Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Thought of the day : Life become happier when things around are so beautiful and colourful

Women walk through a gourd tunnel at the Rural Development Administration in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday. /News 1

Korea's Economy Sees Small Stirrings of Growth in Q2

Korea barely managed to emerge from nine straight quarters of near-stagnant growth with GDP rising 1.1 percent in the second quarter, the Bank of Korea said Thursday. The country's economy had grown less than 1 percent since the first quarter of 2011.

Government spending and investment in the construction sector were the main reasons behind the growth. Fiscal expenditures in the second quarter grew 2.4 percent compared to the previous quarter after the government frontloaded W17.3 trillion (US$1=W1,117) of supplementary budget allocations.

It was the biggest growth in government spending since the first quarter of 2012.

Also, investment in the construction sector grew 3.3 percent, continuing two consecutive quarters of growth for the first time in four years. It rose 4.1 percent in the first quarter.

On top of that, private spending, which had dropped 0.2 percent in the first quarter, grew 0.6 percent during the April-to-June period.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lady Luck Helps Ryu Hyun-jin to Win No. 8 Against Blue Jays

Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers rode his luck against the Toronto Blue Jays for his eighth win of the season on Monday. He allowed nine hits, two walks, and struck out three on the road while giving up four runs over five and one-third innings.

The Dodgers' line-up was on fire throughout the game, earning 14 runs from 16 hits to beat the Blue Jays 14-5.

Thousands of Korean residents and expatriates visited the Rogers Centre in Toronto to watch Ryu pitch, with over 1,000 mobilized by a local Korean travel agency alone. Yahoo Sports ran an article titled, "Korean star Ryu Hyun-jin steals spotlight from Yasiel Puig in Dodgers' blowout win over Blue Jays." When Ryu got leadoff hitter Jose Reyes out in the bottom of the first, the Korean crowd erupted into loud cheers that left one broadcaster questioning which country he was in.

Fans cheer after Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin defeated the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday. /AP-Newsis Fans cheer after Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin defeated the Blue Jays in Toronto on Monday. /AP-Newsis

Toronto has one of the largest settlements of Koreans in North America, with a population of around 200,000. As the Dodgers play in the National League, and the Blue Jays in the American League, the two rarely meet. Monday's game was their first match in six years, and they are unlikely to face each other again in Toronto for a long while.

Many Koreans living in the area did not want to miss this opportunity to see Ryu in action, and bought tickets well in advance, or made large group bookings online. Monday's game drew 34,515 people, more than the Rogers Centre average this season of 31,884.

After the game, Ryu said, "There were a lot more fans today than I expected, which gave me a lot of encouragement. It felt like I was in Korea when I heard my name being chanted."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Annie Harper's best collection about Korea

