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  1. Celebrating Korea-Czech relations
    Visitors to the National Museum of Korea take a look at Bohemian glass relics at a special exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Czech Republic, Monday. The exhibition runs until April 26. / Yonhap
    Visitors to the National Museum of Korea take a look at Bohemian glass relics at a special exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Czech Republic, Monday. The exhibition runs until April 26. / Yonhap
  2. To-be-built dormitory
    Ewha Womans University President Kim Sun-uk, right, points to an artist’s rendering of a dormitory planned for the school’s campus in Seoul, Tuesday, during a groundbreaking ceremony. Those listening to her are, from left, Choi Kyung-hee, the next president of the university; Chang Myong-sue, head of Ewha Haktang; Yoon Hoo-jung, Ewha’s honorary president; and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon./ Courtesy of Ewha Womans University
    Ewha Womans University President Kim Sun-uk, right, points to an artist’s rendering of a dormitory planned for the school’s campus in Seoul, Tuesday, during a groundbreaking ceremony. Those listening to her are, from left, Choi Kyung-hee, the next president of the university; Chang Myong-sue, head of Ewha Haktang; Yoon Hoo-jung, Ewha’s honorary president; and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon./ Courtesy of Ewha Womans University
  3. Return of Goryeo treasure
    An ancient chest used to store Buddhist texts is on display during a ceremony at the National Museum of Korea, Tuesday. The nation’s flagship museum acquired the rare Goryeo Kingdom (918—1392) heritage from a Japanese collector./ Yonhap
    An ancient chest used to store Buddhist texts is on display during a ceremony at the National Museum of Korea, Tuesday. The nation’s flagship museum acquired the rare Goryeo Kingdom (918—1392) heritage from a Japanese collector./ Yonhap
  4. Beauty pageant
    2014 Miss Korea Kim Seo-yeon, 22, waves after winning the annual pageant at the Olympic Hall in the Olympic Park, southern Seoul, Tuesday. The first runners-up were Lee Seo-bin, 21, and Shin Su-min, 20; the second runners-up were Kim Myeong-seon, 21, Sarah Lee, 23, Baek Ji-hyun, 21, and Ryu So-ra, 20. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, organized the beauty contest./ Korea Times photo by Wang Tae-seok
    2014 Miss Korea Kim Seo-yeon, 22, waves after winning the annual pageant at the Olympic Hall in the Olympic Park, southern Seoul, Tuesday. The first runners-up were Lee Seo-bin, 21, and Shin Su-min, 20; the second runners-up were Kim Myeong-seon, 21, Sarah Lee, 23, Baek Ji-hyun, 21, and Ryu So-ra, 20. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, organized the beauty contest./ Korea Times photo by Wang Tae-seok
  5. Dami Im in Seoul
    Dami Im, who was the winner of the Australian audition program “The X-Factor” last year sings at the showcase for her debut  album “Dami Im” in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. / Yonhap
    Dami Im, who was the winner of the Australian audition program “The X-Factor” last year sings at the showcase for her debut  album “Dami Im” in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. / Yonhap
  6. Ready for new album in Japan
    Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong, a member of K-pop group SS501, unveiled his photo to be included in his upcoming single album which will be released in June in Japan. The album titled “Hot Sun” will be his fourth single to be released in Japan. / Courtesy of Key East
    Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong, a member of K-pop group SS501, unveiled his photo to be included in his upcoming single album which will be released in June in Japan. The album titled “Hot Sun” will be his fourth single to be released in Japan. / Courtesy of Key East
  7. Snowy day in Seoul [PHOTOS]
    Visitors walk around Gyeongbok Palace amid falling snow in central Seoul, Jan. 17. Snowfall is expected for the greater Seoul area Wednesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. YonhapTwo women dressed in hanbok take photos at Gyeongbok Palace on a snowy day in Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapSnow falls on Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapA pedestrian walks along a snow-blanketed path in central Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapPeople walk on a snow-covered sidewalk as snow falls in Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapPeople walk through the snow near Yongsan Station in Seoul, Jan. 17. Yonhap
    Visitors walk around Gyeongbok Palace amid falling snow in central Seoul, Jan. 17. Snowfall is expected for the greater Seoul area Wednesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. YonhapTwo women dressed in hanbok take photos at Gyeongbok Palace on a snowy day in Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapSnow falls on Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapA pedestrian walks along a snow-blanketed path in central Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapPeople walk on a snow-covered sidewalk as snow falls in Seoul, Jan. 17. YonhapPeople walk through the snow near Yongsan Station in Seoul, Jan. 17. Yonhap
