Fri, August 17, 2018 | 05:26
  1. Mt. Namsan hugs Year 2018 [PHOTOS]
    People watch the first sunrise of 2018 from Mt. Namsan. / Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chulBy Ko Dong-hwanWith every turn of the year is something to fuss about, people busied themselves walking up Seoul’s Mt. Namsan early on Monday morning to see the year’s first sunrise.Located in the capital’s central region in Jung-gu, the comparatively low 262-meter hill offers easy access for Seoul residents of various ages wanting a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.Whether with family members or lovers, pets or high-definition cameras, the trekkers made their way to the top in sub-zero temperatures to wait for the first sunlight of the year. At 7:47 a.m., according to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the sun rose, with viewers capturing the moment on cameras and smartphones.Smiling, or thoughtful, happy or sad, the beauty of the moment left the early morning crowd and photographers wondering what 2018 might bring.The photographs will always be a memory of that wonderful sunrise ― as long as someone does not delete the pictures.
    People watch the first sunrise of 2018 from Mt. Namsan. / Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chulBy Ko Dong-hwanWith every turn of the year is something to fuss about, people busied themselves walking up Seoul’s Mt. Namsan early on Monday morning to see the year’s first sunrise.Located in the capital’s central region in Jung-gu, the comparatively low 262-meter hill offers easy access for Seoul residents of various ages wanting a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.Whether with family members or lovers, pets or high-definition cameras, the trekkers made their way to the top in sub-zero temperatures to wait for the first sunlight of the year. At 7:47 a.m., according to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the sun rose, with viewers capturing the moment on cameras and smartphones.Smiling, or thoughtful, happy or sad, the beauty of the moment left the early morning crowd and photographers wondering what 2018 might bring.The photographs will always be a memory of that wonderful sunrise ― as long as someone does not delete the pictures.
  2. For third summit with Kim
    President Moon Jae-in, third from right, speaks during a meeting with the floor leaders of five major political parties at Cheong Wa Dae, Thursday. Moon called for the National Assembly's quick ratification of the Panmunjeom Declaration he signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their first summit in April to promote inter-Korean peace and exchanges. Moon also asked the parties to join a delegation to North Korea on his third summit with Kim scheduled for September in Pyongyang, saying he will provide all possible support for inter-Korean parliamentary exchanges. Yonhap
    President Moon Jae-in, third from right, speaks during a meeting with the floor leaders of five major political parties at Cheong Wa Dae, Thursday. Moon called for the National Assembly's quick ratification of the Panmunjeom Declaration he signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their first summit in April to promote inter-Korean peace and exchanges. Moon also asked the parties to join a delegation to North Korea on his third summit with Kim scheduled for September in Pyongyang, saying he will provide all possible support for inter-Korean parliamentary exchanges. Yonhap
  3. Remember the victims
    People hold photos of former sex slaves of World War II, most of whom have died, at the regular Wednesday gathering in front of the former Japanese embassy in Seoul to demand Japan acknowledge legal responsibility and apologize for the wartime atrocity, Wednesday, Liberation Day. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
    People hold photos of former sex slaves of World War II, most of whom have died, at the regular Wednesday gathering in front of the former Japanese embassy in Seoul to demand Japan acknowledge legal responsibility and apologize for the wartime atrocity, Wednesday, Liberation Day. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
  4. Taekwondo performance on Dokdo
    A taekwondo demonstration team perform the nation's traditional martial arts on the easternmost islets of Dokdo, Wednesday, celebrating the 73rd anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan. / Yonhap
    A taekwondo demonstration team perform the nation's traditional martial arts on the easternmost islets of Dokdo, Wednesday, celebrating the 73rd anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan. / Yonhap
  5. DMZ peace camp
    High school students from Jeju Island pose at the Chilseong Observatory in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, during the sixth annual DMZ Peace and Life Camp conducted from Aug. 4 to 7. The camp was organized by Kwangdong Pharmaceutical which distributes the island's mineral water brand SamDaSoo. It selected 35 participants who visited historic relics, cultural properties and war memorial sites in the border areas. They also enjoyed the pristine nature of the DMZ dividing the two Koreas. Courtesy of Kwangdong Pharmaceutical
