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Busy Office Workers Seek Quick Respite

Source | 2015/10/10 | | Permalink

Tired and stressed-out salaried workers are flocking to a new type of establishment where they can relax or take power naps during the day.

Relaxation parlors are popping up all around Gangnam, Myeong-dong and Hongik University areas. They feature high-tech massage chairs and often have their hands full keeping up with customers...More

Violent Crime Increasingly Happens Anywhere

Source | 2015/10/10 | | Permalink

A woman sits on roadside late at night in Jongno in downtown Seoul on Sept. 23, 2015.

Violent crimes against women occur in such a wide variety of locations that it is becoming impossible to call anywhere safe.

The Chosun Ilbo analyzed cases of murder, robbery, rape and abduction from 2013 and found that 45.3 percent of murders and 21.7 percent of rapes occurred in homes, and 18.8 percent of murders and 16.6 percent of rapes in the streets. With robberies more than three out of 10 occurred on the streets...More

20 native plants in Mt. Halla face extinction

Source | 2015/10/10 | | Permalink

Right under the summit of Baengnokdam, 1,900 meters above sea level on the western side of Mt. Halla, Sasa palmata, a light-green colored indigenous plant species only seen on the mountain covers the cliff all the way up to the summit. The species is growing at ever greater elevations, now approaching the Baengnokdam crater. Crowberry and Sargent Juniper, also native to the area, have had their original homes stolen by the encroaching Sasa palmata and it seems that they might not be able to survive another few years.

The white flowers of hanragujeolcho plants bloom from cracks in the rock, avoiding Sasa palmata`s steady advancement, yet are still in danger. Native azaleas, which paint the mountain`s spring with red, are buried amongst the sea of Sasa palmatas with only their tips visible. The invasive species is even threatening the forest of Abies koreanas, the world`s largest single habitat of the species, by hampering the trees` germination as Sasa palmata densely cover the bottom of their trunks...More

New history textbooks to be drafted by next January

Source | 2015/10/10 | | Permalink

While the official announcement is yet to be made, the Ministry of Education will announce the plan to nationalize Korean history textbooks for middle and high schools on Oct. 12 at the earliest and then immediately start transitioning to the nationalized textbooks.

The first step is to determine if authorities approve textbooks for secondary schools before its official announcement. In general, legislative notification and administrative notification are given in order to receive opinions from the people concerning main agendas. But since further opinions would not make a change, this step is no more than a formality. The ministry will set the administrative notification for 20 days and make an official announcement of their decision to implement the nationally approved and standardized textbooks in early November...More

Ha Ji-won shows off her flexible body

Source | 2015/10/09 | | Permalink

Ha Ji-won showed off her surprisingly flexible body.

On October 9th, Ha Ji-won posted a photo of herself on her personal Instagram...More

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