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Moving Out?

As rental prices in Seoul climb, more and more residents are fleeing to the suburbs The Hanguk Ilbo reported on June 14 that more and more people were moving out of Seoul. And the statistics bear this out—the population of the city—well,…
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Closed But Comfy

Koreans Increasingly Turn to Closed SNS You might think that with social network services (SNS)—otherwise known as social media—the more open, the better. In Korea, however, “closed” SNS are on the rise, and have been since the end…
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Autorities Strengthen Regulations on International Marriages

Abuses of system prompt immigration authorities to act On April 24, the Korean daily Dong-A Ilbo broke news that Korea’s immigration authorities were planning to revise Korea’s immigration laws to ban Koreans who make under KRW 1.12…
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SKINNY KOREANS

While developed world gets fatter, Koreans remain remarkably thin A graph of obesity rates by nation was posted on the website of a Korean online community. The graph, composed of “emoticons” that grew increasingly spherical in accordance…
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BORN TO CLIMB: Kim Ja-in

[box_dark] BORN TO CLIMB Meeting sports climbing champion Kim Ja-in 김자인 [/box_dark] Written by Ben Jackson Photograph courtesy of All That Sports They say the very best pianists are the ones that make even the hardest pieces…
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Cyber-Romance in the Age of the Herbivore

As competition in the dating market heats up, many men are opting out The Dong-A Ilbo, one of Korea’s largest newspapers, recently relayed the tale of Mr. Lee, a shy 28-year-old man who, at first glance, seems to be living the dream.…
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Hallyu Graduate School

  Hallyu Graduate School Opens, Offers Special Course for Foreigners The Catholic University of Korea founded its Hallyu Graduate School in June 2012, naming former Vice Minister of Culture Jin Ryong Yoo as its first dean. During…
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Good marriage material in Korea

Korean singles looking for stability Are you a catch in Korea? According to a December poll by popular Korean matchmaking service Duo, more single people are looking for mates with stable jobs like civil servants and teachers. This…
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The Korean Image?

  Poll suggests perceptions of Korea differ according to region The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange conducted a poll of 3,600 individuals in nine countries—China, Japan, Taiwan,…