The Art of Making the Most of Korean Summer
The Korean summer is a beautiful season which welcomes fresh rain and hot breezes, transforming the country into a great festival of art, music, and literature, enchanting visitors from all over the world. You just have to head down one of Seoul’s bustling markets to revel in colorful lanterns and exuberant people celebrating one of the world’s most fascinating and sophisticated cultures. Korea serves up a delicious palette to sate every taste, from the avid sports fan to the tech genius with its multitude of conventions and conferences for which the capital has become so renowned. But while this modern metropolis of the East gets the buzz for its technological and economic prowess, the real treasures of Korea are steeped in a vast and intriguing history which dates back to the Joseon Dynasty and earlier. Korea is most beautiful through the eyes of the artist and art-lover alike, and all its regions – from the neighborhoods of Incheon to the breathtaking coasts of Busan – have something to offer.
Koreans take great pride in the cultural and natural heritage which has flourished for centuries, and to this day it pays special attention to preserving its wilderness and honoring its traditions. Much of the artifacts and relics of Korean history are still living and breathing in its ancient mountains and dignified monuments. There are hundreds of locations across the peninsula offering a fulfilling experience for the art lover or historian; rugged mountains carving out the sky with their white-peaked caps and forested slopes melting into the azure coastline, elaborate hanoks overseeing fields of endless green, and picturesque ports that illuminate the night sky – all have the stuff of inspiration that artists chase so fervently.
Art Imitating Nature
One of the great national treasures of Korea is Jeju Island, situated just off the south coast of the Korean peninsula. A popular holiday destination among locals, it is also a must-see for international travelers as well. Home to the majestic Halla Mountain – Korea’s tallest peak – Jeju is a year-round draw. The Hallasan National Park has a network of scenic trails and featuring stunning views of the landscape as well as the famous Gwaneumsa, an old Buddhist temple. Not only providing great material for an artist’s imagination, Jeju’s Seogwipo Continued Learning Center offers numerous classes on technique including muninhwa which is popular among foreigners seeking to gain insight into Eastern aesthetics. A perfect summer activity, the classes are engaging, informative, and insightful, and a great way to become more “hands-on” with Korean culture. There is nothing more immersive than taking the artist to the source of creation, a premise which is gaining popularity as an industry as well as practice, with all kinds of ventures from art-themed cruises with on-board classes to art techniques practiced in public parks. Taking off across the country as well as the world, this is one way in which artists can gain a sense of “community” via the artistic process itself, rather than individual endeavor alone.
Reverence for National Treasures
Although Korea’s natural wonders are plentiful and intoxicating, what a visitor marvels at in nature is paralleled in the architectural wonder of the many monasteries and palaces heralding from days of yore. Some of Asia’s most spectacular temples are nestled deep in the Korean mountains, including the legendary Magoksa, predating the Joseon period, Baegyangsa, renowned for its autumn splendor, and Haeinsa, a UNESCO World Heritage site to name but a few. These are but a small sampling of the vast network of unforgettable locations to make an artistic pilgrimage to, so don’t hesitate to look further afield.
Downtown Is the Place to Be
Of course, it’s not all about bold silence and tranquil ambience for the art lover – cities like Seoul and Busan are abuzz with galleries and festivals which celebrate Korea’s long history of art, from the ancient masterpieces of Choi Buk to the modern ingenuity of Han-Soo Lee. Both national and global exhibitions enjoy enthusiastic receptions at Korea’s art venues like the Seoul Museum of Art, the Museum of Korean Buddhist Art, the Museum of Photography and several others that cover virtually every period and genre like folk, classical, and contemporary around the world. There is no shortage for any artistic preference, and fulfillment is guaranteed.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Koreans are just as passionate about bringing the arts to life in methods other than immortalizing them in a museum. The Korean summer offers the art lover endless opportunities to enjoy live music and entertainment, as well as a variety of visual and performance arts, film showcases, and more. The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival is a highly-anticipated event just like its other counterparts in the movie industry. The Jecheon International Music and Film Festival delights audiences with a grand finale under the stars. A spectrum from Taekwondo to the Lotus to all the various aspects which make up Korea’s eclectic culture are featured during the height of festival season, drawing in some of the largest crowds across the continent. The famous and the fringe alike are on equal playing fields when it comes to gaining exposure in the art world in festival terms, perhaps making these occasions the most interesting, experimental, and sincere.
Grab a Canvas
Few nations exhibit a more prolific and dedicated adherence to the arts. Young students practice classical art and music vigorously, an integral part of childhood which is deeply-rooted in the essence of the country. Art lovers from the West will be especially enthralled with the tremendous amount of respect and support which the arts enjoy, as well as enraptured by endless sources of inspiration and imagination. Though Korea promises to satisfy the senses year-round, making the most out of summer is one of the most rewarding and memorable ways to revisit the world through an artistic lens.
Credit  goes to "Annie Harper"

2AM to perform at K-pop festival in Yokohama

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Four-member Korean boy band 2AM will perform at the “K-Fest Summer! 2013 in Yokohama” in Japan on Aug. 10-11. The festival presents four performances, twice a day.

According to the official website (kfes.brokore.com), four groups are scheduled to hit the stage on the first day, including leading K-pop group 2AM, Korean idol group My Name and Glam, and recently debuted k-pop group History. On the second day, idol group C-Clown, History, and boy band A-Prince will perform.

