South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (lit.  "The Great Country of the Han People&quot), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and lying east to the Asian mainland. The name Korea is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled from the 10th to 14th centuries. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone and has a predominantly mountainous terrain. It comprises an estimated 51.4 million residents distributed over 99,392 km .
  • Slinging mud: South Korea hold world's largest, messiest mud festival of its kind
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    Slinging mud: South Korea hold world's largest, messiest mud festival of its kind

    Splash mud over strangers, push others into the muddy pool, and cover yourself with mud from head to toe. All of these actions make sense at the mud festival in South Korea. The 21st Boryeong Mud Festival opened up in Daecheon beach, three hours (120 miles) away from Seoul. The annual festivity lures several million visitors every summer, to cover themselves with mud and run around in a mud playground. Last year, over 560,000 guests came for the muddy delight. “This is the highlight of my summer vacation,” said Ruby Lee, who brought her whole family to the festival this year. “I love the fact that I can get dirty as much as I want and no one will care!” From mud slides to mud baths, mud soccer,

  • South Korean small businesses oppose minimum wage hike
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    South Korean small businesses oppose minimum wage hike

    SEOUL, July 16 (UPI) -- After Seoul decided to increase its minimum wage by more than 10 percent for next year, concerns are mounting among small businesses that the new wage will do more harm than good. South Korean small business owners announced Monday they would veto the government's decision Saturday to increase the minimum wage from the current level of 7,530 won ($6.60) to 8,350 won ($7.40) per hour next year. "Small businesses face a risk of closing due to the wage increase. The decision to further raise the minimum wage level will result in layoffs and accelerate polarization of the economy," said the Korea Federation of SMEs on Monday. The Korea Federation of Small Business fears the

  • How an Aging Korea Learned to Welcome Migrants
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    How an Aging Korea Learned to Welcome Migrants

    From Japan to the United Kingdom, developed countries face a two-pronged problem: aging populations and a deepening hostility toward the immigrants who could keep their aging economies growing. One country may have found the answer to both. In South Korea, a top-down campaign begun in 2005 to remake the nation's ethnic self-image has had remarkable results. In less than a generation, most South Koreans have gone from holding a narrow, racial concept of nationality to embracing the idea that immigrants of Chinese, Nigerian, Vietnamese, or North American descent can be as Korean as anyone else. Part of what makes South Korea's story so striking is its speed. Until the early 2000s, the country's

  • Huawei May Beat Samsung to 5G in Its Own Backyard
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    Huawei May Beat Samsung to 5G in Its Own Backyard

    While Samsung Electronics Co. has become synonymous with technology in South Korea, a controversial rival could upstage it in the race to build fifth-generation wireless networks in its own backyard. Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese company slammed in the U.S. Congress as a security threat, is in the running to supply equipment to all three of South Korea’s national mobile carriers. As South Korea pushes to become the first nation to roll out 5G networks, suppliers from around the world are vying to sell switches, base stations and other gear needed to make them work.

  • North Korean table tennis players arrive in South Korea
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    North Korean table tennis players arrive in South Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean table tennis players arrived in South Korea on Sunday to compete in an international tournament amid an atmosphere of detente between the rivals.

  • S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters
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    S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student protesters.

  • S.Korea's June crude oil imports drop lowest since Jan 2015
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    S.Korea's June crude oil imports drop lowest since Jan 2015

    SEOUL, July 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's imports of Iranian oil fell 40.3 percent in June from the same month a year ago to their lowest since January 2015, as the country's buyers' slashed purchases ahead of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran. South Korea, one of Asia's major Iranian oil customers, imported 686,849 tonnes of Iranian crude in June, or 167,820 barrels per day (bpd), compared with 1.15 million tonnes in June 2017, customs office data showed on Sunday. That was down 9.5 percent from May. In the first half of this year, South Korea's intake of Iranian crude slid 33.9 percent compared with the same period last year to 6.13 million tonnes, or 248,367 bpd, according to

  • Rohidas shines as India 'A' hockey team beat Korea 5-3
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    Rohidas shines as India 'A' hockey team beat Korea 5-3

    Amit Rohidas scored a brace to help Indian men's hockey 'A' team register a come-from-behind 5-3 win over South Korea in the third practice match, here today. South Korea started with a bang, scoring back-to-back goals in the fifth and eight minutes through a field strike and penalty corner conversion by Seo Inwoo and Kim Sungyeob respectively. The hosts pulled one back in the 15th minute when young forward Sumit Kumar converted a well-assisted field goal. But Jeon Jungjun's goal in the 21st minute put the Indians under tremendous pressure once again. The next few minutes remained intense for the home team as they vied for goals. It was in the 39th minute when India 'A' scored their second goal

  • ​SK Telecom, Hyundai use smart energy solution to save factory costs
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    ​SK Telecom, Hyundai use smart energy solution to save factory costs

    SK Telecom has applied its smart energy solution to Hyundai Motor's factory in Ulsan, South Korea, the telco has said. The Internet of Things (IoT) solution will use sensors to track energy consumption in real time and set the optimal use. The Ulsan factory produces on average 6,000 automobiles a day and takes up a 5 million metre-square space. SK Telecom has also built a combined heat and power plant that will produce 11 million kWh of energy per year. The two solutions will save it $2 million in annual energy costs. The factory has been operating with diesel energy but SK Telecom's power plant will use liquefied natural gas (LNG). The telco's solutions will also save around $5 million that

  • A photographer visited North Korea 6 times to see what life is really like — here's what he saw
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    A photographer visited North Korea 6 times to see what life is really like — here's what he saw

    Photographer Eric Lafforgue visited North Korea six times to take photos of daily life in the isolated totalitarian country.  Lafforgue was banned after his sixth trip to North Korea, in 2012, after he made an off-handed comment about a group of Spanish tourists visiting the country. Much of what he saw in North Korea was the more privileged and affluent areas of North Korea, like Pyongyang, but he always requested to visit far-flung destinations in the country. He found that the further he traveled, the more he saw the reality of poverty in which most North Koreans live. After publishing hundreds of photos from six visits to North Korea, it was an offhand comment that got French photographer Eric

  • What would a League World Cup look like?
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    What would a League World Cup look like?

    With the World Cup final a day away and the Overwatch World Cup coming later this year, we got to wondering: What would a League of Legends World Cup look like? The result, unsurprisingly, heavily favors South Korea. But there are several countries that can give the monolith of esports a run for its money, especially in the current meta. Here's our look at 16 teams that could compete at the highest level for a world title, what their rosters would look like and what their destinies might be in a World Cup format. All participants are listed in alphabetical order -- from Australia to Vietnam. Australia Top laner: Brandon "Swip3rR" Holland Jungler: Shern "Shernfire" Cherng Tai Mid laner: Simon

  • 'You have to give up something in life:' Sacrifices made make trip to South Korea sweeter for local taekwondo students
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    'You have to give up something in life:' Sacrifices made make trip to South Korea sweeter for local taekwondo students

    Lee's International Taekwondo es uno de los pocos negocios que permanecen abiertos en Valley View Mall. En su dojang, (sala de práctica de taekwondo en coreano), Kevin Baltazar, de 15 años, Karla Montoya, de 14, y Jonathan López, de 13, se estuvieron preparándose seis días a la semana por varios meses para su primera competencia internacional. Este centro de entrenamiento se encuentra entre decenas de locales vacíos con poca iluminación y escaso aire acondicionado en un centro comercial donde la mayoría de sus entradas han sido selladas con tablones de madera.. En Valley View Mall solo queda el cine AMC, algunas boutiques, galerías de arte, una dulcería mexicana y Lee's International Taekwondo,