  8. Ushering in new beginnings! [PHOTOS]
    Feet firmly planted amid breaking waves on the seashore, a fisherman powerfully flings his net into the waters in the early morning of Dec. 22 at Yeomjeon Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. Against the rising golden sun, also being flung are perhaps the fisherman's hopes for a good catch in a full net. In Korea, they say, “To judge a man, look at his back.” The stout silhouette of the fisherman seems to speak of layers of honest labor, wishes harbored and disappointments swallowed. Not to be deterred, the fisherman will return to his toil the following day, as too, so will we ― after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic ― to hold strong in 2022. Welcome to the New Year. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulThe first sun of the New Year rises at Ganjeolgot Cape in the southeastern city of Ulsan where people watched the first sunrise on the Korean Peninsula, Jan. 1. YonhapA visitor makes the sign of a heart with their fingers while watching the first sunrise of the New Year at Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Jan. 1. YonhapA man watches the birth of his granddaughter, the first baby born in Korea in 2022, online due to concerns over COVID-19, at a hospital in Gangnam District, Seoul, Jan. 1. YonhapFireworks are seen in night sky over Pyongyang as a part of a New Year ceremony that started from 11 p.m., Dec. 31, in this video grab from North Korea's official Korean Central Television, Jan. 1. YonhapThe sun rises behind a giant tiger installation at Gwangalli Beach, Busan, on New Year's Eve, as the year 2022, the “Year of the Black Tiger” in the Chinese zodiac, approaches. YonhapPeople watch the last sunrise of 2021 at Jeongdongjin Beach, one of the popular sunrise spots, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Dec. 31. YonhapA “2022” sculpture is installed at Sokcho Beach, Gangwon Province, Dec. 31. YonhapA medical worker walks past a wall, where people have posted messages of support for healthcare workers on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, at Kyungpook National University Hospital in Daegu, Dec. 31. YonhapMedical workers at the COVID-19 quarantine ward in the Korean Armed Forces Capital Hospital, Gyeonggi Province, hold hopeful messages for 2022 on small posters. Yonhap
    Feet firmly planted amid breaking waves on the seashore, a fisherman powerfully flings his net into the waters in the early morning of Dec. 22 at Yeomjeon Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province. Against the rising golden sun, also being flung are perhaps the fisherman's hopes for a good catch in a full net. In Korea, they say, “To judge a man, look at his back.” The stout silhouette of the fisherman seems to speak of layers of honest labor, wishes harbored and disappointments swallowed. Not to be deterred, the fisherman will return to his toil the following day, as too, so will we ― after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic ― to hold strong in 2022. Welcome to the New Year. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulThe first sun of the New Year rises at Ganjeolgot Cape in the southeastern city of Ulsan where people watched the first sunrise on the Korean Peninsula, Jan. 1. YonhapA visitor makes the sign of a heart with their fingers while watching the first sunrise of the New Year at Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Jan. 1. YonhapA man watches the birth of his granddaughter, the first baby born in Korea in 2022, online due to concerns over COVID-19, at a hospital in Gangnam District, Seoul, Jan. 1. YonhapFireworks are seen in night sky over Pyongyang as a part of a New Year ceremony that started from 11 p.m., Dec. 31, in this video grab from North Korea's official Korean Central Television, Jan. 1. YonhapThe sun rises behind a giant tiger installation at Gwangalli Beach, Busan, on New Year's Eve, as the year 2022, the “Year of the Black Tiger” in the Chinese zodiac, approaches. YonhapPeople watch the last sunrise of 2021 at Jeongdongjin Beach, one of the popular sunrise spots, in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Dec. 31. YonhapA “2022” sculpture is installed at Sokcho Beach, Gangwon Province, Dec. 31. YonhapA medical worker walks past a wall, where people have posted messages of support for healthcare workers on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, at Kyungpook National University Hospital in Daegu, Dec. 31. YonhapMedical workers at the COVID-19 quarantine ward in the Korean Armed Forces Capital Hospital, Gyeonggi Province, hold hopeful messages for 2022 on small posters. Yonhap
  9. White Christmas in Korea [PHOTOS]
