Just a quick afternoon trip to a new place while passing through a part of downtown I hadn’t been to before. While probably well-known to the trick skateboarders and rollerbladers, it’s not someplace that makes a lot of tourist publications (though the local maps on the street do show it). (more…)
Poached News: The Won’s Highest in a Year, Migrant Workers and Occupational Safety, Patient Gouging, and a KORAIL Scalper
The Won rose to its highest this year against the U.S. dollar. Closing at w1,780 to the dollar yesterday, it was the Won’s strongest performance against the dollar since December 26, 2008. Migrant workers experienced a significant increase in the number of work related deaths and injuries in 2008. Eight hospitals are facing a three billion won fine for overcharging their patients. Among the eight hospitals charged are Seoul National University Hospital, Yonsei Severance Hospital, Asan Medical Centre, Samsung Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital. In an attempted scheme to cash in on the Chuseok rush, a KORAIL employee was caught scalping train tickets.
Last weekend bboys and graffiti writers from around the world came to Incheon for the 3rd annual R16. Photographer Jason Lewis was on the scene to document the event. (more…)
Seeing organic mayonnaise imported from Germany for w9800 at Emart makes me incredulous, surely no one is buying this. And yet I know that if no one was buying it they probably wouldn’t keep stocking it. So this week’s recipe of the week is for anyone who has, or ever even considered making such a ridiculous purchase. This recipe yields about 2 cups of mayo, costs about w1500 and takes less than five minutes to make. (more…)
Poached News: International Student Experience, English Radio and AIDS Prevention in Question, Promising Outlook for Smartphones
Seoul National University has no plans to address the complaints by its foreign student population. This was in response to earlier criticism that its foreign students faced communication barriers, inadequate administrative support, and discrimination. Complaints from SNU’s foreign faculty are also being reported. However, another university in Seoul began to address such criticisms at the beginning of the fall semester. Konkuk University launched a peer mentoring program that couples international exchange students with Korean students. For a w500,000 bursary, mentors meet with their exchange students twice a week to advise them on any on or off campus problems they have encountered. (more…)
Due to the fast increase in no. of H1N1 positive recently reported by Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministry of Public Administration and Security released operational procedure for festivals and events organised by the local authorities as of 3rd September that it is advised to cancel or postpone festivals and events attract more than 1,000 people at a time and run more than 2 days.
To take the recommendation from the Central Government, Ulsan Metropolitan City has announced to cancel the entire Cheoyong Culture Festival-2009 Ulsan World Music Festival (9th-11th October).
We do apologise for people who have supported and have looked forward to the festival, we promise you all to make the greater festival than ever in 2010.
Poached News: No Aid for North Korea, Mid Class Perceptions, More Korean Students Choose HKK While Foreign Students Rise in the ROK
Seoul is not considering renewing economic aid in return for the family reunions that North Korea has green-lighted this week. The office of the President specifically rejected the possibility of food and fertilizer aid to the North, but suggested that the North’s goodwill will yield and appropriate response from Seoul. The spokesperson reminded reporters on Monday that South Korea will continue to offer humanitarian aid to the North, in the form of medicine, as needed. This response reflects Seoul’s continued demands that the North denuclearize before economic and social aid is resumed. (more…)