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 2022-01-24 18:18 

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[Feature] Training to become a K-pop idol in the US...

Christina Opie, 21, says she spends over 10 hours every day at the K-Pop Center in Los Angeles, California, honing not just her vocals and dancing, but familiarizing herself with Korean music production, language and culture. Opie is a part of the A...

 2022-01-24 18:01 

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MMCA to remain open over Lunar New Year holiday, with free exhibitions...

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea will operate all four of its locations over the Lunar New Year holiday from Monday through Wednesday, offering exhibitions free of charge. The Seoul branch will be closed on Tuesday, or Lunar...

 2022-01-24 18:01 

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SK to open mega R&D center 'SK Green Techno Campus'...

SK Group said Tuesday it will establish a giant research and development center dedicated to green technologies. According to the third-largest South Korean conglomerate, the R&D facility, tentatively named "SK Green Techno Campus,"...

 2022-01-24 17:59 

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Korea seeks longer FX trading hours to win developed status from MSCI...

SEJONG -- South Korea's chief economic policymaker on Tuesday has confirmed the government's intention to come up with measures to win developed market status from Morgan Stanley Capital International. The government has pushed for conti...

 2022-01-24 17:39 

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Women's sport shows to take Korean TV spotlight...

Korean TV broadcasters are set to launch female-led sports shows in the coming weeks, hoping to attract viewers that have grown tired of stories and formats featuring male athletes and TV personalities who have long dominated entertainment programs i...

 2022-01-24 17:12 

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Gwanghwamun Square to reopen after complete makeover...

Central Seoul's iconic Gwanghwamun Square will reopen to the public in July after undergoing a complete makeover, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Thursday. The symbolic square, which has been under construction since November 2020,...

 2022-01-24 17:10 

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S. Korea records all-time high daily COVID-19 cases amid omicron surge...

South Korea's daily coronavirus cases hit an all-time high of 8,571 as of midnight Monday, with the quickly spreading omicron variant now dominant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Tuesday. It is the first time the daily f...

 2022-01-24 17:03 

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Ahn refutes secret negotiations, says alliance only possible under his banner...

Ahn Cheol-soo, the minor opposition People's Party presidential candidate, on Tuesday refuted rumors of behind-the-scenes negotiations with the main opposition People Power Party, saying once again that no alliance is possible unless he is the...

 2022-01-24 16:50 

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Korean retailers jump into NFT craze...

Nonfungible tokens, once monopolized by cryptocurrency exchanges and auction houses, are creeping into the retail industry, where top players are desperate to seek a new growth engine in a quickly saturating market. NFTs are digital tokens of physi...

 2022-01-24 16:48 

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Pentagon calls for China to support enacting new UN sanctions on N. Korea...

The US Defense Department on Monday urged China to use its leverage to support and enforce UN Security Council resolutions and enact new UN sanctions, while reiterating its call on North Korea to cease "provocations4; and de-escalate tensi...

 2022-01-24 16:40 

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'How's your belly doing?' A cute campaign for exercise or thin obsession?...

When Diana Nordeus encountered a large wooden frame installed at a highway rest area in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, last September with a supposedly cute sign saying, "How's your belly doing?" she couldn't just laugh it off.&...

 2022-01-24 16:24 

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Ruling party announces reforms to address weak support for Lee Jae-myung...

The head of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea announced he will not seek reelection in the next National Assembly as part of a large-scale reform to the party aimed at boosting the ratings for its presidential nominee Lee Jae-myung. Rep. Song You...

 2022-01-24 16:23 

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ASEAN youths pick S. Korea as most trustworthy country: survey...

Young adults of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states picked South Korea as the most trustworthy country among all of the countries around the globe, a survey showed Tuesday. The ASEAN-Korea Centre conducted the survey of...

 2022-01-24 16:22 

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Speculations rise on Kim Keon-hee's official campaign debut...

Kim Keon-hee, the wife of presidential nominee Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party, may be preparing to officially join her husband's election campaign. Naver, one of the two largest internet portals in South Korea, on Tues...

 2022-01-24 16:19 

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ASEAN connectivity key to prosperity: Cambodian ambassador...

Connectivity is key to improving, development, trade and other benefits to ASEAN, and putting the group's master plan into action is key to achieving it, according to Cambodia, which is chairing the bloc this year. The conversion from key act...

 2022-01-24 16:18 

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[Newsmaker] N.Korea appears to fire two cruise missiles from inland area: S.Korean military...

North Korea fired suspected two cruise missiles from an inland area Tuesday morning, in its fifth weapons test this year. "North Korea is presumed to launch two cruise missiles this morning," a South Korean military official told report...

 2022-01-24 16:18 

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New NK sanctions face up to 6-month delay on China and Russia's objection...

The US' push to impose UN sanctions on five North Koreans responsible for the regime's recent missile launches could be delayed for at least six months, after China and Russia blocked the move. Norway, which holds the rotating pres...

