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January 9, 2014

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Thursday, January 9, 2014

  

Good morning, Excellency!
Here are The Korea Post news, African proverbs, humor from Korean-language economic dailies, and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:
/s/
        
Lee Kyung-sik
Publisher-Chairman
Korea Post Media
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The Korea Post news

'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4 

Ambassadors and families are invited to attend the Festival on

Thursday January 17, 2014.

(Further details and photos are toward the end of this Headlines.)

Ambassadors, madams and other members of the Diplomatic Corps pose for the camera on board the 'Ice breaker' that carried the visitors to the Peace Dam and Peace Bell via the Paro-ho Lake.

The VIP guests are also offered an opportunity to toll the Peace Bell of the World, shake hands with the Nobel Laurates (former President Mikhail Gorbachev of Russia, the late former President Kim Dae-jung, Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala, Jose Ramos Horta of Indonesia,  Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, Dalai Lama of Tibet, Elizateth Willians of the United Kingdom, Desmond Mpilo Tutu of Soouth Africa, and the noted figures of many other countries of the world), and a visit to the 'Water Museum of the Republic of Korea managed by K-Water.

They are also invited to toll the Peace Bell of the World which was made with the expended bullets and shells donated by many countries of the world where there have been conflicts as a token of expression of hopes for peace in the world.

Nestled between the town of Hwacheon and the mountains, the Hwacheon River is not only covered by a thick layer of ice, but also by thousands of festival participants.
Ambassadors and families are invited to attend the Festival on Friday January 17, 2014.

Ambassadors and senior diplomats are invited with their spouses and families to attend the Festival on Thursday January 17, 2014. Individual invitation has already been transmitted to the Ambassadors and the senior diplomats. In the event of our transmission failure, please contact Ms. Kim Jeong-mi at Tel 2298-1740/2, 010-3388-1682 or edt@koreapost.com. English-speaking callers please contact David Chung at the same number and email address.
(Further details and photos are at the end of this Headlines.)


This morning we have the wonderful Facebook share of His Excellency former Ambassador Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh in Seoul:

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Dr. Sang-Ki Hahn's African wise-sayings:

Both the chaser and the chased become tired
-A Kenyan proverb

One does not exchange eagle feathers for the feathers of a vulture.
-A Ghanaian proverb

If you wish it (anything dirty) to be poured on your neighbor, it is rather poured on you.
-A Ghanaian proverb

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Humor from Korean-language economic dailies this morning:

Seoul Kyungje

"Look at ME!!" boasted the fit old man, pounding a very flat and firm stomach, having just finished 100 sit ups before a group of young people.
"Fit as a fiddle! And you want to know why? I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't stay up late, and I don't chase after loose women!!"
He smiled at them, teeth white, eyes aglitter, "And tomorrow ? Tomorrow, I'm going to celebrate my 90th birthday!!"
"Oh, really?" said one of the young onlookers, "How?"

Hankuk Kyungje
Changing World
A patient complained to the doctor that he was unable to sleep at night.
The doctor told him to eat something before going to bed.
“But,” protested the patient, “two months ago you told me not to eat anything before you go to bed.”
“That was two months ago,” the doctor replied. “Indeed this just illustrates the great strides science is making these days.”

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KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

S. Korean, US Top Diplomats Discuss N. Korea, Yasukuni Issues
Anchor: South Korea and the United States's top diplomats have agreed to further boost their cooperation to deal with North Korea. The two sides also discussed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine.

'NK Leader Kim Jong-un's Aunt Likely in Critical Condition'
A South Korean official says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt appears to be in a critical condition.

Sex Slavery Victims Mark 22nd Anniversary of Weekly Protest
Anchor: Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery marked the 22nd anniversary of holding weekly rallies outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on this Wednesday. An elderly victim who took part in the rally said the victims are still not free from the pain of that period all these years after Korea’s liberation from Japan’s colonial rule.
Our Kim Bum-soo has the story.

Korean Scientists Take Step Closer to Rheumatoid Arthritis Cure
Anchor: Scientists may have taken a step closer to finding a cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Korean researchers say they can now explain how sufferers fall foul of the chronic autoimmune disease.
Our Kim Soyon has more on the findings.

Park Visits Training Center, Encourages Olympic Athletes
With just one month remaining until the 2014 Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi, President Park Geun-hye dropped by the Taereung National Training Center on Wednesday to encourage the Korean athletes and coaches who will be heading to Russia.

Koreans' Smoking Rates Higher Than Global Average
The smoking rate in South Korea is higher than the global average.

