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Seoul to provide 180 mln won on renovation of 'hanok'

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will provide up to 180 million won ($151,200) worth of subsidies for the renovation of traditional houses, in line with its bid to preserve traditional buildings remaining in the city.The announcement came as Seoul designated 550,000 squa...

Updated : 2016.06.01 09:59

A palace walk with Hamlet, Jeongjo

In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Changdeokgung Palace opened its doors to a Hamlet-inspired Secret Garden tour on Sunday.“A Walk with Hamlet and Jeongjo,” a tour th...

Updated : 2016.05.31 18:55

Japan beats Korea in attracting foreign travelers in 2015

Japan beat South Korea in terms of attracting foreigners in 2015 as more travelers were encouraged to visit the island for shopping amid a cheaper yen and eased tax rules, a report showed Tuesday.  The number of inbound tourists to South Korea had surpassed Japan's until 2014, but the tre...

Updated : 2016.05.31 15:44

Anything goes as French liqueurs keep up with world trends

AVRILLE, France (AFP) -- Whether the ingredients are traditional, exotic or frankly bizarre, French liqueurs are reliable “ambassadors of quality,” an industry leader says.Visitors to the Printemps des Liqueurs, the industry’s annual trade fair, this month could sample tipples concocted...

Updated : 2016.05.31 14:02

Chai stirred into Silicon Valley coffee culture

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -- In a Silicon Valley culture known for brilliant ideas boiling up in coffee shops, Gaurav Chawla is pouring his heart into chai.Chawla was on a break from his job as an engineering manager at San Francisco-based cloud-computing star Salesforce when he began lamenting ...

Updated : 2016.05.31 13:44

Sponsors going along for the ride at theme parks

LOS ANGELES -- When Walt Disney opened his famed Anaheim park in 1955, he turned to corporate sponsors to keep construction and operation costs under budget.That helps explain why two of the original ...

Updated : 2016.05.31 13:43

Korean fashion designers to open pop-up store in Paris

A pop-up store showcasing creations by leading Korean fashion designers will open at the multibrand store L’Eclaireur from June 22-28 in Paris.  The temporary shop-in-shop will feature women’s and ...

Updated : 2016.05.31 13:40

[Foreigners Who Loved Korea] George Lewis Shaw, an active supporter of Korean independence movement

George Lewis Shaw was born as the eldest son of an Irishman, Samuel Lewis Shaw, and a Japanese woman, Ellen O’Sea Shaw in 1880 on Pagoda Island of Fuzhou, Fujian province, China. He married Saito Fum...

Updated : 2016.05.30 17:33

Korea opens culture booth at Rotary convention

The Culture Ministry and Korea Tourism Organization are jointly running a Korean culture and tourism booth at the 2016 Rotary International Convention, which is taking place at the Korea International...

Updated : 2016.05.30 15:28

KTO unveils new tourist guide leaflet in 11 languages

In an effort to provide international visitors to Korea easy access to concise and practical travel tips to assist them during their travels, the Korea Tourism Organization has released its newest one...

Updated : 2016.05.30 15:28

Kim Whan-ki's painting fetches 4.56 bln won in H.K. auction

South Korean painter Kim Whan-ki garnered the third-highest price for a Korean painting in a recent auction in Hong Kong, an auction firm said Monday, proving once again that the late artist's unique artworks are in high demand among art collectors."Untitled 3-V-71 #203" painted in 1971 by...

Updated : 2016.05.30 10:53

Chronic exposure to fine dust linked to high blood pressure: study

There is a correlation between long-term exposure to fine dust and cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure, a study showed Monday, casting concerns among the public over the influx of pollutants from home and abroad.The annual rise in fine dust emissions increases the number o...

Updated : 2016.05.30 09:31

Book on colonial labor victims released

A book on a legal battle between the Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and 300 South Koreans who were forced into labor decades ago has hit the shelves, a civic group supporting the victims said Sunday.   The book explains detailed court records of a decade-long battle start...

Updated : 2016.05.29 21:29

S. Korea paves way for exporting chicken soup to China

South Korea's agricultural ministry on Sunday said it has reached an agreement with China to start exporting traditional chicken soup to the world's most populous country as early as June.   The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it has completed talks on exporting "sam...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:51

Popularity of hallyu drama spurs rush to become special forces NCO

The runaway popularity of the "Descendants of the Sun" TV series has spurred a spike in the number of young men wanting to join South Korean special forces units, a military source said Sunday.   The series that ended in mid-April has been a phenomenal success in both South Korea and in ...

Updated : 2016.05.29 13:43