[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 South Korea’s middle-aged men are redefining their culture from the outdated and unattractive ima...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What was once a staple outfit for middle-aged men -- dress shirts and stoic suits -- is now considered outdated as they opt for a less formal look.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

[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