[Weekender] Arrival of winter guests

CHEORWON, Gangwon Province -- From October, hundreds of winged guests arrive at Cheorwon, a rural town near the northern border. On a long, arduous journey to southern wintering grounds, about 800 c...

Updated : 2016.11.18 18:26

[Weekender] Where to experience traditional Korean liquor hands-on

For those eager to learn about the history and making of traditional Korean alcohol, Seoul has a number of places dedicated to showcasing local liquor. One such place is The Sool Gallery, nestled in...

Updated : 2016.11.11 17:05

[Weekender] From Grandma’s home to store shelves, Boksoondoga makgeolli goes global

ULSAN -- A recipe for homemade rice wine that started out as one humble grandmother’s hobby is now well on its way to becoming one of the country’s top brands. Architect Kim Min-kyu and mathematic...

Updated : 2016.11.11 17:00

[Weekender] Traditional liquors diversify, enrich tastes in Korea

Before the colonial Japanese government imposed its liquor tax law here in 1909, the country’s alcohol scene was varied and vibrant, with local breweries concocting their own beverages. Korea’s ra...

Updated : 2016.11.11 13:20

[Weekender] Unfortunate legacies of Korean presidents

South Korea has had 11 presidents -- six of them directly elected -- but nearly all saw a gloomy end to their terms. Three were forced to step down, one was assassinated and another jumped to his dea...

Updated : 2016.11.04 17:50

[Weekender] Korea’s teetering presidency

Cheong Wa Dae and its inner workings are mostly veiled, apart from a museum about the history of former presidents and video clips of high-profile meetings aired on TV. So to many South Koreans, the...

Updated : 2016.11.04 17:46

[Weekender] Businesses tap into Halloween fever in Korea

Less than a decade ago, Halloween was nothing more than a fancy-dress party known to Koreans through Hollywood movies. Now, it’s common to see people here donning masks and capes and stores promote...

Updated : 2016.10.28 17:45

[Weekender] Halloween, a headache for some

Lee Suk-hee does not know much about Halloween, but last Sunday she found herself buying her first Halloween costume for her daughter. “I don’t really know what Halloween is,” she told The Korea ...

Updated : 2016.10.28 16:44

[Weekender] Seeking sanctuary from stressful city life

For 48-year-old Yeom Deok-gi, settling in the countryside had always been the dream. Now a mushroom farmer, the former soldier said the pressure of South Korea’s competitive and hectic society had ...

Updated : 2016.10.21 18:00

[Weekender] Chasing a rural dream

In much of the developed world, retirees dream of escaping the city and settling down in the countryside where the air is cleaner, and life is quieter and simpler. In South Korea’s hyper-competitiv...

Updated : 2016.10.21 17:47

[Weekender] Center supports urbanites’ rural dream

After hesitating for a long time, Choi Hyeong-tae, a 64-year-old retiree in Seoul, finally made up his mind to live in the countryside for the rest of his life. Then he faced the next question, “Wh...

Updated : 2016.10.21 17:24

[Weekender] Korean baseball’s big hit

When South Korea’s professional baseball league first began in 1982, it started small with a total season attendance of 1.4 million. Now, things have changed. A record number of 8 million fans flock...

Updated : 2016.10.14 17:35

[Weekender] En-chanting times at ball games

Spectators come in representative colors. Electrically amplified cheering and sing-alongs by fans of each team echo throughout ball parks. Cheerleaders, dancing along to K-pop hits during the breaks,...

Updated : 2016.10.14 17:33

[Weekender] Delectable wonders at baseball stadiums in Korea

Hot dogs and nachos are often associated with baseball in the United States. For Korean baseball fans, however, the range of options is far wider. The variety of food available at ball games is a bo...

Updated : 2016.10.14 17:29

[Weekender] Dare to have hair

Every morning, 32-year-old office worker surnamed Cho in Seoul meticulously sprays an anti-hair-loss medicine on his scalp. Despite his young age, hair care has been one of Cho’s inevitable routine...

Updated : 2016.10.07 17:39