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Seoul to install fine dust signal lamps in public parks

Seoul to install fine dust signal lamps in public parks

The government of Seoul said Thursday it will install signal lights to display levels of fine dust air pollution at all riverside parks in the capital to caution citizens against health hazards. A total of 12 fine dust signal lamps will be installed at major entrances to all of the 11 public parks in Seoul […]

Seoul cancels construction permit for new Japanese Embassy building

Seoul cancels construction permit for new Japanese Embassy building

The construction permit for a new Japanese embassy building in central Seoul has been revoked due to construction delays, municipal officials said Wednesday. Seoul’s Jongno Ward Office said it notified the Japanese Embassy on March 4 of the cancellation of the building permit issued in 2015. The revocation came as the Japanese government has delayed […]

Seoul to build footbridge on Han River

Seoul to build footbridge on Han River

  The government of Seoul said Wednesday it will build a new Han River bridge designed solely for pedestrians by 2021. The new footbridge, to be built alongside the existing Hangang Grand Bridge, will link Seoul’s Noryangjin area with Nodeul Island, an uninhabited artificial island in the Han River that has an ecological park, it […]

Mayor unveils plan to transform Seoul into ‘smart’ city

Mayor unveils plan to transform Seoul into ‘smart’ city

The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will install 50,000 Internet of Things (IoT) smart sensors throughout the capital city by 2022 to collect information on fine dust, traffic and other things related to citizens’ lives. The Seoul government will also introduce chatbots to its 120 Dasan Call Center service, a civil complaints hotline, this […]

S. Korea: President Moon names 7 new ministers in Cabinet reshuffle

S. Korea: President Moon names 7 new ministers in Cabinet reshuffle

President Moon Jae-in on Friday named seven new ministers in a move to set his administration up for the second half of his term that will also replace the country’s point man on North Korea.   Kim Yeon-chul, currently the head of the Korea Institute for National Unification, has been tapped as the new unification […]

Seoul seeks to widen cooperation with Beijing to fight fine dust pollution

Seoul seeks to widen cooperation with Beijing to fight fine dust pollution

South Korea’s government said Thursday it will push to team up with China to take emergency measures on reducing fine dust. Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae, announcing the government’s special measures to fight fine dust pollution, said Seoul will ask Beijing to conduct a joint artificial rain experiment over the sea between the two countries this […]

Seoul Motor Show losing appeal among carmakers

Seoul Motor Show losing appeal among carmakers

Korea’s largest car exhibition, Seoul Motor Show, is losing support from carmakers and parts suppliers as the show is no longer effective for promoting their products or provide new experience to visitors, according to industry officials Wednesday. They also criticized the organizers for still being obsessed with the number of new cars unveiled or other […]

Seoul plans marathon at DMZ in Olympics with Pyongyang

Seoul plans marathon at DMZ in Olympics with Pyongyang

Olympic runners and cyclists may be able to compete inside the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ), according to a working draft of Seoul’s bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics with Pyongyang. The Seoul Metropolitan Government says the DMZ ― a symbol of painful division and the ongoing military standoff between the two Koreas ― is […]

Rushing through 1970 Seoul’s music scene

Rushing through 1970 Seoul’s music scene

Korea….what an adventure! In some respects it feels like yesterday, yet in reality it was a lifetime ago. I feel uniquely blessed to have spent the formative years of my childhood in the Land of the Morning Calm. I met life-long friends there, I met my wife Betty there and I got to be a […]

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

An ongoing military spat between Seoul and Tokyo is casting a shadow on bilateral exchanges. According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo is likely cancel the planned dispatch of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer to Busan for a joint maritime exercise in April. Japan planned to deploy the MSDFS Izumo to take part in the ASEAN plus […]

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