2AM recently celebrated their five-year anniversary. After making their debut with their digital single “This Song” in 2008, 2AM continues to produce hits such as “Confession of a Friend,” “Even if I Die I Can't Let You Go,” and “You Wouldn't Answer My Calls.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Infiniti leads cultural marketing

Infiniti M

By Kim Tae-jong

The Infiniti Motor Company stresses the value of “modern luxury” in its efforts to allow customers to experience its premium vehicles. They boast strong driving performance, elegant design, high technology for drivers and passengers and reasonable prices.

The automaker is also an innovator in terms of cultural marketing, a different approach from other automakers to meet the needs from high-end customers.

One of the finest examples of this is that the company has been sponsoring various cultural events such as stage performances, exhibitions and fashion shows.

The firm has signed a global partnership with Cirque du Soleil, one of the world’s most famous modern circus troupes originating in Canada, to become an official sponsor. Later, it sponsored the troupe’s performances “Quidam” in 2007, “Alegria” in 2008 and “Varekai” in 2011.

In July, the firm will sponsor the local stage performance of the “Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour,” a collaboration of the troupe to commemorate the legendary pop singer.

As an official sponsor, the firm will also offer its customers the opportunity to enjoy the performance. It offered two VIP tickets to customers who bought the firm’s flagship sedan Infiniti M from June to July 10.

It has also sponsored popular exhibitions such as Gallery G, Kim Joong-man’s photo exhibition, Tiffany jewelry exhibition and performances including Matthew Bourne's “Swan Lake,” Blue Man Group’s “Megastar World Tour” and “Billy Elliot.”

It was also an official sponsor of Pret-a-porter Busan in 2010 and 2011.

“Through these creative cultural marketing ventures, we’ve been trying to enhance our brand image and present our goal of modern luxury,” an official from Infiniti Motor Company Korea said. “This also allows our customers to participate in more rich cultural and artistic events and consequently enjoy a better quality of life.”

The company advanced into the Korean market eight years ago, offering a rich lineup to meet sophisticated demands of local customers. Its lineup includes the Infiniti JX, EX, FX, QX, G and M.

It also became the first Japanese brand to launch diesel-powered sedans and SUVs in the local market, which are the Infiniti FX30d and M30d.

It recently launched the large-sized crossover utility vehicle JX for the first time in Korea.

For some, Samgyetang is not best dish

“Samgyetang,” or ginseng chicken soup that is traditionally known as healthful summer dish here, may not benefit some people. / Korea Times file

It is important to know your constitution to choose the right food
By Yoon Ja-young

This Saturday is “chobok” on the lunar calendar, or the first of the three hottest days of summer. Koreans typically take “boyang” cuisine, or dishes that replenish their depleted energy on these hot days, and “samgyetang,” or ginseng chicken soup, is the most popular.

While the soup is made with a number of healthy ingredients — a young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, ginseng, garlic, jujube, and chestnut — doctors of Korean Oriental medicine say that the soup isn’t beneficial for all. According to Prof. Lee Eui-ju at Kyunghee University Oriental Medicine Hospital, it depends on their constitution, or body type. Samgyetang is most beneficial to people categorized as “So-Eum-in,” while it isn’t recommended for those who are “So-Yang-in.”

So, people should first know their constitution, or body characteristics. In Korean Oriental Medicine, people are born as one of the four types of constitution — “So-Yang-in,” “So-Eum-in,” “Tae-Yang-in,” and “Tae-Eum-in.” The “Eum” and “Yang” here stand for yin and yang, each, so So-Yang-in and Tae-Yang-in, for instance, have more developed Yang force. Hence, they tend to have stronger and thicker upper bodies while their lower bodies are relatively thin and small. However, it should be kept in mind that it isn’t easy for ordinary people to identify their constitution, and it is recommended that they consult Oriental medicine doctors to determine where they belong.

Each has a different body shape as well as personality and associated emotions, and they also tend to have certain organs that are strong while others are weak. Hence, they have dishes that suit them and those that don’t.

“Among the dishes we have in summer to replenish strength, samgyetang is beneficial to So-Eum-in who typically have cold and weak digestive systems,” Prof. Lee said.

