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Exploring Seoul on foot
Strolling through a city with a guide is a hassle-free and effective way to learn about its history and cultural fabric. Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) runs 37 different walking tours for Korean and foreign visitors - all free of charge. English, Chinese, and Japanese language tours are regularly offered. Malay-Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese speaking guides are also ava...
Experts, officials to discuss 'smart city' legislation in Seoul
Legal experts and public officials from around Asia will come to Korea for the annual Asian Legislative Experts Symposium (ALES), held at The Plaza Seoul hotel on Oct. 30, to discuss legislative issues in “smart city” projects, according to the Ministry of Government Legislation, Sunday.
Rallies continue in Seoul over prosecutorial reform
People calling for prosecutorial reform blanketed roads next to Yeouido Park in Seoul, Saturday, days after the prosecutors' office arrested the wife of controversial former Justice Minister Cho Kuk over various corruption allegations.
'Too powerful, too political': reining back prosecutorial power
The prosecution's investigation into allegations surrounding short-lived former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's family has reignited the debate over its political neutrality, and has sparked public support and attention to fast-tracked bills aimed at curbing the agency's extensive powers. One prominent idea is setting up a separate investigative body for crimes of high-ranking pub...
'Megachurch's underground chapel is unlawful'
Sarang Church, a brick-and-glass behemoth planted over Seocho Station on Seoul Metro Line 2, may lose its biggest chapel hall. On Oct. 17, the Supreme Court annulled a 10-year lease given to Sarang Church for the 1,077-square-meter underground space - the size of 1.5 football fields - beneath Chamnari Road.
Samsung scion's bribery retrial to start this week
The review of an appeals court verdict in Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong's bribery case involving impeached former president Park Geun-hye will start Friday. Lee spent a year behind bars for providing billions of won in bribes to ex-President and her confidante Choi Soon-sil. He was freed on a suspended sentence in February last year, after the appeals court concluded there was i...
Seoul's administrative battle to keep its public parks
Most public parks and nature reserves don't require special landscaping, containing self-regenerative flora and well-trodden paths. But under a new legal provision, such parks will be considered "unfinished" urban planning facilities if the local government hasn't fully acquired all the land on site from private landowners or the central government.
District office in Seoul hires first Chinese-born civil servant
Gwangjin district, home to around 10,000 Chinese immigrants in eastern Seoul, hired its first Chinese-born civil servant last month. Originally from Heilongjiang Province in northeastern China, Chang Yu-jin, 45, immigrated to Korea 20 years ago.
Swine fever spreads in wild boar population along DMZ
Quarantine authorities sounded a red alert over the weekend after new detections of African swine fever (ASF) among wild boars near the shared border with North Korea. On Sunday, quarantine officials confirmed two more cases of the virus in dead boars found in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, inside the civilian control line (CCL), 5 kilometers to 10 kilometers from the Southern L...
Prosecution-media ties under fire as row deepens over KBS' interview leak
Controversy is growing over whether reporters at public broadcaster KBS gave excerpts of an interview with a key witness in the investigation of Justice Minister Cho Kuk's family to the prosecution.
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