[Weekender] From Chanel to Gucci: Korean women turn into designer rent-a-holics

It is 7 a.m. on a Monday. Hong Mi-jin, 35, an office worker in Seoul, makes a fresh pot of coffee and jumps into the shower. Twenty minutes later, she comes out with a big towel wrapped around her ha...

Updated : 2018.11.15 16:36

[Weekender] Subscription plans bring readers back to books

The rate at which Koreans read books regularly is hitting new lows each year. Only 60 percent of adults read at least one book in 2017, down 5.4 percent from 2015, according to the Ministry of Cultur...

Updated : 2018.11.15 16:33

[Weekender] ‘Subscription economy’ reshaping Korean pop culture

When the press show for YouTube Premium series “Top Management” was held in Seoul in October, it received a great deal of attention from local media outlets. Starring up-and-coming actor and singe...

Updated : 2018.11.15 16:28

[Weekender] Korean startups craft mix of beer and subscriptions

Following the rise of the subscription economy, an increasing number of startups have launched services adopting the new business model. One such startup is Daily Shot, which offers a craft beer or c...

Updated : 2018.11.15 16:21

[Weekender] Salted shrimp adds spice to Korean soul food

Korean cuisine wouldn’t be what it is today -- spicy, savory and soupy -- without jeotgal: fermented seafood used as a seasoning or condiment. And salted shrimp, or saeu-jeot, is a key ingredient i...

Updated : 2018.11.08 18:03

[Weekender] Macau much more than casino chips

MACAU -- China’s autonomous region of Macau is one of Asia’s top tourist destinations to enjoy gambling, entertainment and nightlife. The mesmerizing nighttime view of extravagant casinos shows why...

Updated : 2018.11.08 17:38

[Weekender] Artistry of fermented seafood

Jeotgal, or salt-fermented seafood, continues to be loved Next time you are in Seoul, pay a visit to the heart of the city. Take a gander at Dongdaemun Gate, and tumble onto Jongno 5-ga, where you w...

Updated : 2018.11.08 17:31

[Weekender] Fishy business: Know your garibi from your eorigul

Though the phrase “pickled seafood” may not sound so appetizing to the uninitiated, savor jeotgal, the fruits of days, weeks or even months of preparation, and everything changes . Jeotgal is salt...

Updated : 2018.11.08 16:39

[Weekender] Korean medicine: How it all comes together

Lee Noh-hyun, 32, who introduces himself as a “taeeumin,” or a person with the taeeum physiological type, said he has been trying to eat more beef and less chicken and pork since he was told of his...

Updated : 2018.11.01 16:59

[Weekender] No more chicken? Getting pulse read in Korean medicine and matching dietary habits

The contents in this article are subjective and not intended as a professional recommendation. – Ed. Believe it or not, I am to stay away from chicken. Or at least that was the result of my recent...

Updated : 2018.11.01 16:13

[Weekender] Traditional Korean medicine a game changer in medical tourism industry

It has been a decade since South Korea started issuing short-term visas for foreigners seeking medical treatment here as part of measures to boost medical tourism. Since then, the medical tourism ma...

Updated : 2018.11.01 16:06

[Weekender] Homeless animals in Korea: Finding homes for those who fall through the cracks

Emily Doran, an English teacher in Seoul, has found homes for more than 140 dogs over the past two years -- many of them “last-day dogs” from city shelters, where unclaimed strays can be killed aft...

Updated : 2018.10.25 17:12

[Weekender] Seoulites seek coexistence with stray cats

Change is taking place on the streets of Seoul for human-cat cohabitation. The Seoul city government’s stray cat policy centers on population control, but there’s more to homeless cats’ lives tha...

Updated : 2018.10.25 16:32

[Weekender] College students extend helping hands for stray cats

A stray kitten named “Popo” died after someone laced its food with rat poison and other chemicals. Another cat hid after suffering in a similar way. Last spring, there was even a couple trying to...

Updated : 2018.10.25 15:16

[Weekender] Hiking a national pastime with benefits, consequences

Hiking is a hugely popular pastime in Korea, with 32 million of the 51.6 million population said to visit a mountain at least once a year. Hiking’s popularity, and older generations’ apparently lo...

Updated : 2018.10.18 17:08