Booker International Prize winner urges fellow Koreans to read more

By Jee Heun Kahng SEOUL, May 24 : South Korean author Han Kang, whose novel “The Vegetarian” had sold just 20,000 copies in her home country before it became a candidate for Britain’s prestigious Man Booker International Prize, urged Koreans today to read more. Han won the prize for fiction last week with the novel, […]

As Korean shipyards founder, central bank dragged into rescue bid

By Christine Kim SEOUL, May 12 : They are South Korea’s “too-big-to-fail” firms – the world’s largest shipbuilders that are both a massive economic force and an important national symbol – and the government wants the central bank to fund an unconventional rescue of the sector. The three biggest shipbuilders – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine […]

North Korea fires submarine-launched missile -South Korea

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, Apr 24 : North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast today, South Korea said, amid concerns that the isolated state might conduct a nuclear test or a missile launch ahead of a ruling party meeting in May. The North fired the missile to the northeast at about […]

US serves up Korean rocket salad in war drill response to North’s nuclear threats

By James Pearson CHEORWON, South Korea, Mar 9 : There’s more to do in South Korea’s heavily forested Rocket Valley, just a few miles from the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, than fire rockets. In quieter times, people tend vegetable patches along ice-cold streams. But today, a US artillery brigade based in the South […]

Film depicting horrors faced by comfort women for Japan army tops Korea box office

By Jee Heun Kahng SEOUL, Mar 3 : A film based on the horrors experienced by “comfort women” in Japanese military brothels during World War Two, whose doubtful commercial appeal meant it took 14 years and the contributions of 75,000 individual donors to complete, is top of the box office in South Korea. Cho Jung-rae, […]

S Korea won slides on offshore selling; stocks tread water

By Yeonsoo Kwak SEOUL, Feb 19 : The South Korean won slid on Friday as offshore funds kept dumping the currency for hedging, while foreign banks continued to buy dollars against the won. The won looked set to extend its fall to a fourth straight session, and was quoted at 1,238.5 against the dollar as […]