the nearby Manjanggul Cave and Gimnyeongsagul Cave.

Gimnyeong Maze Park, Korea

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chinese Refugee Boat in Jeju City

A quirky tourist attraction in Jeju city on the island of Jeju (Cheju) in South Korea is a Chinese junk on the waterfront in which around 100 Chinese families fled civil unrest in China in 1950.

Chinese Refugee Boat, Jeju City, South Korea


For a nominal fee visitors can tour the reconstructed boat to see how the Chinese asylum seekers fled the turmoil of their own country to find sanctuary in South Korea.

The boat is a short walk north of Dongmun Market towards Raw Fish Town and the port.

Jeju is home to a number of immigrants and their families who left China for a better life in Korea in the 1940s and 1950s.

Chinese Refugee Ship, Jeju City

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Korea Headline News November 18 2012

Korean news
US institute: North Korea 'testing at rocket site'

BBC

Korea has most road deaths in OECD

Korea Herald

Seoul set for K-League success

Soccerphile

Gov't Agencies Splash Out on Celebrity Promoters

Chosun Ilbo

Park accents role of woman president

Korea Times

Review: Prime suspense in 'Perfect Number'

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Korea Headline News November 11 2012

Korean news
'World's first toilet theme park' opens in South Korea

BBC

S. Korea's Ulsan crowned Asian club football champion

Korea Herald

Seoul set for K-League success

Soccerphile

Defector Couple Return to N.Korea

Chosun Ilbo

Prof. loses tenure over trip with bar waitress

Korea Times

Dodgers win right to negotiate with South Korean pitcher

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Korea Headline News November 4 2012

Korean news
North Korea Ryugyong 'Hotel of Doom' may open next year

BBC

Yeongdeungpo has most foreigners in Seoul

Korea Herald

Seoul set for K-League success

Soccerphile

Are 'Gangnam Style' Lyrics Worth Learning Korean For?

Chosun Ilbo

Dokdo symbolizes Korea's sovereignty

Korea Times

'Chinese Characters' gives insight into a society in flux

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Korea Headline News October 28 2012

Korean news
South Korea's economic growth in the spotlight

BBC

Anti-Dokdo stakes in U.S. spark furor

Korea Herald

Seoul set for K-League success

Soccerphile

Actress Kim Bo-kyung Bounces Back After 10-Year Slump

Chosun Ilbo

Psy's order of merit hits opposition

Korea Times

Psy on Reddit: Funny, but clearly overwhelmed by fame

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Korea Headline News October 21 2012

Korean news
North Korea leader's nephew in rare interview

BBC

Songdo chosen for Green Climate Fund

Korea Herald

Splits, boycotts and redemption

Soccerphile

Kim Jong-il Family's Facebook Pages Revealed

Chosun Ilbo

Progressive parties field female candidates in presidential race

Korea Times

Gangnam style? Not in North Korea

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Korea Headline News October 7 2012

Korean news
South Korea expands ballistic missile system range

BBC

North Korea's trade with China nearly tripled over past 5 years

Korea Herald

Splits, boycotts and redemption

Soccerphile

Kim Jong-nam Disappears from Radar

Chosun Ilbo

Game-addicted teenager assaults mother

Korea Times

South Korea puzzles over oddball success of 'Gangnam Style'

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Korea Headline News September 23 2012

Korean news
South Korea navy 'fires at North Korea fishing boats'

BBC

"Gangnam Style" goes viral: A to Z

Korea Herald

Olympics Take Korean Minds Off Summer Heat

Soccerphile

'Gangnam Style' Closes in on Top Spot on Billboard Hot 100

Chosun Ilbo

North Korea threatens military action amid maritime tension

Korea Times

South Korea software mogul joins presidential race

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Korea Headline News September 16 2012

Korean news
Peering behind North Korea's celebrations

BBC

35,000 people mourn unification church founder at funeral

Korea Herald

Olympics Take Korean Minds Off Summer Heat

Soccerphile

Nostalgic Drama Puts A Pink's Jung Eun-ji in the Spotlight

Chosun Ilbo

Psy becomes 1st Korean to top iTunes chart

Korea Times

North Korea reverses, says it won't accept flood aid from South

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Korea Headline News September 9 2012

Korean news
Whaling lingers on in South Korean town of Jangsengpo

BBC

Korea, Japan move to mend ties strained over Dokdo

Korea Herald

Olympics Take Korean Minds Off Summer Heat

Soccerphile

What Does the Future Hold for Kim Jong-un's Wife?

Chosun Ilbo

Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' wins Venice top prize

Korea Times

Unification Church founder Rev. Moon dies at 92

Los Angeles Times

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Posco Pavilion Yeosu 2012

The Posco Pavilion at the 2012 Expo in Yeosu is right next door to the glass Lotte Pavilion.

