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PSV Holds Farewell Ceremony for Park Ji-sung

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

Fans hold up a banner in tribute to Park Ji-sung during a match between PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord at Philips Stadion on Wednesday in this screen grab from YouTube.

Park Ji-sung, one of the most decorated Asian footballers in history, retired in May while playing for PSV Eindhoven, the same team he began his European career with. The Dutch team officially honored his retirement on Wednesday during their match against Feyenoord at Philips Stadion, the home of PSV Eindhoven, where he was the honored guest.

For the farewell ceremony a huge flag carrying Park's image and a banner saying, "Warrior from the South" were hung over the crowd. The "Ji-sung Park" song played and the fans welcomed him with thunderous applause. Park walked around the stadium clapping and waving at the fans...More

Seoul selected 'best biz meeting city' for 3 years

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

Seoul has been recently chosen as the best city for business meetings by readers of Business Traveler. The above photo shows a bird's-eye view of Seoul from the peak of Namsan Mountain.

Readers of a well-known international travel monthly have selected Seoul as the best business meeting venue for three years running.

Business Traveler announced in its December 2014 edition that Seoul has been picked by its readers as the "Best International Business Meetings Destination" in its annual Best in Business Travel Awards...More

Land's end: Haenam

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

Dosoram Hermitage, Mt. Dalmasan © Haenam County Hall

If you're looking to escape the urban jungle of Seoul for a weekend, it would be hard to find a spot further away than Haenam. Jutting out into the southern seas at the very southwest tip of the Korean Peninsula, not only is Haenam far away geographically, but in terms of ambiance, the bucolic landscape of mountains, fields and coastlines is worlds away from the rat race. The hills are home to some of the country's most spectacular Buddhist temples, while the region's islands are treasure troves of scenic beauty and cultural enrichment. Mix in some of Korea's best regional cuisine, and you have all the makings of a great weekend away from the city...More

Singer Lee Jin-ah keeps dream alive

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

As soon as it's released, her new songs will top most domestic music charts.

We're not talking about another idol band, pre-programmed to be famous with a wide fan base. This is the story of Lee Jin-ah, a competitor in season four of the television talent show competition "K-Pop Star", currently being aired on SBS.

Lee Jin-ah talks with the jury about writing her song "Time Slows Down" before she starts her performance during episode one of "K-Pop Star" on November 23...More

Korean history comes together in Chungju

Source | 2014/12/20 | | Permalink

The city of Chungju is located in Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province), in the heart of the Korean Peninsula. It's a city with a population of just over 200,000 and a long history, sitting in the heart of the Jungwon region. With the Hangang River and its southern tributaries flowing through it, the province has long been an important geographical point that connects the north and central parts of the peninsula. It can also easily connect the east, west, south and north together by land, too.

During Goguryeo times (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) the region was home to the Gukwonseong Fortress (국원성, 國原城), playing an important role especially between the early 5th century and mid 6th century. Later invaded by the Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.-A.D. 935), under King Jinheung (r. 540-576) it became the Gukwonsogyeong, an administrative district. In the 8th century, King Gyeongdeok (r. 742-765) expanded the region to become the Jungwonsogyeong Administrative District. Since those times, authorities in the province, especially centered around the city, have had the power to control the entire peninsula...More

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