Korea's biggest shopping festival for foreigners, "2012 Korea Grand Sale" will take place in major tourist locations such as Seoul, Busan and Jeju from Jan. 9th until Feb. 29th.
During 2012 Korea Grand Sale, popular department stores, durty-free shops, hotels, and major stores will participate, as well as 72 organizations and 21,000 shops at 10~50% discount rate.
In order to differentiate itself from other shopping events, K-pop concerts, Hallyu bazaar, fan signing events and other cultural events will be included.
Every year, each nation holds a sale event like this; however, every year it has been the same concept, and it has been getting dull for visitors.
This year, Korea Grand Sale seeks to stand out, captivating many tourists and visitors.
Cultural events and shoping combined to form '2012 Korea Grand Sale', it will not fail our expectations...
Over 1,200 precious books, including over 1,000 volumes of texts from the royal archive, will finally return home more than 100 years after they were taken to Japan. The Cultural Heritage Administration on Monday said under an agreement between Korea and Japan which took effect on June 10, all ancient Korean books stored in Japan's Imperial Household Agency arrive in Korea on Tuesday afternoon.
Japan promised to return a total of 1,205 volumes, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda brought five of them with him when he visited last month. The remaining 1,200 volumes come home Tuesday.
The books are picked up by two Korean Air planes from Tokyo Narita International Airport and arrive at Incheon International Airport at 3:25 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. Following a ceremonial honor guard, the archives will be stored in the National Palace Museum of Korea in Gyeongbok Palace.
Korea's martial art taekkyon and tightrope walking received world intangible heritage status from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday, the world body said.
In a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage added the Korean assets "taekkyon" and "jultagi" (tightrope walking) to the intangible list, it said.
They were among the six cultural traditions promoted by South Korea for UNESCO registration.
Last week, the ladies of KARA released their second Japanese full-length album, ‘Super Girl‘ in the digital form and it placed first on iTunes Japan. On November 23rd, the ladies released the physical album and ‘Super Girl’ has topped the Oricon Daily Album Chart on the first day with a sales figure of 73,076.
KARA’s first Japanese full-length album, ‘Girl’s Talk’ received the Gold Disk award by selling over 100,000 copies during its first week and has sold 500,000 copies to date. It seems the girls are also following a similar sales path with their second album.
Congratulations to the girls for their continued success in Japan.
I like this girl group!! ~~!!!
Forests in North Korea are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid pace, according to a new report.
Maplecroft, a UK-based risk analysis firm, said Thursday that among 180 countries surveyed, North Korea had the third highest deforestation rate trailing only Nigeria and Indonesia, respectively.
The United Nations estimates that, as of the end of 2008, North Korea had lost almost one-third of its entire forest mass.
Environmental specialists blame the country's rampant deforestation on terraced farming and indiscriminate chopping for firewood.
Maplecroft has strongly urged North Korea, Nigeria, and Indonesia to better protect their forests and start planting trees.
Deforestation is estimated to contribute up to 20 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions.
Super Junior was picked as number one for the “2011 YouTube Awards, TOP 3 K-Pop Singers.” Super Junior’s hit single “Mister Simple” had the most views at 26,946,217. The song was released in August and within three months it had 26,000,000 views.
Super Junior’s leader Lee Teuk was a part of the ceremony and gave his thoughts about receiving the award, “I think the most meaningful award is the fact that fans around the world listened to us. Other than YouTube we are also receiving a lot of help through SNS. I really didn’t expect it and nearly click 10 times before going to sleep.”
He continued by saying, “I definitely feel the power of YouTube’s influence. When I see foreign promotions or any activities we engage in appear on YouTube in real time, I am always surprised.”
2NE1 also had three songs for the Top 10, with their songs, “I Am the Best,” “Lonely,” and “Hate You.” “I Am the Best” had 22,092,122 views.
Flood control is more important than ever in Thailand, country where the government is investing billions of dollars in controlling 20 rivers that stretch up to 6,000km and cause flood damage every year
Last August's downpour - recorded as the worst torrential rain in last five decades - flooded 70% of Thailand's lands and killed around 400 people, causing over 16 billion dollars' worth of damage. The country now grieves in pain as its people pray for their loved ones that passed away.
To prevent this annual disaster from happening, Thai ex-prime minister Thaksin visited South Korea to tour the 'The Four Major Rivers(Han, Nakdong, Geum, and Yeongsan rivers) Project', where rivers are being dredged and dammed to avoid future disasters and to improve the water quality.
Let us hope that South Korean flood control technologies can soon spread to Thailand so that its people may avoid further suffering from flood disasters.
One year ago Wednesday, North Korea launched a series of artillery attacks on Yeonpyeong Island.
To commemorate and pay respect to the two soldiers and two civilians who lost their lives that day, a ceremony took place early Wednesday at the National Cemetery in Daejeon.
Around three thousand people attended the event, including South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, bereaved family members and military officers.
Prime Minister Kim said, the government will take firm measures in the future, to counter any threats against national security, without compromise.
[Interview : Kim Hwang-sik. Prime Minister] "The government will establish full-on military readiness, to nullify North Korea's attempts to stir up inter-Korean tensions."
Kim added that the South has been bolstering its forces on its islands in the West Sea, including Yeonpyeong, to show North Korea that future provocations will be met with a response.
Meanwhile, all branches of South Korea's armed forces held a joint-military drill near Baengnyeong Island on Wednesday, off the waters neighboring Yeonpyeong Island.
Chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Jung Seung-jo was there in person to oversee Wednesday's simulated exercises.
The JCS aimed to test the speed and precision of the military's response by re-enacting last November's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
Probably most of you might think tall, well shaped male soldiers if you hear about honor guard, but in South Korea, you can see female honor guard members with red caps, nice uniforms and rifle spinning performance.
They attract many people's attention with their perfect rifle performance and their skill is as good as male honor guard's.
South Korean female honor guard was established in 1989 and it's the only female honor guard in the world. It performed more than 150 times a year, which comes about 3,000 performances in total and showed exquisite harmony of discipline and beauty.