[Weekender] How Seoul became apartment-ized

The success of high-rise apartment complexes has been a unique phenomenon in Seoul. Widely spread throughout the city, dense apartment complexes have shaped Seoul, more than a third of whose residen...

Updated : 2019.01.10 16:48

[Weekender] Surging apartment prices frustrate Seoul residents

When looking down at Seoul up in the sky, the capital is filled with square-shaped apartment clusters and gray sky-high office buildings. South Korea’s rapid economic development centered on Seoul ...

Updated : 2019.01.10 16:10

[Weekender] Upscale apartments change thoughts on multi-unit dwellings

Apartments have long been considered a symbol of the concrete jungle. No matter which part of a Korean city you are in, the scenery is the same, with stacks of gray and ivory apartment buildings sur...

Updated : 2019.01.10 15:56

[Weekender] A new year dreaming of abundance

It cannot be explained scientifically in today’s hypermodern society. But for hundreds of years, Koreans have pinned high hopes on the new year by reinterpreting the symbolic significance of each of...

Updated : 2019.01.03 18:35

[Weekender] Which celebs were born in the Year of the Pig?

The Year of the Golden Pig falls once every 60 years and is associated with wealth and good fortune. So it looks like 2019 could be a lucky year. People born this year have the pig as their Chinese ...

Updated : 2019.01.03 18:11

[Weekender] Top 10 news stories

From rapid changes in inter-Korean relations and the unprecedented US-North Korea summit to a Korean boy band becoming a global sensation, 2018 was a year full of unexpected developments.These are th...

Updated : 2018.12.27 18:01

[Weekender] Ski resorts turning attention to nonskiers

For those who don’t enjoy skiing, annual family ski trips can be quite dull. But in recent years, ski resorts in South Korea have found an ironic yet new target group -- nonskiers. Major resorts h...

Updated : 2018.12.20 18:10

[Weekender] Winter sports season is upon us

When snowflakes flutter down from the skies, out come the snowboards, the skis, the goggles and the overpriced parka you swore was worth it. The winter season is here, and it’s prime time for outdo...

Updated : 2018.12.20 13:09

[Weekender] Don’t let the cold stop you: indoor winter sports

As the temperature drops, it becomes harder to get out of bed. The cold is particularly taxing for sports enthusiasts because tense muscles could make them more susceptible to injuries. Don’t even m...

Updated : 2018.12.20 13:04

[Weekender] Winter is colder for the poor

Winter is hitting society’s neediest the hardest. The National Weather Agency issued this year’s first “extreme cold” warning in the second weekend of December, when the lows fell below minus 10...

Updated : 2018.12.13 14:41

[Weekender] Jjimjilbang: Sanctuaries of winter warmth

The freezing temperatures may make some want to climb into bed and snuggle deep under the covers, but for Koreans it is time to lay their backs on heated floors. The ideal place is a jjimjilbang, a ...

Updated : 2018.12.13 14:24

[Weekender] Survival guide: How to battle winter’s chill

After a drizzly day in early December that pushed temperatures in Seoul well below minus 10 degrees Celsius, office worker Lee Ja-yoon, 30, finally finished preparing her house for the full-fledged w...

Updated : 2018.12.13 13:57

[Weekender] Massage no longer taboo or luxury

In South Korea, the image of massage services has long been negative, viewed in relation to illicit sexual service providers. Either that, or massages were seen as the prerogative of the elite at pos...

Updated : 2018.12.06 16:36

[Weekender] Dropping in for a quick massage in Seoul: Is it worth it?

In most neighborhoods in Seoul, it’s easy to spot signs and posters advertising “massage shops.” Varying in type and pricing, these massage parlors cater primarily to office workers who work desk ...

Updated : 2018.12.06 15:31

[Weekender] Market for massage expands with more accessibility

To tackle pain in her back and hip, graduate school student Lee Yeon-hee uses a lacrosse ball every night to give herself a massage. “After rolling my back on this small massage ball for about 10 m...

Updated : 2018.12.06 15:04