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Reporter : Lee Hae-rin
Tue, February 27, 2024 | 08:07
Gangneung carries spirit of communal harmony through Danoje tradition
GANGNEUNG, Gangwon Province ― Dano is one of the three most celebrated holidays in Korean tradition along with Chuseok and the Lunar New Year. Fewer people may be observing this day of great festivity based on the agrarian cultures of the past, but it still remains the biggest local event in Gangneung, an eastern coastal city, two hours from Seoul by train.
Seosulla Street offers atmospheric, tasty stroll next to royal shrine in Seoul
Seoul is a mix of the past and present, where centuries of tradition and cutting-edge technology coexist. Skyscrapers and neon signboards surround royal palaces, while traditional Korean homes, known as “hanok,” in the older sections of the capital formerly called Hanyang, ...
Police expand probe into unregistered babies
Out of 209 reported cases of “ghost babies,” 193 are now under investigation, police said, Tuesday, raising concerns that there could be more cases of undocumented newborns caused due to a loophole in the country's childbirth management system.
Child care centers close, senior homes open as Korea's population declines
Over the past five years, Korea has witnessed the establishment of 13,000 new senior welfare centers, while around 10,000 child care centers have closed down, thus, reflecting the country's aging demographics and plummeting birthrate, recent government statistics show.
K-Family Festival seeks solutions to plunging birthrate
The inaugural K-Family Festival kicked off at Seoul City Hall, Thursday, aiming to convey the value of Korea's traditional family culture as a solution to the aging country's record-low fertility rate and family dissolution.
[INTERVIEW] Expert highlights importance of traditional family unit as solution to population crisis
Korea emerged from the ashes of the 1950-53 Korean War to become the fourth-largest economy in Asia and 12th-largest in the world. But the country is now suffering from a plunging birth rate and aging population. Korea's birth rate hit a record low last year, with an average of only 0.78 newborns expected per woman, which is significantly lower than the OECD average of betwee...
Record-high travel spending
Passengers queue for an international flight at a departure gate in Terminal 1 of Incheon International Airport, Sunday. With outbound travel on the rise, Korea's top five travel apps ― Yanolja, Goodchoice, Agoda, AirBnB and ― set a record in May, with combined spending exceeding 800 billion won ($607 million), according to a report by Wiseapp Retail Goods. The figur...
Rainbow flags fly despite opposition at Seoul's queer festival
The 24th Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF) was held Saturday on the hot asphalt roads in downtown Seoul's Euljiro area instead of its usual venue, the grassy Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall. Undeterred by the scorching heat and conservative opposition, tens of thousands gathered to celebrate the identity and diversity of sexual minorities.
Korea to extend electronic travel authorization validity to spur inbound tourism
Korea plans to simplify immigration procedures for inbound travelers by extending the electronic travel authorization validity from two to three years and exempt the young and old from applying for e-travel authorization in advance.
Jeonju's hidden alleys perfect place for 'gastroventures'
JEONJU, North Jeolla Province - Two hours from Seoul by KTX bullet train, Jeonju is known for its historical pedigree given that it is the hometown of the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom's founder, Yi Seong-gye.