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The Constitutional Court reconfirmed Friday that the final hearing for President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment trial will be held Monday as previously scheduled, regardless of the replacement of an outgoing justice, dismissing Park’s calls for a delay in the last hearing. “The final session will be held on Feb. 27. This decision was already made by all the eight justices,” an official from the court said during a briefing, hinting that the hearing will not be put off even in the case of a boy…
02.24 / 10:04
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Yachting package at Hyatt Regency Jeju The Hyatt Regency Jeju is offering a yachting package for families until the end of this year, combined with accommodations at the hotel.The package includes a one-night stay in a guestroom and a one-hour yachting trip for two adults. During the tour, guests will see the Jusangjeolli Cliff and have a chance to go fishing. Wine and other beverages are served during the trip. Photographs of the yacht are provided. Guests have access to the hotel’s sw…
02.24 / 10:04
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Yangpyeong Strawberry FestivalThe Yangpyeong Strawberry Festival is being held through the end of May. Visitors can pick their own strawberries at the strawberry farms and participate in a variety of activities and programs in the village. Reservation is required.Exclusive events for bloggers are on offer at blog.naver.com/yp_nadri. Up to 50 teams can participate. The festival is open to visitors of all ages. For more information, visit www.yp21.net for information provided in Korean,…
02.24 / 09:26
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A Single Rider(Korea)Opened Feb. 22Drama. Directed by Lee Zoo-youngJae-hoon (Lee Byung-hun) is a stockbroker who loses his fortune, friends and the trust of his clients after a risky investment goes abysmally wrong. He leaves for Australia to find his wife and son, who have relocated there, only to discover that they too are slipping out of his grasp. He hovers around them, observing their daily routine and wandering the streets in search of answers to a horrifying truth. New …
02.24 / 09:26
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“Tell the world what you have seen,” a character exclaims in “The Great Wall,” “and what is coming!” The warning is about the mythical mass of marauding monsters that are sweeping down northern China but it could just as easily be for the kind of Hollywood-China collaboration that is “The Great Wall.” The first English language feature shot entirely in China, it’s the biggest-budget attempt yet to straddle both sides of the Pacific, plucking a movie star (Matt Damon) from the West for a pro…
02.24 / 09:26
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Between the forests of gray buildings in northern Seoul, a 300-meter alley near Gyeongbokgung beckons passersby for a short trip into Korea’s past.Tongin Market is a 75-store covered arcade located between Gwanghwamun and the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae, and is a constant reminder of what the lives of ordinary Koreans used to be like -- long before they were tinged with the convenience brought by evolving technology and modernization. From the faces of children waiting for da…
02.24 / 08:50
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(BMW Korea)BMW Korea employees put together a complete model of the German luxury’s new BMW 5 Series that had been disassembled into some 250,000 pieces for it to be placed at the top 39th floor of the Parnas Tower in southern Seoul for a launch event that began Thursday and runs until Mar. 12. The entire disassembling and reassembling process can be seen on BMW Korea’s YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3noCuz-gNc  (BMW Korea…
02.24 / 08:50
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Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn took a hammering from opposition parties Friday for distributing souvenir wristwatches with his position inscribed as “acting president."Not only the liberal Democratic Party of Korea and People’s Party, but also the conservative splinter Bareun Party, viewed this as reflecting Hwang’s tacit presidential ambition and urged him to focus on his current duties.The disputed watch rose to public attention after somebody put one up for sale onlin…
02.24 / 08:50
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother was killed with a highly toxic chemical weapon known as VX, Malaysian police announced on Friday, citing a preliminary analysis from the Southeast Asian country’s Chemistry Department. In a written statement, Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s inspector general of police, said the nerve agent was detected on Kim Jong-nam’s eyes and face. Deadly even in minute amounts, VX was banned under the Chemical Weapons Conventions of 1997 and 2005, to…
02.24 / 08:50
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Beauty is no longer the preserve of the young, but a timeless value that all human beings are entitled to pursue, regardless of age, gender or social status.At least, this is the belief of a growing number of senior citizens, who zealously strive to improve their looks -- and who are not afraid to show it.The economic situation has improved over the years, and more seniors are able to spend more on themselves, though some assert that beauty care is still a luxury for the few who can enjoy…
02.24 / 08:11
