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Korea pushes agricultural processing skills worldwide
Apr 20, 2016
New manuals will explain how to manage fruit after harvesting, announced the Rural Development Administration on April 18. The English-language manuals on the postharvest management of mangos, bananas, pears and strawberries will be shared with 30 countries across Asia and Africa...

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Gogu (곡우, 穀雨), the start of the agricultural year
Apr 20, 2016
Gogu (곡우, 穀雨) -- literally "Grain Rain" Day -- falls on Wednesday, April 20, this year. It marks the beginning of the sixth of the year's 24 solar terms, and it falls between the spring equinox (March 20) and the summer solstice (June 20). Gogu is the day when, traditiona...

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Journalists discuss world peace, denuclearization
Apr 19, 2016
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Jongdeok gives his congratulatory remarks at the Journalist Forum for World Peace held at the Korea Press Center in downtown Seoul on April 18. More than 80 journalists from 50 countries gathered in Seoul to discuss the role of j...

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Korea National Arboretum, covered in yellow
Apr 15, 2016
Spring has arrived exceptionally late at the Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon-si City, Gyeonggi-do Province. Unlike more metropolitan areas which are already wrapping up their flower festivals this year, spring is just now finally reaching its peak at the arboretum,...

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Lascaux Caves Paleolithic paintings on display in Korea
Apr 14, 2016
Paleolithic paintings from the Lascaux Caves are on display in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do Province, starting April 16. Cave paintings drawn by Paleolithic Cro-Magnon humans will soon be on display in Korea. The "Lascaux Cave Paintings at Gwangmyeong Cave" exhibi...

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Cheongmyeong (청명, 淸明)
Mar 31, 2016
Monday, April 4, marks Cheongmyeong (청명, 淸明), the Day of Pure Brightness. Traditionally, this marks the "clearing" of the sky, what with the rapid approach of spring. The Day of Pure Brightness was generally a day to prepare the fields, but was also significant for certain royal ...

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UNESCO Biosphere Reserve expanded in Sinan-gun County
Mar 31, 2016
UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve in Sinan-gun County, off the southwestern corner of the Korean Peninsula, has now been expanded to cover the entire county. UNESCO announced its decision to extend its designation of a Biosphere Reserve in Sinan-gun County at the 28th session of...

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Giant magnolia tree found on Jeju
Mar 29, 2016
An extremely tall specimen of an endangered species of magnolia tree, Michelia compressa, has been recently found on Jeju Island. The newly found tree is the biggest of its kind ever discovered in Korea. This giant Michelia compressa magnolia was found near a valley on t...

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Black-tailed gull born in Korea found in Japan
Mar 29, 2016
A black-tailed gull with a broken right wing is found and helped in Japan in October 2015. The gull is wearing an ankle bracelet from the Korea National Park Service from last June. Photo: Kazuto Yoshida A black-tailed gull that was born and tagged in Korea has been found ...

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Police animals become hot topics on social media
Mar 24, 2016
Thanks to fuzzy animals, police stations are becoming more and more popular on social media. At the Okgu Patrol Division in Siheung, Gyeonggi-do, you can find a dog going on duty with the police officers. It's the patrol division's mascot, Okdori. Although he has grown ...