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  1. Liberation Day on Seoul's streets [PHOTOS]
    A bronze statue representing a Korean forced laborer in Japan during the Japanese colonial period, at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, stands under a downpour. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulLee Chun-shik, 95, who was forced to leave Korea and work for a Japanese steel company during the 1910-45 Japanese occupation, attends Thursday's street rally at Seoul Square in downtown Seoul. He joined public voices against Japan's Abe administration, seeking an apology and compensation for Japan's wartime actions. The “international peace parade” on the 74th Liberation Day started from Seoul Square and headed a few kilometers north to the former location of the Japanese embassy. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulYang Geum-deok, 89, another survivor of forced labor by a Japanese company, returns to her seat at Seoul Square after delivering a speech to the crowd. She holds a sign that reads: “We condemn Abe administration, apologize for the forced labor.” Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulLee and Yang are surrounded by some of the crowd in Seoul Square. The placard held by Lee reads: “Apologize for the forced labor and commence the court rule of restitution.” Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulThe crowd from Seoul Square parades on Sejong Boulevard toward the former Japanese embassy site to deliver a petition signed by citizens. Pictured are the deceased who had been forced to move to Japan to work for a Japanese steel company during the Japanese occupation. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulMembers of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, in its annual campaign on Thursday gathering members from across the country to mark the 74th Liberation Day, put on a skit portraying embittered Korean women during the Japanese occupation at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, Thursday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukMembers of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions hold flags of the Korean Peninsula in Gwanghwamun Square, Thursday, during the group's rally. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukMembers of the Our Republican Party, who support the former South Korean President Park Geun-hye who was ousted from office in 2017 on corruption and bribery charges, and supporters of conservative civic groups hold an American flag as they campaign in front of Seoul City Hall on Thursday. They demanded the release and acquittal of Park, now in prison, and endorsed stronger Seoul-Washington ties. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThousands fill Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, Thursday evening, for a candlelit cultural festival condemning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The crowds were in unison on the 74th Liberation Day in criticizing Abe who removed South Korea from Japan's “whitelist” of preferred trading partners and has seldom shown efforts to apologize to and compensate Korean victims of his country's war crimes of sex slavery and forced labor during the 1910-45 Japanese occupation. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe anti-Abe rally continued until late night on Thursday at Gwanghwamun Square, with the participants holding pickets reading “NO ABE!” and paper cups reading “Citizens doing NO” with lit candles inside. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk
    A bronze statue representing a Korean forced laborer in Japan during the Japanese colonial period, at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, stands under a downpour. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulLee Chun-shik, 95, who was forced to leave Korea and work for a Japanese steel company during the 1910-45 Japanese occupation, attends Thursday's street rally at Seoul Square in downtown Seoul. He joined public voices against Japan's Abe administration, seeking an apology and compensation for Japan's wartime actions. The “international peace parade” on the 74th Liberation Day started from Seoul Square and headed a few kilometers north to the former location of the Japanese embassy. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulYang Geum-deok, 89, another survivor of forced labor by a Japanese company, returns to her seat at Seoul Square after delivering a speech to the crowd. She holds a sign that reads: “We condemn Abe administration, apologize for the forced labor.” Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulLee and Yang are surrounded by some of the crowd in Seoul Square. The placard held by Lee reads: “Apologize for the forced labor and commence the court rule of restitution.” Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulThe crowd from Seoul Square parades on Sejong Boulevard toward the former Japanese embassy site to deliver a petition signed by citizens. Pictured are the deceased who had been forced to move to Japan to work for a Japanese steel company during the Japanese occupation. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulMembers of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, in its annual campaign on Thursday gathering members from across the country to mark the 74th Liberation Day, put on a skit portraying embittered Korean women during the Japanese occupation at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, Thursday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukMembers of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions hold flags of the Korean Peninsula in Gwanghwamun Square, Thursday, during the group's rally. