Korean NGO transforms communities into 'Better Villages' 2013/05/11, Source,
Better World, a nongovernmental organization led by 65-year-old Kim Kwang-dong, is different from other relief groups. As part of its work, it selects a village with a population of 3,000 to 10,000 people and transforms the entire community into a "Better Village". Last year, the organization built a town hall combined with a learning center, which has a solar-powered air-conditioning facility, in a village in Pakistan. The construction of a waterway, which connects a river and the village, is also in full swing. In addition, it brought two young people from the village to Korea and has been teaching mechanics and sewing,...More
Decaying town eyes artful comeback 2012/07/22, Source,
The inaugural Sunset Janghang Festival is hosting various art and culture events around the South Chungcheong Province port town through Sunday. In this photo, the organizers have turned a granary from the Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945) to an exhibition space for contemporary artworks. A main international port in the early 20th century but now largely neglected, Janghang is today riddled with abandoned century-old structures and its population has dropped to about 13,000 from its high 100,000./Korea Times photo by Kwaak Je-yup
Sunset Janghang Festival kicks off town's renaissance effort JANGHANG - The vacation traffic jams clogged up the main freeways out of Seoul last Saturday. But as this reporter's car approached the smallish seaside town, only a few other cars were in sight, the promotional flags attached to lampposts outnumbering the vehicles on the road,...More
Cyworld battles to recover from Facebook, Twitter challenge 2011/01/21, Source,
Lee Dong-hyung, the founder of Korea's most popular social network service Cyworld and the current CEO of "Now Profile", another SNS, said that Cyworld should not copy Facebook and Twitter even if it is starting to lose ground to its two U.S.-based rivals.
Cyworld is still the largest SNS in Korea with over 25 million members, which is more than the local followers of Facebook or Twitter,...More
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