Sun, February 24, 2019 | 09:54
  1. Lack of civic consciousness
    A large pile of rubbish is stacked in front of a sign at Yeouido Hangang Park in Seoul, Sunday, one day after the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, which was attended by 1 million people. The festival has established itself as one of the must-see annual events in Korea, but the repeated dumping of garbage is hurting its reputation. / Yonhap
    A large pile of rubbish is stacked in front of a sign at Yeouido Hangang Park in Seoul, Sunday, one day after the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, which was attended by 1 million people. The festival has established itself as one of the must-see annual events in Korea, but the repeated dumping of garbage is hurting its reputation. / Yonhap
  2. Fine dust alert
    A pedestrian with mask walks past the wall of Seoul City Hall, a signboard on which advises people to wear masks due to fine dust, Friday. The central and local government issued emergency anti-ultrafine dust measures for two straight days with the dust levels high across the country. The National Institute of Environmental Research predicts the fine dust level will stay “bad” during the weekend. / Yonhap
    A pedestrian with mask walks past the wall of Seoul City Hall, a signboard on which advises people to wear masks due to fine dust, Friday. The central and local government issued emergency anti-ultrafine dust measures for two straight days with the dust levels high across the country. The National Institute of Environmental Research predicts the fine dust level will stay “bad” during the weekend. / Yonhap
  3. Pre-concert excitement heats annual Korea Times festival [PHOTOS]
    (From left) German Ambassador to South Korea Stephan Auer, his wife and Swedish Ambassador to South Korea Jakob Hallgren talk before the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times begins at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukFilipino Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez, left, and Turkish Ambassador to South Korea Ersin Ercin visited the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukMexican Ambassador to South Korea Bruno Figueroa Fischer speaks to a reporter from The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, where he attended the 14th annual spring concert hosted by the English daily. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukVisitors to the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, wait for the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times, Feb 21, in front of the event banner next to the ticket booth. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukPeople wait to enter the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, prior to the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukVisitors to the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, ranged from out-of-towners to children with their parents. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukHonorees from the 2018 Miss Korea pageant hosted by Hankook Ilbo are seated together in the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, before the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulThe Sejong Center for the Performing Arts CEO Kim Sung-kyu and his wife, center, and honorees from the 2018 Miss Korea pageant run by the Hankook Ilbo pose in front of the event banner for the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulAudience members take their seats in the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, just before the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
    (From left) German Ambassador to South Korea Stephan Auer, his wife and Swedish Ambassador to South Korea Jakob Hallgren talk before the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times begins at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukFilipino Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez, left, and Turkish Ambassador to South Korea Ersin Ercin visited the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukMexican Ambassador to South Korea Bruno Figueroa Fischer speaks to a reporter from The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, where he attended the 14th annual spring concert hosted by the English daily. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukVisitors to the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, wait for the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times, Feb 21, in front of the event banner next to the ticket booth. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukPeople wait to enter the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, prior to the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukVisitors to the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, ranged from out-of-towners to children with their parents. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-sukHonorees from the 2018 Miss Korea pageant hosted by Hankook Ilbo are seated together in the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, before the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulThe Sejong Center for the Performing Arts CEO Kim Sung-kyu and his wife, center, and honorees from the 2018 Miss Korea pageant run by the Hankook Ilbo pose in front of the event banner for the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times, Feb. 21. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chulAudience members take their seats in the Grand Hall of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Jongno-gu, Seoul, Feb. 21, just before the start of the 14th annual spring concert hosted by The Korea Times. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
  4. No need for winter coats
    Young people enjoy the warm spring weather at a beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Thursday, when the city's temperature rose to 8 degrees Celsius. The warm weather is expected to continue over the weekend, with most parts of the nation's midday highs rising above 10 degrees. /Yonhap
    Young people enjoy the warm spring weather at a beach in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, Thursday, when the city's temperature rose to 8 degrees Celsius. The warm weather is expected to continue over the weekend, with most parts of the nation's midday highs rising above 10 degrees. /Yonhap