    A girl builds a snowman near Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapPeople walk along a snow-covered trail along Gyeongpo Lake in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapA woman takes a photo of a snowy landscape at Gyeongpo Lake in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapSnow is piled up along the streets and on tree branches following heavy snowfall in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapPeople shovel snow following heavy snowfall in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapA road is covered with heavy snow in the city of Sokcho, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapA resident removes snow from a street to make a path in Yangyang County, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapCars parked outside are covered with heavy snow in the city of Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, Dec. 26. As of 6 a.m. on Sunday, Mokpo had received 14.8 centimeters of snow. YonhapA person walks along a snow-covered street on Jeju Island, Dec. 26. The Korea Meteorological Administration put a heavy snow alert into effect for the island. Heavy snowfall is expected there until Monday. Yonhap
    A girl builds a snowman near Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapPeople walk along a snow-covered trail along Gyeongpo Lake in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapA woman takes a photo of a snowy landscape at Gyeongpo Lake in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapSnow is piled up along the streets and on tree branches following heavy snowfall in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapPeople shovel snow following heavy snowfall in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapA road is covered with heavy snow in the city of Sokcho, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapA resident removes snow from a street to make a path in Yangyang County, Gangwon Province, on Christmas Day. YonhapCars parked outside are covered with heavy snow in the city of Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, Dec. 26. As of 6 a.m. on Sunday, Mokpo had received 14.8 centimeters of snow. YonhapA person walks along a snow-covered street on Jeju Island, Dec. 26. The Korea Meteorological Administration put a heavy snow alert into effect for the island. Heavy snowfall is expected there until Monday. Yonhap
  10. Haenyeo with big grins [PHOTOS]
    Diving for family: A woman diver lugs a bag of shellfish she gathered from the seabed. She has shouldered the burden of being a breadwinner to support her family. Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonBy Kang Hyun-kyung“When you discover abalone while diving down into the sea, go for it. But if you see it while swimming up to the water’s surface, don’t even think about it.”This is a common safety tip among haenyeo, or the women divers of Jeju Island. Depending on each diver’s capacity, these women hold their breath for a minute or so while gathering shellfish under the sea. Around the time they ascend to the water’s surface, they have almost reached their physical limit. So if they are distracted by a small gain on their way to the surface, they could lose much more -- their life.A woman diver swims up to the water’s surface with an octopus in hand. Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonEach time they descend beneath the waves, they risk their lives. This potentially fatal nature of their profession makes the haenyeo stay alert at all times while working. They rarely open their hearts to strangers. A haenyeo with a big smile on her face is a rare scene to see in real life or a photograph. Documentary photographer Yang Jong-hoon’s images of haenyeo are rare, partly because he captured these women with innocent smiles.Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonHis photography received attention as this year marks the fifth anniversary of the haenyeo being inscribed on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.The haenyeo, who juggle two to three other jobs in order to make a living, feel at home when they work with the Jeju-born photographer. They are not distracted by his camera, and simply go about their job as if nobody’s watching.Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonAs a Jeju native, Yang came to develop his own skills to make the women feel at home during his photo shoots. Before taking photographs, he converses with the women using in the Jeju dialect. He wants to fathom what’s deep in their hearts. The women gradually open up to the photographer, greeting him and asking if there’s anything they can do for him.The haenyeo are women who while keeping up their tough exterior still hold soft hearts on the inside. Haenyeo Kang Myung-soon poses on horseback. Kang, who began horseback riding in her childhood, says she enjoys interacting with horses. Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoon