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukMembers of the Our Republican Party, who support the former South Korean President Park Geun-hye who was ousted from office in 2017 on corruption and bribery charges, and supporters of conservative civic groups hold an American flag as they campaign in front of Seoul City Hall on Thursday. They demanded the release and acquittal of Park, now in prison, and endorsed stronger Seoul-Washington ties. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThousands fill Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul, Thursday evening, for a candlelit cultural festival condemning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The crowds were in unison on the 74th Liberation Day in criticizing Abe who removed South Korea from Japan's “whitelist” of preferred trading partners and has seldom shown efforts to apologize to and compensate Korean victims of his country's war crimes of sex slavery and forced labor during the 1910-45 Japanese occupation. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe anti-Abe rally continued until late night on Thursday at Gwanghwamun Square, with the participants holding pickets reading “NO ABE!” and paper cups reading “Citizens doing NO” with lit candles inside. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk
  2. Celebrating Korea-Czech relations
    Visitors to the National Museum of Korea take a look at Bohemian glass relics at a special exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Czech Republic, Monday. The exhibition runs until April 26. / Yonhap
    Visitors to the National Museum of Korea take a look at Bohemian glass relics at a special exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Czech Republic, Monday. The exhibition runs until April 26. / Yonhap
  3. To-be-built dormitory
    Ewha Womans University President Kim Sun-uk, right, points to an artist’s rendering of a dormitory planned for the school’s campus in Seoul, Tuesday, during a groundbreaking ceremony. Those listening to her are, from left, Choi Kyung-hee, the next president of the university; Chang Myong-sue, head of Ewha Haktang; Yoon Hoo-jung, Ewha’s honorary president; and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon./ Courtesy of Ewha Womans University
    Ewha Womans University President Kim Sun-uk, right, points to an artist’s rendering of a dormitory planned for the school’s campus in Seoul, Tuesday, during a groundbreaking ceremony. Those listening to her are, from left, Choi Kyung-hee, the next president of the university; Chang Myong-sue, head of Ewha Haktang; Yoon Hoo-jung, Ewha’s honorary president; and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon./ Courtesy of Ewha Womans University
  4. Return of Goryeo treasure
    An ancient chest used to store Buddhist texts is on display during a ceremony at the National Museum of Korea, Tuesday. The nation’s flagship museum acquired the rare Goryeo Kingdom (918—1392) heritage from a Japanese collector./ Yonhap
    An ancient chest used to store Buddhist texts is on display during a ceremony at the National Museum of Korea, Tuesday. The nation’s flagship museum acquired the rare Goryeo Kingdom (918—1392) heritage from a Japanese collector./ Yonhap
  5. Beauty pageant
    2014 Miss Korea Kim Seo-yeon, 22, waves after winning the annual pageant at the Olympic Hall in the Olympic Park, southern Seoul, Tuesday. The first runners-up were Lee Seo-bin, 21, and Shin Su-min, 20; the second runners-up were Kim Myeong-seon, 21, Sarah Lee, 23, Baek Ji-hyun, 21, and Ryu So-ra, 20. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, organized the beauty contest./ Korea Times photo by Wang Tae-seok
    2014 Miss Korea Kim Seo-yeon, 22, waves after winning the annual pageant at the Olympic Hall in the Olympic Park, southern Seoul, Tuesday. The first runners-up were Lee Seo-bin, 21, and Shin Su-min, 20; the second runners-up were Kim Myeong-seon, 21, Sarah Lee, 23, Baek Ji-hyun, 21, and Ryu So-ra, 20. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, organized the beauty contest./ Korea Times photo by Wang Tae-seok
  6. Dami Im in Seoul
    Dami Im, who was the winner of the Australian audition program “The X-Factor” last year sings at the showcase for her debut  album “Dami Im” in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. / Yonhap
    Dami Im, who was the winner of the Australian audition program “The X-Factor” last year sings at the showcase for her debut  album “Dami Im” in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. / Yonhap
  7. Heaviest snowfall of the year arrived in Seoul [PHOTOS]
    A man dressed in South Korean traditional "Hanbok" attire wears a face mask in the snow as he gestures to take photos at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. AP An Imperial guard wearing a face mask stands in the snow outside the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. APImperial guards wearing face masks stand in the snow at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.  APImperial guards wearing face masks march in the snow at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. AP
    A man dressed in South Korean traditional "Hanbok" attire wears a face mask in the snow as he gestures to take photos at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. AP An Imperial guard wearing a face mask stands in the snow outside the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. APImperial guards wearing face masks stand in the snow at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.  APImperial guards wearing face masks march in the snow at the Gyeongbok Palace, the main royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. AP
  8. U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 - Seoul [PHOTOS]