 2022-01-24 16:12 

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Scandal-ridden Song Ji-ah from Netflix's 'Single's Inferno' halts activities...

Song Ji-ah, a contestant on Netflix's latest hit reality dating show "Single's Inferno," has decided to halt all public activities amid continued controversy over wearing counterfeit luxury fashion items. Song, who is also k...

 2022-01-24 16:08 

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HiteJinro launches wine gift packages for Lunar New Year...

South Korean distiller HiteJinro said Tuesday it has launched its 2022 Lunar New Year gift packages consisting of 67 bundles of import wine collections. The gift set comes at a time when more people are opting to drink alone at home amid the protra...

 2022-01-24 16:06 

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LG innotek moves up payment schedule ahead of Lunar New Year holiday...

LG innotek will pay a combined 144.5 billion won ($120.5 million) of payments to its suppliers weeks earlier than scheduled to support small- and mid-size businesses reeling from the pandemic, the company said Tuesday. The materials arm of LG aims...

 2022-01-24 16:02 

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S. Korea's GDP growth hits 11-year high in 2021...

South Korea's economy grew at an estimated 4 percent on-year in 2021, posting the highest growth rate in 11 years despite omicron woes, central bank data showed Tuesday. The export-reliant economy's strong recovery in outbound shipments,...

 2022-01-24 16:02 

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Mercedes-Benz Korea to add more EVs, bolster online shop service this year...

Mercedes-Benz Korea will focus on launching electric models to complete its EV-lineup in all segments this year, as well as bolstering the supply chain via its online shop, the company said Tuesday. After launching the full-change C-class model in t...

 2022-01-24 16:01 

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More recycled chemical wastes seep into daily lives...

Recycled materials are no longer expensive products for a niche market as major South Korean chemical firms roll up their sleeves to introduce them into the daily lives of average consumers. According to LG Chem Tuesday, it has completed the first...

 2022-01-24 15:58 

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Korea's virtual asset market to reach W1,000tr by 2026: report...

Korea's virtual asset market will reach 1,000 trillion won ($835 billion) by 2026, Boston Consulting Group Korea said Tuesday in its report Future of Asset 2022. According to the report, the country's virtual asset market already surpas...

 2022-01-24 15:56 

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[Herald Interview] Bringing Korean content to the world...

In the six months since Kwak Hyo-hwan took the helm of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea , there have been swift changes at the 26-year-old institution, according to staff. Over the last half-year, Kwak has established a new vision for t...

 2022-01-24 15:38 

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S. Korea to send its 3rd-largest Winter Olympics team to Beijing 2022...

South Korea announced Tuesday it will have 63 athletes compete in six sports during the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. It will be the country's third-largest athletic delegation to the Winter Games, behind 146 athletes for the 2018 PyeongChang Wi...

 2022-01-24 15:19 

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SK Broadband rolls out new all-in-one OTT platform...

SK Broadband Co., a major South Korean internet service provider (ISP), on Tuesday launched a new all-in-one platform that offers content from five streaming services, including Apple TV+. The company's latest PlayZ platform allows users to search a...

 2022-01-24 15:15 

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No signs of work to restore nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri site: Seoul official...

South Korea has detected no signs of North Korea trying to restore underground tunnels at its purportedly demolished Punggye-ri nuclear test site despite indications of maintenance work there, a Seoul official said Tuesday. The official's assessment...

 2022-01-24 15:12 

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Yoon vows to scrap nuclear phaseout policy...

Main opposition presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol said Tuesday he will scrap the nuclear phaseout policy and reduce the proportion of fossil fuel generation by a third to cut fine dust emissions by more than 30 percent. Yoon of the conservative P...

 2022-01-24 15:03 

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Population mobility falls by most in nine years in 2021...

The number of South Koreans who moved to different residences in the country declined by the most in nine years last year amid fewer housing transactions, data showed Tuesday. The number of people who changed their residences fell 6.7 percent on-yea...

 2022-01-24 14:57 

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Jeju expecting 207,000 visitors during Lunar New Year holiday: tourism association...

JEJU -- More than 200,000 people are expected to travel to Jeju Island during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday despite growing concerns over the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, according to travel industry officials Tuesday. According...

 2022-01-24 12:18 

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Nat'l Assembly speaker to attend Beijing Olympics opening...

Parliamentary Speaker Park Byeong-seug will visit China next month and attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the National Assembly said Tuesday. He is scheduled to visit Beijing from Feb. 3-6 at the invitation of Li Zhanshu, ch...

 2022-01-24 12:13 

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New Gwanghwamun Square to open in July with fresh attractions...

Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul will reopen in July after completing over 1 1/2 years of renovation that will more than double the total area, including tripling the space for trees and other plants, the city government said Tuesday. The square,...

 2022-01-24 12:09 

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S. Korean trade minister to visit US for talks on global supply chains...

South Korean Trade Minister Yeo Han-koo will visit the United States from this week to discuss bilateral cooperation on global supply chains and other trade issues, the ministry said Tuesday. During his weeklong visit from Tuesday (US time), Yeo wil...

