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Renewable energy on Mt. Seorak
I went hiking on Mt. Seorak last month. It was about 15 years since I last climbed the scenic mountain. And it was early autumn and I enjoyed the wonderful nature. My love for the national park began one day in May 1990, when I first went there to ..

The North Korean trio's visit
For the hosts of the Incheon Asiad 2014 - Incheon, South Korea and President Park Geun-hye - the Oct. 4 visit by three top North Korean officials was the icing on a successful closing ceremony. Even though the opening ceremony was criticized for sh..

In the name of 'gwanchi'
The nation's financial sector has made efforts to improve its competitiveness since the outbreak of the 1997 Asian currency crisis. But such efforts were not successful in turning local banks and other financial companies into global giants.

The Sewol divide and common cordiality
There is a story from an ancient Buddhist text in which the Buddha begs for food outside a rich man's door. When the holy man knocks, the master comes out and yells at him to go away. Instead of getting angry, the Buddha smiles. "May I ask you some..

Addressing climate change issues
Weather used to be one of those few predictable things in Korea. There were four seasons, with the monsoon season in July, the hot and humid summer following immediately while fall began in September and the first snow falling in November.

Lawmakers and lawbreakers
The "hide-and-seek" game between five lawmakers and prosecutors ended in a victory for the law enforcement agency last Thursday. However, it has set a bad precedent for those tenaciously trying to avoid arrest on corruption charges. Without questio..

Pope and his message for Koreans
For many people, Pope Francis' visit offered precious opportunities for healing. The biggest beneficiaries may have been the families of the victims of April's Sewol ferry tragedy. I hope the elderly women who, as young girls, were forced into sexu..

'Seoul Chic'
The screams from fans when G-Dragon appeared on stage on Aug. 9 in a special edition of M!Countdown held as part of KCON2014 in Los Angeles was deafening. The leader of the K-pop group Big Bang was performing solo but the fans at the 15,000-seater ..

Hazing deaths disturbingly unsurprising
How the young victims died was undeniably shocking. But their deaths were equally disturbing because they felt probable.

'Five Bandits'
The sinking of the overloaded ferry Sewol reminds me of Five Bandits written by poet and writer Kim Chi-ha.

How to face death
The polices sudden announcement about the death of Yoo Byung-eun, the de factor owner of the ferry Sewol, caught people off-guard. Despite scientific evidence submitted by investigators like DNA samples and a fingerprint, there are still lingerin..

Travelers without passports
Under what circumstances could you travel from country to country without a passport?

Old wine in new bottles
President Park Geun-hye's Cabinet minister nomination fiasco has ended up reinstating Prime Minister Chung Hong-won who had resigned over the April 16 Sewol ferry disaster. It is regrettable that two nominees for prime minister had to withdraw thei..

Park must learn from King Jeongjo
A controversy involving Moon Chang-keuk is fading following the withdrawal of his nomination for prime minister on Tuesday. He had been the focus of public attention for 14 days after he was tapped by President Park Geun-hye for the post. Surprisin..

A dose of resilience
The angst began before the game. It was over the choice among the three main channels of SBS, KBS and MBC - which respectively cast stars of the 2002 World Cup Games - to watch Koreas game against Russia in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Old habits die hard
The Sewol ferry disaster reminds me of an adage, Old habits die hard, as little has changed since the ship sank off the southwestern coast on April 16. The nation is still in grief over the worst maritime catastrophe in two decades that claimed..

President should change first
President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday unveiled a plan to create a new deputy premier post to be in charge of education, social and cultural affairs. Park's decision is noteworthy because of her willingness to further empower the Cabinet in handling th..

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