Empty city-run museums languish 2013/04/06, Source,
A local museum in Cheongdo County, North Gyeongsang, which was opened in 1993, rarely has visitors. By Gong Jeong-sik
Though it should have been filled with cars on a Saturday afternoon, the parking lot of the Hapcheon Museum in Hapcheon County, South Gyeongsang, sat completely empty when the JoongAng Ilbo visited on March 23. By the end of the day, the local museum had a paltry total of 20 visitors. The Hapcheon Museum, built in 2004 with a local government budget of 8 billion won ($7.18 million), displays relics from the Three Kingdoms period that lasted from the 4th to the 7th century,...More
(25) Student protesters led democracy movement 2012/02/04, Source,
Hundreds of students stage a demonstration after a ceremony to pay tribute to the late activist Park Jong-chul (top right photo) at Korea University in Seoul in January 1987. / Korea Times file
By Michael Breen
In the authoritarian period between the Korean War and the election of Roh Tae-woo in 1987, South Korea's political leaders refused, or perhaps were unable, to accept and honor the idea that political opponents could be loyal to the state.
An opposition party was tolerated to a point because the country was aping American democracy, but those in power were always tempted to interpret threats to their own position as threats to the country itself.
Thus the first dictator, Syngman Rhee, executed an opposition leader for suggesting North-South talks; Park Chung-hee smeared Jeffersonian democrats like Kim Dae-jung as communists; Chun Doo-hwan blacklisted even conservative political figures while co-opting politicians into a formal opposition group (dismissed as "opposition by day, ruling party by night"),...More
Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010? 2010/12/31, Source,
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae
Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions.
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time",...More
Zhang Ziyi attends press conf in Korea for Special Olympics 2010/09/15, Source,
(from left to right) Democratic Party member Lee Kwang-jae, Korea PR Ambassador Kim Yoon-jin, Special Olympics athlete Kim Yuna, Grand National Party member Na Kyung-won and international PR ambassador Zhang Ziyi at the press conference for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games held at the Grand Hilton Hotel. [Ogilvy]
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi attended a press conference in Korea for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, according to a press release from the event promoter's Ogilvy on Wednesday,...More
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