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Bulguksa Temple to offer stays for foreigners
Foreigners will have a chance to stay at Bulguksa Temple, one of Korea’s most visited monuments in Gyeongju. The 1,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site signed a business agreement with the Foreigner Center of Gyeongju on Monday. The temple worked with the center in May to offer the same service.
Woman cuts off husband's penis
A woman has been arrested on charges of cutting off her husband’s penis while he was sleeping, police said Monday. According to Yeosu Police Station, the incident happened at an apartment in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, at 11:58 p.m. on Saturday. The woman, 54, whose is unidentified, allegedly cut off the tip of the penis with a kitchen knife and flushed the flesh down the toilet.
W2,000 commemorative banknotes to be issued for PyeongChang Olympics
The Bank of Korea (BOK) will issue new 2,000 won ($1.78) banknotes to commemorate the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. It will be the first time the bank has issued commemorative banknotes. In the past, the bank has issued commemorative coins or stamps for special events. The banknotes measure 140 by 75 millimeters. One side portrays eight sports, including speed skatin...
Jeju considers 'environmental tax' on tourists
Jeju Island plans to introduce a so-called “environmental tax” on tourists, claiming they must share responsibility for pollution there. The provincial island’s authorities said Monday that the Korean Association for Local Finance would conduct a study before September to check the feasibility of such a tax. The study will suggest whether it would be pertinent to impose the t...
Moon orders show of 'overwhelming' force against N. Korean provocation
South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his country's military Tuesday to display its capabilities that can overwhelm North Korea should the communist state decide to attack, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said. The order came hours after Pyongyang launched what appeared to be an intermediate range ballistic missile that flew over Japan, according to Cheong Wa Dae o...
UNSC to hold emergency meeting to discuss N. Korea provocation
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's ballistic missile launch at the request of South Korea, the United States and Japan, an official at the foreign ministry said. "South Korea, the U.S. and Japan jointly requested the UNSC hold an emergency meeting to address an emergence of threats to the peace and sec...
Indian Islamic school to introduce Korean language course
Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI), India’s biggest central Islamic university, will launch a one-year Korean language course in September. The university said Saturday the College of Humanities course would be open to humanities students and others pursuing professional courses in Engineering and Management. JMI’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talrat Ahmad, said the course would “not only h...
Man fined for false marriage rumor about late President's widow and Dr. Dre
A court has fined a man, 73, who spread a false rumor online that Lee Hee-ho, widow of late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, planned to marry American hip-hop musician Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre. Seoul Western District Court fined the man 5 million won ($4,400) on Friday on charges of cyber defamation and defamation against the deceased. In Januar...
Cheong Wa Dae dismisses startup minister nominee's 'pseudoscience' issue
The Korean presidential office has expressed support of the minister-designate for the new Ministry of SMEs and Startups, who has been a supporter of pseudoscience communities. “One’s faith and scientific belief can be different,”a government official said. Park Seong-jin, 50, is a professor at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) and also CEO of POSTECH Hold...
Foreign students face big tuition fee hike
International students in Korea can expect tuition fee increases up to 8 percent this semester, while Korean students face a much lower rise. With universities’ fall semester just around the corner, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) has imposed an additional 8 percent charge -- from 268,000 won ($237) to 337,000 won -- on 800 international students, on top of the fe...