[Weekender] Inside South Korea’s boom in preschool English books

In a country where 4 in 10 adults read less than one book written in their native language per year, an unlikely segment of the book market is thriving: English books for children. Lee Seung-a, an 8...

Updated : 2019.03.22 10:50

[Weekender] Snapshot of English book scene in Korea

When it comes to English books, there are three types of readers in South Korea: expats, Korean elites and language learners. For retailers and distributors, the first is the most difficult consumer...

Updated : 2019.03.22 10:46

[Weekender] Yongsan redevelopment weighs on Itaewon’s future

Much of Itaewon’s future hinges on Korean landlords who expect their long wait for investment gains to finally pay off in the coming years. With a former US base to be turned into a huge public par...

Updated : 2019.03.14 20:49

[Weekender] Itaewon: Present and future

Some say Itaewon has lost its soul and is now just another soulless hangout place for young Koreans. Others say the neighborhood has become safer and trendier -- suitable for a wider audience. And i...

Updated : 2019.03.14 20:47

[Weekender] Itaewon’s identity wanes in the wake of gentrification

Late on a Saturday afternoon, Itaewon was nothing like the way it is described in most Seoul tourism books. People could be seen walking down the street in sparse numbers. Stores were almost empty. ...

Updated : 2019.03.14 15:12

[Weekender] A 30-day love affair with WeWork

I’ll admit it. From the very beginning, I was kind of in love with WeWork. I loved the concept, I loved how everything felt new, how everything felt casual but still systematic and last but not lea...

Updated : 2019.03.08 08:52

[Weekender] Coworking biz ushers in golden age

The concept of the “sharing economy” has caught on in Korea, but not as much as the enthusiasts had imagined. Uber, the most controversial example, was unable to enter for legal reasons, and others...

Updated : 2019.03.07 17:57

[Weekender] Coworking space on the offensive

Upon entering the 30th floor of the 123-story Lotte Tower, the tallest building in Korea, visitors encounter a spacious and sleek office with people working on laptops on sofas, at desks or in glass-...

Updated : 2019.03.07 17:46

[Weekender] ‘I married Korea’s independence’

The March 1 Movement was a massive protest joined by hundreds of thousands of people shouting “manse!” nationwide on the streets, but the protests are often remembered as the achievements of few in...

Updated : 2019.02.28 16:57

[Weekender] Tracing footsteps of March 1 Movement

Gwanghwamun, Jongno, Deoksugung, Changgyeonggung and Seoul Station: These are all places in central Seoul, frequented by thousands of locals and foreigners every day. Some of them are destinations, ...

Updated : 2019.02.28 15:18

[Weekender] Notorious colonial-era prison commemorates sacrifices of March 1

The Seodaemun Prison History Museum, a grotesque shrine dedicated to fallen patriots who fought Japan’s 1910-45 colonization of the Korean Peninsula, is holding an exhibition of artifacts related to...

Updated : 2019.02.28 14:48

[Weekender] How cheese transformed a poor village: The story of Imsil Cheese

Imsil-gun, a tiny rural village in North Jeolla Province, is a town that most people in South Korea have heard of and precious few have visited. For starters, a trip there via public transportation i...

Updated : 2019.02.21 15:19

[Weekender] Korean food industry falls in love with cheese

Only a few years ago, few could have imagined that gorgonzola cheese pizza would become one of Korea’s favorite dishes. Koreans’ recent enthrallment with cheese can be seen in the country’s annua...

Updated : 2019.02.21 15:03

[Weekender] ‘Freshness differentiates artisanal cheese’

Where do you buy cheese? Supermarkets are the easiest option, while department stores offer more refined products. Cheese shops provide a more upscale option. What if you are searching for not just ...

Updated : 2019.02.21 14:59

[Weekender] Fine dust, a force changing society

“The first thing I do when I wake up is check the weather report for fine dust and plan the day accordingly,” said Choi Ju-yeon, a 40-year old resident of Paju in northwest Gyeonggi Province. (Yon...

Updated : 2019.02.14 14:30