Tue, December 12, 2017 | 19:21
  1. Start of parliamentary session
    Lawmakers sing the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the National Assembly’s regular session, Friday. The 100-day regular session, the first after the Moon Jae-in administration was launched, is expected to bring heated debates between rival parties over the government’s 2018 budget bill centered on boosting welfare benefits and responses to North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations. / Yonhap
    Lawmakers sing the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the National Assembly’s regular session, Friday. The 100-day regular session, the first after the Moon Jae-in administration was launched, is expected to bring heated debates between rival parties over the government’s 2018 budget bill centered on boosting welfare benefits and responses to North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations. / Yonhap
  2. Civic activist honored
    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, left, gives a commendation to Kim Hyo-jin, chief of the Disabled Women’s Network, during a ceremony at the Government Complex in Seoul, Friday, marking the 69th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kim received the award for years of anti-discrimination campaigning for disabled women, including campaigns for relevant laws to be revised and to urge employers to give the women jobs. / Yonhap
    Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, left, gives a commendation to Kim Hyo-jin, chief of the Disabled Women’s Network, during a ceremony at the Government Complex in Seoul, Friday, marking the 69th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kim received the award for years of anti-discrimination campaigning for disabled women, including campaigns for relevant laws to be revised and to urge employers to give the women jobs. / Yonhap
  3. Assembly condemnation of NK
    An electronic display board at the National Assembly during a plenary session, Saturday, shows 98.63 percent of lawmakers’ consent on a resolution to condemn North Korea’s violation of the U.N. Armistice Agreement for test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Of 219 lawmakers present, 216 voted in favor with three abstaining. / Yonhap
    An electronic display board at the National Assembly during a plenary session, Saturday, shows 98.63 percent of lawmakers’ consent on a resolution to condemn North Korea’s violation of the U.N. Armistice Agreement for test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Of 219 lawmakers present, 216 voted in favor with three abstaining. / Yonhap
  4. Honorary Seoul citizen
    Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, left, holds a Seoul honorary citizenship certificate after receiving it from Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon at Seoul City Hall, Friday. / Yonhap
    Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, left, holds a Seoul honorary citizenship certificate after receiving it from Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon at Seoul City Hall, Friday. / Yonhap
  5. Senior lawmaker in crisis
    Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan of the Liberty Korea Party looks grim during a party meeting at the National Assembly, Friday. The prosecution plans to question him next week for allegedly accepting bribes from the National Intelligence Service, but Choi said he would not cooperate in the investigation, which he calls unfair. / Korea Times photo by Oh Dae-geun
    Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan of the Liberty Korea Party looks grim during a party meeting at the National Assembly, Friday. The prosecution plans to question him next week for allegedly accepting bribes from the National Intelligence Service, but Choi said he would not cooperate in the investigation, which he calls unfair. / Korea Times photo by Oh Dae-geun
  6. Candlelit protest painting
    President Moon Jae-in poses with presidential secretaries and ministers in front of a painting of the candlelit protest of the massive corruption scandal involving former President Park Geun-hye, before a Cabinet meeting in Cheong Wa Dae, Tuesday. Cheong Wa Dae said it borrowed the painting, painted by artist Lim Ok-sang, from the person who purchased it so it could display the painting at the presidential office. / Yonhap
    President Moon Jae-in poses with presidential secretaries and ministers in front of a painting of the candlelit protest of the massive corruption scandal involving former President Park Geun-hye, before a Cabinet meeting in Cheong Wa Dae, Tuesday. Cheong Wa Dae said it borrowed the painting, painted by artist Lim Ok-sang, from the person who purchased it so it could display the painting at the presidential office. / Yonhap
  7. Conflict over labor law
    Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Park Yong-maan, right, and Rep. Hong Young-pyo of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea who currently chairs the National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee, are tight-lipped during a meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul, Thursday. Park said businesses agreed to accept the consensus of lawmakers on a gradual and flexible reduction of working hours from 68 to 52 hours, ahead of the minimum wage hike next year. While several hardliners are opposed to the move, Park urged lawmakers to pass the bill regarding the working hour reduction as soon as possible, during his sixth visit to the National Assembly this year. / Yonhap
    Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Park Yong-maan, right, and Rep. Hong Young-pyo of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea who currently chairs the National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee, are tight-lipped during a meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul, Thursday. Park said businesses agreed to accept the consensus of lawmakers on a gradual and flexible reduction of working hours from 68 to 52 hours, ahead of the minimum wage hike next year. While several hardliners are opposed to the move, Park urged lawmakers to pass the bill regarding the working hour reduction as soon as possible, during his sixth visit to the National Assembly this year. / Yonhap
  8. Record foreign exchange reserves
    A worker at KEB Hana Bank’s anti-counterfeit center inspects U.S. dollar bills at the financial institution’s headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday. Korea’s foreign exchange reserves reached $387.25 billion as of the end of November, which is the highest in history, according to the Bank of Korea. / Yonhap
    A worker at KEB Hana Bank’s anti-counterfeit center inspects U.S. dollar bills at the financial institution’s headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday. Korea’s foreign exchange reserves reached $387.25 billion as of the end of November, which is the highest in history, according to the Bank of Korea. / Yonhap
  9. SamDaSoo distribution
    Kwangdong Pharmaceutical Vice Chairman and CEO Choi Sung-won, left, poses with Oh Kyung-soo, CEO of Jeju Provincial Development Co., after renewing a contract on the distribution of SamDaSoo, the country’s most popular bottled water, at the Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel, Thursday. Under the contract, Kwangdong will distribute SamDaSoo, produced by the development corporation, to retail stores throughout the country, except Jeju Island, for four years until December 2021. Kwangdong has been distributing the bottled water since 2012./ Courtesy of Kwangdong Pharmaceutical
    Kwangdong Pharmaceutical Vice Chairman and CEO Choi Sung-won, left, poses with Oh Kyung-soo, CEO of Jeju Provincial Development Co., after renewing a contract on the distribution of SamDaSoo, the country’s most popular bottled water, at the Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel, Thursday. Under the contract, Kwangdong will distribute SamDaSoo, produced by the development corporation, to retail stores throughout the country, except Jeju Island, for four years until December 2021. Kwangdong has been distributing the bottled water since 2012./ Courtesy of Kwangdong Pharmaceutical
  10. New KEB Hana headquarters
    KEB Hana Bank President Ham Young-joo, center, other officials and clients cut the tape at the opening of the bank’s new head office in Seoul, Friday. It was also the second anniversary of the merger between Hana Bank and the Korea Exchange Bank. / Yonhap
    KEB Hana Bank President Ham Young-joo, center, other officials and clients cut the tape at the opening of the bank’s new head office in Seoul, Friday. It was also the second anniversary of the merger between Hana Bank and the Korea Exchange Bank. / Yonhap
  11. Super onions
    Models promote “super onions” which are five to six times larger than normal at a Hyundai Department Store in Apgujeong, Seoul, Sunday. Four outlets will sell the giants until Thursday. The onions, grown in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, weigh about one kilogram on average and measure up to 21 centimeters across. / Courtesy of Hyundai Department Store
    Models promote “super onions” which are five to six times larger than normal at a Hyundai Department Store in Apgujeong, Seoul, Sunday. Four outlets will sell the giants until Thursday. The onions, grown in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, weigh about one kilogram on average and measure up to 21 centimeters across. / Courtesy of Hyundai Department Store
  12. Official timekeeper
    Signer Sean, center, poses with his children in a bobsleigh slide during watchmaker Omega’s ceremonial event for being the official timekeeper of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the company’s store in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, Tuesday. / Yonhap
