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South Korea's School Entrance Ceremonies Are Strange And Adorable

HuffPost Korea | Talia Lavin and Sang-Ah Kwak | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

In South Korea, the school year begins in spring -- a time of new beginnings -- and new students at all educational levels across the country look for...

Who is Kim Ki-Jong, The Man Who Attacked South Korea's U.S. Ambassador?

HuffPost Korea | Dohoon Kim | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked with a 10-inch knife on Thursday morning. The man who carried out the slashing, Kim Ki-...

Broadening the Spectrum for Engaging North Korea: What Are the Six Party Talks?

Seok-Hyun Hong | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Seok-Hyun Hong

The first step towards a new evolution in our interactions with North Korea is to appreciate the perspectives that each of the nations engaged in the Six Party Talks has on the challenges which North Korea presents, and the varying ways that each reacts to them.

Grab Your Traveling Spoon and Get a Taste of Local Culture

Mimsie Ladner | Posted 02.24.2015 | Travel
Mimsie Ladner

Some of the best memories of my travels involve sharing a meal with the local people. From slurping up chanko at a sumo wrestling championship with a ...

Journey to One Korea, One Korea Night

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

The success of these initiatives will shore up our efforts to bring about North Korea's change. Already, we have seen the wind of change sweep through other regions, opening up countries like Myanmar and Cuba. So, we are working with many partners so that the wind of change will come to the shores of North Korea.

The Problem With The Interview Movie -- Forgetfulness

Dan Kovalik | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

What troubles me most about a movie such as The Interview is that, rather than spur debate about the U.S.'s role in the world, it actually shuts down and forecloses such discussion.

Killing Two Birds... and I Don't Mean North Korean Leaders

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Nancy Cohen-koan

I didn't find anything particularly funny despite being a Rogan fan. I like crude. Just last night I saw National Lampoon's Dirty Movie and ashamedly found myself howling. But The Interview's script didn't hit any of my bones.

'The Interview': No Hack Job!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

What could possibly go wrong? An American movie about assassinating the leader of a nation which the U.S. had branded as part of the international axis of evil. The assassination movie is launched from a country with a long and shameful history of involvement.

UN Security Council Puts Human Rights Abuses In North Korea On The Agenda

Reuters | Posted 02.21.2015 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday voted to override China's objec...

Scientists Develop A 'Smart' Skin That Could Revolutionize Prosthetics

HuffPost Korea | Sanga Kwak | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology

“In a few years, I expect to see prosthetic devices made of prosthetic skin that detects external stimuli and responds like real skin, operated by brain signals.”

An Open Letter From Korea's Gay Protesters

HuffPost Korea | Dohoon Kim | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Editor's note: This past Saturday, dozens of activists converged on Seoul's City Hall for a sit-in protesting the actions of Seoul's mayor, Won Soon P...

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 02.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Samsung's Devastating Secret: The Tears Of 'Semiconductor Children'

Huffington Post Korea | Sungyoon Won | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

This article was translated by The Huffington Post from an original report by Hankyoreh, HuffPost's local media partner in South Korea. The piece is p...

U.S. Should Talk to North Korea, Whoever Is in Charge

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Every strategy toward the DPRK so far seems to have failed. Anything adopted is likely to be only a second best. However, today even second best would be a major step forward. It's time for Washington to try something different.

North Korea Tourism Is Ethical and Important

James Carli | Posted 02.23.2015 | Travel
James Carli

The assumption that all North Korean citizens are inseparable from their government is understandable considering everything we hear about the country in Western media. But North Koreans are human, just like us, and possess a powerful curiosity.

Japan's Real National Security Challenge -- and What It Means For America

Aki Peritz | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Aki Peritz

Tokyo's greatest national security challenge isn't actually Beijing or Pyongyang. Rather, it's the rapidly aging population that seriously undermines Japan's long-term ability to adequately protect itself.

The Scoop on Poop in South Korea

Mimsie Ladner | Posted 01.10.2015 | Travel
Mimsie Ladner

I sip my latte and stifle a chuckle as I take in my surroundings at Ddoong Cafe in the Ssamzigil shopping complex in central Seoul. Colorful mini plungers hang delicately from a tree in the corner and old-fashioned squat toilets are placed tastefully throughout the shop.

South Korea Fires Warning Shots Near North Korean Border

AP | By KIM TONG-HYUNG | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean troops fired warning shots Monday after North Korean soldiers approached too close to the border separating t...

Letter From Seoul

John Feffer | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

For more than half a millennium, this narrow alleyway in the heart of Seoul stretched for several kilometers. Today, only a tiny stretch of Pimatgol remains, along with a wooden gate that leads into a half-block of modern storefronts. The fate of Pimatgol reflects the forward-looking trajectory of South Korea.

This South Korean Priest Runs A Restaurant That Only Serves The Poor

HuffPost Korea | Bokkie Kwon | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

At the Dandelion Noodle restaurant in South Korea, the customers are either homeless or struggling financially. The owner Youngnam Suh doesn’t charg...

North And South Korea Exchange Gunfire Along Border

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in ...

Top North Korea Officials Make Rare Visit To South Korea

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's presumptive No. 2 and other members of Pyongyang's inner circle made a surprise trip Saturday to South Korea...

Cell Phones, the COP and ISIS

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

As the world becomes more chaotic, what should the role of the United States be?

Solar Seoul Shows How Eco-Friendly Cities Can Work

Park Won-soon | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Park Won-soon

Committed to building a city that is safe from the threat of power crises, self-sufficient in energy and responsible for its energy use, we are exploring ways to generate energy in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. For example, we are installing mini-photovoltaic power stations on the rooftops of school buildings, apartments, and other structures, taking the maximum advantage of our high population and building density.

To Reunify Korea, Start From Kaesong

Seok-Hyun Hong | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Seok-Hyun Hong

Rhetoric on the Korean peninsula is not the whole reality. For over a decade, one project has shown how both Koreas can cooperate to their mutual gain. The joint venture Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), a short drive from Seoul just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), has weathered many storms.