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Over 80% of Koreans Choose Cremation

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

More than 80 percent of Koreans now choose cremation for their funeral, a massive cultural shift from just two decades ago.

The Korea Funeral Culture and Policy Institute last week said 221,886 people, or 80.5 percent, of the 275,700 people who died last year were cremated. The institute estimates that cremations accounted for 81.1 percent of all funerals from January to May this year...More

New Airport Check-in Terminal to Open at Gwangmyeong KTX Station

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

A check-in terminal at the KTX station in Gwangmyeong south of Seoul will make it easier for air passengers from the provinces to catch flights at Incheon International Airport.

There are already two airport check-in terminals in Seoul, at Seoul Station and COEX...More

Bestselling Novelist Accused of Plagiarism

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Novelist Shin Kyung-sook is in hot water again after being accused of plagiarizing parts of her bestselling tear-jerker "Please Look After Mom".

Essayist Oh Gil-sun has filed a suit against Shin and her publisher Changbi seeking W100 million from each for plagiarism, according to legal sources (US$1=W1,120)...More

Top Shipbuilders Despair of Meeting Targets

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Korea's top three shipbuilders are suffering from a record dearth of orders and it now seems impossible for them to meet their annual targets.

With little over three months left of the year, the nation's top shipbuilders have only won just over 10 percent of their targets...More

Korean Parents Still Fork Out Huge Sums for Public Education

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Private costs for public education have fallen below two percent of GDP for the first time since 1996, but Korea still ranks third in the OECD for the amount parents have to fork over.

The costs include tuition, lunches and other expenses from kindergarten to university. The higher the proportion shouldered by parents and students, the poorer the standing of a country's education system...More

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