For So-Yang-in, however, it’s quite the opposite. The jujube and ginseng, which are rendered characteristically warm in Oriental medicine, can increase the heat in heart and pancreas. If they eat samgyetang, they can suffer either constipation or diarrhea. Hence, the professor recommends dishes categorized with cool characteristics in Oriental medicine, such as eel, duck barbecue, and summer fruit. However, it doesn’t mean they should eat food that is cold according to temperature. Prof. Lee warned that cold beverages and ice cream can cause them constipation.

For Tae-Eum-in, the professor recommends beef, bean noodle, cold “Omija” tea, or schisandra chinensis, and “Maesil” tea, or Japanese apricot. Tae-Yang-in, meanwhile, would find seafood such as octopus and kiwi juice on the doctor’s recommendation list.

The following are additional health tips from Prof. Lee regarding how people can spend the summer in a healthy way according to their constitution.

So-Yang-in: take steady exercise

Among the four constitutions, So-Yang-in and Tae-Eum-in are especially vulnerable to heat. “So-Yang-in easily feel hot with a small rise in temperature, because they characteristically have much heat in their body and lack patience. Those who find it difficult to tolerate the heat despite being thin are likely to be So-Yang-in,” the doctor says.

He recommends these people to exercise steadily — three times a week for over three months — though they often lack the patience to continue. He cites powerful exercises using muscles, such as weight lifting, “Ssireum,” or Korean traditional wrestling, or parallel bars as recommendable for these people.

Aerobic exercise for Tae-Eum-in

Tae-Eum-in tend to perspire much, and even more so in summer. According to the doctor, those with this constitution usually don’t like moving their body. They prefer sitting, playing computer games, for instance, and more than a few of them are obese. However, as they need to perspire to maintain the body temperature at appropriate level and have good blood circulation, the professor says that exercise that makes them perspire is essential. He recommends aerobic exercise that requires endurance, such as hiking, running marathons, jogging, swimming and cycling. It is also advisable that they take a warm shower in the evening, for the excretion of bodily waste and heat through skin.

Moderate exercise for So-Eum-in

People categorized as So-Eum-in aren’t very very sensitive to the heat, even in summer — it is an easy season for them. However, “as they have a weak digestive function, they easily get stomachache in the summer, and they are vulnerable to cold from exposure to air-conditioning,” Prof. Lee said. He stressed that taking a lot of summer fruits or cold beverages isn’t recommendable for these people.

“Unlike people with other constitutions, excessive exercise only adds to their fatigue. Hence, So-Eum-in are recommended to take light exercises where they don’t perspire much.” He recommended muscular exercises that require endurance, such as golf.

No sauna for Tae-Yang-in

These people aren’t very susceptible to heat, but their hands and feet are often hot in summer because their body emits much heat from the inside, according to the professor. He said that exercise that causes a lot of perspiration isn’t recommended for them. Instead, exercises where they control both body and mind, such as qigong, martial arts and kendo are helpful.

He added that they should avoid saunas, because it will decrease their desire to urinate and make them lose stamina.

Advice: Prof. Lee Eui-ju at Kyunghee University Oriental Medicine Hospital

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Actress Yoo In-na, 'Wobbles' Are Just Part of Finding the Way

I really like her robust and hot temper side in the drama called
"You are the Best"

Yoo In-na Yoo In-na

For actress Yoo In-na, spending two hours each evening swapping stories with listeners as the host of a prime-time radio show, "Volume Up" on KBS 2FM, is nothing but fun.

"I like reading books out loud and listening to people's stories," she said of the program, which now has the highest listener ratings for the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot across both AM and FM bandwidths.

Yoo originally dreamed of becoming a rock star. She joined an entertainment agency as an apprentice singer in 1998 at the age of 16, but things did not pan out as she had hoped after 11 years at five agencies. She recalled how she came close to joining a girl group at one point before this aspiration, too, fell flat.

"You need to be a good dancer to do that, but I was unable to memorize the choreography properly, as though I had some kind of affliction," she joked. Yoo said she practiced her dance moves for eight hours a day, six days a week, for a year before calling it quits.

In 2006, Yoo joined YG Entertainment as an apprentice actress. "If singing wasn't meant to be, I decided to give acting a go because it seemed fun. I never gave up. A lot of my friends did, though, even though they were prettier and more capable than me," she said.