 2022-01-24 11:58 

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Minus key players, S. Korea looking to book World Cup spot vs. Lebanon...

With or without their captain and best player, South Korea will try to extend their World Cup appearance streak to 10 with a win over Lebanon when the final Asian qualification round resumes this week. South Korea will travel to Sidon for their Grou...

 2022-01-24 11:54 

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Military reports 78 more COVID-19 cases...

South Korea's military on Tuesday reported 78 additional COVID-19 cases, including 67 breakthrough infections, raising the total caseload among its personnel to 4,020. Of the new cases, 63 are from the Army, seven from the Marine Corps, four from un...

 2022-01-24 11:36 

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SK Telecom to ramp up development of flying cars...

SK Telecom Co., South Korea's top wireless carrier, said Tuesday it will speed up the development of urban air mobility (UAM) services. In 2020, South Korea unveiled its plan to commercialize UAM services by 2025 to help overcome urban traffic conge...

 2022-01-24 11:34 

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S. Korea eyes bigger low-rate loans for emerging countries' projects...

South Korea said Tuesday it will seek to provide low-rate loans up to 11.4 trillion won ($9.5 billion) to emerging countries for their projects by 2024. The government plans to set the yearly approval ceiling of the Economic Development Cooperation...

 2022-01-24 11:29 

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'Squid Game,' BTS music video nominated for US ADG Awards...

Global TV sensation "Squid Game" and the music video for "My Universe," a collaborative single between BTS and British rock band Coldplay, have been nominated for the 26th annual US Art Directors Guild (ADG) Awards. The ADG on Mo...

 2022-01-24 11:15 

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Lee pledges basic income for farming, fishing villages...

Ruling party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung pledged Tuesday to provide a basic income of up to 1 million won ($836) to residents of farming and fishing villages if elected in March. Lee of the liberal Democratic Party announced the pledge at a...

 2022-01-24 11:11 

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S. Korea reports record high daily COVID-19 infections amid rapid omicron spread...

South Korea's daily coronavirus cases hit a record high of 8,571 on Tuesday, driven by the fast spread of the new dominant omicron variant, as the country is set to put in force revised virus curbs to rein in the highly transmissible variant. Tuesda...

 2022-01-24 11:01 

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[Graphic News] Two-fifths of self-employed mullbusiness closure amid pandemic...

Four out of 10 self-employed people in South Korea are considering closing their businesses due to sluggish sales amid the long-enforced strict social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic, a survey showed. According to the survey of 50...

 2022-01-24 10:58 

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Veteran nat'l team striker welcomes competition from younger teammates...

Since Paulo Bento took over as head coach of the South Korean men's national football team in August 2018, no Korean player has scored more goals than Hwang Ui-jo's 13. After years of relative anonymity, the 29-year-old forward for FC Girondins de...

 2022-01-24 10:40 

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Market cap of top 30 groups jumps 33.2% over 4 years...

South Korea's top 30 family-controlled conglomerates have seen their stock market capitalization spike more than 30 percent over the past four years, with Samsung Group taking the top spot, a market tracker said Tuesday. The combined value of 201 li...

 2022-01-24 10:38 

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Seoul stocks open lower on Fed uncertainties, virus woes...

South Korean stocks opened lower Tuesday, as investors await the US Federal Reserve's stance about rate hikes. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) fell 19.65 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,772.35 points in the first 15 minutes of t...

 2022-01-24 10:33 

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S. Korea's economy grows 4% in 2021, highest in 11 years...

South Korea's economy posted the highest growth rate in 11 years as consumption and exports bounced back from the pandemic-caused slump, central bank data showed Tuesday. The gross domestic product is estimated to have grown 4 percent in 2021, marki...

 2022-01-24 10:30 

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S. Korea to improve FX market system to win MSCI developed market status...

South Korea said Tuesday it plans to improve the foreign exchange market system to better ensure foreign investors' market access as it seeks to win developed market status from Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI). To this end, the governmen...

 2022-01-24 10:25 

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Corporate direct financing up 19% in 2021...

Corporate direct financing by firms in South Korea jumped 19 percent on-year in 2021 driven by multiple massive initial public offerings (IPOs), data showed Tuesday. Local companies raised a combined 231.48 trillion won ($194 billion) by selling sto...

 2022-01-24 10:23 

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US urges N. Korea to cease provocations, find ways to de-escalate tension: Pentagon...

The United States continues to call on North Korea to stop its provocations and instead return to dialogue to find ways to de-escalate tension, US Department of Defense Press Secretary John Kirby said Monday. Kirby also said the US remains concerned...

 2022-01-24 09:22 

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SeMA to open Art Archives Seoul Museum of Art, host sculptor Chung Seo-young show during Frieze Seoul period...

Seoul Museum of Art - an art museum operated by the Seoul Metropolitan Government - will focus on integration in operating its eight art entities scattered across Seoul, as it looks forward to expand to 10 by 2024 with the opening of th...

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