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Access to Convenience Stores Increases Chance of Obesity

Access to Convenience Stores Increases Chance of Obesity

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Teenagers living near convenience stores are more exposed to the risk of obesity, a recent study revealed. The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs reported on Tuesday that obesity among teenagers is influenced by multiple variables including the area of residence, individual, and family practices. The institute collected [...]

3,500 Chinese Students to Visit Korea for Winter Field Trips

3,500 Chinese Students to Visit Korea for Winter Field Trips

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) –- About 3,500 young Chinese students will visit South Korea until early next month to enjoy winter field trips, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) said Monday. The Chinese students, mostly elementary and middle school students from across China, will travel to Seoul, Incheon, Daegu and other tourist destinations in seven [...]

Are Dogs Livestock? Civic Groups Protest For and Against Dog Meat

Are Dogs Livestock? Civic Groups Protest For and Against Dog Meat

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Animal rights groups held a rally in protest after the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs included dogs under the category of livestock in the enforcement ordinance of livestock legislation. The “Companion Animal Organization” against dog meat held a rally near the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, Sunday [...]

S. Korea’s Hydrogen Economy Drive Going Smoothly

S. Korea’s Hydrogen Economy Drive Going Smoothly

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s bold drive to promote the use of hydrogen for power generation, vehicles and other industires is witnessing progress as sales of hydrogen fuel cell cars increased sharply last year and more charging stations were installed, the industry ministry said Monday. Seoul unveiled its so-called hydrogen economy drive [...]

Conglomerates Battle to Secure Water Resources on Jeju Island

Conglomerates Battle to Secure Water Resources on Jeju Island

JEJU, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Competition to preempt natural water sources on Jeju Island in the domestic mineral water and beverage market is intensifying. Jeju’s clean groundwater has an unrivaled presence in the South Korean market. Samdasoo, volcanic bedrock water produced and bottled by the Jeju Province Development Corp. (JPDC), has maintained the top [...]

Sales of Eco-friendly SUVs on Rise

Sales of Eco-friendly SUVs on Rise

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Sales of eco-friendly SUVs, including ones powered by hydrogen, jumped last year as fuel and environment-conscious customers increasingly opted for such cars, industry data showed Sunday. According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (KAMA), some 48,700 eco-friendly SUVs were sold here last month, accounting for 8.5 percent of the [...]

Seoul to Launch Electronic Travel Authorization for Foreign Visitors

Seoul to Launch Electronic Travel Authorization for Foreign Visitors

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea plans to launch an electronic travel authorization (ETA) system for foreign visitors next year, following the parliament’s approval of a relevant law early this week, the Ministry of Justice said Saturday. The National Assembly’s plenary session on Thursday passed a revision of the Immigration Law on the [...]

Seoul City to Turn Old Highway into 7.6 km-long Park

Seoul City to Turn Old Highway into 7.6 km-long Park

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — In another attempt to emulate New York’s landmark High Line, the Seoul city government unveiled a plan to build a gigantic linear park on the site of the country’s oldest highway, which will be turned into an underground roadway. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it plans to spend 57.3 [...]