    Signer Sean, center, poses with his children in a bobsleigh slide during watchmaker Omega’s ceremonial event for being the official timekeeper of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the company’s store in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, Tuesday. / Yonhap
  13. Making kimchi
    Samsung SDI's foreign researchers pose while making kimchi at the firm's research center in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, Dec. 6 as part of the firm's year-end corporate social responsibility to help those in need. / Courtesy of Samsung SDI
    Samsung SDI's foreign researchers pose while making kimchi at the firm's research center in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, Dec. 6 as part of the firm's year-end corporate social responsibility to help those in need. / Courtesy of Samsung SDI
  14. OLED lights
    LG Display’s flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting devices were on display at the company’s office in Seoul, Friday. The display maker launched its OLED lighting device brand “Luflex.” / Courtesy of LG Display
    LG Display’s flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting devices were on display at the company’s office in Seoul, Friday. The display maker launched its OLED lighting device brand “Luflex.” / Courtesy of LG Display
  15. Luxury car on video wall
    Models look at a Mercedes-Benz sedan at the German carmaker’s office in Seoul, Wednesday. Seen behind the models is LG Electronics’ video wall made of 55 liquid crystal display signage panels. / Courtesy of LG Electronics
    Models look at a Mercedes-Benz sedan at the German carmaker’s office in Seoul, Wednesday. Seen behind the models is LG Electronics’ video wall made of 55 liquid crystal display signage panels. / Courtesy of LG Electronics
  16. Hamburgers for PyeongChang volunteers
    McDonald’s Korea employees give hamburgers to volunteers for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, during a training session at Seoul Human Resource Development Center in this Dec. 3 file photo. The official partner of PyeongChang 2018 donated 450 Happy Value Menu burgers to the volunteers. / Courtesy of McDonald’s Korea
    McDonald’s Korea employees give hamburgers to volunteers for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, during a training session at Seoul Human Resource Development Center in this Dec. 3 file photo. The official partner of PyeongChang 2018 donated 450 Happy Value Menu burgers to the volunteers. / Courtesy of McDonald’s Korea
  17. Los Angeles Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin honored
    The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, left, answers questions after receiving the special prize during the 2017 Cho-A Pharmaceutical Awards for professional baseball players at Seoul Plaza Hotel, Wednesday. Former Samsung Lions slugger Lee Seung-yuop, right, was also honored during the ceremony. The pharmaceutical company presented awards for players in 17 categories, including Pitcher of the Year, during the ceremony. / Yonhap
    The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, left, answers questions after receiving the special prize during the 2017 Cho-A Pharmaceutical Awards for professional baseball players at Seoul Plaza Hotel, Wednesday. Former Samsung Lions slugger Lee Seung-yuop, right, was also honored during the ceremony. The pharmaceutical company presented awards for players in 17 categories, including Pitcher of the Year, during the ceremony. / Yonhap
  18. 471st Turtle Marathon
    The Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times, hosted the 471st Turtle Marathon at Namsan Park, Saturday. Participants included Hankook Ilbo President Lee Jun-hee, ninth from left; Kim Byung-eun, sixth from left, chairman of the Korea Duck Association; and winners of the 2017 Miss Korea beauty pageant. / Korea Times photo by Shin Sang-soon
    The Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times, hosted the 471st Turtle Marathon at Namsan Park, Saturday. Participants included Hankook Ilbo President Lee Jun-hee, ninth from left; Kim Byung-eun, sixth from left, chairman of the Korea Duck Association; and winners of the 2017 Miss Korea beauty pageant. / Korea Times photo by Shin Sang-soon
  19. 470th Turtle Marathon
    Participants in the 470th Turtle Marathon pose at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress after finishing the walkathon, Saturday. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, hosted the monthly event. Participants included Hankook Ilbo President Lee Jun-hee, fourth from right, Suwon Mayor Yeom Tae-young, sixth from right, and Kim Jin-kwan, chairman of the Suwon City Council, left. / Korea Times photo by Shin Sang-soon  
    Participants in the 470th Turtle Marathon pose at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress after finishing the walkathon, Saturday. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, hosted the monthly event. Participants included Hankook Ilbo President Lee Jun-hee, fourth from right, Suwon Mayor Yeom Tae-young, sixth from right, and Kim Jin-kwan, chairman of the Suwon City Council, left. / Korea Times photo by Shin Sang-soon  
