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Public Servants' Wages Keep Rising

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Public servants will earn an annual wage of W58.9 million on average this year, up a whopping 5.1 percent from last year (US$1=W1,150).

The wage is in the range of the average W60.2 million paid by large companies and a lot higher than the average W37.3 million in small and mid-sized businesses...More

Graphic Novel Brings Historic Naval Battle to Life

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

American gaphic novelist Onrie Kompan has illustrated the famous naval Battle of Myeongnyang in which Admiral Yi Sun-shin defeated a 330-strong invading Japanese fleet ships with only a dozen of his famous turtle ships...More

Flower Tea Relieves Spring Fatigue

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Korea's traditional flower teas have a range of proven health benefits, especially as spring flowers are rich in antioxidant compounds that can soothe the mind.

Rich in polyphenol, magnolia tea is good for controlling blood pressure. Plum tea contains high levels of anthocyanin, which has anti-aging effects and stimulates digestion, while antioxidant pigments are found in brightly colored plants...More

Russian Filmmaker Exposes N.Korean Propaganda Machine

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

Vitaly Mansky

"Under the Sun" by Russian director Vitaly Mansky opens in theaters here on Wednesday to shine an unprecedented light on the North Korean propaganda machine.

"I wanted to make a film about North Korea, but there's no real life in the way that we consider", Mansky told the Chosun Ilbo in Seoul on Tuesday. "There is just the creating of an image of the myth of a real life. So we made a film about fake reality".

He said the North Korean government wanted something like the "Truman Show", where everything is tightly controlled and orchestrated...More

Seoul's Population Falls Below 10 Million

Source | 2016/05/01 | | Permalink

The population of Seoul has fallen below 10 million for the first time in 28 years with registered citizens at 9.99 million last month, Statistics Korea said Tuesday.

The population of the capital surpassed 10 million in 1988 and stayed above until now...More

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