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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Celebrating Buddha's Birthday [PHOTOS]
    An event with lotus lanterns takes place at Shinheung Temple in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, on Buddha's Birthday, May 8. YonhapA monk performs a Buddhist ritual of bathing the Baby Buddha, called "gwanbul" in Korean, at Geonbong Temple in Goseong, Gangwon Province, May 8. YonhapAn adherent performs a Buddhist ritual of bathing the Baby Buddha, called "gwanbul" in Korean, at Shinheung Temple in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, May 8. YonhapA worker hangs colorful lotus lanterns at Jogye Temple in Seoul, May 6, two days ahead of Buddha's Birthday. YonhapA worshiper prays in front of lotus lanterns at Jogye Temple in central Seoul to mark Buddha's Birthday, which falls on May 8. YonhapBelievers perform a Buddhist ritual of bathing the Baby Buddha, called "gwanbul" in Korean, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, May 8. Yonhap
    An event with lotus lanterns takes place at Shinheung Temple in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, on Buddha's Birthday, May 8. YonhapA monk performs a Buddhist ritual of bathing the Baby Buddha, called "gwanbul" in Korean, at Geonbong Temple in Goseong, Gangwon Province, May 8. YonhapAn adherent performs a Buddhist ritual of bathing the Baby Buddha, called "gwanbul" in Korean, at Shinheung Temple in Sokcho, Gangwon Province, May 8. YonhapA worker hangs colorful lotus lanterns at Jogye Temple in Seoul, May 6, two days ahead of Buddha's Birthday. YonhapA worshiper prays in front of lotus lanterns at Jogye Temple in central Seoul to mark Buddha's Birthday, which falls on May 8. YonhapBelievers perform a Buddhist ritual of bathing the Baby Buddha, called "gwanbul" in Korean, at Jogye Temple in Seoul, May 8. Yonhap
  8. First mask-free day on streets after 18 months [PHOTOS]
    Students smile without face masks on their way to school in Gwangju, May 2, as the Korean government lifted the outdoor mask mandate. YonhapStudents play football in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, May 2. YonhapPeople covering their faces with hands talk while walking in central Seoul, May 2. YonhapPeople, some of whom without masks, walk in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, May 2. YonhapA student holds a face mask while walking at Seoul National University in Seoul, May 2. YonhapStudents laugh during their conversation at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, May 2. Yonhap
    Students smile without face masks on their way to school in Gwangju, May 2, as the Korean government lifted the outdoor mask mandate. YonhapStudents play football in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, May 2. YonhapPeople covering their faces with hands talk while walking in central Seoul, May 2. YonhapPeople, some of whom without masks, walk in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, May 2. YonhapA student holds a face mask while walking at Seoul National University in Seoul, May 2. YonhapStudents laugh during their conversation at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, May 2. Yonhap
  9. Members of disabled advocacy group resume rush-hour subway protests [PHOTOS]
    Members of Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination (SADD), an advocacy group for disabled people, stage a subway protest at Seoul City Hall Station, April 21, calling on the government to improve their mobility rights.Members of SADD stage a subway protest at Seoul City Hall Station, April 21. YonhapA member of SADD stages a subway protest in Seoul, April 21. YonhapA subway train comes to a halt as SADD members stage a protest while boarding a train at a station in Seoul during morning rush hour, April 21. YonhapPolice officers try to drag members of SADD out of a railcar as the subway train is delayed by their protest during rush hour in Seoul, April 21. YonhapCommuters form a long line to wait for taxis as SADD protesters subway slowed operations in some areas of Seoul during rush hour, April 21. Yonhap
    Members of Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination (SADD), an advocacy group for disabled people, stage a subway protest at Seoul City Hall Station, April 21, calling on the government to improve their mobility rights.Members of SADD stage a subway protest at Seoul City Hall Station, April 21. YonhapA member of SADD stages a subway protest in Seoul, April 21. YonhapA subway train comes to a halt as SADD members stage a protest while boarding a train at a station in Seoul during morning rush hour, April 21. YonhapPolice officers try to drag members of SADD out of a railcar as the subway train is delayed by their protest during rush hour in Seoul, April 21. YonhapCommuters form a long line to wait for taxis as SADD protesters subway slowed operations in some areas of Seoul during rush hour, April 21. Yonhap
  10. Korea-US joint military drills [PHTOS]
    Military vehicles are parked at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, April 13, ahead of joint military drills with Korea. YonhapU.S. military officers inspect tanks at the U.S. Army's Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province, April 18. Korea and the United States began their combined springtime military training Monday to further solidify the allies' defense posture. YonhapA military helicopter flies over U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, April 18. A nine-day command post training, using computer simulation, started Monday. YonhapMilitary vehicles are parked at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, April 18. Yonhap
    Military vehicles are parked at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, April 13, ahead of joint military drills with Korea. YonhapU.S. military officers inspect tanks at the U.S. Army's Camp Casey in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province, April 18. Korea and the United States began their combined springtime military training Monday to further solidify the allies' defense posture. YonhapA military helicopter flies over U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, April 18. A nine-day command post training, using computer simulation, started Monday. YonhapMilitary vehicles are parked at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, April 18. Yonhap
  11. BTS at Grammy Awards [PHOTOS]
    K-pop boy band BTS arrives for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. From left, V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope pose on the red carpet. AFP-YonhapJungkook of BTS performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AFP-YonhapRM, center, of BTS performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AFP-YonhapBTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, April 3. AP-YonhapBTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AP-YonhapBTS performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AFP-YonhapBTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. YonhapBTS members pose for a group photo during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. Courtesy of Big Hit Music
    K-pop boy band BTS arrives for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. From left, V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope pose on the red carpet. AFP-YonhapJungkook of BTS performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AFP-YonhapRM, center, of BTS performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AFP-YonhapBTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, April 3. AP-YonhapBTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AP-YonhapBTS performs onstage during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. AFP-YonhapBTS performs "Butter" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. YonhapBTS members pose for a group photo during the 64th Annual Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 3. Courtesy of Big Hit Music
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