    Bono of U2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapU2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapU2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapU2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapBono of U2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap
    Bono of U2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapU2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapU2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapU2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. YonhapBono of U2 performs at the Gocheok Sky Dome on December 08, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap
  9. Christmas underwater: Santa takes a dive in Seoul [PHOTOS]
    A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume gives a performance at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, Wednesday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe Santa Claus diver swims through a gap formed by the legs of two other divers. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe diver swims with a stingray. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe diver waves to the audience. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukA “Rudolph the reindeer” diver waves to the audience. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk
    A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume gives a performance at the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, Wednesday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe Santa Claus diver swims through a gap formed by the legs of two other divers. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe diver swims with a stingray. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukThe diver waves to the audience. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukA “Rudolph the reindeer” diver waves to the audience. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk
  10. S. Korean students, activists voice support for Hong Kong protests [PHOTOS]
    Korean students and activists stage a rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Tuesday, voicing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and criticizing China's crackdown. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukIn a string of movements supporting the democracy protests in Hong Kong, South Korean students gathered again Tuesday, demanding that authorities stop suppressing the protesters."We condemn the suppression and support the Hong Kong protests,” Park Hae-shin, one of the organizers of the event, said. “We hope the solidarity and support from Korea will reach the protesters in Hong Kong who are standing firm."Despite the chilly weather, dozens of students convened near the Chinese Embassy in Myeongdong, a neighborhood known as a shopping destination for foreign tourists, who mostly come from Asian countries like China.A minor scuffle occurred before the event planned for 11 a.m. as a police squad blocked the students from moving toward the embassy. No serious clashes were reported.Officers from the Namdaemun Police Station told the students to end the protest, saying they were blocking the road and holding a rally within 100 meters of the embassy without giving notice.Protesters hold banners with Korean or English messages critical of China's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukKorean police block protesters marching toward the Chinese Embassy in Myeongdong, Seoul, Tuesday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukBut the students said they were there to hold a press conference, not a rally."Our international solidarity is important,” Han Su-jin, a student at Korea University, said. “The Korean people have to also stand up against Xi Jinping and Carrie Lam." One participant read a letter written by a student at Ewha Womans University who heads the Seoul-based college's association of Hong Kong students."Hong Kong is our home and hometown. We love Hong Kong more than anyone and are deeply hurt. We are not trying to claim Hong Kong's independence through the protests. We are protecting democracy that the people of Hong Kong had enjoyed."Participants wrapped up the gathering by chanting slogans in Korean and English ― "Stand with Hong Kong! Support Hong Kong!" ― and marching around Myeongdong.They also shouted "Five demands, not one less," referring to the five demands of the protesters, including full withdrawal of an extradition bill and retracting the labeling of protesters as "rioters."The participants said they will hold a rally this weekend and march in the city center.The pro-democracy protests that started in mid-June have shown no signs of abating. People took to the streets demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam withdraw a controversial bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, which critics argue may undermine Hong Kong's democracy.While Hong Kong's legislature has formally withdrawn the bill, the protests have intensified amid violent standoffs between protesters and police and claims by protesters that they were tortured by authorities. (Yonhap)
