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Overseas travel likely to be revitalized from summer season
Demand for overseas travel is expected to return this summer as the government is planning to allow overseas group tours for fully vaccinated people to countries that have managed to curtail COVID-19 infections, starting as early as next month. Toward that end, the government has been in talks with several countries, including Singapore, to establish “travel bubbles” that ref...
Virtual school tours to Korea grow popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan
A program offering virtual school tours to Korea, operated by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), has become popular in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. The KTO said its “Digital School Tour to Korea” program, which was designed in response to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, enables students in other countries to interact with Korean students via video conferencing and virtual...
Police crack down on sex doll experience shops
Police began to crack down on any illegal acts committed by owners of sex doll experience shops or cafes, Monday, amid growing concerns from many parents that such facilities near schools will have a bad influence on their children. The National Police Agency said that police officers in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province will carry out the crackdown jointly with the Ministry of Gen...
Court rules Military Service Act on 2nd-generation emigrants is constitutional
The Constitutional Court unanimously ruled Sunday that a clause of the Military Service Act, which calls on second-generation South Korean emigrants to fulfill the country's mandatory military service if they stay in South Korea for more than three years, is constitutional. Under the standing law, those who have obtained foreign citizenship at birth in other countries or perm...
Plan to expand substitute holiday system gaining traction
The National Assembly is moving fast to pass a bill to expand the substitute holiday system that would provide extra days off if public holidays fall on a weekend. Currently, the country's substitute holiday system guarantees an extra day off only when the two biggest holidays of Seollal and Chuseok - Lunar New Year and Korean Thanksgiving - fall on Sundays, or Children's Day...
Military hit for lax discipline on sex crimes
The military is facing harsh criticism for being morally lax after its bungled responses to a series of sex crimes were made public. An uproar began to emerge following a recent sexual assault case involving the Air Force that ended with the death of the victim. The victim's family claimed the Air Force had systematically tried to cover up the case, rather than carrying out a...
Daegu-arranged Pfizer vaccine offer improper: gov't
With Daegu City having asked the central government to purchase Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines arranged by the city administration, the government said those vaccines are believed to come from an irregular trade path, thus they cannot be supplied to Korea. Sohn Young-rae, spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, said Wednesday, “We need to check more details, but we have...
Air carriers moving to resume international routes this summer
Domestic air carriers are moving to resume international passenger flights, most of which were halted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is exempting fully vaccinated citizens from the 14-day self-quarantine when they return from overseas trips as an incentive to encourage vaccination.
Will Korea be able to see a president under age 40?
Calls are growing from both the ruling and opposition parties to amend the Constitution, as it disallows people under 40 years old from running for a presidential election. These calls come amid a young politician's rise in the conservative main opposition People Power Party's (PPP) ongoing leadership race, and ask the political circles to embrace a generational shift.
Tourism sector joins efforts to go carbon neutral
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will launch a tour program aimed at eliminating carbon emissions, in cooperation with Tongyeong City in South Gyeongsang Province, in a bid to join worldwide efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to resolve the climate change crisis. The “Carbon-free Trip” is a trial tour program that will take place twice, on June 18 and 25, on...
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