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Liquor and fruit have been among the most purchased items at convenience stores by foreign visitors in Gangwon Province, where the 2018 PyeongChang Games are being held, according to CU, South Korea‘s largest convenience store chain. Nearly 30 percent of the products sold at around 20 convenience stores of the chain near Olympic venues in PyeongChang and Gangneung in the period from Feb. 9-18 included wine, beer, hard liquor and soju, the chain’s sales data showed Tuesday. When broken down by br
Speedskater Lee Sang-wha uploaded a picture with archrival and friend Nao Kodaira on Monday via her Instagram account, a few hours after capturing the silver in the women’s 500 meters. The post instantly garnered a torrent of likes and support messages from fans.Min Yu-ra and Alexander Gamelin (Yonhap)After certain wardrobe malfunctions put ice dancer Min Yu-ra in an awkward situation during her pairs routine with partner Alexander Gamelin on Feb. 10, Instagram users came to vigorously cheer her
Competitors launch themselves from a takeoff ramp in an effort to fly as far as they can before touching down in the landing zone. Five judges mark competitors for distance and style. The four events are: men's normal hill individual, women's normal hill individual, men's large hill individual and men's team.
Korean-American writer Min Jin Lee’s mesmerizing novel “Pachinko” takes us back to the times of Japanese rule of Korea, when hundreds of thousands of Koreans moved to Osaka in search of a better life. Since all Koreans had Japanese names at the time, they naively thought they could easily assimilate into Japanese society. But they were wrong. They were kept under constant surveillance by Japanese police and were the last hired and first fired in the job market. When liberation came to Korea in 1
At last, the PyeongChang Olympics began in the face of all the uncomfortable comments on North Korea’s sports diplomacy. Although South Korea labeled the PyeongChang Olympics the “Peace Olympics,” the Trump administration and almost all think tanks in Washington en masse shared skeptical responses to the peaceful phrase. They commonly evaluated Pyongyang’s participation in PyeongChang as strategically planned gestures to gain time and drive a wedge between South Korean President Moon Jae-In and
Nobody knows for sure what GM’s plan is. Maybe the US automaker is just adjusting its business in Korea by closing an underperforming manufacturing plant in Gunsan City, or perhaps it is taking a first step to fold its Korean business entirely. Rumors and conjectures have swirled around the country since the automaker’s latest decision to shutdown the Gunsan factory, but there is no knowing the exact reason of the decision or future plans of the multinational corporation. The government is tryin
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson traded barbs over how far the EU intends to push its integration agenda. In a speech Wednesday, the UK foreign secretary accused the EU of seeking to create an “overarching European state.” Not true, Juncker responded: “I am strictly against a European superstate. We are not the United States of America.” This exchange of views looks baffling to an economist. The question is not what lev
The European Union has had a democratic legitimacy problem for years: Its governing bodies -- with the exception of those that consist of national leaders and ministers -- are neither particularly responsive nor accountable to ordinary European voters. And, as the latest failed attempt to reform them has shown, they like it this way, for all the rhetoric about the need to overcome the democratic deficit.Voters have influence on the EU via two channels. One is electing national leaders, who, thro
Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, revealed to Seoul officials during her trip to South Korea this month that she is pregnant with her second child, local media reported Tuesday. Kim Yo-jong (left), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un`s sister talks to South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right). (Yonhap)According to reports citing unnamed sources, Kim Yo-jong told South Korean officials that she was with her second child during her Feb. 9-11 visit to the South. Kim, who cam
GANGNEUNG -- Korea's women's curling team on Tuesday extended its winning streak to five games and captured a ticket to the semifinals for the first time at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.Korea rallied for a comeback win to beat the United States 9-6 in the round-robin preliminaries at the Gangneung Curling Center.Korea`s women`s curling team high-fives after winning a round-robin match against the United States at the Gangneung Curling Center during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Feb. 20,
There was something odd about the way the South Korean female skaters performed in the 500-meter team pursuit quarterfinals event at PyeongChang on Monday. The three-member team -- Kim Bo-reum, Noh Seon-yeong and Park Ji-woo -- looked almost as if they were competing in an individual race, not a team pursuit. When Noh Seon-yeong, one of the team members, fell a long way behind during the race, the remaining two skaters -- Park and Kim -- left her behind and crossed the finish line without her.