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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Sun, January 29, 2023 | 14:18
'Revenge spending' gains momentum in Korea
Lee Ha-kyung, a 29-year-old office worker in Seoul, recently booked a flight ticket to Spain scheduled for early July. Due to a recent hike in ticket prices, she had to pay about 2 million won for a round-trip flight, nearly double the price compared to that of pre-COVID-19 levels. But she said she doesn't regret it.
Ruling party sweeps elections to select Seoul's district heads
In the local elections held on Wednesday, the ruling People Power Party (PPP) enjoyed a sweeping victory in the races for district office heads in Seoul, staging a successful comeback after its crushing defeat to the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) in the 2018 local elections.
Slow pace seen at polling stations in Seoul reflects low voter turnout
The local elections on June 1 were marked by clear skies and warm weather, which apparently created a perfect environment for many people to bypass the polling stations and head outdoors for picnics instead. In fact, the fair weather may have been one of the culprits behind the low voter turnout. Voters began to trickle into a polling station in Hongeun-dong, Seodaemun Distri...
Foreign-born voters feel invisible in local elections
A record-high number of over 120,000 immigrants are eligible to vote in the local elections slated for Wednesday, reflecting the rapidly growing foreign population in Korea. While the local elections are the only chance for residents of foreign nationality to express their opinions through voting, many of them are left feeling helpless due to limited access to information abo...
Animal abandonment increases amid eased social distancing
While pandemic isolation and loneliness led to an increase in pet adoptions over the past two years in Korea, the trend seems to be coming to an end, as the country is seeing a surge of animal abandonment amid the eased social distancing measures.
[SPECIAL REPORT] Asylum-seekers create Myanmartown from scratch in Bupyeong
Bupyeong, INCHEON - Bupyeong District in Incheon, west of Seoul, may be best known for its huge underground shopping center and vibrant nightlife. But off the main street near exit 5 of Bupyeong Station are hidden several restaurants and grocery stores with colorful signs written in Burmese. In this small yet bustling “Myanmartown,” it is common to see groups of Southeast Asi...
Will government establish new immigration agency?
Discussions over the possible launch of a new government agency encompassing migrant-related policies are expected to pick up speed under the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, as newly-appointed Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon vowed to carry out advanced immigration policies. Migrant experts welcomed the ministry's plan and called for the swift establishment of the immigration age...
Ceremony held for 'No Hate Comments Day'
Students and teachers from over 40 schools in the country have participated in a seven-day campaign from May 17 to 23, calling for the eradication of malicious comments online, according to the Sunfull Foundation. The foundation also held a virtual ceremony on Monday, marking “No Hate Comments Day.”
Labor union opposes resumption of late-night subway operations
Unionized workers of Seoul Metro are strongly protesting against the city government's plan to resume late-night subway operations, a measure proposed to tackle the worsening nighttime taxi shortage in the capital
Korea, US agree to establish global health security office in Seoul
Korea and the United States have agreed to establish a global health security (GHS) office in Seoul, which is expected to increase Korea's role in the US-led health security initiative.