Her big break came in 2009 with MBC's hit sitcom, "High Kick Through the Roof." With this, Yoo made a lasting impression on the public, and her popularity grew when she was cast in a number of TV dramas. She can now be seen in the KBS weekend drama, "You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin."

Yoo, who debuted late in the industry at the age of 27, had this advice for aspiring celebrities, singers and actors as they prepare for the world of showbiz.

"Even a compass, which is supposed to tell you which direction to go, wobbles before it finds its true course. I hope young people aren't too scared of facing the wobbles along the way, because they're a natural part of the journey."


'Style is content' : Girls’ Generation wigs, hair extensions target Asian markets

Hair Couture, a Korean hair fashion brand, has signed a joint contract with Girls’ Generation and SM Entertainment to launch 20 kinds of various hair products such as hair extensions and partial wigs using the styles of the group’s nine members. / Courtesy of Hair Couture and SM Entertainment

Credit goes to the Korea Times/ Chung Ah-young

For those craving to become like their favorite stars, everything from their hairs to toes is always the target of copycat fashion. Their styles of clothing, accessories, bags and shoes are often mimicked by fans or trend-savvy girls.

Among others, the hairstyles frequently change in accordance with the concept of their new projects as they are believed to complete fashion.

The hairstyles of nine members of iconic K-pop band Girls’ Generation will be available through partial wigs or hair extension to reach consumers.

Hair Couture, a Korean hair fashion brand which was established in the United States five years ago, has signed a joint contract with Girls’ Generation and SM Entertainment.

They will enter the Asian market along with the launch of various hair products including wigs and extensions designed after the hairstyles of the group’s members which are hugely popular in East Asian countries.
Taeyeon from Girls’ Generation tries a partial wig of Hair Couture.
/ Courtesy of Taeyeon Instagram

“We are going to launch various hair products using the styles of Girls’ Generation’s nine members. We think we can receive a good response from the Asian market,” Kim Min-seok, CEO of the company, said during an interview with The Korea Times.

He stressed that the company is not using the group members as just advertisement models but business partners who have actively engaged in development of style designs.

“So far hallyu has been associated with just K-pop singers and their music or dramas and tourism. But now I think hallyu should extend its scope to a wide range of products related to what hallyu stars wear, eat and do. Everything they do can be an asset of hallyu items. Style is content. I think it’s closely related to the creative economy,” he said.

The company will launch some 20 kinds of Girls’ Generation hair products at Olive Young, the leading drug store in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, on July 26 along with an autograph session of the group.
Kim Min-seok
CEO of Hair Couture
Starting with Girls’ Generation, the company will extend its product line with other K-pop groups in SM Entertainment. “Maybe the next hair line for men might use the hairstyles of SHINee,” he said.

Kim said that Korean hair products have been long regarded as quality items for a long time as the nation was one of the biggest exporters of wigs in the 1960s and 70s.

The wig business was the main source of revenue for Korean immigrants in the United States since the majority of wigs used in the U.S. were manufactured in Korea.

“Koreans have been superb in designing hair styles or other beauty art skills from the past. Making wigs is one of Koreans’ competitive edges. Such legacy still remains so that Korean wigs are hot sellers in foreign markets,” he said.

Kim initially began his hair brand company in the United States five years ago targeting mostly North America and Europe. It produces and distributes fashion wigs sold to 20 different countries.

According to Kim, the Korean hair market is growing fast every year with a 200 to 300 percent increase from four to five years ago. The market size of the wig industry is estimated at some 600 billion won.

The majority of the wig business relies on medical wigs for consumers undergoing treatment or suffering from hair loss represented by Hi-Mo and Milan.

The medical wigs have a strong competitive edge over other countries but the fashion wigs are growing as fast as they did. It is expected to catch up the size of medical wigs within just a few years.

“In the past, wearing a wig was just an inevitable choice for medical purposes. But now sporting a wig or other hair products such as extensions is becoming a fashion like wearing an accessory. It is becoming a crucial part of beauty products,” he said.

