from Photographers' Blog:

The truce village of Panmunjom

December 3, 2011

By Lee Jae-won

South Korea is surrounded by the sea on all sides but one. The country is virtually an island as it is bordered to the north by reclusive North Korea.

from Global Investing:

Japan fires latest FX wars salvo; other Asians to follow

October 31, 2011

Emerging central banks that sold billions of dollars over the summer in defence of their currencies might soon be forced to do the opposite. Japan's massive currency intervention on Monday knocked the yen substantially lower not only versus the dollar but also against other Asian currencies.  The action is unlikely to sit well with other central banks struggling to boost economic growth and raises  the prospect of a fresh round of tit-for-tat currency depreciations. Already on Monday, central banks from South Korea and Singapore were suspected of wading into currency markets to buy dollars and push down their currencies which have recovered strongly from September's selloff.  The won for instance is up 6.9 percent in October against the dollar -- its biggest monthly gain since April 2009.  The Singapore dollar is up 4.5 percent, the result of a huge improvement in risk appetite.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Catching bayonets, what could go wrong?

October 23, 2011

It's not that I don't think you know what you're doing, but we hired you to spiff up our military honor guard with some great new moves, and I'm just not sure about your plan.

from Photographers' Blog:

Seven months atop a crane

August 4, 2011

With almost seven months atop a crane, a 51-year old woman trade unionist is staging a solo protest to end layoffs at a shipyard in South Korea.

from MacroScope:

APEC Summit looms as US trade pacts lag

July 25, 2011

The White House could face the embarrassing possibility of President Barack Obama hosting the annual APEC leaders summit in November without managing to win approval of free trade pacts with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

from FaithWorld:

“Well-dying course” in South Korea includes test run in a coffin

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2011

(A woman, donning a traditional yellow hemp robe, lies down in a coffin during a "well-dying? course in Seoul July 4, 2011/Truth Leem)

from FaithWorld:

South Korea back in stem cell spotlight with new adult cell treatment for hearts

By Reuters Staff
July 7, 2011

(A researcher uses a microscope during a photo call at an aseptic room of the FCB-Pharmicell laboratory in Seongnam, near Seoul, June 28, 2011/Jo Yong-Hak)

from FaithWorld:

South Korea’s religious harmony put to the test by Christian president

By Reuters Staff
June 26, 2011

(South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the presidential Blue House in Seoul June 9, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jo Yong-Hak)

from Photographers' Blog:

Luxury dog care open for business

May 24, 2011

Affluent South Koreans have just about every fashion accessory imaginable from designer clothes to handbags and the latest trend in Asia’s fourth biggest economy is small dogs.