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 2023-01-31 06:31 

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[Editorial] Soaring utility bills...

Many South Koreans were deeply shocked to see their heating bills for December as a result of gas price hikes and more cold waves this winter. The so-called "heating bill bomb," however, is not the last one. The heating bills for January...

 2023-01-31 02:43 

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[Reading Korea Through Books] Peers' admiration, big office job, house in Seoul: A dream or source of heartache?...

"Tale of Department Head Kim at a Conglomerate Who Owns a House in Seoul" by first-time writer Song Hee-koo is a three-volume series about characters who work at a large conglomerate in Seoul. The last of the series hit local bookshelves in...

 2023-01-31 02:41 

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Sejong Center unveils new season filled with own productions...

The Sejong Center for the Performing Arts will make a concrete transformation this year through a new season that showcases its own productions, Ahn Ho-sang, the CEO of the institution, said Tuesday. "While we focused on bringing the best artis...

 2023-01-31 00:59 

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Kim Han joins Paris Opera Orchestra as principal clarinetist...

Kim Han, the Korean clarinetist who shone a spotlight on the instrument, will join the Paris Opera Orchestra as the principal clarinet this year, according to his management company Credia on Tuesday. Kim secured the position after passing an auditio...

 2023-01-30 22:27 

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S. Korean president invites Cambodian boy who received heart surgery in Korea to office...

President Yoon Suk Yeol and first lady Kim Keon Hee invited 14-year-old Aok Rotha from Cambodia, who underwent heart surgery in Korea, to the presidential office on Tuesday. "President Yoon met with Aok Rotha, who was preparing to return home a...

 2023-01-30 22:16 

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Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, Japan hold consultations on NK provocations...

The top nuclear envoys of South Korea and Japan held a meeting Tuesday to discuss cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear threats, the Seoul foreign ministry said. Kim Gunn, the ministry's special representative for Korean Pe...

 2023-01-30 21:55 

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Yoon asks Pentagon chief for extended deterrence mechanism to dispel S. Koreans' concern over NK...

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday asked the US defense chief to arrange bilateral consultations to establish "effective" extended deterrence mechanisms which could dispel South Koreans' concerns over North Korean nuclear threa...

 2023-01-30 20:16 

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[Today's K-pop] Twice hits Billboard Hot 100 at No. 84 with 'Moonlight Sunrise'...

Twice entered Billboard's Hot 100 at No. 84 with single "Moonlight Sunrise," tweeted Billboard on Tuesday. "Moonlight Sunrise" was dropped on Jan. 20 as the group's second English-language single and is its second...

 2023-01-30 19:32 

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S. Korea, US agree to further step up military exercises...

South Korea and the US on Tuesday agreed to further expand and reinforce combined exercises and training to counter escalating nuclear and missile threats from North Korea and to achieve "peace through strength" on the Korean Peninsula.&n...

 2023-01-30 19:25 

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PM hints at earlier lifting of visa restrictions on China...

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Tuesday South Korea might lift short-term visa restrictions on entrants from China earlier than a new deadline set by the end of February if convincing evidence of declining COVID-19 spread is given. The decisi...

 2023-01-30 19:21 

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Calls for nuclear buildup a chance to widen debate, experts say...

Growing calls for South Korea's independent nuclear buildup, a discussion that had left the country more divided than united, now offer policymakers latitude to widen the nuclear debate, experts said Tuesday as South Korea steps up efforts for...

 2023-01-30 19:11 

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Human rights still violated at foreign detention centers: Korean lawyers...

Facilities in South Korea which temporarily detain foreigners subject to deportation have been gradually improved compared to the past, but are still short of fully protecting human rights, the Korean Bar Association and United Nations High Commissio...

 2023-01-30 19:07 

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Song Joong-ki's family to receive 'multicultural family' benefits...

South Korean actor Song Joong-ki and his British wife Katy Louise Saunders are eligible for a slew of benefits tailored for multicultural families in South Korea, which range from a 25 percent discount on phone bills to priority admissions to public...

 2023-01-30 18:52 

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[Photo News] D-1...

A Galaxy Experience Space at Powell Street, San Francisco is seen Tuesday, one day before Samsung Electronics unveils its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone lineup in the US city. The tech giant plans to operate a total of 29 interactive experience...

 2023-01-30 18:06 

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[The Korean Dilemma] Rigid thinking fuels never-ending rat race...

Sixteen-year-old Koh Yoo-jin spends her winter break at a math hagwon from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. In the evening, she does her homework and studies other subjects until 1 a.m. Like her peers, she finished learning everything on the high school math cu...

 2023-01-30 18:06 

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Mosque protesters to stage another pork feast...

Residents of Daehyeon-dong, Daegu opposing the construction of a mosque in the area will hold another "meat feast" on Thursday, despite the Supreme Court's earlier ruling that enabled the project to continue. The "Daegu Anti-Mo...

 2023-01-30 17:40 

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KRX battles 'Korea discount' with earlier opening, eased regulations...