  5. Regretting Abe?
    A man wearing a mask featuring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's face lowers his head during the weekly Wednesday Rally held in front of the former Japanese Embassy building in central Seoul, Wednesday. The protests have been held for the past 27 years to urge the Japanese government to make a sincere apology to former victims of its wartime sexual slavery and offer compensation. / Yonhap
    A man wearing a mask featuring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's face lowers his head during the weekly Wednesday Rally held in front of the former Japanese Embassy building in central Seoul, Wednesday. The protests have been held for the past 27 years to urge the Japanese government to make a sincere apology to former victims of its wartime sexual slavery and offer compensation. / Yonhap
  6. Congratulations
    Students take selfies with their friends after their graduation ceremony at Kyung Hee University, eastern Seoul, Wednesday. / Yonhap
    Students take selfies with their friends after their graduation ceremony at Kyung Hee University, eastern Seoul, Wednesday. / Yonhap
  7. Scholarships for students
    Park Sang-yong, center, head of KB Kookmin Bank's corporate social responsibility, poses with junior and high school students after Kookmin Bank provided scholarships at the bank's headquarters in Seoul, Thursday. The funds will be used not only for their basic education but also their technological training. Courtesy of KB Kookmin Bank
    Park Sang-yong, center, head of KB Kookmin Bank's corporate social responsibility, poses with junior and high school students after Kookmin Bank provided scholarships at the bank's headquarters in Seoul, Thursday. The funds will be used not only for their basic education but also their technological training. Courtesy of KB Kookmin Bank
  8. Best bond issuer in Asia
    Hanwha Life IR Head Choi Sang-wook, center, poses with other winners of Triple A Regional Awards after receiving “the best insurance bond deal award in Asia” from Hong Kong-based financial magazine The Asset at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, Wednesday. The magazine holds the annual award ceremony to recognize the industry's excellent players in banking, finance, treasury and the capital markets. Courtesy of Hanwha Life
    Hanwha Life IR Head Choi Sang-wook, center, poses with other winners of Triple A Regional Awards after receiving “the best insurance bond deal award in Asia” from Hong Kong-based financial magazine The Asset at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, Wednesday. The magazine holds the annual award ceremony to recognize the industry's excellent players in banking, finance, treasury and the capital markets. Courtesy of Hanwha Life
  9. KB in Hanoi
    KB Kookmin Bank CEO Hur Yin, third from right, cuts the tape with the bank's executives at an event celebrating the opening of the bank's branch in Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb. 20. Courtesy of KB Kookmin Bank
    KB Kookmin Bank CEO Hur Yin, third from right, cuts the tape with the bank's executives at an event celebrating the opening of the bank's branch in Hanoi, Vietnam, Feb. 20. Courtesy of KB Kookmin Bank
  10. Helping Myanmar children
    Woori Financial Group Chairman Sohn Tae-seung, front row center, raises his fist with his employees at company headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday, before they depart for Myanmar. They will spend the next five days volunteering at Yankin Children Hospital in Yangon. Courtesy of Woori Financial Group
    Woori Financial Group Chairman Sohn Tae-seung, front row center, raises his fist with his employees at company headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday, before they depart for Myanmar. They will spend the next five days volunteering at Yankin Children Hospital in Yangon. Courtesy of Woori Financial Group
  11. For clean tax administration
    National Tax Service (NTS) Commissioner Han Sung-hee, right, and Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants President Choi Joong-kyung show a signed agreement at the NTS Seoul Regional Office, Feb 19, after forming a business alliance to eradicate tax-related corruption and ensure clean tax administration. / Courtesy of National Tax Service
    National Tax Service (NTS) Commissioner Han Sung-hee, right, and Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants President Choi Joong-kyung show a signed agreement at the NTS Seoul Regional Office, Feb 19, after forming a business alliance to eradicate tax-related corruption and ensure clean tax administration. / Courtesy of National Tax Service
  12. Renault executive in Busan
