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Korea's fermented food culture travels to Qatar

Por: Park Han-sol
Much of traditional Korean cuisine - from stews, stir-fries and side dishes to dipping sauces - starts with an ingredient called “meju.” A brick-shaped, fermented block of soybeans that have been boiled, mashed and dried, it is the magic ingredient behind iconic Korean condiments known as “jang.” Food culture involving jang and kimchi - two stars of traditional Korean fermentation methods for cooking - will travel to Qatar this week.

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What language and translation mean for 2 Korean-born poets

Por: Park Han-sol
“Languages Walking Side by Side,” the title of the Sept. 24 talk session between poets Kim Hye-soon and Don Mee Choi at this year's Seoul International Writers' Festival, couldn't have been more of a fitting descriptor for the literary duo's relationship. Kim made headlines in 2019 as the first Asian woman to be named the winner of the prestigious International Griffin Poetry Prize for her “Autobiography of Death,” the words of which muse on the nature of individual and collective historical traumas, which were masterfully translated into English at the hands of Choi.

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Foreign visitors increase by 220%

Por: Lee Hae-rin
The number of foreign visitors to Korea more than doubled in August compared to the same period the year before, according to Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) statistics, Friday. The KTO said the country saw 310,945 foreign visitors last month, which is up by 220.3 percent from August 2021. The organization explained that the dramatic increase followed a visa exemption measure taken last month, in which the government started accepting visa-free arrivals for short stays by passport holders of Japan, Taiwan and Macau Special Administrative Region.

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Actor Jung Woo-sung to meet Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Por: Lee Hae-rin
Actor Jung Woo-sung, who serves as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will visit Poland to meet Ukrainian refugees on Oct. 3, UNHCR's Seoul office said, Wednesday. This will be Jung's eighth trip as a Korean representative for the humanitarian aid agenda.

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[INTERVIEW] 'Digital transformation requires managerial skills'

Por: Kim Yoo-chul
Over the last few decades, media organizations have been pursuing a so-called “red ocean strategy,” a business plan involving competition in an existing industry. The primary goal of this strategy is to beat the competition and exploit present demand. Food and media industries, for example, are considered to be the active followers of this strategy as there are a lot of smaller companies also competing for market share.

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Animal rights, pet book sales grow in domestic market

Por: Park Han-sol
Nearly one out of four Koreans - or 14.48 million according to the 2021 KB Management Institute's survey report - live with animal companions. As the number of pet owners is on the rise, so are the sales of books on animal rights and pet culture in the domestic market, according to Yes24, one of the country's leading online bookstores.

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Loan period extended for US-captured Joseon-era flag

Por: Kwak Yeon-soo
The loan period for a rare Joseon-era flag, which had been captured by U.S. naval forces during the 1871 military action against the Joseon Kingdom and was returned to Korea on a lease, has been extended for another year.

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[INTERVIEW] Korean artist MY Q unveils tips to explore Seoul's creativity hotbed

Por: Lee Hae-rin
MY Q, a Korean singer-songwriter and painter who has been selected as the Korean icon at this year's Booking Explorers campaign, introduced tips to discover the essence of Seoul's creativity hotbed. Since his music debut with the release of “Style Music” in 2007, the Seoul-based artist has created over 180 songs. The multidisciplinary creator writes, sings, arranges, mixes his own songs and produces photography and cinematography for his music videos.

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What to enjoy at K-Culture Festival

Por: Kwak Yeon-soo
The K-Culture Festival is returning in full force this year after being held online and in a hybrid format during the COVID-19 pandemic. The third edition of the festival, scheduled to take place for nine days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 in Seoul, will feature various programs - showcases by musicians and bands from various music genres including concerts with star-studded lineups including NCT Dream, IVE, The Boyz, Oh My Girl and Zico; performances by artists and crafters; and other engagement activities letting visitors of all ages experience Korean traditional culture, fashion, food and more.

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[INTERVIEW] 26th Pentecostal World Conference to mark turning point for Korean churches

Por: Park Han-sol
In the eyes of Yoido Full Gospel Church Senior Pastor Lee Young-hoon, the upcoming Pentecostal World Conference (PWC) marks a new turning point for Protestant churches in Korea. Thousands of representatives and congregants of Pentecostal denominations from over 150 countries around the globe - known as the Pentecostal World Fellowship - will flock to Seoul from Oct. 12 to 14 for the 26th PWC, organized by the largest Protestant church in South Korea.

