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Reporter : Lee Hae-rin
Sat, February 24, 2024 | 00:50
Child care centers close, senior homes open as Korea's population declines
Over the past five years, Korea has witnessed the establishment of 13,000 new senior welfare centers, while around 10,000 child care centers have closed down, thus, reflecting the country's aging demographics and plummeting birthrate, recent government statistics show.
K-Family Festival seeks solutions to plunging birthrate
The inaugural K-Family Festival kicked off at Seoul City Hall, Thursday, aiming to convey the value of Korea's traditional family culture as a solution to the aging country's record-low fertility rate and family dissolution.
[INTERVIEW] Expert highlights importance of traditional family unit as solution to population crisis
Korea emerged from the ashes of the 1950-53 Korean War to become the fourth-largest economy in Asia and 12th-largest in the world. But the country is now suffering from a plunging birth rate and aging population. Korea's birth rate hit a record low last year, with an average of only 0.78 newborns expected per woman, which is significantly lower than the OECD average of betwee...
Record-high travel spending
Passengers queue for an international flight at a departure gate in Terminal 1 of Incheon International Airport, Sunday. With outbound travel on the rise, Korea's top five travel apps ― Yanolja, Goodchoice, Agoda, AirBnB and ― set a record in May, with combined spending exceeding 800 billion won ($607 million), according to a report by Wiseapp Retail Goods. The figur...
Rainbow flags fly despite opposition at Seoul's queer festival
The 24th Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF) was held Saturday on the hot asphalt roads in downtown Seoul's Euljiro area instead of its usual venue, the grassy Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall. Undeterred by the scorching heat and conservative opposition, tens of thousands gathered to celebrate the identity and diversity of sexual minorities.
Korea to extend electronic travel authorization validity to spur inbound tourism
Korea plans to simplify immigration procedures for inbound travelers by extending the electronic travel authorization validity from two to three years and exempt the young and old from applying for e-travel authorization in advance.
Jeonju's hidden alleys perfect place for 'gastroventures'
JEONJU, North Jeolla Province - Two hours from Seoul by KTX bullet train, Jeonju is known for its historical pedigree given that it is the hometown of the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom's founder, Yi Seong-gye.
Korea-China air routes to be suspended during summer vacation season
Korean airlines are poised to suspend some of their air routes between Korea and China due to a drop in demand over China's travel visa restriction on tour groups to Korea. According to the aviation industry, Tuesday, Korean Air, the country's largest full-service carrier, will suspend its major Korea-China route between Gimpo and Beijing from Aug. 1 to Oct. 28.
Torrential rain to hit greater Seoul area Tuesday
Seoul and its surrounding areas are forecast to see up to 100 millimeters of heavy rain with a chance of thunderstorms for two days until Tuesday as the annual monsoon season has begun, the state weather agency said Monday. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the country will see heavy showers from Monday to Tuesday, with Seoul forecasted to receive 40...
[INTERVIEW] Jeju researcher transforms Ieodo folklore into modern fairy tale
JEJU ISLAND - For a long time, Ieodo, a submerged rock in the southernmost maritime territory of Korea that only appears when waves hit high, has been believed to be the home of the spirits of dead fishermen from Jeju Island.