    High school students from Jeju Island pose at the Chilseong Observatory in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, during the sixth annual DMZ Peace and Life Camp conducted from Aug. 4 to 7. The camp was organized by Kwangdong Pharmaceutical which distributes the island's mineral water brand SamDaSoo. It selected 35 participants who visited historic relics, cultural properties and war memorial sites in the border areas. They also enjoyed the pristine nature of the DMZ dividing the two Koreas. Courtesy of Kwangdong Pharmaceutical
  6. Moon presides over meeting
    President Moon Jae-in, second from left, speaks in a meeting with his senior secretaries at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, Monday, while his chief policymaker Jang Ha-sung third from left, listens. Amid rising criticism of the National Pension Service's sluggish performance, Moon emphasized “there is no unilateral government revision on the nation's pension system without the people's consent and social agreement.” He added the issue will be discussed based on the principle of securing income after retirement. / Yonhap
    President Moon Jae-in, second from left, speaks in a meeting with his senior secretaries at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, Monday, while his chief policymaker Jang Ha-sung third from left, listens. Amid rising criticism of the National Pension Service's sluggish performance, Moon emphasized “there is no unilateral government revision on the nation's pension system without the people's consent and social agreement.” He added the issue will be discussed based on the principle of securing income after retirement. / Yonhap
  7. Doing good for customers
    Shinhan Bank CEO Wi Sung-ho, center, holds a written oath with his employees at the bank's headquarters in Seoul, pledging to provide accurate information and ethical, friendly services to its customers, Thursday. The bank also vowed to prevent its employees from marketing and offering “irregular” services. Courtesy of Shinhan Bank
    Shinhan Bank CEO Wi Sung-ho, center, holds a written oath with his employees at the bank's headquarters in Seoul, pledging to provide accurate information and ethical, friendly services to its customers, Thursday. The bank also vowed to prevent its employees from marketing and offering “irregular” services. Courtesy of Shinhan Bank
  8. Best wishes
    Shinhan Financial Group Vice President Jin Ok-dong, third from right, and table tennis players raise their fists for a photo at a stadium in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, Tuesday, as the financial group wishes them luck at the 2018 Asian Games. Shinhan donated funds worth 50 million won to the national table tennis and volleyball teams. Courtesy of Shinhan Financial
    Shinhan Financial Group Vice President Jin Ok-dong, third from right, and table tennis players raise their fists for a photo at a stadium in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, Tuesday, as the financial group wishes them luck at the 2018 Asian Games. Shinhan donated funds worth 50 million won to the national table tennis and volleyball teams. Courtesy of Shinhan Financial
  9. Helping farmers
    NongHyup (NH) Savings Bank employees raise their fists for a photo after helping farmers under the summer heat in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, Tuesday. The NH volunteer team was dispatched to the region to help harvest peppers and fix farmers' equipment there. Courtesy of NH Savings Bank
    NongHyup (NH) Savings Bank employees raise their fists for a photo after helping farmers under the summer heat in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, Tuesday. The NH volunteer team was dispatched to the region to help harvest peppers and fix farmers' equipment there. Courtesy of NH Savings Bank
  10. Platform for small biz
    Shinhan Card employees pose for a photo with a small business owner, center, holding a tablet PC that has the credit card's application, MySHOP, in Seoul, Sunday. The card firm launched the platform where small businesses can use its big data technology to market their products and services. Courtesy of Shinhan Card
    Shinhan Card employees pose for a photo with a small business owner, center, holding a tablet PC that has the credit card's application, MySHOP, in Seoul, Sunday. The card firm launched the platform where small businesses can use its big data technology to market their products and services. Courtesy of Shinhan Card
  11. Helping farmers
    NongHyup (NH) Bank CEO Lee Dae-hoon, kneeling on the right, checks plants at a farm beset by the heat wave in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi Province, Thursday. The lender will roll over farmers' debts and postpone due dates of repayments by up to one year.