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World ginseng expo to kick off on Sept. 30 in Yeongju City

Por: Lee Yeon-woo
The southeastern city of Yeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, is home to premium ginseng. Every year, the city hosts a ginseng festival to encourage tourists to visit and experience the medicinal root. This year, the city authorities were determined to go beyond the local festival.

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Seaside train tour offers epic coastal views, heritage sites in Gangneung

Por: Kwak Yeon-soo
GANGNEUNG, Gangwon Province - Gangneung is a city with rich cultural heritage and incredible ocean views. The eastern coastal area stretching from Gangneung to PyeongChang, Sokcho and Yangyang is nicknamed “the jewel of Korea's real landscape painting” for its stunning scenery and coastal views. Since ancient times, scholars and travelers headed east to Gangwon Province to enjoy the beauty of the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range stretching across the Korean Peninsula and visit the East Sea.

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Korean choreographer's work called 'Chinese dance' by Hong Kong troupe as 'kimchi wars' extend to the stage

Por: KoreaTimes
The Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) has discovered to its cost that the “kimchi wars” can extend to dance, as it defends its latest program against South Korean claims of Chinese cultural imperialism. On Wednesday, one of the choreographers behind the company's “Myth of the Dancing Durumi” program, which runs until Sept. 18, demanded that the troupe remove the Chinese term “chaoxian” from the description of her work “The Moon,” a new commission rooted in Korean traditional dance, Korean shamanism and folklore.

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Korea mulls over PCR test-free arrivals, lifting remaining outdoor mask mandate

Por: Lee Hae-rin
The government has embarked on reviewing the remaining social distancing measures, most notably rules on outdoor mask use and PCR testing within 24 hours on arrival, as the number of COVID-19 infections has now stabilized, according to the health authorities on Tuesday. Lim Sook-young, a senior official at the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), said that the recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections has passed its peak - which reached 180,803 infections per day in the third week of August - and the health authorities are preparing to ease travel regulations accordingly.

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Seoul Int'l Writers' Festival to present lineup of global literary heavyweights

Por: Park Han-sol
A number of global literary heavyweights who have won awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, Hugo Award and the National Book Award, among other prestigious accolades, will land in Korea for the upcoming Seoul International Writers' Festival (SIWF). First launched in 2006 as a platform for fruitful literary exchanges between Korean and international authors and readers, SIWF will make its return as an in-person event for the first time in three years following the pandemic-induced online transition.

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Mexican filmmaker zooms in on descendants of Korean immigrants

Por: Lee Hae-rin
A Mexican filmmaker has made a short documentary film portraying the descendants of Korean immigrants who settled in Mexico in 1905. The film screened at Bella Epoca Culture Center in Mexico City with an audience of over 100 people, Sept. 10. Melissa Mondragon, 23, who majored in cinematography at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) and directed the short documentary, “Descendientes,” which in Spanish means, “descendants,” as her first film, said her work is about “love for perseverance, love for your family and love for who you are,” in a recent written interview with The Korea Times.

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Queen Elizabeth II remembered in Hahoe Folk Village

Por: Lee Hae-rin
Hahoe Folk Village, a historic clan community located in the southeastern city of Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, has set up a memorial space to pay tribute to Britain's late Queen Elizabeth II. The centuries-old village has a special bond with the British queen who visited it during her trip to Korea back in April 1999. Visitors offered flowers before a portrait of the queen, along with hundreds of notes wishing that she rest in peace. As of Monday, over 100,000 people visiting the historic village during the Chuseok holiday paid their condolences at the memorial space located in front of Chunghyodang, the main residence of the Ryu clan based in Andong, according to the city.

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Giant Rubber Duck to take over Seoul's Seokchon Lake once again

Por: Park Han-sol
A giant yellow rubber duck that took Seoul by storm eight years ago with its sparkling eyes and tangerine beak is making its way back to the city this fall. The super-sized inflatable bath toy will return to Seokchon Lake in Songpa District, southeastern Seoul, as part of Rubber Duck Project Seoul 2022, scheduled to run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, according to the event's organizers, Lotte Property & Development and Songpa District Office.

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Korean food industry sees diversification in HK amid pandemic and hallyu

Por: Park Ji-won
HONG KONG - For foodies, Hong Kong has been a go-to place to enjoy various cuisines from all over the world even though it has never been known as a place for Korean eats. If you ask Hong Kong residents about Korean food, they mostly think of Korean BBQ or spicy things, with many other dishes remaining unfamiliar for the majority. But the trend has been changing with the diversification of Korean restaurants and Korean grocery stores amid the growing popularity of Korean cultural content, as well as following the implementation of strict restrictions on travel to and from Hong Kong with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandy Li, 32, an office worker, regularly goes to Korean restaurants to have Korean dishes with friends and family members. She also often buys ready-to-eat meals to enjoy at home.