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Despite Seoul City’s efforts to curb illegal subway rides by charging a fine of 30 times the original fare, such rides are still on the rise, subway operators said Friday.According to Seoul Metro and Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit, which respectively operate Subway Lines No. 1-4 and 5-9, more than 42,814 passengers illegally hopped on trains last year, paying almost 1.7 billion won ($1.5 million) in fines. In 2015, the number of illegal riders stood at 42,289, paying about 1.5 billion w…
02.24 / 08:11
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GS Group Chairman Huh Chang-soo has urged the group’s new executives to fully prepare for the fourth industrial revolution.“At home and abroad, the fourth industrial revolution is rapidly progressing with the spread of artificial intelligence and electric cars. This is breaking walls between industries, resulting in new industrial integrations and new competitions,” Huh recently said at a dinner with 21 new executives of the conglomerate at a resort in Jeju.“We have to deeply ponder upon ho…
02.24 / 08:11
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South Korea’s financial regulator said it would seek unprecedentedly strong punitive measures against three major insurers for their failure to pay out benefits for suicide claims. (123rf)The Financial Supervisory Service said late Thursday night that it has decided to ask for suspensions against three life insurers – Samsung Life Insurance, Hanwha Life Insurance and Kyobo Life Insurance. The suspensions, subject to review by the Financial Services Commission, will ban the insurers from sel…
02.24 / 08:11
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Top executives of SK Group, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate, have been granted stock options, the business group said Friday, a move seen as part of efforts to reinforce its corporate responsibility.Park Sung-wook, the vice president and chief executive of chipmaker SK hynix Inc., one of the group's key units, received the rights to buy a total of 298,800 shares, the company said in a statement. That is worth some 15 billion won ($13.2 million) based on the company's closing price…
02.24 / 08:11
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K-pop group Twice on Friday announced the group will be heading to Japan on June 28, starting the countdown on its official Japanese website.The album to mark the start for the nine-member group‘s musical career in Japan is to be titled “#TWICE,” and will be a compilation of Twice’s hit songs, including “Like Ooh-Ahh,” “Cheer Up” and “TT.” Ten songs, in both Korean and Japanese, will be featured on the album. Twice (JYP Entertainment)Twice is also slated to hold a showcase to commemorate th…
02.24 / 07:31
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EXO took home four trophies at this year’s Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards in Seoul. For the artist of the year award, the sixth annual ceremony divided the section into two parts: album and songs. The album category was awarded per quarter while the songs were awarded for each month.EXO took home the award for the second and third quarter, becoming the only band to receive multiple awards in the category. The band also won the fans’ choice award both as a group and as an individual, with its mem…
02.24 / 07:31
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A Seoul court on Friday held the first hearing on a compensation suit filed by hundreds of South Korean customers against German carmaker Volkswagen over vehicles with manipulated emissions data.During the hearing held at the Seoul Central District Court, a total of 259 plaintiffs demanded the cancellation of their purchases and full refunds. This file photo taken on June 1, 2016, shows Audi Volkswagen Korea's pre-delivery inspection center in Pyeongtaek, about 70 kilometers south of…
02.24 / 07:31
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A potential presidential candidate of the ruling Liberty Korea Party on Friday joined a growing crowd of right-wingers who warn of consequences if the Constitutional Court makes a "populist" decision to permanently remove President Park Geun-hye. Rhee In-je, formerly a six-term lawmaker and a Supreme Council member, held a news conference to defend Park against corruption charges and call on the court to resist the pressure from street protesters and reject the parliamentary impeachment.  …
02.24 / 07:31
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The latest government statistics on the low birthrate and fast population aging offer a clear demonstration of the gravity of the demographic challenges the country faces.Indeed the current flood of related figures is startling: The number of babies born in December last year stood at a record-low 27,200, a drop of 4,700, or 14.7 percent, from a year earlier. The number for the whole of the year 2016 was 406,300, down 32,100, or 7.3 percent, from the previous year. It was the lowest since…
02.24 / 07:31
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South Korea provided a combined $80 million to 13 trust funds created by five international financial organizations last year as part of its efforts to expand its presence on the world stage, the financial ministry here said Friday.The organizations, including the World Bank, the Inter-America Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, carried out 108 projects worth $68.85 million based on South Korea's contributions, according to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance. (Yonhap)South…
02.24 / 06:11
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