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Six high school students who survived the sinking of the Sewol testified Monday in the trial of the ferry’s captain Lee Joon-seok and 14 other crew members. Their testimony provided a heartrending reminder that the students aboard the ferry demonstrated more courage and valor than any of the craven defendants on trial. Yonhap and the Associated Press have more on the students’ court appearance.
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The New York Times takes a detailed post-mortem look at the stranger-than-fiction life of Yoo Byung-eun, the messianic, money-grubbing, scandal-ridden evangelical pastor and businessman whose family controls Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co. The final section of the profile examines the events leading up to the Sewol ferry disaster. It’s sickening to read how the South Korean Coast Guard and maritime regulators had numerous opportunities to prevent the accident from happening, but couldn’t be bothered to do so.
(Screenshot of Yoo Byung-eun from an MBC News report)
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The 123-story Lotte World Tower in southeastern Seoul will become South Korea’s tallest building when construction is completed in 2016. But as the Associated Press reports, the emergence of nearby sinkholes and a decline in the water level of a neighboring lake have raised concerns about how construction work may be affecting the surrounding area. This isn’t the first time that the Lotte project has sparked worries about public safety.
I love the cheeky Monkees vibe of this clip for the Moonshiners’ “모텔 맨하탄" ("Motel Manhattan"). If you like the song, consider getting the album that it comes from, "푸른밤의 Beat!" It’s start-to-finish great.
Chojeon Village, Namhae, KOREA
#Namhae #Korea #초전마을 #남해 #한국
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Backed by apparent DNA evidence and a fingerprint, the emerging consensus seems to be that the decomposed body discovered last month in Suncheon really was that of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive evangelical pastor and patriarch of the family that owns Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co.
Now the South Korean media is turning its attention to the ineptitude of the Suncheon police, who took 40 days to identify the body even though Yoo was the target of an intense nationwide manhunt. Suncheon police chief Woo Hyung-ho was relieved of this duties on Tuesday.
Yoo was being sought for his alleged role in running Chonghaejin, whose persistent and flagrant violations of maritime safety standards no doubt contributed to the catastrophic sinking of the Sewol in April. There’s something deeply unsatisfying about Yoo’s demise. The families of the Sewol victims deserved to see him apprehended and forced to answer for his alleged crimes in a court of law.
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Strange news out of Suncheon: police there have announced that a body discovered more than a month ago in a local plum orchard is that of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive evangelical pastor whose family owns Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co. But as Yonhap points out, some police officers aren’t convinced that the badly decomposed remains are those of Yoo, “citing various forensic and circumstantial evidence.”
Sungseok Ahn’s series entitled “Historic Present”
South Korean artist Sungseok Ahn’s series entitled “Historic Present” questions the memory of past from the fast changing scenery of today. By overlapping a historical location with an old image of that exact place, he questions the way we treat our history and explores the dynamics between space and time at the same time.
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The 2014 Seoul Character & Licensing Fair, one of the largest such events in Asia, runs through Sunday at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul.
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When the news broke Thursday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a missile of indeterminate origin, any Korean old enough to remember immediately flashed back to the ghastly destruction of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983.
In a report about Thursday’s attack on the Malaysian airliner, YTN recalled the shock and grief triggered by KAL 007. The world was a very different place back then, as was South Korea’s place in it. Take a look at the Korean Air Lines route map above. It dates back to 1976, but it wouldn’t have looked terribly different in 1983. Notice anything strange? Check out that massive expanse of land in the middle.
At the height of the Cold War, South Korea didn’t have diplomatic relations with any Communist countries. As a result, KAL flights had to take very circuitous routes to avoid traveling over Soviet, Chinese or even — note the sharp turn by Bangkok — Vietnamese air space.
Failure to steer clear of hazardous skies contributed to the grim fate of KAL 007. Tragically, it also appears to have played a role in Thursday’s calamity.
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How horrible: YTN reports that a helicopter has crashed in downtown Gwangju, killing five people. An eyewitness tells YTN that the helicopter exploded before it hit the ground.
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It’s only Tuesday, but the week is already shaping up to be an unusually active one for inter-Korean relations:
— An editorial in Monday’s Rodong Sinmun called on South Korea to lift economic sanctions against the regime.
— South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Monday that Pyongyang accepted Seoul’s offer to meet later this week to discuss the North’s participation in the 2014 Asian Games, which will be held this fall in Incheon.
— In characteristically schizophrenic fashion, North Korea fired about 100 rockets and artillery shells Monday into the East Sea near its maritime border with South Korea, the latest in a series of recent military provocations.
— The South Korean government announced Tuesday the launch of a 50-member preparatory committee for unification composed of cabinet ministers, officials from state-run think-tanks and representatives from the private sector.
Hanguel Arabic Typography
Tribute Typography art work for Seoul :
where i designed and mixed Arabic shape and letters with Hanguel “the korean writting system” .
These are the names of the places i’ve been and love the most in Seoul.
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Hyun-Jin Ryu (류현진) had 10 strikeouts Sunday as he led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Ryu was in excellent form, giving up only two hits and no walks. The Dodgers head into the All-Star Break with the best record in the National League, while Ryu improves to a record of 10-5 and an ERA of 3.44. Not bad at all.
(Photo of Ryu tweeted by @Dodgers)
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Vice Media profiles a university in Tokyo serving Pyongyang-aligned ethnic Koreans. Although the school calls itself 조선대학교 and uses the English name “Korea University,” it has no connection to either 조선대학교 in Gwangju or 고려대학교 in Seoul. The 10-minute report is worth watching, even though the term “university” might be a bit grandiose for an unaccredited, underfunded institution of higher learning that’s loyal to North Korea’s disastrous Kim dynasty.
An interesting footnote: when the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story about the school in 2010, it quoted Sonia Ryang, a former 조선대학교 student. Why speak with Ryang? Because she went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is currently a professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa, where she also holds the C. Maxwell & Elizabeth M. Stanley Family and Korea Foundation Chair of Korean Studies.
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