The pilot of a hot air balloon was killed and 12 tourists onboard injured on Thursday (Apr 12) after it crashed on an island in South Korea. A policeman stands at the scene of a hot air balloon crash in South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju on Apr 12, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Yonhap) The accident occurred at around 8am when the hot air balloon crashed into a hill in the city of Seogwipo on Jeju Island, reported Yonhap News Agency. Firefighters were alerted to the incident by a witness who was collecting edible wild plants at the time of the crash, said the report. The pilot, who suffered a cardiac arrest, was rushed to a hospital but was later pronounced dead, said firefighters. The 12 passengers were also taken to hospitals. The hot air balloon, which was operated by Oreum Hot Air Tour, were heading to a ranch in the city, reported Yonhap. While investigations are underway to find the cause of the accident, authorities believe that the aircraft collided with a tree … [Read more...] about 1 dead, 12 injured in hot air balloon crash on South Korea’s Jeju Island: Report
By Dat Nguyen  April 10, 2018 | 04:50 pm GMT+7 A mortar dropped by the U.S. during the Vietnam War remains unexploded in central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Xavier Bourgois The project is one of the largest of its kind aimed at dealing with unexploded ordnance. South Korea will provide $20 million in aid to support the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Vietnam under a project launched on Monday. The Korea-Vietnam Mine Action Project aims to identify contaminated areas and remove landmines and UXOs in the central provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Binh. Official data showed 40 percent of the land in Binh Dinh is contaminated with explosives left from wartime and nearly 28 percent of Quang Binh's area is affected. Money will also be spent on supporting victims and raising people’s awareness of the risks of mines, officials said at the meeting in Quang Binh. The Korea-Vietnam Mine Action Project, a collaboration between the Korea … [Read more...] about South Korea commits $20 mln to landmine clearance in Vietnam
Long An authority met with representatives of the South Korea business community last week in a bid to remove work related obstacles in the southern province. Long An authority met with representatives of the South Korea business community last week in a bid to remove work related obstacles in the southern province. - VNS Photo Several Korean firms such as RIOVINA, Songwol Vina, Yupoong Long An and Shilla Bags International raised concerns over electricity, water, production, recruitment and the use of employees, environmental issues and customs procedures. They said Long An had made improvements in investment licensing, administrative procedures in construction, natural resources and environment, suggesting the province keep local firms updated on changes to facilitate their implementation. Local authorities answered questions and pledged to continue addressing the obstacles they face. Long An province is currently home to more than 900 foreign-invested projects from 37 … [Read more...] about Long An works to tackle difficulties of South Korea firms
By Choe Sang-Hun Published 1:16 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Supporters of former president Park Geun-hye participate in a rally in front of a Seoul courthouse. Supporters of former president Park Geun-hye participate in a rally in front of a Seoul courthouse. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images South Korea’s ousted president gets 24 years in prison 1 / 1 Back to Gallery SEOUL — Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s impeached and ousted president, was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison on a variety of criminal charges, in a case that exposed the entrenched, collusive ties between South Korea’s government and conglomerates like Samsung. A three-judge panel at the Seoul Central District Court also ordered Park to pay $17 … [Read more...] about South Korea’s ousted president gets 24 years in prison
Kim Tong-hyung, Associated Press Updated 1:07 am, Friday, April 6, 2018 Photo: Kim Hong-Ji, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. A South Korean has sentenced disgraced ex-President Park to 24 years in prison over a corruption scandal. The Seoul Central District Court issued the verdict on Friday, April 6, 2018, after convicting Park of bribery, abuse of power, extortion and other charges. Park has been held at a detention center near Seoul since her arrest in March 2017, but she refused to attend Friday’s court session citing sickness. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP, File) less FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2017, file photo, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, arrives for her trial at the Seoul Central … [Read more...] about South Korea’s history of bad presidential endings grows
Fireworks exploded over the huge crowd gathered in the freezing Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea as the spectacular opening ceremony kicked off. Performances displayed the sweep of Korean history and culture, including a performance called "The Land of Peace". After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, it was a striking visual moment.IBTimes UK presents the best photos from the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. … [Read more...] about Best photos of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in South Korea
Home Advice Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? January 29, 2018 by Tim Winship Would I have qualms about attending the games in South Korea? I was recently asked that seemingly simple question, a question that would appear to fall well within my professional area of expertise. My initial response, with nary a hint of hesitation, was: No qualms at all. South Korea is a safe and stable country, with a robust economy, operating under the rule of law. Neither street crime (which was a concern surrounding the Rio Olympics) nor political unrest (a concern during the Beijing games) would be factors. It gradually dawned on me, however, that I was missing the point of the query. The 2018 Olympics (February 9 – 25) aren’t just taking place in South Korea; they’re taking place in Pyeongchang, a city just 50 miles from the border with North Korea. And therein lies the nub of the question: … [Read more...] about Is It Safe to Attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?
My first, indirect impression of South Korea goes back to 1988, when a Moscow-based journalist colleague became one of the very few Soviet reporters to be sent to Seoul to cover that year’s summer Olympics. On his return, he was unusually taciturn and withdrawn. When I asked him how he liked South Korea, he pondered for a minute, as if mesmerised, and then said: ‘It was amazing: all those cars, buildings, people... It was like a funfair of life!’On the day of my own Korean Air flight from London to Seoul, nearly 30 years later, North Korea launched its most powerful ever ballistic missile into the skies. On the same day, a North Korean soldier escaped to the South by dashing across the border. He was shot at by North Korean border guards, but somehow survived. Probably not the best of times to begin my own search for the ‘funfair of life’. OLYMPIC DREAMSIt is an astounding fact, but the annual per capita GDP in South Korea, a nation that has no mineral … [Read more...] about South Korea – The funfair of life
I was recently asked a seemingly simple question, that would appear to fall well within my professional area of expertise: Is it safe to attend the 2018 Olympics in South Korea? My initial response, with nary a hint of hesitation, was: Of course, South Korea is a safe and stable country, with a robust economy, operating under the rule of law. Neither street crime, which was a concern surrounding the 2016 Rio Olympics, nor political unrest, which could be a concern during the 2022 Beijing games, are safety issues for the 2018 Olympics. It gradually dawned on me, however, that the question is more complicated than those facts. Why? The 2018 Olympics (February 9 – 25) aren’t just taking place in South Korea; they’re taking place in Pyeongchang, a city just 50 miles from the border with North Korea. Related:Winter Olympics 2018: Here’s What Travelers Need to Know That’s the question: Could North Korea impact the 2018 Olympics’ safety? Might that … [Read more...] about 2018 Olympics Travel: Is South Korea Safe to Visit for the Games?
Tokyo Metropolitan Government is holding a campaign to promote Tokyo's charms overseas and also in a broad scope in South Korea using the logo and slogan "Tokyo Tokyo Old meets New."Every Moment Is History. Where Will You Find Yourself Next?" has been spread in airports, buses, and various media such as magazines since January 1, 2018, as part of this promotion campaign. Also, along with promoting Tokyo's charms effectively to travelers around the world, it is spreading the image of Tokyo as a tourist destination worldwide.Traditions passed on from the Edo period coexist with cutting-edge culture … [Read more...] about “Tokyo Tokyo Old meets New” campaign promotes Tokyo’s charms in South Korea as well