The Korea Exchange unveiled a series of plans on Tuesday to transform the country's trading system in line with global standards, aiming to overcome the undervaluation of the domestic stock market. The bourse operator said it will push to open t...

 2023-01-30 17:39 

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Daewoo E&C posts record earnings on robust housing projects...

Daewoo Engineering & Construction has posted an annual operating profit of 760 billion won ($617 million), an all-time high in the company's history. Daewoo E&C's operating profit in 2022 was up 2.9 percent from the previous year&...

 2023-01-30 17:35 

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Posco, Western Australia to boost ties on hydrogen, batteries...

Posco Group Chairman Choi Jeong-woo met with Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan on Monday to discuss their cooperation on hydrogen and secondary battery materials businesses, the company said Tuesday. Posco "needs an intimate collaboration...

 2023-01-30 17:33 

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'My Puppy' offers smiles, laughter with 'bromance'...

Cha Tae-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seok promise to bring smiles and laughter to a not-so-easy journey from Seoul to Jeju with eight dogs in "My Puppy." Written and directed by Jason Kim, the filmmaker behind the 2017 award-winning action comedy &...

 2023-01-30 17:16 

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Arrest sought for accused operators of spy ring for North Korea...

The Seoul central district court is due to determine whether to issue an arrest warrant sought by the prosecution for four individuals accused of operating a spy ring for North Korea at a hearing held Tuesday afternoon. The court may take longer than...

 2023-01-30 17:06 

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Seoul stocks end lower ahead of Fed's rate decision...

Seoul shares ended lower Tuesday, tracking falls on Wall Street, as investors stay cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve's rate decision this week. The Korean won fell against the US dollar. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index fell 2...

 2023-01-30 17:04 

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VW Korea halts sales over 'too bright' warning triangles...

Volkswagen Korea has suspended all new car sales due to "too bright" warning triangles, a car accessory to warn drivers after emergency stops, a move experts here called an unprecedented precautionary measure after the so-called "Dies...

 2023-01-30 17:03 

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Yoon calls for 'innovative approach' to make best of $30b UAE investment...

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed Tuesday to make good of the United Arab Emirates' $30 billion investment pledge with two new consultative bodies, and called on the public and private sector to come up with mutually beneficial, innovat...

 2023-01-30 16:51 

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[Newsmaker] 'Liberals in early 20s use Twitter, conservatives choose Facebook'...

Liberals in their early 20s are more likely to use Twitter, while conservatives in the same age group prefer Facebook, according to a local study released Tuesday. Two out of 5 South Koreans aged between 19 and 24 are on their smartphones for more th...

 2023-01-30 16:40 

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Portuguese embassy to hold exhibition on 'Journey of an Architect'...

The Portuguese Embassy in Seoul will hold an exhibition on Portuguese modern and contemporary architecture, titled "Journey of an Architect," beginning Thursday at the Seoul Hall of Urbanism and Architecture. Eduardo Souto de Moura, a Portu...

 2023-01-30 16:40 

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Indonesia pledges closer friendship, stronger partnership with Korea...

Top diplomats from South Korea and Indonesia pledged to forge a closer friendship and stronger partnership during a talk held online and in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday. The year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indones...

 2023-01-30 16:37 

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SK On exceeds hiring goal in Georgia ahead of schedule...

SK On said Tuesday its US production subsidiary, called SK Battery America, has exceeded its hiring goal two years ahead of the initial schedule to fill jobs at its manufacturing facilities for electric vehicle batteries in Commerce, Georgia. Citing...

 2023-01-30 16:34 

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KTO sums up 2023 travel trend with MOMENT...

The Korea Tourism Organization predicted this year's domestic travel trend as focusing on individual travelers' aspirations to discover their interests and preferences rooted in their daily lives, summarizing the trend with the acronym, MOM...

 2023-01-30 16:20 

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Plan needed to attract foreign workers: PM...

A greater stream of foreigners to South Korea could be a breakthrough from the aggravating population structure caused by a sharp increase in senior citizens coupled with a record-low fertility rate, Prime Minster Han Duck-soo said Tuesday, ur...

 2023-01-30 16:10 

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[Herald Interview] 'Big Bet' a true collaboration between director and actors...

While feeling relieved to meet the expectations of long-awaiting drama fans, hit filmmaker Kang Yun-sung, who made his drama debut with Disney+'s crime thriller "Big Bet," said what the viewers saw on screen was a little different f...

 2023-01-30 16:05 

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Hyundai Mobis secures record orders from global carmakers...

Hyundai Mobis, a car parts maker under Hyundai Motor Group, announced Tuesday that it received a record-breaking $4.7 billion of orders from global automakers last year. This is the company's greatest feat since it first entered the internation...

 2023-01-30 16:05 

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Posco International kicks off construction of 2nd LNG terminal...

Posco International, a subsidiary of steel giant Posco, on Tuesday held a ground-breaking ceremony for its second liquefied natural gas terminal in Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province. The company said the construction will accelerate its vision to beco...

 2023-01-30 15:55 

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S. Korea's corruption perception ranking inches up...