  20. Tennis competition in Singapore
    Participants at the Fifth World Tennis Club Competition for the Presidential Cup of the Korean Association in Singapore (President Noh Chong-hyun) raise their fists at the opening ceremony at Tanglin Tennis Court in Singapore, Saturday. Over 170 Korean players from seven countries ― Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the United States and Britain ― joined the two-day competition hosted by the Korean association. / Courtesy of the Korean Association in Singapore
    Participants at the Fifth World Tennis Club Competition for the Presidential Cup of the Korean Association in Singapore (President Noh Chong-hyun) raise their fists at the opening ceremony at Tanglin Tennis Court in Singapore, Saturday. Over 170 Korean players from seven countries ― Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the United States and Britain ― joined the two-day competition hosted by the Korean association. / Courtesy of the Korean Association in Singapore
  21. 469th Turtle Marathon
    Participants in the 469th Turtle Marathon pose at Namsan Park in Seoul after finishing the walkathon, Saturday. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, hosted the monthly walkathon. Hankook Ilbo President Lee Jun-hee, seventh from left, participated in a cake-cutting ceremony. Participants also included Chung Man-ho, eighth from left, vice governor of Gangwon Province and Kim Joo-ho, ninth from left, executive vice president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. / Korea Times photo by Hong In-ki
    Participants in the 469th Turtle Marathon pose at Namsan Park in Seoul after finishing the walkathon, Saturday. The Hankook Ilbo, a sister paper of The Korea Times, hosted the monthly walkathon. Hankook Ilbo President Lee Jun-hee, seventh from left, participated in a cake-cutting ceremony. Participants also included Chung Man-ho, eighth from left, vice governor of Gangwon Province and Kim Joo-ho, ninth from left, executive vice president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. / Korea Times photo by Hong In-ki
  22. Ven. Seol Jeong to head Jogye Order
    Venerable Seol Jeong receives a bouquet of flowers after being elected 35th executive chief of the Buddhist Jogye Order at the Jogye Temple, Wednesday. Ven. Seol, 75, received 234 votes out of 319 in the election held last month. He will lead the order for the next four years. / Yonhap
    Venerable Seol Jeong receives a bouquet of flowers after being elected 35th executive chief of the Buddhist Jogye Order at the Jogye Temple, Wednesday. Ven. Seol, 75, received 234 votes out of 319 in the election held last month. He will lead the order for the next four years. / Yonhap
  23. Korea CQ Forum
    Participants of the Korea CQ Forum, hosted by the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), pose after hearing a lecture by Lee Ho-soo, the president of SK Telecom’s ICT strategy department, on the topic “ICT Issues in 2017” at the residence of Danish Ambassador to Korea Thomas Lehmann. From bottom left are Chairman of DI Corporation Park Won-ho, the spouse of Turkish Ambassador Pinar Okcal; President of CICI Choi Jung-wha; Lee; and the Danish Ambassador. / Courtesy of CICI
    Participants of the Korea CQ Forum, hosted by the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), pose after hearing a lecture by Lee Ho-soo, the president of SK Telecom’s ICT strategy department, on the topic “ICT Issues in 2017” at the residence of Danish Ambassador to Korea Thomas Lehmann. From bottom left are Chairman of DI Corporation Park Won-ho, the spouse of Turkish Ambassador Pinar Okcal; President of CICI Choi Jung-wha; Lee; and the Danish Ambassador. / Courtesy of CICI
  24. Miss Korea winners visit The Korea Times
    The Korea Times President-Publisher Lee Chang-sup, center, poses with winners of the 2017 Miss Korea beauty pageant at The Korea Times office in Seoul, Wednesday. From left are Lee Soo-yeon, Nam Seung-woo, Lee Han-na, first-place winner Seo Jae-won, Kim Sa-rang and Jung Dah-hye. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
    The Korea Times President-Publisher Lee Chang-sup, center, poses with winners of the 2017 Miss Korea beauty pageant at The Korea Times office in Seoul, Wednesday. From left are Lee Soo-yeon, Nam Seung-woo, Lee Han-na, first-place winner Seo Jae-won, Kim Sa-rang and Jung Dah-hye. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
  25. CQ forum on future of translation
    Simon Lee, CEO of Flitto, gave a lecture on the future of translation using mobile platform and web online at the Korea CQ forum hosted by Corea Image Communication Institute at Flitto building in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Tuesday. Participants included Chevron Korea Chairman Bill Miner, left in the back row, Turkish Ambassador to Korea Arslan Hakan Okcal, third from left in the back row, Lee, fourth from left in the back row and The Korea Times CEO Lee Chang-sup, right in the back row. CICI President Choi Jung-wha is seen fourth from left in the front row. / Courtesy of CICI