Posco Pavilion, Yeosu


The world's third largest steelmaker produced an impressive pavilion with five themes of Love, Challenge, World, Environment & Sea.

Other Korean company pavilions that exhibited at Expo 2012 included Samsung and Lotte.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lucky Goldstar Pavilion Yeosu Expo 2012

The Lucky Goldstar (LG) Pavilion at the 2012 Expo in Yeosu is another high-tech pavilion to rank with the Lotte and Samsung buildings in this southern port city.

Lucky Goldstar Pavilion Yeosu Expo 2012, Korea


The design of the outer wall of the LG Pavilion reflects the theme of 'water'. The interior includes green furniture with plants part of chairs and sofas and was partly made by local Korean artists and children from the Yeosu orphanage.

Lucky Goldstar Pavilion Yeosu Expo 2012, South Korea

The LG Pavilion also includes a digital chandelier playing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and visual effects that capture the seasons in South Korea.

The overall theme of LG's Pavilion is "Life is Green" as eco-friendly business and water treatment are areas the company want to move in to in the near future.

Lucky Goldstar Pavilion Yeosu

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lotte Pavilion Expo 2012

The Lotte Pavilion at the 2012 Expo in Yeosu is a favorite among visitors as it recreates its amusement park business with a virtual hot-air balloon ride "A Journey on a Hot-Air Balloon to a World Full of Fun" and lots of dance and music performances.

The Lotte Pavilion, Yeosu


The climate theme of the Lotte Pavilion is prevalent throughout the building and in the performances on show.

The Lotte Pavilion, Expo 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Korea Headline News September 2 2012

Korean news
Samsung unveils Android and Windows devices at IFA

BBC

Apple-Samsung patent battle intensifies

Korea Herald

Olympics Take Korean Minds Off Summer Heat

Soccerphile

T-ara Smooth Over Scandal Ahead of Album Launch

Chosun Ilbo

Naturalization rules will be strengthened

Korea Times

Court deals blow to South Korean law outing Internet users

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Korea Headline News August 5 2012

Korean news
North Korea floods: Death toll raised, WFP sends food aid

BBC

A mixed 20 years for South Korea-China ties

Korea Herald

A Nostalgic Korean Summer

Soccerphile

Cosmetic Surgery Patients Getting Younger

Chosun Ilbo

Text books won't be swayed by politics

Korea Times

The North Korea guessing game

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Korea Headline News July 22 2012

Korean news
London 2012: Secrets behind South Korea's archery success

BBC

PiFan’s grand opening ceremony is held in Bucheon

Korea Herald

A Nostalgic Korean Summer

Soccerphile

Cosmetic Surgery Patients Getting Younger

Chosun Ilbo

North Korean leader ready to push his agenda

Korea Times

North Korea's Kim Jong Un seems to tighten grip

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Korea Headline News July 15 2012

Korean news
Who is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's 'mystery woman'?

BBC

South Korean military develops smartphone apps

Korea Herald

A Nostalgic Korean Summer

Soccerphile

Kim Hee-sun to Return to TV After 6-Year Hiatus

Chosun Ilbo

Controversy sparked over sexually suggestive job ads

Korea Times

South Korea broadcasters keep up strike for media independence

Los Angeles Times

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Korea Headline News July 2 2012

Korean news
South Korea opens 'mini capital' in Sejong City

BBC

North Korean woman indicted in latest spy case in S. Korea

Korea Herald

A Nostalgic Korean Summer

Soccerphile

Park Eun-ji Refuses to Be Pigeonholed as 'Weather Girl'

Chosun Ilbo

Asian Games to power Incheon’s global profile

Korea Times

China hires tens of thousands of North Korea guest workers

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Korea Headline News June 24 2012

Korean news
South Korea's recycling revolution

BBC

Korean victims of sex trafficking in Japan receive renewed attention

Korea Herald

Finally Some Football For South Korea

Soccerphile

Many Korean Women Prefer to Stay Single Forever

Chosun Ilbo

Korean population exceeds 50 million

Korea Times

LG to launch smartphone assistant, Quick Voice, in South Korea

Los Angeles Times

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Samsung Pavilion Expo 2012 Yeosu

The Samsung Pavilion at the 2012 Expo in Yeosu is a stand out building among many such striking buildings at the event.

Samsung Pavilion, Expo 2012

The theme of the futuristic Samsung Pavilion is "Living Creatively, Imagining Together." Built by three companies in the huge chaebol conglomerate: Samsung Electronics, Samsung SDI & Samsung Heavy Industries, the three-story pavilion covers an area of 2,700 square meters, and symbolizes a ship traveling into the future.