In recent years, not only young women but also young men sport the fashion wigs when they are in military duties to hide their shaved head.

“We see the Korean wig industry has much potential because people are getting concerned about their fashion in many countries.

Once wearing it, people cannot resist the charm of the fashion wigs. If the wigs are the styles from K-pop stars, their multinational fans might be fascinated,” he said.

Through the launch of the new hair line, their products will be spreading out to China, Taiwan, Thailand, and other Asian markets.

“I think we the small businessmen have great ideas linking hallyu to various products. It can bring shared growth with both the entertainment and manufacturing industries. I want to call them ‘K-products,’” he said.

The company is renowned for its representative brand Smart Hair which received a patent for allowing people to instantly have long hair and volume in a couple of minutes. Because of its convenience and comfort, it is the company’s bestseller.

10,000 More N.Korean Laborers Work Overseas


The number of North Korean laborers overseas stood at about 46,000 as of January, up some 10,000 from December 2011 when former leader Kim Jong-il died, a source said Monday.

New leader Kim Jong-un apparently gave orders to send as many workers as possible abroad to earn valuta, even at the risk of some defections.

The move comes amid tighter international sanctions and an end to cash flow from South Korea after the shutdown of package tours to Mt. Kumgang and the joint Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex.

◆ Up to 90% of Pay Extorted

The monthly pay for North Korean expat workers is between US$300 and $1,000, depending which country they work in and what kind of job they do. But some 70 to 90 percent of their pay goes straight into the regime's coffers via an agency known as Room 39, which manages Kim's slush funds. The deductions are billed as loyalty funds, party membership fees, tax, insurance premiums, and board and lodging fees.

Each security agents supervising a group of expat workers must extort and remit $10,000 to $100,000 to Pyongyang, which means that the workers are left with only $100 to $130 a month.

A North Korean man shields a flower basket from the rain as people gather at the bronze statutes of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on Monday to mark the 19th anniversary of Kim Il Sungs death. /AP-Newsis A North Korean man shields a flower basket from the rain as people gather at the bronze statutes of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on Monday to mark the 19th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's death. /AP-Newsis

◆ Bribes

According to defectors, many North Korean laborers scramble for the chance to go abroad, despite the risk of extortion from security agents.

The competition is fierce. Many give officials $20 to $30 as a bribe for work placements abroad, while others bribe party officials to pass family background checks for ideological soundness. To pass physical exams, some people then pay officials $10 to $100 for any disease they want kept quiet.

"It seems that the regime has raised more than about $30 million since Kim decided to send 10,000 more workers abroad," a diplomatic source said. "He is spending the money giving gifts to his close aides and hosting sumptuous dinners."
Original Source : http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/07/09/2013070901676.html


Psy Becomes First Korean Singer to Win Billboard Music Award


Psy has become the first Korean singer to walk away with a trophy from the Billboard Music Awards.

He received the Top Streaming Song (Video) award for "Gangnam Style," the most-viewed music video on YouTube, at a ceremony held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Psy (left) and show host Tracy Morgan perform during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday. /Reuters-Newsis Psy (left) and show host Tracy Morgan perform during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday. /Reuters-Newsis

The singer was nominated for six categories, including Top New Artist and Top Rap Song.

At the awards show, Psy came on stage to present Chris Brown and had an impromptu dance battle with host Tracy Morgan.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

KAIST professor co-publishes encyclopedia

From The Korea Times News
By Kwon Ji-youn

A professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has become one of the few Korean scientists to serve as editor-in-chief in the publication of an international science encyclopedia.

Cho Kwang-hyun, chair professor of systems biology and bio-inspired engineering at KAIST, took part in the compilation of the Encyclopedia of Systems Biology, along with three other scholars, KAIST announced Thursday.

“Because the project took five years to complete, I feel pleased to have finally had the encyclopedia published,” Cho said. “It is proof that systems biology has established itself as a field of scholarly study.”

The encyclopedia, which is rapidly becoming a new 21st century scholarly paradigm, is composed of four volumes and consists of some 3,000 pages.

A total of 28 staff editors and 291 scientists planned, participated in and published the five-year-long project under the directions of four editors-in-chief.

