Cat cafes become cultural export

There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a cup of tea with a cat on your lap. These days, with the advent of cat cafes, you don’t even need your own cat to experience it. While they have been around in South Korea for some tim...

Former U.S. envoy to teach at HUFS

Kathleen StephensHankuk University of Foreign Studies is to appoint Kathleen Stephens, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, as a chair professor for its diplomacy course, officials said Monday.Stephens will be teaching at the ...

Yoon Kye-sang's passion for acting

Among the many singer-turned-actors that pervade screens today, there are few that have been as willing to climb up from the bottom or are as serious about their newfound craft as Yoon Kye-sang.Unlike most idol singers who foray i...

Time travel to your imaginary destination

When you accidentally find a boarding pass from your last trip, it instantly reminds you of the time and place you had been, bringing an urge to leave everyday work behind and travel to an exotic place. This may be what visitors t...

Seoul mayor due in Beijing to woo Chinese tourists

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon said Sunday he will visit Beijing in early August to promote South Korea's tourism industry hit by the MERS virus that has claimed 36 lives since May."I will try to help revitalize the tourism industry de...

Brooklyn the Burger Joint launches all-American diner

Sporting a retro neon sign, mint green banquettes and Formica tables, the latest iteration of Brooklyn the Burger Joint’s hit restaurant chain reads like a 1950s American diner.The resemblance, Brookyn the Burger Joint owner-chef...

[Weekender] Korea’s top beaches for a refreshing summer

There’s nothing quite like a sandy beach and open ocean in the summer to wash away the fatigue of everyday stress. With long, stretching coastlines, Korea offers a variety of beaches for midsummer vacations, each with its own uni...

[Weekender] Backpack or bikini?

The sizzling heat and torrid humidity of summer is also synonymous with the season of rest, relaxation and the thrill of being in the great outdoors.  And whether it’s taking the sweltering heat like a bull by the horns, enjoyin...

[Weekender] Rash guard, a must-have beach item

While summer has always offered an excuse to show off some skin, this season, covering up has become more fashionable than shedding clothes. In lieu of scanty beachwear, the long-sleeved, narrow-necked rash guard has hit it big wi...

Home Cooking: Dak Kalguksu

 This boiling hot noodle soup is a popular summertime dish in Korea. Kalguksu literally means “knife noodles”, but it actually refers to a steaming hot noodle soup that’s traditionally made with handmade, knife-cut noodles. ...

[Weekender] Mountain valleys to check out this summer

With about 70 percent of land in South Korea covered by mountainous regions, hiking is a familiar and accessible pastime for many Koreans.During the summer, Koreans often visit the mountains and spend time in the valleys and river...

[Weekender] Night hiking, a respite from summer heat

(123rf) As the summer sun takes its toll on the best of outdoorsman, some are turning to night hiking. Exploring the wilderness in the dark is a whole new experience that simulates all one’s senses, enthusiasts say, if one only ...

Around the Hotels

Taste of Thailand at Sheraton D Cube City  Sheraton D Cube City Hotel is presenting authentic Thai dishes for its “Thai@Feast” promotion from Aug.7-27 at the hotel’s signature restaurant Feast on the 41st floor. The menu will...

[Travel Bits] Incheon Airport to hold summer concert

 The Incheon International Airport will hold cultural performances to help travelers beat the heat during this summer vacation season. The “Fantastic Summer Concert” will be held from July 28 to Aug. 2 at the airport’s Millen...

[Travel Bits] Korean Pavilion at Milan Expo attracts 1m visitors

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the Korean Pavilion at the Milan Expo saw more than 1 million visitors since it opened to the public in May.The ministry in partnership with the Korea Tourism Organization and ...