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South Korea to hike cigarette price by 80%

South Korea Cigarettes

South Korea on Thursday proposed a steep 80 percent hike in cigarette prices to cut consumption in a nation with one of the world’s highest male smoking rates.

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, an employee of Daegyo, the dog meat restaurant, shows a dog meat before serve to customers at a restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. Daegyo, the famous dog meat restaurant she opened in a Seoul alley in 1981, will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday, a reflection of the challenges facing a trade that is neither legal nor explicitly banned under South Korean laws governing livestock and food processing. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

S. Koreans defy US study, defend noodles diet


Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts—in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

K-pop boy band Beast’s comeback record breaks new ground

YANG Yoseob, wearing World Cup shirt, and Beast executing what Billboard calls “the most athletic and impressive showing yet from K-pop dance.”

The comeback record of leading Korean pop (K-pop) boy band Beast, “Good Luck,” is sweeping the Hallyu music charts for its tuneful dynamism and video that has intrigued many for its cross-cultural references.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Wear it Gangnam style

TYPICAL scene at Garosu-gil, where young artists gather

If you want to spot the latest trends among Seoulites, then Garosu-gil in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, is the place to be, aptly named for its beautiful tree-lined street in the middle of the city, adorned with gingko trees. (Garosu-gil means “tree-lined street” in Korean). It has a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly street brands to expensive […]

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in 2BU,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »