[Weekender] Headline-makers of 2016

Choi Soon-sil Choi Soon-sil attends her first trial at the Seoul Central District Court on Dec. 19. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald) It would be hard to find a South Korean adult now who does not k...

Updated : 2016.12.30 17:50

[Weekender] Farewell to 2016

In 2016 South Korea struggled with a historic triple whammy -- political chaos set off by a presidential scandal, ever-deepening economic difficulties and diplomatic and security woes in the wake of ...

Updated : 2016.12.30 16:54

[Weekender] Charity fundraising meets ICT

Salvation Army’s red Christmas kettles and bell ringers landed here in 1928 and have withstood South Korea‘s harsh winters ever since. It seems though, it won’t be long before they disappear and a...

Updated : 2016.12.23 20:11

[Weekender] Talent donation sets new trend for community service

Lee Bo-ra, a 39-year-old housewife with three kids in Seoul, volunteered to read tales for children at a community cultural center in her neighborhood every Saturday for about a year. “I didn’t kn...

Updated : 2016.12.23 20:07

[Weekender] Donations, for all, by all

Come Christmas season, charity pots and kettles are pulled out to remind people that the holidays are a time of giving, even to someone they don’t know. But for 31-year-old office worker Song Jung-...

Updated : 2016.12.23 19:53

[Weekender] Convenience stores’ private brands hit big

Convenience stores have long been a part of South Korea’s quick, fast-changing lifestyle, and they have now taken a step further by producing their own private brands. What makes their private bran...

Updated : 2016.12.16 19:52

[Weekender] At your convenience

Ethan Kim, a 33-year-old marketer living in Seoul, says he cannot remember the last time he was in a grocery store. “I do most of my shopping online,” he says. “Everything else, I buy at a conven...

Updated : 2016.12.16 19:51

[Weekender] Convenience stores team up with services firms

Korean convenience stores, arguably a slump-free business in times of weak local demand, are increasingly teaming up with services firms to attract more customers and to differentiate their business ...

Updated : 2016.12.16 17:56

[Weekender] The art of writing in spotlight again

The rapid adoption of digital devices in recent years is reshaping the concept of writing. A growing number of people view writing as a synonym of typing on PC or taking notes on their smartphones. ...

Updated : 2016.12.02 17:36

[Weekender] Hangeul calligraphy goes mainstream

There was a time when Chinese character calligraphers criticized Hangeul calligraphy for being “too unsophisticated.” Luckily, a few calligraphers ignored the comments and mastered their craft in ...

Updated : 2016.12.02 17:32

[Weekender] Beautiful writing goes beyond words

Nestled in the design books section of Kyobo Book Center in Gwanghwamun, Seoul, calligraphy workbooks are displayed in a separate stall as a special collection. According to Kyobo Book Center, call...

Updated : 2016.12.02 17:24

[Weekender] Ajae rise as key customers in trendy modern industries

Gone are the days of men waiting in the resting area while their wife or girlfriend shops for them. South Korea’s middle-aged men are redefining their culture from the outdated and unattractive ima...

Updated : 2016.11.25 16:46

[Weekender] Ajae, the new middle-aged man

Brian Bae, 40, recently wrote on his Facebook wall, “I can’t believe it’s the 20th anniversary of the launch of Diablo -- yet more evidence that I’ve become an ajae.” Diablo is a popular role pl...

Updated : 2016.11.25 16:31

[Weekender] Middle-aged men's fashion loosens up

What was once a staple outfit for middle-aged men -- dress shirts and stoic suits -- is now considered outdated as they opt for a less formal look. Nowadays, it is more common to see men in their 40...

Updated : 2016.11.25 16:30

[Weekender] Best places for winter bird-watching

Migratory birds visit South Korea from around October as the air begins to grow cool, heralding the change in season. These winged guests come annually from Russia, China and Mongolia, flying withou...

Updated : 2016.11.18 18:30