    Simon Lee, CEO of Flitto, gave a lecture on the future of translation using mobile platform and web online at the Korea CQ forum hosted by Corea Image Communication Institute at Flitto building in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Tuesday. Participants included Chevron Korea Chairman Bill Miner, left in the back row, Turkish Ambassador to Korea Arslan Hakan Okcal, third from left in the back row, Lee, fourth from left in the back row and The Korea Times CEO Lee Chang-sup, right in the back row. CICI President Choi Jung-wha is seen fourth from left in the front row. / Courtesy of CICI
  26. Book fair in Taiwan
    A woman and her son look at drawings by Mexican illustrator Louis San Vicente at the 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday. The annual Taipei book fair is held at the Taipei International Trade Center from Wednesday to Monday. / EPA-Yonhap
    A woman and her son look at drawings by Mexican illustrator Louis San Vicente at the 2017 Taipei International Book Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday. The annual Taipei book fair is held at the Taipei International Trade Center from Wednesday to Monday. / EPA-Yonhap
  27. Miss Korea 2017
    Miss Korea 2017 winner Seo Jae-won, 21, smiles after her victory in the annual beauty pageant at the Universal Arts Center, in Neung-dong, Seoul, Friday. The annual contest was hosted by the Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times / Korea Times photo by Koh Young-kwon
    Miss Korea 2017 winner Seo Jae-won, 21, smiles after her victory in the annual beauty pageant at the Universal Arts Center, in Neung-dong, Seoul, Friday. The annual contest was hosted by the Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times / Korea Times photo by Koh Young-kwon
  28. Sunwoo Yekwon wins Van Cliburn with Rachmaninoff
    Pianist Sunwoo Yekwon won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday. The 28-year old became the first South Korean to win the Van Cliburn’s Winner’s Cup since the competition was first held in 1962. He performed Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 in his final rounds of the competition. Kenneth Brosberg, 23, and Daniel Hsu 19, from the U.S. took the Silver and Bronze Medals. / Yonhap
    Pianist Sunwoo Yekwon won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday. The 28-year old became the first South Korean to win the Van Cliburn’s Winner’s Cup since the competition was first held in 1962. He performed Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 in his final rounds of the competition. Kenneth Brosberg, 23, and Daniel Hsu 19, from the U.S. took the Silver and Bronze Medals. / Yonhap
  29. Actress Song at London Fashion Week
    Actress Song Hye-kyo poses for photographers at Burberrys Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show, part of London Fashion Week in London, Monday. / AP-Yonhap
    Actress Song Hye-kyo poses for photographers at Burberrys Autumn/Winter 2017 fashion show, part of London Fashion Week in London, Monday. / AP-Yonhap
  30. New 'Star Wars' film
    British director Gareth Edwards, right, stands with Mexican actor Diego Luna, left, and British actress Felicity Jones during a press conference for the film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in Tokyo, Wednesday. The film will be released in movie theaters across Japan, Dec. 16. / EPA-Yonhap
    British director Gareth Edwards, right, stands with Mexican actor Diego Luna, left, and British actress Felicity Jones during a press conference for the film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in Tokyo, Wednesday. The film will be released in movie theaters across Japan, Dec. 16. / EPA-Yonhap
  31. Chan gets honorary Oscar
    Actor Jackie Chan arrives at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., Saturday. Chan received an honorary Oscar along with film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentarian Frederick Wiseman. Honorary Oscars used to be presented during the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Establishing the untelevised Governors Awards ceremony has allowed for more comprehensive presentations and more diverse recipients. / Reuters-Yonhap
    Actor Jackie Chan arrives at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., Saturday. Chan received an honorary Oscar along with film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentarian Frederick Wiseman. Honorary Oscars used to be presented during the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Establishing the untelevised Governors Awards ceremony has allowed for more comprehensive presentations and more diverse recipients. / Reuters-Yonhap