[Around the hotels] Round up of hotel events and news

Grand Hyatt Seoul presents bingsu menu Grand Hyatt Seoul’s lobby lounge presents the Grand bingsu menu from May 1, more than a month ahead of the season. The hotel presents six kinds of bingsu with various fruits and sauces incl...

Korea’s first vegan festival offers variety

Korea hosted its first ever vegan festival at the Seoul Innovation Center in Eunpyeong-gu last Sunday where an array of products and foods that are based on the concept of all things void of animal relevance was on display. Globa...

[Home Cooking] Pickled garlic (maneul jangajji)

Pickled garlic (maneul jangajji) is a staple side dish in Korea. The garlic cloves are first soaked in a vinegar brine for a few days and then pickled in a soy brine. Through this two-step process, the garlic loses much of its pun...

[Travel bits] Round up of travel news

 Ulsan Grand Park Rose FestivalUlsan Grand Park Rose Festival has launched its 11th annual rose garden festivities. Held every year since 2005, this year’s festival exhibits roughly 3 million roses in a 44,737-square-meter rose ...

[Weekender] ‘Chi-maek’ spuns culture of its own

Move over Colonel Sanders, because KFC is starting to take on a whole new meaning -- Korean Fried Chicken. Korea’s popular pairing of fried chicken with ice-cold draft beer -- or what locals refer to as “chi-maek” -- has spun a...

[EYE] Pictures speak louder than words

Sometimes words just can’t express how you feel when you “speak” to someone on a mobile messenger app. Instantly, you go through different emoticons offered by the messenger service and choose what fits your state of mind, send...

[Weekender] How chicken may or may not be ruining your health

Although “chi-maek” -- a word play referring to fried chicken and beer -- continues to be one of the most popular snacks among Koreans, some health experts have been warning on its harmful health effects.It is not the ingredient...

[Weekender] Fried chicken lovers, get your hands busy

Just the sound of it makes one’s mouth water. In every bite -- from the crisp chicken skin to the juicy meat inside -- come plenty of reasons for its nationwide popularity, regardless of age and gender.   Either marinated or co...

Market festival draws from traditional, modern Korean cultures

A festival that allows tourists to experience both traditional and modern Korean cultures kicked off at a historic marketplace in downtown Seoul on Thursday.There are three "zones" at the 2016 Namdaemun Market Global Festival, wit...

Rare Shakespeare first edition sold for nearly 2m pounds

LONDON (AFP) - A rare first edition of British playwright William Shakespeare’s works from 1623 sold for 1.87 million pounds ($2.75 million) at Christie’s on Wednesday, the auction house said.A private U.S. collector bought the ...

Korean pavilion opens at Venice Architecture Biennale

VENICE, Italy (Yonhap) -- Korea on Thursday unveiled its pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Italy, two days ahead of the official opening on Saturday. The biannual event, under the title of “Rep...

Writers share Wodehouse comic fiction prize, win a pig

LONDON (AP) -- Satires set in financial-crisis Ireland and the high-end art world share this year’s Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, whose rewards include a bottle of champagne and a pig. Paul Murray’s “Th...

Helen Mirren to narrate audiobook for Beatrix Potter story

NEW YORK (AP) -- Helen Mirren’s latest role is audio only. The award-winning British actress is narrating the recently rediscovered Beatrix Potter story “The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots,” Penguin Random House told The Associated Pr...

Native groups protest planned French auction of artifacts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Native American leaders are protesting the latest plan by a Paris auction house to sell off part of their tribal history, and their demand for the return of their ceremonial objects is getting bipartisan support...

Friends, Romans: Help restore Rome's ruins, monuments

ROME (AP) -- Friends, Romans, countrymen! Oh yes, and countrywomen. And people in far-flung nations. Everyone, basically. Rome is seeking all the sponsors it can find to fund the monumental job of restoring and maintaining its hun...