South Korea's anti-corruption watchdog said Tuesday that Korea ranked 31st out of 180 countries around the world in a survey that gauged the perceived levels of public sector corruption. The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission said in i...

 2023-01-30 15:37 

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Counseling center opens for Itaewon residents, merchants...

The Yongsan District Office said Tuesday that it would operate a Korean-language counseling center in February to assist people who are suffering from trauma after the Itaewon disaster. The center will provide mental and psychological evaluations, co...

 2023-01-30 15:13 

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In face of supply disruptions, Korea, India must work together...

India is willing to collaborate with South Korea to resolve supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other geopolitical conflicts, said Amit Kumar, Indian ambassador to Korea, on Friday, stressing the 50 years of bilateral ties an...

 2023-01-30 14:47 

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Indian Embassy celebrates 74th Republic Day...

The Indian Embassy in Seoul on Thursday celebrated its 74th Republic Day with traditional dances and performances. The event commemorates the Jan. 26 anniversary on which the Indian Constitution came into effect in 1950. Delivering Indian President D...

 2023-01-30 14:46 

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Twice wins at 2023 Billboard Women In Music...

K-pop girl group Twice has been honored as this year's breakthrough artist by Billboard Women In Music, becoming the first Korean artist to win at the awards. Billboard on Monday, US time, announced on its website that Twice has been named the w...

 2023-01-30 14:09 

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[Land of Squid Game] Reaching across the table to grab something...

Koreans prefer to reach across the table to grab something rather than asking another to pass it to them. They do so because they don't want to interrupt those who are eating. However, dining etiquettes may vary from culture to culture and so...

 2023-01-30 13:48 

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8TURN aims to become new sensation unlike any other...

After four years of intense and strategic idol training, MNH Entertainment's first K-pop boy group 8TURN made its debut Monday with its first mini album "8TURNRISE." "We put the most effort into performance. They are rookies b...

 2023-01-30 12:11 

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Ex-lawmaker Yoo bows out of ruling party leadership race...

Rep. Yoo Seong-min of the ruling People Power Party said Tuesday he will not run for party leader. Yoo, a former four-term lawmaker considered a key critic of President Yoon Suk Yeol in the People Power Party, made the announcement in a Facebook post...

 2023-01-30 12:09 

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Ex-nat'l security adviser quizzed in N. Korean fishermen repatriation probe...

Prosecutors questioned a former national security adviser Tuesday as part of an investigation into allegations that the previous Moon Jae-in government repatriated two North Korean fishermen against their will. Chung Eui-young, who also served as for...

 2023-01-30 12:03 

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Chasing knockout berth at Women's World Cup, top scorer sees parallels with men's tournament...

ULSAN -- Preparing for her third FIFA Women's World Cup, South Korean star Ji So-yun couldn't help but notice parallels with the men's national team at their World Cup in Qatar last year. Starting in July in Australia, South Korea will...

 2023-01-30 12:02 

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S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases rise to nearly 20,000 amid downward trend...

South Korea's new COVID-19 cases rose to around 20,000 on Tuesday as the government is working to fully restore pre-pandemic normalcy amid an overall downtrend. The country reported 19,629 new cases, including 31 from overseas, bringing the tota...

 2023-01-30 11:34 

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Samsung's Q4 profits plunge on weak chip demand...

Facing major headwinds from weakening chip demand, Samsung Electronics witnessed a sharp drop in operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2022 to 4.31 trillion won ($3.53 billion), down by almost 69 percent on-year. In a regulatory filing Tuesday, t...

 2023-01-30 10:30 

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Industrial output down 1.6 % in December amid weak exports...

South Korea's industrial output fell 1.6 percent on-month in December, data showed Tuesday, as the manufacturing sector remained sluggish amid weak exports. Industrial production decreased at the widest margin in 32 months, shifting from a 0.4 p...

 2023-01-30 10:24 

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US House resolution seeks to denounce socialism, N. Korean leaders...

WASHINGTON -- A resolution proposed in the US House of Representatives seeks to denounce socialism and socialist dictators, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his predecessors, the resolution showed Monday. The resolution, titled "Den...

 2023-01-30 10:20 

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Adversary that challenges S. Korea challenging Seoul-Washington alliance as whole: US defense chief...

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned Tuesday that if an adversary challenges South Korea or the United States, it would be challenging the two countries' "alliance as a whole," reaffirming America's "ironclad" security commitm...

 2023-01-30 09:01 

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[Graphic News] About 1 in 20 young Seoul residents live in social isolation due mainly to unemployment...

About 1 in 20 young people in Seoul live in isolation or seclusion from society due mainly to difficulties in finding a job or mental problems, a survey by the city government showed. An estimated 4.5 percent, or about 129,000, of Seoul residents age...

 2023-01-30 06:30 

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[Editorial] Unjustifiable silence...

Opposition leader Lee Jae-myung appeared at the prosecutor's office to be questioned as a suspect Saturday in connection with allegations over a property development project. It was the second time for the chair of the majority opposition Democr...

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