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[Weekender] Check in to Hotel Korea

Hotels seem to be the best business in Korea to be in right now. Tourism is booming in Korea with a record number of visitors ― of which the Chinese take up nearly half. Last year’s historic milesto...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:26

Gwangju Universiade to offer cultural festivals

The 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju between July 3 and 14 will not just be about college athletes and teams from around the world completing for shiny medals.The sports gala will also hold festival...

Updated : 2015.05.14 18:54

‘Hello, Mr. K’ concert series invites expats

The Korean Culture and Information Service said on Thursday that it would launch a program called “Hello, Mr. K,” aimed at promoting the Korean culture and arts to foreigners living in the country.The agency, which is part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will begin the se...

Updated : 2015.05.14 18:51

Tracing Korea’s traditional shoemaking

No outfit is complete without shoes. But when it comes to the hanbok look in modern times, a vital part has been missing. Platform heels or loafers have replaced shoes traditionally matched with a han...

Updated : 2015.05.12 19:08

Brilliant birthday for Buddha at Lotus Lantern Fest

Once again, the Seoul night skies will be lit up with colorful orbs celebrating Buddha’s Birthday, as the Lotus Lantern Festival approaches this year on May 15.Held annually since over 1,300 years ag...

Updated : 2015.05.11 20:50

[Weekender] A wealth of multiplex malls to choose from

Whether it is groceries, clothing, furniture, jewelry or electronics, shopping has never been easier than in South Korea, where it is possible to buy just about anything from the comforts of one’s ho...

Updated : 2015.05.08 20:09

[Weekender] From shopping centers to shopping experience

The start of shopping malls in Korea is hard to pinpoint. Up until the late 1990s, the concept of a “mall” was not established. People who were looking to buy new items would head to big traditional market areas like Dongdaemun or Namdaemun, or to the clusters of underground shops locate...

Updated : 2015.05.08 20:05

A glimpse into Park Soo-keun’s world

Children play in an alleyway. Women wash clothes by a stream. Girls carry their baby sisters and brothers on their backs. These are the scenes from the lives of ordinary Korean people in the 1950s and...

Updated : 2015.05.05 20:49

[Herald Interview] MapleStory ― 12 years old and still growing

Koo Kyo-seong has a lot on his mind these days.Whether riding his skateboard during lunch hour or sitting at his office desk surrounded by animated figurines, all Koo thinks about is how to make “Map...

Updated : 2015.05.03 19:42

Korea’s mountain temples seek UNESCO recognition

GONGJU, South Chungcheong Province ― Nestled in the hills of Mount Taehwasan sits Magoksa Temple, a serene haven with cozy tiled-roof shrines dotting sprawling courtyards and a five-story stone pagod...

Updated : 2015.04.30 19:06

Parents, kids differ on gift choice: survey

With Children’s Day looming, many Korean parents are looking for gift items that can satisfy the whims of their kids without breaking the bank. According to a survey by online shopping mall 11st, a t...

Updated : 2015.04.29 19:01

How to keep your little ones amused on Children’s Day

With Children’s Day just around the corner on May 5, many Korean parents are stressing over how to entertain their kids on the special day. Designated a national holiday in 1975, the day is devoted t...

Updated : 2015.04.29 19:00

Rare shamanism archive unveiled

Despite the long history of shamanism in Korea, remaining shamanistic relics and records are considerably few partly due to oppression following the dominance of Confucianism and modernization. Folklo...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:04

[Weekender] Itaewon -- where Korea meets the Islamic world

On a drizzly afternoon in Itaewon, Seoul, people busily walk up and down the hilly street leading to Korea‘s largest Islamic mosque.The 200-meter street looks like any other in the city. But these days, “The Islamic street,” as it is better known as, is frequented by Muslims and is home...

Updated : 2015.04.27 10:39

[Herald Interview] From teacher’s podium to center stage

After one live performance and just one email, the life of English teacher Micah Hein took a dramatic turn. A little over a year ago, the 24-year-old American theater major arrived in Korea ― traveli...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:06