    Diving for family: A woman diver lugs a bag of shellfish she gathered from the seabed. She has shouldered the burden of being a breadwinner to support her family. Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonBy Kang Hyun-kyung“When you discover abalone while diving down into the sea, go for it. But if you see it while swimming up to the water’s surface, don’t even think about it.”This is a common safety tip among haenyeo, or the women divers of Jeju Island. Depending on each diver’s capacity, these women hold their breath for a minute or so while gathering shellfish under the sea. Around the time they ascend to the water’s surface, they have almost reached their physical limit. So if they are distracted by a small gain on their way to the surface, they could lose much more -- their life.A woman diver swims up to the water’s surface with an octopus in hand. Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonEach time they descend beneath the waves, they risk their lives. This potentially fatal nature of their profession makes the haenyeo stay alert at all times while working. They rarely open their hearts to strangers. A haenyeo with a big smile on her face is a rare scene to see in real life or a photograph. Documentary photographer Yang Jong-hoon’s images of haenyeo are rare, partly because he captured these women with innocent smiles.Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonHis photography received attention as this year marks the fifth anniversary of the haenyeo being inscribed on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.The haenyeo, who juggle two to three other jobs in order to make a living, feel at home when they work with the Jeju-born photographer. They are not distracted by his camera, and simply go about their job as if nobody’s watching.Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoonAs a Jeju native, Yang came to develop his own skills to make the women feel at home during his photo shoots. Before taking photographs, he converses with the women using in the Jeju dialect. He wants to fathom what’s deep in their hearts. The women gradually open up to the photographer, greeting him and asking if there’s anything they can do for him.The haenyeo are women who while keeping up their tough exterior still hold soft hearts on the inside. Haenyeo Kang Myung-soon poses on horseback. Kang, who began horseback riding in her childhood, says she enjoys interacting with horses. Courtesy of Yang Jong-hoon
  11. BTS at AMAs winning 'artist of the year' [PHOTOS]
    Members of K-pop boy band BTS arrive at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 21 (local time). From left, V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope pose for a group photo. BTS took home three awards, including Artist of the Year, which is considered to be the top award at the AMAs, becoming the first Asian act to win the title. Reuters-YonhapColdplay and BTS perform “My Universe” during the American Music Awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 21. This is the first time they performed the song together on stage. Reuters-YonhapRM, center, reacts after winning the Artist of the Year award at the 49th Annual American Music Awards (AMAs), Nov. 21. BTS became the first Asian act to win the award. This was their first nomination. Reuters-YonhapBTS receives an award for Favorite Pop Group at the American Music Awards (AMAs), Nov. 21. Reuters-YonhapBTS receives an award for Favorite Pop Song for its megahit song “Butter” at the American Music Awards (AMAs), Nov. 21. Reuters-YonhapMembers of BTS pose for a photo after winning three awards at the American Music Awards (AMAs). Jin, Jungkook and RM hold their award for Favorite Pop Song, Favorite Duo/Group and Artist of the Year while posing in the press room. Reuters-YonhapBTS performs the record-shattering hit song “Butter” during the American Music Awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 21. Reuters-Yonhap
    Members of K-pop boy band BTS arrive at the 2021 American Music Awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 21 (local time). From left, V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope pose for a group photo. BTS took home three awards, including Artist of the Year, which is considered to be the top award at the AMAs, becoming the first Asian act to win the title. Reuters-YonhapColdplay and BTS perform “My Universe” during the American Music Awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 21. This is the first time they performed the song together on stage. Reuters-YonhapRM, center, reacts after winning the Artist of the Year award at the 49th Annual American Music Awards (AMAs), Nov. 21. BTS became the first Asian act to win the award. This was their first nomination. Reuters-YonhapBTS receives an award for Favorite Pop Group at the American Music Awards (AMAs), Nov. 21. Reuters-YonhapBTS receives an award for Favorite Pop Song for its megahit song “Butter” at the American Music Awards (AMAs), Nov. 21. Reuters-YonhapMembers of BTS pose for a photo after winning three awards at the American Music Awards (AMAs). Jin, Jungkook and RM hold their award for Favorite Pop Song, Favorite Duo/Group and Artist of the Year while posing in the press room. Reuters-YonhapBTS performs the record-shattering hit song “Butter” during the American Music Awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Nov. 21. Reuters-Yonhap
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