[Weekender] Garden within doors

Amid the hustle and bustle of city life, indoor gardening connects city dwellers to nature, provides them a respite from the digital lifestyle for a moment and makes a fine hobby. And it does not hav...

Updated : 2017.01.13 17:17

[Weekender] Indoor plants as natural air purifiers

Amid all the talk about the danger of airborne ultrafine particles, Shin Gi-bbeum opted to bring indoors some plants that are known to purify the air, instead of purchasing costly air-purifying machi...

Updated : 2017.01.13 16:27

[Weekender] The rules of drinking alone

All lawyer Kim Eun-hye, 29, wanted was to be alone with a glass of wine after a draining day of consulting with clients, wading through legal paperwork, sitting through a tense office dinner and losi...

Updated : 2017.01.06 18:56

[Weekender] ‘Honsul,’ the art of savoring the tipsy self

With a pensive gaze, Park Si-in sips an old fashioned, a whiskey-based cocktail, at a dim, jazzy bistro nestled in a gentrified alley in Seoul. “I don’t think about anything,” she says. “I come ...

Updated : 2017.01.06 17:21

[Weekender] Table for one, please

One of the newest cultural trends sweeping the nation is all about the art of being alone. From eating, drinking, shopping and living solo, this new trend seems to defy the once cultural norm of “...

Updated : 2017.01.06 15:54

[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