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Winners of Student Reporter Contest recognized at ceremony

Por: KoreaTimes
The winners of the 2022 Korea Times-ETS Student Reporter Contest received awards for their outstanding achievements at a ceremony at the Korea Press Center, Wednesday. A total of 56 students from middle and high schools as well as universities across the nation were recognized for their creative work in the competition.

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[INTERVIEW] How 'Senior Market' turns waste pickers into elderly artists

Por: Dong Sun-hwa
Shim Hyun-bo, 31, grew up watching his grandmother collecting waste paper and cardboard. As both of his parents had full-time jobs, the young Shim spent most of his time at his grandmother's house, which was located nearby his home in Gangdong District in southeastern Seoul. One day, he saw a waste paper pile in the corner of her house and asked her why she was collecting it. He knew she wouldn't be doing it for money, because her four sons regularly gave her enough to support herself. Her response was simple: she needed a way to kill time.

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Guy Sorman supports Korea's decision to relocate presidential office to Yongsan

Por: Dong Sun-hwa
Guy Sorman, a world-renowned scholar and intellectual in economics and philosophy, said it was a positive decision for Korea to relocate the presidential office from Cheong Wa Dae in central Seoul to the defense ministry compound in Seoul's Yongsan District. The French-American columnist, who was an adviser to then-President Lee Myung-bak in 2010, made the remark during the 2022 Culture Communication Forum (CCF), which took place at the Grand Hyatt Seoul in central Seoul, Aug. 25. The Corea Image Communication Institute organized the forum under the theme of “Space and Culture Communication,” inviting experts from around the world to analyze different spaces in Korea and explore the meaning of space in the time of COVID-19.

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'I'm willing to die for the Pope and the Church,' says new Cardinal You

Por: Kwak Yeon-soo
Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, as cardinal, the second most senior position among the ranks of the Roman Catholic clergy after the pope. You is Korea's fourth cardinal following late Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan in 1969, the late Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk in 2006 and Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung in 2014.

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Assembly Speaker Kim congratulates South Korean archbishop on coming cardinal ordination

Por: KoreaTimes
National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo sent a letter of congratulations Friday to South Korean Archbishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, who is set to be ordained as a cardinal this weekend, calling for his role in raising global attention for peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to his office.

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Busan hotels increase prices by 10 times for BTS concert

Por: Lee Hae-rin
Hotels and other accommodation options in Busan have come under fire for canceling previous reservations and overcharging for rooms by as much as 10 times or more coinciding with a BTS concert that will be held in October to support the port city's bid for World Expo 2030.

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Travelers from 64 countries to Jeju exempt from electronic authorization

Por: Lee Hae-rin
Travelers from 64 visa-free countries, including China and Mongolia, arriving on the southern resort island of Jeju will be exempt from going through an e-travel authorization system called K-ETA starting next month, according to the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.

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Winners of Korea Times-ETS Student Reporter Contest

Por: KoreaTimes
We are pleased to announce the winners of 2022 Korea Times-ETS English Student Reporter Contest. Mainly sponsored by ETS Korea, the annual contest was to help Korean students cultivate global mindset necessary to grow into future leaders and to improve their English fluency.

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[INTERVIEW] Sponsoring dreams of North Korean defectors

Por: Jung Min-ho
It is easy to assume that North Korean defectors are more satisfied with their lives here than they were before their escape. In South Korea, they no longer have to worry about starving to death or being imprisoned for criticizing corrupt leaders. Yet the reality is more complicated. Here, North Korean defectors struggle with different issues. Some say they feel even more lost than when they were trying to escape a land with no freedom.

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Korean Buddhist culture arrives in New York

Por: Park Han-sol
From a one-day Templestay visit to temple food workshops, a number of events celebrating Korea's Buddhist culture are greeting New Yorkers in the heart of the U.S. city until Aug. 29 (local time). Organized by the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism under the Jogye Order, the nation's largest Buddhist sect, the “An Encounter with Korean Traditional Buddhist Culture” program kicked off Monday with a temple food session led by Ven. Jeongkwan, as part of the 2022 Discover Your Korea event at Grand Central Terminal.

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