Commencement amid pandemic

Commencement amid pandemic

Graduates take a selfie at Sogang University during their commencement in Seoul, Tuesday. Due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of universities have canceled their graduation ceremonies. Yonhap

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Co-worshiping: Churches share worship hall amid pandemic

Revs. Yoon Chul-jong of Want-to-Revisit Church, from left, An Nam-ki of Springing Fountain Church and Kim Hak-beom of Gimpo Myungsung Church pose at the entrance of the Co+Worship Station, Wednesday, ... Read more »

Farmer of Seoul's last remaining rice growing region in upbeat mood

Rice farmer Kang Han-sung poses on his farm in Seoul’s northwestern district of Gangseo, Thursday. His farm is located in Ogok-dong near Gimpo International Airport, and is one of Seoul’s ... Read more »

New York Philharmonic marks 'homecoming' after pandemic

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Is K-pop an unwelcome guest for China?

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Ridi attracts pre-IPO investment worth of W200 billion

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Gov't reconsiders 2nd Jeju airport project

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Gov't ministry offers virtual visits to ancestral graves amid pandemic

Seen is an example of an online memorial site created at “eSky Funeral Information System,” a virtual memorial platform developed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korean ... Read more »

70% of Koreans have received first COVID-19 vaccine dose: President

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a medical facility in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, Friday. Yonhap President Moon Jae-in announced Friday that 70 percent of Korea’s 52-million population ... Read more »

Will Samsung attend third White House meeting addressing chip shortage?

U.S. President Joe Biden holds up a silicon wafer in a meeting with CEOs of the world’s leading tech companies held at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 12. ... Read more »

Hyundai Heavy Industries takes top market cap position among shipbuilders

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Jeju authorities on alert over increased tourist numbers during Chuseok holiday

Tourists arrive at Jeju International Airport, Friday, a day before the Chuseok holiday officially begins. Yonhap By Jun Ji-hye Jeju Island authorities are staying vigilant over an inflow of tourists ... Read more »

Indefinite delay in Kakao Mobility IPO concerns TPG, Carlyle

A taxi that can be hailed by Kakao Mobility’s Kakao T app is on the road in Seoul, Tuesday. Yonhap By Park Jae-hyuk Kakao Mobility has indefinitely delayed the selection ... Read more »

Will use of leftover vaccines for second shot help curb ever-growing cases?

People are observed for possible side effects after receiving a coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in Seodaemun District of Seoul, Wednesday. Yonhap 1-shot vaccination rate to reach 70% by ... Read more »

Korea shortens list of foreign arrivals subject to 2-week mandatory isolation

Medical officials work at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, Sept. 12. Yonhap South Korea’s health authorities said Friday they have decided to allow fully-vaccinated arrivals from more countries to skip ... Read more »

Samsung, Apple rivalry continues over newest smartphones

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'Big 4' group leaders to shoulder more job creation

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, left, is seen with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong at a training center for young people at Samsung’s headquarters in southern Seoul, Tuesday. Yonhap PM ... Read more »

Nat'l guak center to focus on original form of traditional music

Kim Young-woon, newly-appointed director general of the National Gugak Center, speaks during a press conference held at the center in Seoul, Tuesday. Courtesy of National Gugak Center By Park Ji-won ... Read more »

Moon to attend Major Economies Forum on climate

President Moon Jae-in convenes a Cabinet meeting on Sep. 14, 2021. (Yonhap)President Moon Jae-in will attend a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on Friday ... Read more »

Lee Jun-seok urges supporters to be wary of YouTubers

People Power Party leader Lee Jun-seok (Yonhap) In a press briefing that marks 100 days in office, People Power Party leader Lee Jun-seok called on the opposition party and its ... Read more »

Military reports 8 coronavirus cases

(Yonhap)Four Army soldiers and four airmen have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising the total caseload reported among the military population to 1,681, the defense ministry said Friday. Three ... Read more »

New cases over 2,000 again amid post-Chuseok holiday resurgence woes

An official disinfects COVID-19 testing facility set up at Dongjak District Community Health Center in Seoul, Sept. 16. Yonhap South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases exceeded 2,000 on Friday again amid ... Read more »

[Graphic News] Number of delivery workers hits new high in 2020 amid pandemic

The number of delivery workers in South Korea swelled nearly 12 percent in the second half of last year to hit a record high amid the coronavirus pandemic, government data ... Read more »

Banks expand retail, digital ties while cutting costs on conventional operations

Seen above is a convenience store that will be launched under a partnership between CU and Hana Bank. The store will open at the end of September in Seoul. Courtesy ... Read more »

Diplomats of S. Korea, Japan hold talks on peninsula security, history

Lee Sang-ryol (left), director general for Asian and Pacific affairs at Seoul’s foreign ministry, and his Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, moving to a conference room at a hotel in Tokyo ... Read more »

Brand name coffee doesn't taste any better than that of small shops: study

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Concerns about Samsung SDI spin-off lead to Thursday's price drop

By Anna J. Park Samsung SDI’s stock price fell by 3.33 percent on Thursday, reflecting the market’s concerns over the possible spin-off of the firm’s lucrative battery business unit. The ... Read more »

SK Innovation stock falls on split-off approval

SK Innovation (SKI) CEO Kim Jun speaks at a shareholders meeting at the company’s headquarters in central Seoul, Thursday. Shareholders approved the company’s plan to split-off its battery business as ... Read more »

Samsung Display supplies OLED panel for ASUS laptops

Seen are Asus’ notebooks that use Samsung Display’s 14-inch, 90-hertz OLED. Courtesy of Samsung Display By Baek Byung-yeul Samsung Display is expanding into high-end displays for laptop computers as it ... Read more »

Kyung Hee University System's Peace BAR Festival to kick off Friday

Participants discuss global crises during the Peace BAR Festival held at Kyung Hee University in Seoul last Sept. 23. This year’s event will begin Friday. Courtesy of Kyung Hee University ... Read more »

Hanok accommodations offer traditional atmosphere

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Fairmont Ambassador Seoul launches private wedding packages

By Jun Ji-hye The Fairmont Ambassador Seoul has launched two small and luxury wedding packages. Inspired by the current trend of preferring private ceremonies amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, each ... Read more »

InterContinental presents cinema package with CGV

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Floral artist seeking to offer unforgettable wedding day to couples

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Arms race overshadows inter-Korean peace efforts

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Gov't on alert over Chuseok gatherings

Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae speaks during a meeting with vice superintendents of 17 metropolitan and provincial education offices at the Government Complex in Sejong, Wednesday. Yonhap By Bahk Eun-ji The ... Read more »

Indonesian Embassy purchases Hyundai's IONIQ 5

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LG plans to boost smart factory sales seven-fold over next 5 years

Workers use LG Uplus’ a switchboard diagnosis device at the telecom firm’s center in Incheon. Courtesy of LG Uplus By Kim Yoo-chul LG Uplus, one of the country’s leading telecom ... Read more »

Eximbank donates meal boxes for vulnerable groups

Officials from a social welfare center in Yeongdeungpo District in Seoul deliver a meal kit to the house of a senior citizen living alone, Wednesday. Courtesy of Eximbank By Lee ... Read more »

N.Korea media for domestic audience keeps mum on Kim Yo-jong's statement against Moon

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