    NongHyup (NH) Bank CEO Lee Dae-hoon, kneeling on the right, checks plants at a farm beset by the heat wave in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi Province, Thursday. The lender will roll over farmers' debts and postpone due dates of repayments by up to one year.
  12. Biscuits from Italy
    A model promotes Simplus Biscuits at the Home plus Gangseo store in Seoul, Thursday. The discount chain directly procured the biscuit from Italy's Galbusera, which has 90 years of history making biscuits with organic ingredients only. Home plus released the biscuits under its private brand Simplus. / Courtesy of Home plus
    A model promotes Simplus Biscuits at the Home plus Gangseo store in Seoul, Thursday. The discount chain directly procured the biscuit from Italy's Galbusera, which has 90 years of history making biscuits with organic ingredients only. Home plus released the biscuits under its private brand Simplus. / Courtesy of Home plus
  13. Honoring Korean War veterans
    StarKist CEO Andrew Choe, back row center, poses with Korean War veterans and their families living in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, after a luncheon at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, Tuesday (local time). Since 2008, when Dongwon acquired StarKist, the largest U.S. tuna canner, it has been organizing a luncheon and other events to honor Korean War veterans in the United States. Courtesy of Dongwon Group
    StarKist CEO Andrew Choe, back row center, poses with Korean War veterans and their families living in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, after a luncheon at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, Tuesday (local time). Since 2008, when Dongwon acquired StarKist, the largest U.S. tuna canner, it has been organizing a luncheon and other events to honor Korean War veterans in the United States. Courtesy of Dongwon Group
  14. POSCO Daewoo in Vietnam
    POSCO Daewoo CEO Kim Young-sang, left, and Tan Long Chairman Truong Sy Ba hold a memorandum of understanding at Tan Long's office in Hanoi, Tuesday. The two companies agreed to expand their presences in the Vietnamese grain market. Courtesy of POSCO Daewoo
    POSCO Daewoo CEO Kim Young-sang, left, and Tan Long Chairman Truong Sy Ba hold a memorandum of understanding at Tan Long's office in Hanoi, Tuesday. The two companies agreed to expand their presences in the Vietnamese grain market. Courtesy of POSCO Daewoo
  15. Honoring late SK chairman
    SK Chairman Chey Tae-won, fourth from left, and SK networks Chairman Choi Shin-won, fifth from left, hold ropes with SK executives at SK's headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday, to open a photo exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of former SK Chairman Chey Jong-hyun. The late chairman is the father of the incumbent chairman and younger brother of the late SK founder Choi Jong-kun, the father of the SK networks chairman. / Courtesy of SK Group
    SK Chairman Chey Tae-won, fourth from left, and SK networks Chairman Choi Shin-won, fifth from left, hold ropes with SK executives at SK's headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday, to open a photo exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of former SK Chairman Chey Jong-hyun. The late chairman is the father of the incumbent chairman and younger brother of the late SK founder Choi Jong-kun, the father of the SK networks chairman. / Courtesy of SK Group
  16. Honoring independence fighters
    Starbucks Coffee Korea CEO Lee Seock-koo, front row seventh from left, raises his fist with descendants of independence activists at the company headquarters in Seoul, Monday, two days before National Liberation Day of Korea. The coffee shop chain donated 100 million won ($88,000) to 50 university students whose ancestors fought for Korea's independence. / Courtesy of Starbucks Coffee Korea
    Starbucks Coffee Korea CEO Lee Seock-koo, front row seventh from left, raises his fist with descendants of independence activists at the company headquarters in Seoul, Monday, two days before National Liberation Day of Korea. The coffee shop chain donated 100 million won ($88,000) to 50 university students whose ancestors fought for Korea's independence. / Courtesy of Starbucks Coffee Korea
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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