[Weekender] Desire for healthy hair boosts industry

Walking up to the second floor of one of the biggest branches of a leading health and cosmetics chain, Olive Young, what catches your eye is the hair products section. The size of the section -- wit...

Updated : 2016.10.07 16:43

[Weekender] Tourism or preservation -- what are zoos for?

South Korea’s filmmaker Hwang Yoon shot a movie titled “Farewell” in 2002 featuring a baby tiger who lives at a zoo in Seoul. Being born out of incest encouraged by zookeepers, the little tiger –...

Updated : 2016.09.30 17:16

[Weekender] ‘Zookeeping requires constant study’

Han Hyo-dong, 58, a master zookeeper supervising carnivores including tigers and leopards at Seoul Zoo, first joined the zoo’s animal welfare team in 1985. Seoul Zoo, located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-...

Updated : 2016.09.30 17:12

[Weekender] A day at the zoo

A day for zookeeper Han Hyo-dong, Seoul Zoo’s master zookeeper who has worked there for the past 32 years, begins at 6 a.m. At the crack of dawn, he arrives at his office next to the Beast Pavillio...

Updated : 2016.09.30 17:08

[Weekender] Frustrated youth seek opportunities overseas, but reality is harsh

On an early September morning, Jung Yun-jin arrived in Seoul from her hometown of Busan. Clad in a black jacket and skirt with neatly combed hair, she was to attend a 30-minute job interview for a K...

Updated : 2016.09.23 17:59

[Weekender] Cramming for a Samsung job

As the summer heat fades, the cooler weather heralds not just autumn but also the nation’s biggest hiring season. It’s a crunch time for college graduates and graduates-to-be, who have been polish...

Updated : 2016.09.23 17:57

[Weekender] Tough job market prompts stiff competition to build ‘specs’

For 25-year-old student Chung Yu-jin, it has become routine to head to a cafe every morning to search for job openings and squeeze her life story into the limited space on application forms in the ho...

Updated : 2016.09.23 17:51

[Weekender] Elusive jobs, elusive dreams

Finding one’s first job can be a difficult task. But in a country where over 70 percent of high school graduates advance to four-year universities and the economy is visibly slowing with a bag of s...

Updated : 2016.09.23 17:49

[Weekender] Retailers roll out 'legally possible' Chuseok gifts

The country’s second-largest national holiday is less than a week away, but the mood in the retail industry this year is less upbeat than before, with consumers conscious of the anti-bribery law that...

Updated : 2016.09.09 18:01

[Weekender] Making full use of Chuseok leftovers

Chuseok is usually a time of gluttony. Meals during the Korean Thanksgiving holiday typically include copious amounts of the following: “jeon,” slices of vegetables, fish, or meat thinly coated in...

Updated : 2016.09.09 17:38

[Weekender] Dealing with holiday stress in all shapes and sizes

Chuseok, or the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving in the West, offers Koreans a few days' break in September, but it can turn out to be both physically and psychologically draining. In traditional h...

Updated : 2016.09.09 17:32

[Weekender] Activities galore for expats this Chuseok

Chuseok, or the Korean Thanksgiving, is one of the country’s biggest holidays, and traditionally spent at home with family and loved ones. The occasion is widely considered to be about good food an...

Updated : 2016.09.09 17:23

[Weekender] Do hangover cures actually work?

On the morning after a night of heavy drinking, many hungover Koreans feel better after having a bowl of hearty, spicy soup. There is a plethora of choices -- soybean sprout soup and ox bone spicy ...

Updated : 2016.09.02 18:11

[Weekender] How do Koreans relieve a hangover?

Kim Jae-hwan, who drinks heavily at least three times a week to socialize with his co-workers, had to find a magic cure to relieve his hangovers so he could work as usual the next morning. His routin...

Updated : 2016.09.02 17:51

[Weekender] Gukbap, a warm pot of consolation for the weary

When hungover, most Koreans almost instinctively crave a hot pot of soup, or haejang-guk, hoping that the warm spicy liquid will soothe the unwanted consequences of boozing. While the question of wh...

Updated : 2016.09.02 16:26