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Reporter : Lee Hae-rin
Tue, December 6, 2022 | 02:41
Foreign visitors increase by 220%
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 measur...
NHRCK, doctors clash over in vitro fertilization for unmarried women
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) expressed regret at the Korean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology's for refusal to revise its ethics guidelines limiting in vitro fertilization treatment for unmarried women, Friday. The guidelines state that only married couples can receive in vitro fertilization treatment, restricting unmarried women from the procedure.
Actor Jung Woo-sung to meet Ukrainian refugees in Poland
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.
Millions of pine trees infected with pine wilt disease
An estimated two million pine trees are turning brown after becoming infected with pine wilt disease, according to a local environmental group. The group says that the current damage is close to the levels of 2013 and 2014 when over two million evergreen trees were infected ― if not worse.
[INTERVIEW] Korean artist MY Q unveils tips to explore Seoul's creativity hotbed
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 hi...
Self-defense weapon sales on rise since Sindang Station murder
The recent murder case at Sindang Station on lines 2 and 6, in which a Seoul Metro employee stalked and stabbed his former female colleague in her 20s to death in the station's bathroom, has led to an increase in sales of self-defense tools and weapons. A Gyeonggi Province-based office worker in her early 30s, who wished to be identified only by her surname, Kim, said she bou...
Government considers easing additional COVID-19 measures
The government is expected to speed up the pace of its COVID-19 exit strategy after its decision to lift all outdoor mask mandates starting Monday. The next steps are likely to range from ending the post-arrival PCR test to resuming face-to-face visits at nursing hospitals, and it is considering a step-by-step easing of the seven-day quarantine for infected patients.
Korean deaf LGBT activists create new signs to express identities with pride
Woo Ji-yang, 33, is a deaf gay man based in the southern city of Busan. For most of his life, he felt shame and humiliation when he introduced his sexual identity in Korean Sign Language (KSL). The manual sign for “gay” in KSL describes an act of anal intercourse between two men. Gyeonggi-based gay man Kim Bo-seok, 34, confessed he has lived through dilemma similar to that of...
Nuclear energy's inclusion in green taxonomy draws backlash
The Ministry of Environment's plan to include nuclear energy in the country's list of environmentally sustainable economic activities is facing a backlash from environmentalists who accuse the government of having fallen behind international standards.
German expert says China's rise not a threat to US, Europe
Angela Kane, vice president of the International Institute for Peace (IIP) in Vienna and former U.N. under-secretary-general for management and high representative for disarmament, presented a view about the evolving geopolitical landscape in East Asia that is very different from others.
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