[Weekender] An ‘unwinnable’ race with a mission

As major candidates crisscross the country to drum up support in the final stretch to Tuesday’s presidential election, so too do a handful of fringe candidates -- to much less success. Among them a...

Updated : 2017.05.05 14:32

[Weekender] Cafes go beyond coffee

The growth of coffee addicts is explosive, manifested in the rapid spread of coffee shops, big and small, across the nation. Latest data showed that Koreans consumed more than 25 billion cups of coff...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:32

[Weekender] Get space for the price of a coffee

Park Ji-min, 23, carries out most of her daily tasks at cafes. The senior college student works on her assignments, reads books and watches movies on her laptop at the cafes, which are located right...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:20

[Weekender] Franchises experiment with high-end coffee and tea

Cafe franchises in South Korea are going upscale by brewing premium drinks including specialty coffee and high-end tea. Tea cafe franchises offer high-end tea (Chloris Tea & Coffee) It took time, m...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:18

[Weekender] Cafes provide solace for sleep-deprived Koreans

Many people turn to coffee to wake themselves up. But that’s the last thing on the minds of customers of a new breed of cafes devoted to helping people relax and, if possible, take a nap. “The (re...

Updated : 2017.04.28 17:10

[Weekender] South Koreans try blissful bike routes

As the weather starts to heat up, many are taking up cycling for either commuting or sport. The number of bicycle riders has gone up steadily over the past few years here. According to the Korea Tra...

Updated : 2017.04.21 18:07

[Weekender] Work -- a bike ride away

For urban commuters who have to scramble daily through the traffic-jammed city or spend a heavy monthly allowance on taxi rides, the low cost and less-stress alternative of taking a bicycle to work i...

Updated : 2017.04.21 17:25

[Weekender] Travel Bits

Gwangju Royal Ceramic Fest Gwangju Royal Ceramic Festival is held annually in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, where royal ceramic ware was first created during the Joseon period. Launched in 1998, the f...

Updated : 2017.04.14 17:12

[Weekender] Unmanned services: pros and cons

Despite the positive elements of unmanned services for making life more convenient and saving time, concerns are also rising over the technology-backed services replacing jobs and causing security co...

Updated : 2017.04.14 15:59

[Weekender] Young, busy Koreans prefer spending time at unmanned stores

People passing by the streets of Bangbae-dong, a neighborhood in southern Seoul, look back to check out the unusual atmosphere in the Newdle 365 store, one of few unmanned convenience stores in the c...

Updated : 2017.04.14 14:59

[Weekender] Doing without humans

Lee Bom, 34, is one of a growing number of unmarried people in South Korea, and aside from her colleagues at work, she can go a full day without talking to anyone. Due to her long working hours, Lee...

Updated : 2017.04.14 14:59

[Weekender] Air pollution thrust onto presidential election agenda

Environmental issues have rarely received attention in South Korean elections, but the nation’s worst-ever air pollution in the first three months of this year has changed that. With slightly over ...

Updated : 2017.04.07 18:41

[Weekender] Rising market shields consumers from fine dust

Fighting pollution is no longer a seasonal task, and consumers are now preparing for an ongoing war against fine dust. According to South Korea’s biggest discount store chain E-mart, sales of air p...

Updated : 2017.04.07 18:32

[Weekender] Hazy future of South Korean skies

South Korea is more shrouded in dust than ever. In three months this year, the country has seen 85 ultrafine dust advisories issued, more than double in the same period last year, which had 41. Wit...

Updated : 2017.04.07 18:22

[Weekender] Rising market shields consumers from fine dust

Fighting pollution is no longer a seasonal task, and consumers are now preparing for an ongoing war against fine dust. According to South Korea’s biggest discount store chain E-mart, sales of air p...

Updated : 2017.04.07 17:58