[Weekender] A day without plastic -- No one cares

I remember how much my mother cherished the Tupperware plastic containers she bought from Namdaemun market in late 1980s. Plastic bowls made in US was a revolutionary item for many South Korean house...

Updated : 2018.06.08 17:00

[Weekender] Plastics may be on your plate

A war has begun worldwide on plastics. For decades, polymers have been used to make human lives easy and more hygienic, but with single-use plastic items being blamed for killing species on the ocea...

Updated : 2018.06.08 16:31

[Weekender] From roughing it to catered camp sites

In a heavily urbanized country where five-day week was introduced less than two decades ago, camping has only been a common leisure activity since the late 2000s. However, when something takes off i...

Updated : 2018.06.01 17:04

[Weekender] Kolon camping park proves popular with outdoor purists

When you have never pitched a tent or roughed it for a night, glamping -- a combination of glamor and camping -- might seem like the only way to give it a shot. But it does not always have to be a “...

Updated : 2018.06.01 16:33

[Weekender] Car valet services become essential in downtown Seoul

As a valet driver, Kim Sung-jin, 54, follows two rules that he set for himself -- always smile at his customers and park their cars right. “When you leave your key with me, you expect one thing and...

Updated : 2018.05.25 17:10

[Weekender] The war of parking

Ever felt a sense of total devastation? How about trying to push a giant SUV forward so that it can make room for your car to drive out of a parking spot in a triple-park situation -- while running l...

Updated : 2018.05.25 17:07

[Weekender] Parking made easy via smartphone applications

From parking towers to vehicle elevators, South Koreans have found ways to alleviate the chronic parking space shortage. In particular, parking is a nightmare in Seoul, as the city’s nearly 10 milli...

Updated : 2018.05.25 15:57

[Weekender] College festivals evolve in South Korea

May has long been a month of festivity in South Korea, with special days to celebrate children, parents and teachers, among others. The month is also known for college festivals, where university st...

Updated : 2018.05.18 17:33

[Weekender] Festival booze ban dampens spirits for some, not all

Group drinking on campus grounds has long been the typical image of college festivals in Korea, but this year, the festivals won’t be the same. According to announcements given by several universit...

Updated : 2018.05.18 15:23

[Weekender] New voices on social issues raised at college festivals

In South Korea, people tend to associate the word “college festival” with performances by high-profile K-pop stars coupled with alcohol at night. This year, thought-provoking campaigns are making t...

Updated : 2018.05.18 15:17

[Weekender] Ticket scalping rampant at campus festivals

Among the biggest -- and most exciting -- events in university life in Korea are the campus festivals that are held annually across the country. Konkuk University’s campus festival poster Varying ...

Updated : 2018.05.18 15:06

[Weekender] Carb phobia: healthy diet or excessive frenzy?

“Have you eaten rice?” It’s one of the most frequently used greetings in Korea, where the staple has long been considered a synonym for a meal. Even amid the rise of western food and snacks, rice...

Updated : 2018.05.11 16:57

[Weekender] Diet foods suppress carbs, not appetite

A 28-year-old Oh Hye-jin’s day begins with drinking a 125 milliliter pack of non-sweet soy bean milk, mixed with powdered oats. On a strict diet, she prepares her breakfast after a morning exercise...

Updated : 2018.05.11 16:56

[Weekender] Reducing carb intake may pose health risk

Kwon Min-jeong, 36, a freelance translator, recently stopped eating carbohydrates believing it‘s the best way to lose weight. “Although I feel dizzy sometimes due to hypoglycemia, I don’t think I...

Updated : 2018.05.11 15:49

[Weekender] Children’s Day: A celebration of childhood

“May is green, we are growing. Today is the Children’s Day, It is our world” -- so goes a song celebrating the occasion. Children’s Day was first introduced here in 1923 by independence and chil...

Updated : 2018.05.04 16:53