[Weekender] Vegetarian-friendly eateries to visit in Seoul

Aparna Balakumar, a 21-year-old Australian student visiting South Korea, says she was a little nervous about coming to the country for the first time, fearing that her food options might be limited a...

Updated : 2017.06.16 17:11

[Weekender] Vegetarianism becomes a matter of environmental choice

Withstanding the difficulties and inconveniences of being a vegetarian can derive from healthful or dietary purposes, but for many it is also about the environment. A 2011 report titled “Meat Eater...

Updated : 2017.06.16 16:42

[Weekender] Being vegetarian in Korea

Being vegetarian in Korea is difficult, and being vegan is just putting undue hardships on oneself -- or so go the few dozen conversations I’ve had over the last few years in Seoul since I switched ...

Updated : 2017.06.16 16:33

[Weekender] Korea’s favorite emoticons and their stories

Koreans are avid users of emoticons on mobile chats, and an interesting trend here is that popular emoticons are mostly characters with made-up life stories behind each of them. According to Kakao C...

Updated : 2017.06.09 16:38

[Weekender] Receptions of emoticons different by generation

Emoticons on mobile messengers have pandered to young South Koreans’ taste, becoming an inseparable part of their lives. But in a nation lush with ready-made emoticon packages, which cost some 3,00...

Updated : 2017.06.09 16:36

[Weekender] A brief history of emoticons

Some are flashy, some move, and some even make sounds. Emoticons have become an inseparable means of delivering feelings and messages for mobile messenger and online users worldwide. Some 92 percent...

Updated : 2017.06.09 16:28

[Weekender] Emoticons eclipse Koreans, fueling character market boom

Like many others here in South Korea, 26-year-old office worker Park Na-young frequently exchanges mobile messages with her friends and colleagues through her smartphone. However, it’s not just tex...

Updated : 2017.06.09 16:27

[Weekender] Outdoor sports head indoors with technology

Although it can be difficult to find a way to be active during the scorching summer, it has become easier to find indoor alternatives. In this densely populated and busy country, the sports industry...

Updated : 2017.06.02 19:08

[Weekender] Scaling world’s tallest indoor ice wall

Five meters above ground and clinging on to a wall of ice by the tips of my toes, instinct was signaling loud and clear that I should stick to the ice to stay alive. “Lean backward, (because) you c...

Updated : 2017.06.02 18:44

[Weekender] Beat the heat, get sporty indoors

About a century ago, a Canadian-American teacher was struggling to find a sport his students could play during the harsh New England winter. He decided to take the activity indoors, introducing to t...

Updated : 2017.06.02 17:21

[Weekender] Our fascination with crime

Crime dramas have been running rampant in Korean film and television. In cinema, 2017 opened with such flicks as “One Line,” the tale of a surprisingly simple but effective bank scam; “The Prison...

Updated : 2017.05.26 15:44

[Weekender] Places fading into memory

Bookstores expand their commercial horizons Bookstores were the intellectual sanctuaries for Korea’s youngsters and libertines, who burned with passion for democracy, prosperity and humanity there ...

Updated : 2017.05.19 18:19

[Weekender] Old things worth holding on to

“Every memory of looking out the back door/ I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor/ It’s hard to say it/ time to say it/ Goodbye, goodbye,” sings the band Nickelback in its 2005 sing...

Updated : 2017.05.19 13:30

[Weekender] Korean election scenes in the eyes of foreigners

“New Republic of Korea with Moon Jae-in. If you don’t vote, shy-shy-shy.” The familiar tune from K-pop girl group Twice blares from a loudspeaker atop a remodeled truck in a Seoul street, apparen...

Updated : 2017.05.05 16:58

[Weekender] Campaigns evolve over decades; image-based politics still continues

About half of the current South Korean voters were holding voting rights in the historic 1987 election, when the direct election system was reintroduced after a long spell of military regimes from Pa...

Updated : 2017.05.05 16:50