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Planned subway fare hike irks commuters
The Seoul Metropolitan Government's proposed subway fare hike is drawing complaints from members of the public who feel that the authorities should revise the free travel system for the elderly so as to tackle the subway operator's financial losses, instead of adding the burden on younger commuters.
Chinese nationals bulk-buy cold medicines in Korea
Some Chinese nationals appear to be bulk-purchasing cold medicines and fever relievers in Korea amid a shortage of drug supplies in their home country following an explosive surge in COVID-19 infections there. The Korean government plans to strengthen monitoring to prevent them from buying drugs in large quantities, as Korea is also grappling with a scarce supply of medicines...
At least 5 dead in Gwacheon overpass fire
A fire broke out in a covered overpass of an expressway in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, Thursday afternoon, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 40 others.
Yoon administration tightens monitoring of civic groups receiving gov't subsidies
The Yoon Suk-yeol administration vowed on Wednesday to tighten monitoring of the accounting systems of civic groups that receive government subsidies to ensure transparency in their financial management.
New slogan for Seoul put to vote
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Tuesday that four options for the city's new slogan will be put to a vote from Wednesday through Jan. 31. The winning slogan will replace the current “I.Seoul.U.”
Sex doll experience shops in legal gray area
The government's latest decision to scrap a ban on imports of life-size sex dolls has reignited debates on sex doll experience cafes where customers pay money to enjoy the products in a private space. The Korea Customs Service announced on Monday it will lift the ban on the import of complete-bodied sex dolls, ending a years-long dispute with importers of the products. Althou...
Korea reports 1st case of brain-eating amoeba infection
Korea has identified its first case of Naegleria fowleri infection. A man in his 50s, who died 10 days after displaying symptoms of the rare but highly lethal infection, is suspected of being exposed to the brain-eating amoeba in Thailand.
White Christmas unlikely
Chances are slim for Korea to see a white Christmas this year, according to the latest forecast from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), which predicts sunny, frigid weather on the holiday. Friday's heavy snowfall which blanketed the western coastal regions, including the Chungcheong provinces, Jeolla provinces and Jeju Island, is expected to continue until the mor...
Experts split over Korea's roadmap to lifting indoor mask mandate
The government unveiled, Friday, a detailed roadmap on lifting the indoor mask mandate, cautiously predicting that it may be scrapped by the end of January at the earliest. Yet medical experts are still debating whether the country is ready to ditch the indoor mask rule, one of the last remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Korea. While some doctors viewed that masks should now ...
[ANALYSIS] How healthcare reform has become President Yoon's policy priority
gettyimagesbankBy Lee Hyo-jin Korea is one of the leading countries in healthcare services. Medical services are widely accessible to the public, thanks to the solid health insurance program, which protects patients from catastrophic medical bills. In the last few years, however, critics have been sounding the alarm over the financial stability of the National Health Insuranc...