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Jeju’s female diving culture gets heritage listing

Female divers in Korea’s southern island of Jeju have been designated as an Intangible Cultural Property of Korea, Cultural Heritage Administration said Monday. Hanyeo, which roughly translates as ...

Updated : 2017.05.01 15:13

[Weekender] Cafes go beyond coffee

The growth of coffee addicts is explosive, manifested in the rapid spread of coffee shops, big and small, across the nation. Latest data showed that Koreans consumed more than 25 billion cups of coff...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:32

[Weekender] Get space for the price of a coffee

Park Ji-min, 23, carries out most of her daily tasks at cafes. The senior college student works on her assignments, reads books and watches movies on her laptop at the cafes, which are located right...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:20

[Weekender] Franchises experiment with high-end coffee and tea

Cafe franchises in South Korea are going upscale by brewing premium drinks including specialty coffee and high-end tea. Tea cafe franchises offer high-end tea (Chloris Tea & Coffee) It took time, m...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:18

[Weekender] Cafes provide solace for sleep-deprived Koreans

Many people turn to coffee to wake themselves up. But that’s the last thing on the minds of customers of a new breed of cafes devoted to helping people relax and, if possible, take a nap. “The (re...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:10

Travel industry discusses tourism’s ability to change the world

BANGKOK -- The travel and tourism industry today generates over $7.6 trillion globally, supporting over 292 million jobs, and has outstripped the growth of the global economy in the last six years. ...

Updated : 2017.04.27 17:38

2,917 stairs to the top of Korea’s highest skyscraper

Over 950 people from around the world gathered Sunday at Lotte World Tower to do one thing: climb up 123 floors -- or 2,917 stairs to be exact. Gripping banisters and taking the stairs two at a time...

Updated : 2017.04.26 17:50

Political stance comes at a price in Korean entertainment

Jeon In-kwon’s concert on May 7 was canceled Tuesday. The veteran singer did not say why the organizers decided to pull the plug. But rumors have begun to circulate that it was connected to Jeon’s...

Updated : 2017.04.26 16:13

Click here to subscribe - and learn how to drive

Imagine the shock when a boy, 8, drove up to a local McDonalds drive-through and asked for a Happy Meal. The news of the Ohio boy who learned how to drive on YouTube to get a late-night snack was a ...

Updated : 2017.04.23 17:30

Recreating fragments of a bygone empire

At the turn of the century, Emperor Gojong declared Joseon an empire in a last-ditch attempt to retain independence. A re-enactment of foreign envoys’ audience with Emperor Gojong (Cultural Heritag...

Updated : 2017.04.23 17:24

Korea treads steadily toward cyclists’ haven

Wearing a skintight outfit on his steely, muscled frame, Lee Sang-won has hit all corners of Korea on two wheels over the last decade. “The sceneries of rivers, coastlines, mountains and rice paddi...

Updated : 2017.04.21 18:29

[Weekender] South Koreans try blissful bike routes

As the weather starts to heat up, many are taking up cycling for either commuting or sport. The number of bicycle riders has gone up steadily over the past few years here. According to the Korea Tra...

Updated : 2017.04.21 18:07

Pure beauty of Joseon era’s white porcelain

More often, beauty is found in things that are simple and naive, or thrifty and pure, rather than with a fancy appearance. Among porcelains, plain white porcelains from the Joseon era are viewed as ...

Updated : 2017.04.21 17:49

[Herald Interview] Kim Ki-soo, blurring gender barriers with makeup

Kim Ki-soo makes sure to captivate the audience when he films a makeup tutorial: he winks, chortles, bats his eyelashes and daintily lifts a brush with impeccably manicured fingers. “Smudge, smudge,...

Updated : 2017.04.18 14:41

[Seoul Saunter] Remnants of good ol’ days

Seoul is a vibrant megalopolis with modern high-rises crowding the city’s major arteries. Nestled among the gleaming buildings are maze-like alleys that appear to have escaped the passage of time. T...

Updated : 2017.04.17 16:02