[Weekender] Rice-cake soup remains Seollal staple

A family gathers around a traditional breakfast table laden with special dishes to celebrate the Lunar New Year, including tteokguk. (Korea Tourism Organization) Tteokguk, that steaming bowl of hot ...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:39

[Weekender] Korea strives to revive fading interest in traditional clothes

A customer shops for hanbok for her children at Lotte Mart Seoul Station ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. While fewer adults wear the traditional Korean clothes, the demand for children’s hanbok...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:34

[Weekender] Asia rings in colorful Lunar New Year

Seollal, which falls on Jan. 31 this year, involves a lot of hectic food preparations and family gatherings, but Koreans are not the only people observing it. Though practices differ, a version of S...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:31

[Weekender] Celebrating Seollal in old Korean fashion

Visitors tie together their talisman fortunes at Namsangol Hanok Village as part of Lunar New Year actitvities. (Korea Herald file photo) Seollal, the Lunar New Year, is one of the most celebrated ...

Updated : 2014.01.24 20:30

[Weekender] Dokdo: Perpetual flashpoint in Korea-Japan relations

Dokdo (Korea Coast Guard) In A.D. 512, Gen. Kim Isabu was on a mission to conquer an island country off the east coast of the peninsula. To defeat the tribesmen, who were notoriously ferocious and a...

Updated : 2014.01.17 21:20

[Weekender] History contradicts Japan’s claim

A statue of An Yong-bok in Busan (The Korea Herald file photo) Everything about the Dokdo islets is common knowledge among older Koreans: their history, marine life, climate, rainfall and even exac...

Updated : 2014.01.17 21:12

[Weekender] ‘Logic, knowledge key to resolution’

Yuji Hosaka (Yoon Byung-chan/The Korea Herald) Yuji Hosaka, born in Japan, harbored good feelings toward Korea from childhood when he was charmed by its singers, sports stars and the friends of his ...

Updated : 2014.01.17 20:51

[Weekender] Dokdo’s promising resources, ecology

Postage stamps designed by the South Korean NGO VANK to commemorate “Dokdo Day” (The Korea Herald file photo) With its unique location and natural history, Dokdo boasts ample fishing grounds, unt...

Updated : 2014.01.17 20:51

[Weekender] Korea, to go

CJ Korea Express’ hub terminal in Daejeon is the nation’s largest logistics center. (CJ Korea Express) There are few things that cannot be delivered in this short-tempered, fast-moving and tightly...

Updated : 2014.01.10 20:37

[Weekender] Fast, cheap and convenient

“Quick service” messengers in Seoul. (The Korea Herald file photo) On a Saturday morning, a middle-aged man in a black leather jacket cuts between vehicles on a motorbike to reach the head of the ...

Updated : 2014.01.10 20:30

[Weekender] Safety is key for women customers

A delivery locker in Guro district of southern Seoul. (Seoul Metropolitan Government) On a Saturday night, I felt a sudden urge for instant noodles, a pack of frozen dumplings, tofu and some other t...

Updated : 2014.01.10 20:29

[Weekender] Mobile food order apps seek to go mainstream

South Korean students, office workers, singles and especially those who find it frustrating to stand in queues see home-delivered food as a blessing. Only a couple of years ago, they used to reach fo...

Updated : 2014.01.10 20:28

[Weekender] Drones for delivery?

U.S. retail giant Amazon is developing a prototype of a drone for its “Prime Air” delivery system. (Bloomberg) A drone-based delivery system currently under development has raised hopes for faster...

Updated : 2014.01.10 20:24

[Weekender] Riding into the new year

Racehorses compete at Seoul Race Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province. (KRA) While the horses are used for leisurely riding in modern Korea, people on the peninsula have had a relationship with the a...

Updated : 2014.01.03 21:10

[Weekender] Korea’s horse racing industry goes global

Racehorses sprint for the finishing post at Seoul Racing Park in Gwacheon. (KRA) In recent years, Korea’s horse racing industry has gained the spotlight from the global market. The nation’s raceho...

Updated : 2014.01.03 20:58