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The number of people who moved from Seoul to other regions was 421,887 last month, which is more than 22,367 who moved to Seoul (398,720), according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea. Last year, the figure was the lowest in 43 years due largely to a rise in housing prices and rapid aging. Housing prices in Seoul rose sharply last year despite a series of measures to rein in surging prices, including tightened home mortgages.
JEONGSEON, Gangwon Province -- Six people have been buried and two others are missing after an explosion at a mine in a northeastern county in Gangwon Province, authorities said Thursday. The accident happened at around 3:55 p.m. when blasting work was under way in an iron mine in Jeongseon, about 150 kilometers east of Seoul, authorities said. Eight others who had also been inside the mine managed to escape. (Yonhap)Four of the six buried under the rocks are reportedly in a critical condition,
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will inspect the South Korean military honor guard before holding a summit with President Moon Jae-in on Friday, marking the first North Korea leader to be greeted by the South Korean military. According to Cheong Wa Dae and the Defense Ministry, the military honor guard will hold a welcoming ceremony for Moon and Kim at the South Korean territory inside the truce village of Panmunjeom. Escorted by ceremonial guards in traditional costume, the two Korea’s leade
A woman believed to be in her 30s jumped in front of an incoming train at Oryu-dong Station at approximately 12:41 p.m. Thursday, in an apparent suicide. An engineer on the Seoul Metro Line No. 1 train involved in the accident reported to have hit the emergency brakes after seeing “someone jump into the subway tracks,” but could not avoid the fatal accident due to the short distance. Oryu-dong Station (Yonhap)Korail authorities said the accident caused approximately 20-minute delays to subway se
South Korea-US joint military exercises are to be suspended when the two Koreas’ leaders hold a historic summit on Friday, in a move aimed at setting a peaceful tone for what could be a major breakthrough to easing cross-border tensions. According to the allies’ militaries, the first part of the annual Key Resolve exercise wrapped up Thursday and the second phase will kick off Monday. A session to review the performance of the computer-simulated games is scheduled for Saturday. The allies’ mil
With the coming inter-Korean summit taking place for the first time in 11 years, North Korean defector Kim Ryon-hui‘s hope is high that she may return to Pyongyang to her family.“I was so nervous counting the days to the summit. I believe I will be able to go back to Pyongyang within this year, may be in June. Is my anticipation too high?” she said in a phone interview with The Korea Herald on Wednesday. Kim Ryon-hui (Courtesy of Kim Ryon-hui)Kim, 47, has been demanding repatriation to the North
As the world‘s eyes descend on the truce village of Panmunjeom, the venue of Friday’s inter-Korean summit, another border town seeks to benefit from the talks. In February 2016, Seoul shuttered an industrial park jointly operated by the two Koreas in the North Korean border town of Kaesong in retaliation for the North’s nuclear test and missile launch. The incident forced more than 120 South Korean businessmen to leave behind their properties, including key facilities and raw materials. Kaesong
SOKCHO, Gangwon Province -- Kim Cheol-sub says he can barely sleep these days. Born in 1937 in Bukcheong, a city in South Hamgyong Province in today’s North Korea, the 81-year-old says the upcoming inter-Korean summit gives him both a sense of despair and excitement. “I just have too many thoughts in my mind,” Kim told The Korea Herald. “I don’t trust the North Korean regime. But thinking about my siblings in the North keeps me awake at night. Perhaps I might be able to see them once more befo
South Korea and the United States have been working together to fill the post of US ambassador to Seoul as soon as possible, the foreign ministry said."With the understanding that an early arrival of a US ambassador to South Korea is desirable, the governments of South Korea and the US have been cooperating to that end," the ministry's deputy spokesperson Kim Deuk-hwan said.The Washington Post reported a day earlier that Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of the US Pacific Command, who was previou
The government and ruling Democratic Party on Thursday discussed a proposal to designate the bid by the southern port city of Busan to host the 2030 World Expo as a state project, party officials said.Busan, the country's second largest city, 450 kilometers south of Seoul, has been pushing for the designation to boost its bid to host the event overseen by the Bureau International des Exposition, an intergovernmental body headquartered in Paris.The 2030 edition will be a larger-scale "sanctioned"
The South Korean presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae, also known as the Blue House, shared some live footage on Thursday from the press center for the summit between South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un scheduled for Friday.The live broadcast was shared on Cheong Wa Dae’s YouTube and Facebook page.The enormous press center, which hosts roughly 3,000 reporters, is located in the Korea International Exhibition Center in Ilsan, some 50 kilometers south of Panmunj