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Buddhist Community Debates Allowing Older Retirees into Priesthood

Buddhist Community Debates Allowing Older Retirees into Priesthood

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – An increasing number of South Koreans are seeking Buddhist priesthood after their retirement, but an ordinance set by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism – the largest Buddhist sect here – prohibits those over the age of 50 from commencing priesthood.  An upcoming meeting scheduled for March will once [...]

Korean Men Embrace Cooking, Drive Changes in Kitchen Design

Korean Men Embrace Cooking, Drive Changes in Kitchen Design

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean society, a once highly patriarchal civilization where almost all housework was the domain of women, is undergoing a rapid transformation, and home interior and furniture manufacturer Hanssem, which was founded in 1970, says this change can best be observed in Korean kitchens.  According to the company, the average [...]

Korean Valentine’s Day Celebrates Friendship more than Love

Korean Valentine’s Day Celebrates Friendship more than Love

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Valentine’s Day is still one of the most meaningful occasions for lovers, but for South Koreans, it has become a day to express friendship between colleagues, classmates, and even family members.  Big data analysis firm Daumsoft said Monday that the word “friends” has been the most popular term related [...]

Young Jobseekers Fret as Youth Unemployment Rate Soars

Young Jobseekers Fret as Youth Unemployment Rate Soars

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Korea’s youth unemployment rate is skyrocketing to unprecedented levels, and the unemployment rate for workers between the ages of 15 to 24 has surpassed that of the U.S. for the first time in 16 years. Even amidst the global economic recession, youth unemployment in most advanced countries has partially [...]

Broadcasting Agency Chief Vows Efforts to Spread ‘Hallyu’ in Islamic Countries

Broadcasting Agency Chief Vows Efforts to Spread ‘Hallyu’ in Islamic Countries

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – The head of South Korea’s broadcasting watchdog body vowed to help expand exports of local TV dramas to Islamic countries to make up for restrictions imposed by China on entertainment content.  “China accounts for a third of South Korea’s exports of broadcasting content, but this sectors is currently not [...]

Smartphones Ubiquitous on Public Transportation

Smartphones Ubiquitous on Public Transportation

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Reading the morning paper on the bus or subway may soon become a thing of the past. A study by the Korea Information Strategy Development Institute revealed that 86.3 percent of the survey participants used cell phones on public transportation as their favorite go-to medium for killing time – which [...]

Atlanta Becomes First Major U.S. City to House “Comfort Woman” Statue

Atlanta Becomes First Major U.S. City to House “Comfort Woman” Statue

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Georgia’s state capital is set to become the first major city in the United States to accommodate a comfort woman statue, a monument representing sex slavery victims of Japan’s colonial rule. Kim Baek-kyu, the former president of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, said Wednesday (local time) that [...]

Hundreds of S. Korean Artists File Suit Against Park, Aides over Blacklist

Hundreds of S. Korean Artists File Suit Against Park, Aides over Blacklist

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Hundreds of South Korean artists on Thursday filed a compensation suit against President Park Geun-hye and her former aides over allegations her administration blacklisted cultural figures deemed critical of the government, a lawyers association said.  A total of 461 plaintiffs filed the case with the Seoul Central District Court, [...]

Husbands More Satisfied with Marriages Than Wives: Survey

Husbands More Satisfied with Marriages Than Wives: Survey

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Husbands are more satisfied with their marriages than wives in South Korea, a survey showed Thursday, indicating that married men’s involvement in household work is still insufficient.  The survey of 476 married men and 576 married women, conducted between June and November last year, showed that 72.2 percent of [...]