    Korean students and activists stage a rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Tuesday, voicing support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and criticizing China's crackdown. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukIn a string of movements supporting the democracy protests in Hong Kong, South Korean students gathered again Tuesday, demanding that authorities stop suppressing the protesters."We condemn the suppression and support the Hong Kong protests,” Park Hae-shin, one of the organizers of the event, said. “We hope the solidarity and support from Korea will reach the protesters in Hong Kong who are standing firm."Despite the chilly weather, dozens of students convened near the Chinese Embassy in Myeongdong, a neighborhood known as a shopping destination for foreign tourists, who mostly come from Asian countries like China.A minor scuffle occurred before the event planned for 11 a.m. as a police squad blocked the students from moving toward the embassy. No serious clashes were reported.Officers from the Namdaemun Police Station told the students to end the protest, saying they were blocking the road and holding a rally within 100 meters of the embassy without giving notice.Protesters hold banners with Korean or English messages critical of China's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukKorean police block protesters marching toward the Chinese Embassy in Myeongdong, Seoul, Tuesday. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukBut the students said they were there to hold a press conference, not a rally."Our international solidarity is important,” Han Su-jin, a student at Korea University, said. “The Korean people have to also stand up against Xi Jinping and Carrie Lam." One participant read a letter written by a student at Ewha Womans University who heads the Seoul-based college's association of Hong Kong students."Hong Kong is our home and hometown. We love Hong Kong more than anyone and are deeply hurt. We are not trying to claim Hong Kong's independence through the protests. We are protecting democracy that the people of Hong Kong had enjoyed."Participants wrapped up the gathering by chanting slogans in Korean and English ― "Stand with Hong Kong! Support Hong Kong!" ― and marching around Myeongdong.They also shouted "Five demands, not one less," referring to the five demands of the protesters, including full withdrawal of an extradition bill and retracting the labeling of protesters as "rioters."The participants said they will hold a rally this weekend and march in the city center.The pro-democracy protests that started in mid-June have shown no signs of abating. People took to the streets demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam withdraw a controversial bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, which critics argue may undermine Hong Kong's democracy.While Hong Kong's legislature has formally withdrawn the bill, the protests have intensified amid violent standoffs between protesters and police and claims by protesters that they were tortured by authorities. (Yonhap)
  11. Testing time for students: Buddha, are you out there? [PHOTOS]
    Korean parents and grandparents are flooding to temples to pray for their children and grandchildren who are about to face the national college exam on Thursday. For the students, the College Scholastic Ability Test is the culmination of their many years at school and something that could determine their futures. Here, a woman is deep in prayer in front of Daewoongjeon, which is the main building inside Jogye Temple, in Seoul's Jongno District, Tuesday, where a special group prayer session for test-sitters was held. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukInside Daewoongjeon, visitors ― including mothers and grandmothers ― participate in a group prayer session as a giant television screen in the temple hall shows the names of those they came to pray for. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukFacing the hall inside Daewoongjeon, where the ceiling is filled with hundreds of mock candles paid for by visitors to express their faith, people read Buddhist scriptures as they wish well for their loved ones taking this year's national college entrance exam. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukInside Jogye Temple, visitors lit candles as they wish well for their loved ones sitting the 2020 College Scholastic Ability Test. Over 548,700 high school seniors are scheduled to take the test at 1,190 test centers nationwide. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukIn a section of the temple's grounds, a visitor adds another note to the thousands that contain names and messages from visitors wishing well for their loved ones sitting the test. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk
    Korean parents and grandparents are flooding to temples to pray for their children and grandchildren who are about to face the national college exam on Thursday. For the students, the College Scholastic Ability Test is the culmination of their many years at school and something that could determine their futures. Here, a woman is deep in prayer in front of Daewoongjeon, which is the main building inside Jogye Temple, in Seoul's Jongno District, Tuesday, where a special group prayer session for test-sitters was held. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukInside Daewoongjeon, visitors ― including mothers and grandmothers ― participate in a group prayer session as a giant television screen in the temple hall shows the names of those they came to pray for. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukFacing the hall inside Daewoongjeon, where the ceiling is filled with hundreds of mock candles paid for by visitors to express their faith, people read Buddhist scriptures as they wish well for their loved ones taking this year's national college entrance exam. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukInside Jogye Temple, visitors lit candles as they wish well for their loved ones sitting the 2020 College Scholastic Ability Test. Over 548,700 high school seniors are scheduled to take the test at 1,190 test centers nationwide. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukIn a section of the temple's grounds, a visitor adds another note to the thousands that contain names and messages from visitors wishing well for their loved ones sitting the test. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk
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