    Jose-Vicente De Los Mozos, center, an executive vice president of the Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Renault Group, holds talks with workers of Renault Samsung Motors at the firm's Busan factory, Thursday. The visit of Renault's key executive came amid prolonged conflicts between the management and the union in wage negotiations. The Korean unit of Renault said Friday that De Los Mozos called on both sides to reach an agreement at the earliest possible date to better cope with tougher market conditions. / Courtesy of Renault Samsung Motors
    Jose-Vicente De Los Mozos, center, an executive vice president of the Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Renault Group, holds talks with workers of Renault Samsung Motors at the firm's Busan factory, Thursday. The visit of Renault's key executive came amid prolonged conflicts between the management and the union in wage negotiations. The Korean unit of Renault said Friday that De Los Mozos called on both sides to reach an agreement at the earliest possible date to better cope with tougher market conditions. / Courtesy of Renault Samsung Motors
  13. Attracting investment for startups
    Chung Mong-koo Foundation Chief Director Kwon O-kyu, front row second from left, and Minister of Employment and Labor Lee Jae-kap, third from left, pose with participants of Hyundai Motor Group's H-ondream demo day event in Jung-gu, Seoul, Wednesday. The event is aimed at matching investors and nine promising startups and it has been providing 14 billion won for 208 teams since 2012. From left are Chung Mong-koo Foundation Director Lee Hyoung-keun, Kwon, Lee and Hyundai Motor President Kong Young-woon. Courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group
    Chung Mong-koo Foundation Chief Director Kwon O-kyu, front row second from left, and Minister of Employment and Labor Lee Jae-kap, third from left, pose with participants of Hyundai Motor Group's H-ondream demo day event in Jung-gu, Seoul, Wednesday. The event is aimed at matching investors and nine promising startups and it has been providing 14 billion won for 208 teams since 2012. From left are Chung Mong-koo Foundation Director Lee Hyoung-keun, Kwon, Lee and Hyundai Motor President Kong Young-woon. Courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group
  14. Rolls-Royce CEO in Seoul
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos touches the emblem of the Silver Ghost at the luxury car brand's new showroom in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. Only 35 Silver Ghosts were built in limited edition and one of them was displayed in the showroom to celebrate its opening. Yonhap
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos touches the emblem of the Silver Ghost at the luxury car brand's new showroom in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, Wednesday. Only 35 Silver Ghosts were built in limited edition and one of them was displayed in the showroom to celebrate its opening. Yonhap
  15. Homeplus' permanent job deal
    Homeplus CEO Lim Il-soon, left, shakes hands with Korea Mart Labor Union Homeplus chapter head Joo Jae-hyun after they signed this year's wage deal at the discount chain's headquarters in Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Monday. Under the deal, the company's 12,000 contract workers will be granted permanent employment status, and a 7.2 percent salary increase. The discount chain is run by Homeplus Corp. and Homeplus Stores, and the latter's union is also in separate negotiations over giving regular jobs to contract workers. Courtesy of Homeplus
    Homeplus CEO Lim Il-soon, left, shakes hands with Korea Mart Labor Union Homeplus chapter head Joo Jae-hyun after they signed this year's wage deal at the discount chain's headquarters in Gangseo-gu, Seoul, Monday. Under the deal, the company's 12,000 contract workers will be granted permanent employment status, and a 7.2 percent salary increase. The discount chain is run by Homeplus Corp. and Homeplus Stores, and the latter's union is also in separate negotiations over giving regular jobs to contract workers. Courtesy of Homeplus
  16. Ediya Coffee's new plant
    Ediya Coffee Chairman Moon Chang-ki, eighth from left, and other officials of the coffee franchise broke ground on a new plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Monday. The 35 billion won center will be able to process 6,000 tons of coffee beans a year, when completed in April next year. Courtesy of Ediya Coffee
    Ediya Coffee Chairman Moon Chang-ki, eighth from left, and other officials of the coffee franchise broke ground on a new plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Monday. The 35 billion won center will be able to process 6,000 tons of coffee beans a year, when completed in April next year. Courtesy of Ediya Coffee
  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