Samsung Pavilion, Expo 2012, Yeosu, South Korea

Each day, 15 times a day, the Samsung Pavilion hosts a 15-minute dance, image and light show.
The spectacular building is illuminated in the evenings.

Samsung Pavilion, Expo 2012, Yeosu


Monday, June 18, 2012

Korea Headline News June 17 2012

Korean news
Kim Jong-un: North Korea leader's media makeover

BBC

K-pop groups to perform at Yeosu Expo

Korea Herald

Finally Some Football For South Korea

Soccerphile

Multicultural Military 'Inevitable'

Chosun Ilbo

Korea's drinking culture a root cause of violence

Korea Times

South Korea TV show opens a window on the North

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Hallabong Mandarin Oranges

한라봉

Jeju is famous for its production of citrus fruits and the island produces a number of varieties including the hybrid Hallabong, so called after Mt. Halla and Gamgyul.

Hallabong


Hallabong are known for their sweet flavor and are more expensive than normal mandarin oranges.

Hallabong have a distinctive bump at the top and are used to make Hallabong tea and even chocolate. Jeju's varieties of citrus fruit are a popular souvenir and are exported as far as the UK. You can purchase them in boxes from roadside vendors or in Jeju's market not far from the port area.

Jeju tangerines

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Korea Headline News May 20 2012

Korean news
Japan launches South Korean satellite

BBC

K-League gathering pace

Soccerphile

Korea Unveils New Bullet Train - the HEMU

Chosun Ilbo

Foreigners commit 8 percent of domestic murders

Korea Times

In South Korea, a small island town takes on the navy

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Korea Headline News April 22 2012

Korean news
South Korea deploys cruise missiles amid North tensions

BBC

K-League gathering pace

Soccerphile

Unknown Starlet Gets Big Break as Korean Lolita

Chosun Ilbo

IOC ethics panel to probe Moon case

Korea Times

Seoul Philharmonic is here but not quite there yet

Los Angeles Times

Previous Korea news

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Korea Headline News April 15 2012

Korean news
UN deplores North Korea rocket launch

Korea Herald

North Korea's Kim Jong-un in first major public speech

BBC

K-League gathering pace

Soccerphile

More Police Bungling Revealed in Suwon Murder

Chosun Ilbo

US cancels food aid for North Korea

Korea Times

Plastic surgery: The price of (eye) baggage

Los Angeles Times

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Korea Headline News April 8 2012

Candidate’s obscene remarks put damper on DUP campaign

Korea Herald

Samsung expects profits to double from smartphone boost

BBC

K-League Kicks offs

Soccerphile

Koreans, Foreigners Disagree What Hinders Communication Here

Chosun Ilbo

Suwon murder shames police

Korea Times

Down at the heels, South Korea shantytown digs them in anyway

Los Angeles Times

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hareubang Grandfather Statues

Hareubang known as "Grandfather Statues" can be seen all over Jeju Island in South Korea.



These odd-looking statues are carved from the porous basalt volcanic rock of Jeju and are found outside homes, on bridges and now in the foyers of hotels and in front of restaurants and shops.


Though the origins and symbolism of the Hareubang statues is obscure it is thought they are guardian gods of homes and may also have a phallic (hence fertility) symbolism. The mushroom shape of the carvings may also be associated with an ancient magic mushroom cult practiced by shamans on Jeju Island.


Hareubang of various sizes can be purchased in souvenir stores throughout Jeju as garden ornaments, phone straps or keyrings. Bukchon Dol Hareubang Park on Jeju has a collection of 48 Dol Hareubang and information on these curious carvings.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Black Pork Pig Jeju

"Black Pork" from the meat of black pigs is a specialty of Jeju Island off the south west coast of South Korea.


Traditionally the porkers were kept in volcanic stone pens to be slaughtered for special occasions such as weddings, births and funerals.


Black Pork is eaten in kebabs and as a barbecue, traditionally roasted over charcoal with garlic.


Up until the 1960s in some areas of Jeju Island the pigs were human waste disposers, with latrines emptying into their sties, as the image of a stone statue at Geumneung Stone Garden graphically shows below.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Korea Headline News March 30 2012

New Superstar K to look for hidden talent, create another touching story

Korea Herald

US confirms it has suspended North Korea food aid plans

BBC

K-League Kicks offs

Soccerphile

Japanese PM Stirs Up Trouble with 'Comfort Women' Remark

Chosun Ilbo

North Korea honing capability to attack Seoul: USFK chief

Korea Times

Obama urges North Korea and Iran to drop nuclear programs

Los Angeles Times

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