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Do You Want Gold With That Mango Bingsu?

Gold, mango, frozen milk shavings. They define the country's craze for bingsu, a dessert that has become synonymous with living it up.

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Mystery of Repatriated North Korean Fishermen

How South Korea sent defectors back to the North in 2019 reveals that human rights are a fluid concept, even for center-left 'progressive' politicians.

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Abe's Death, and Korea's Japanophobia

South Korea's anti-Japanese sentiment is well-known. The country's rightwing argues that the left is to blame for the hatred. Are they right?

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The Hottest Dress in Korea Right Now

In a country where money rules supreme, flaws of the rich are easily forgotten. A dress going viral illustrates Korea's enduring fascination with chaebol.

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Gay Romance: Korea's Latest Cultural Obsession

Shows focusing on same-sex male couples are the rage in South Korea since last year. Do they signal that attitudes toward homosexuality are changing?

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Young Koreans on Fire to Get Rich

The idea of easy money and very early retirement was vogue for the last two years. Now consequences are coming home to roost.

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South Korea's Health Obsession

South Korea has somewhat improbably become known for longevity. One reason for it may be the country's recent obsession with health.

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Environment and Korean Consumer Ethics (or Lack Thereof)

300 tons of water for a concert didn't strike South Korea as excessive until now. Terrible drought is making at least some rethink the status quo.

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YouTubers Wrecking South Korea

South Korea has a vibrant cyberspace. It also suffers from an ingrained culture of hate amplified by so-called 'issue YouTubers'.

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Fengshui Behind Korea's Presidential Office

Korea's new president is moving his office and residence. It makes sense if you know something about history and fengshui of the presidential Blue House.

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Is Korea's Latest 'Prodigy' a Symbol of Hereditary Privilege?

The new justice minister-nominee's daughter is very accomplished. And because of it and who her father is, suspicion brews that something's not quite right.

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Will South Korea stop bankrolling Myanmar’s military?

The country, seen as a beacon of democracy in Asia, continues business as usual with Myanmar’s brutal military.