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Reporter : Lee Hae-rin
Sun, December 4, 2022 | 11:25
Is tattooing art or medical practice?
Tattooing has continued to spark debate after a long history of social stigma in Korea. Since the 20th century, tattoos have long been negatively associated with organized crime in Korea. Gangsters adopted the Japanese yakuza's practice to ink frightening drawings of tigers, snakes, goblins and dragons on their skin, often big enough to cover their entire arms and upper bodie...
Court rules against tattooing by unlicensed practitioners
The Constitutional Court upheld its previous ruling against tattooing by practitioners who do not hold a medical degree. On Thursday, the top court ruled against a tattooist who claimed tattooing is a form of art, not a medical practice, and thus tattooists can perform their trade without having to go through medical school.
Seoul city under fire for alleged discrimination against foreign brides in transport subsidy
The Seoul Metropolitan Government came under fire for its allegedly discriminative transportation subsidy ...
Foreign minister meets Kishida
Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin, left, poses with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during their meeting at the latter's residence in Tokyo, Tuesday. Courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
[EXCLUSIVE] With tough love, Son Heung-min's father nurtures teen footballers
CHUNCHEON - Keenly watching 11 young athletes dribbling on the pitch with his piercing eyes, Son Woong-jung, 60, the father of English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min, shouts, “Stay focused! Don't be distracted! Don't let the ball fall!” His thunder-like voice splits the air over the football field. The teenagers listen intently to what he says and...
[INTERVIEW] Contactless technology to reduce passenger stress amid COVID resurgence
Traveling overseas can be a stressful experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. To relieve such jitters, airports need to step up efforts for digital transformation and technological innovation to help passengers travel without worries amid a resurgence of COVID 19 infections led by a new and highly-transmissible variant, according to the Asia-Pacific chief of an international...
Seoul queer festival returns amid conservative opposition
The 23rd Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF) was held on Saturday in Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall to celebrate the identity and diversity of sexual minorities amid strong opposition from conservative Christian protesters. The annual event that started in 2000 went on a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's slogan was “Let's live, unite, and go forward...
Lotte Hotel Seoul rolls out specialized packages reflecting latest trends
The number of inbound travelers has grown rapidly since the government eased most travel restrictions earlier this year to boost the travel and tourism industry.
Fallen Korean War soldiers' last days unearthed
DAEJEON - Sergeant First Class Lim Byung-ho was 23 years old when his life was cut tragically short in the middle of the Korean War. Having married a month before its start, he was called upon to join the military in order to defend the freedom and democracy of the nation, which were in peril due to North Korea's invasion. Leaving his wife and a newborn baby behind, he answer...
Incheon airport prepares to handle tourism rebound
Incheon International Airport, the country's busiest international air transport hub, will expand services and personnel to meet the recently eased travel restrictions for the summer holiday season, Incheon International Airport Corp. (IIAC) announced, Thursday. In the first half of this year, the airport saw more than 3.93 million international passengers, which is a 233.2 p...