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Rescuers penetrate ferry, find nothing

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

About 500 students, parents and residents of Ansan, Gyeonggi, hold a vigil for the safe return of missing students Thursday night at the playground of Danwon High School, carrying messages of hope and smartphone flashlights. By Kim Seong-ryong

JINDO, South Jeolla - On the third day of attempts to penetrate the capsized Sewol ferry, divers yesterday succeeded in getting inside the ship in a desperate effort to find, and possibly save, 268 passengers and crew still missing...More

Battle brews over what Korean foods qualify as hansik

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

Budae jjigae and Jjajangmyeon

Tilli Sanna, who recently returned to Korea two years after her previous visit, said that the Korean food she missed the most was budae jjigae, a spicy soup with hotdogs and instant noodles.

"It's fun to pick out the ingredients in the soup", said Sanna, noting that there are many different recipes for making the dish. Some restaurants use different types of sausages or add tteok, sticky rice cakes, along with either ramen or udon noodles or both. Even The New York Times described the dish in January, calling it one of the most popular Korean dishes...More

White and green fields ring in spring in Gochang, Buan

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

Salt farmers rake sea salt under the April sun at Gomso Salt Field in Buan County, North Jeolla. By Ahn Sung-sik

Yellow, pale pink and white are considered typical spring colors because the season always comes with fresh flowers. But in the southern part of Korea, spring also comes with coarse sea salt and spiky yellow-green barley.

If you haven't had enough of spring yet, head down to Buan and Gochang counties, North Jeolla, where spring is at its peak...More

Lantern in central Seoul marks Buddha's birthday

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

Celebrants circle an over-sized, pagoda-shaped lantern while carrying their own lotus lanterns on April 16 in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. (photo: Jeon Han)

An over-sized lantern resembling the stone pagoda of Mireuksa Temple was lit in Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on April 15 to celebrate the Buddha's 2,558th birthday.

Under the theme of, "Share, be together and you will be happy" (unofficial translation), the event was held to mark the lighting of the lantern. It was followed by a prayer recited by Venerable Jaseung, head of the Jogye Order of Korea, and an encircling march around the lantern by monks and the faithful...More

Student filmmaker recognized by Cannes

Source | 2014/04/19 | | Permalink

As the Cannes International Film Festival looms closer, the festival committee revealed the Cinefoundation finalists yesterday. To the surprise of many people, Korean student filmmaker Kwon Hyun-joo is part of the list.

Cinefoundation was created in 1998 in order to encourage the next generation of filmmakers around the world. Kwon, who studies at Chung-Ang University in southwestern Seoul, was included in the announcement, along with French, Egyptian, Japanese and Israeli student directors...More

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