They are Werner Dubitzky, chair of bioinformatics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland; Olaf Wolkenhauer, chair in systems biology and bioinformatics at the University of Rostock, Germany; Hiroki Yokota, professor of biomedical engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Cho.

Cho graduated from KAIST with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1993, and then received his master’s and doctoral degrees from KAIST in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

He began his professional career as a full-time lecturer at the University of Ulsan, and then served as adjunct and associate professor at Seoul National University.

In March 2010, Cho became a tenured professor in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at KAIST. He is currently chair professor of systems biology.

Systems biology is a combination of engineering and life sciences. Cho is a pioneer of studies regarding the application of system biology to IT.

His research is recognized as being innovative and novel.

Cho is especially acknowledged for his theses published in a journal called Science Signaling on research about the amalgamation of IT and BT.

The encyclopedia was published by New York’s Springer, an international science publisher.

Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/people/2013/07/178_138640.html

Rain Set to Be Discharged from Military Next Week

South Korean Singer cum Actor Rain

Rain Rain
Singer and actor Rain, who joined the army in October 2011, will be discharged next week after completing his mandatory military service.

Before wrapping up his 21-month stint, he already signed a contract with Cube Entertainment to serve as his management agency, and has reportedly been working on his future plans.

Coastal Cruise Allows Visitors to Revel in Taejongdae's Scenic Beauty


Taejongdae, a scenic spot renowned for its natural beauty, is a must-see destination during any excursion to the southern port city of Busan.

It was included in the Korea Tourism Organization's top 100 sightseeing spots last year as it boasts beautiful scenery, where pine trees stand in harmony with ocean cliffs and uniquely-shaped rocks. It was once called "sinseondae," as local myth has it that the area was once an enchanted place where reclusive hermits lived in peace.

Ships depart from a wharf at the entrance to Taejongdae, and a five-minute trip takes visitors to a spot with breathtaking views of the coastal cliffs.

These days, most of the visitors are foreign travelers.

The boat ride takes around 35 minutes. Afterwards, visitors can either walk along the 4 km circular road or take a mini-train to soak up more of the views.

Tourists can hop on and off the train as frequently as they like. The first stop is a pebble beach populated with seafood restaurants. The sound of the pebbles washing against the tide adds to the ambience.

The next destination is an observation deck at an elevation of 250 m. Daema Island, about 56 km away from Busan's coast, is easily visible on a clear day.

On the deck, visitors can see a sculpture of a mother hugging her two kids. This image of maternal love was erected to give courage to any lost souls who find themselves drawn to the cliffs' poignant beauty.

Another popular spot is the lighthouse in Yeongdo that dates back over 60 years. A small pathway leads visitors to a giant rock where the fossilized footsteps of dinosaurs were recently discovered. It takes about 90 minutes to stroll around Taejongdae at a leisurely pace.

Time permitting, a trip to see some pillar-shaped rocks at a small coastal town in neighboring Ulsan is also recommended. Formed by boiling magma that pierced the surface of the earth's crust some 20 million years ago, they are called "hwaam" (flower rocks) due to the floral patterns that can be seen in their cross sections. The area serves as a natural museum that keeps traces and records of geological features including multicolored strata and the fossilized footsteps of dinosaurs.

Another popular tourist destination located nearby in South Gyeongsang Province is Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park, the nation's first marine park. The 71 deserted and 29 inhabited islands look like jewels scattered over the sea, creating some of Korea's most spectacular ocean views.

For more information, please call at the following numbers or visit the respective websites:

* Taejongdae in Busan: +82-51-405-2004 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-51-405-2004 end_of_the_skype_highlighting / www.taejongdae.or.kr
* City-Tour Bus in Busan: +82-51-464-9898 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-51-464-9898 end_of_the_skype_highlighting / www.citytourbusan.com
* Pillar-shaped rocks in Ulsan: +82-52-229-2000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-52-229-2000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting / http://guide.ulsan.go.kr/main.do
* Hallyeohaesang: +82-2-3279-2785 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-2-3279-2785 end_of_the_skype_highlighting / http://main.knps.or.kr/main/main.do