NK Media Mute Over Leader Kim Jong-un's Birthday
North Korea’s state media has stayed mute about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s birthday on this Wednesday.

Gov't to Help Launch Students' Orchestra in 100 Schools
The Education Ministry says it will help 100 schools establish students' orchestras this year.
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Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

N. Korea still worst in nuclear material security
North Korea remains at the bottom of a major ranking of nuclear materials security conditions, a nonprofit group of experts here said Wednesday.

U.S. seeks communication channel with N. Korea over detained man
The U.S. government said Wednesday it will use its own diplomatic channels for talks with North Korea on the issue of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American man detained in the communist nation.

Talks between S. Korea, U.S. on nuclear accord close without progress
South Korea and the United States will meet again in April for negotiations on renewing a bilateral nuclear energy pact, the foreign ministry said Wednesday after the allies closed their two-day talks on the accord without progress.

Schools pressed to change history textbooks: education ministry
Several high schools were found to have retracted their decisions to use a controversial history textbook for the 2014 school year under "unjust outside pressure," the education ministry said Wednesday.

Opposition leader to hold New Year's press conference
The chief of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) will hold a news conference next week to outline his policy plans for the new year, the party said Wednesday, amid an ongoing standoff with President Park Geun-hye.

China slams Japan's reported plan to invite journalists over territorial claims
China criticized Japan Wednesday for reportedly planning to invite foreign correspondents stationed in Beijing and Seoul to promote Tokyo's stance on territorial issues, urging Japan not to "waste time to make vain efforts." China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks when asked about a Japanese media report that the Japanese foreign ministry would invite more than 100 U.S. and European correspondents in Beijing and Seoul early this year to brief them on territorial issues with South Korea and China.

Courts deny arrest warrants for 8 rail union leaders
Local courts have rejected arrest warrants for eight rail union leaders, court officials said Wednesday, in a blow to a police probe into the nation's longest rail strike.
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The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

S. Korea, U.S. to seek closer ties over N. Korea
The foreign ministers of South Korea and the U.S. on Wednesday agreed to intensify policy coordination to better cope wi...

South Koreans become more conservative
The number of Koreans describing themselves as politically liberal has decreased in the past th...

Alcatel may reimburse KT for satellite panels
Alcatel-Lucent, which manufactured KT Corp.’s satellite Koreasat-5 ― a communication satellit...

Fully automated cars get limelight
LAS VEGAS ― Despite the high expectations for advancements in car technology, namely in the fo...

First morning coffee may be bad for heal...

Five-star hotel under fire for serving r...

Talks between S. Korea, U.S. on nuclear ...

China slams Japan's reported plan to inv...

Ex-FC Seoul captain Ha determined to do ...

Korean men's football team hires Dutch a...

Facebook acquires India startup amid pus...

South Korea coach to lobby Park to retur...

South Korea suspends tear gas exports to...

‘Groups pressured schools not to use Ky...

Red tape may be lifted on Seoul investme...

Prosecutors indict 3 for record personal...

Korea logs record surplus in health tour...

Railway strife continues with major rall...

Prime Minister’s Office sacks senior of...
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The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

US snubs S. Korea's call on Abe
U.S. Secretary John Kerry ignored an invitation by South Korea to join in the condemnation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine. Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a press conference after hol...

An Afghan girl, wearing a suicide vest, rescued
A young Afghan girl, about to be sacrificed as a suicide bomber by the Taliban, has been rescued and detained

Proxies for 2 presidents go head-to-head  
Top confidants of the incumbent and former presidents took opposing sides over a constitutional re... 

Can Air Force bear high F-35 upkeep costs? 
How to tame exorbitant maintenance costs for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is one of the b... 

`Hallyu' fans swell to 10 mil. 
“Hallyu” or the Korean wave is up and running despite some concerns to the contrary, with its glob... 

Park's big numbers - promise or challenge?  Is it a challenge or a promise? That is the first question emerging from President Park Geun-hye’s... 

Smarter TV to be more connected 
LAS VEGAS - The global technology industry is undergoing a “software transition” as consumer elect...

 

War over history continues  
The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that “unfair external pressure” has forced around 20... 

Ex-sex slaves condemn Abe on 22nd anniversary  
A weekly protest by the victims of sexual slavery by Japan during World War II marked its 22nd ann... 

Rapid debt growth threatens recovery  
The growing household debt may put a damper on the Park Geun-hye administration’s efforts to reviv... 

Samsung, SKT in talks over security patch 
LAS VEGAS - Samsung Electronics is in talks with SK Telecom to provide a software security patch d...

Card firms hit by historic data breach 
Three of the country’s major credit card firms ㅡ KB Kookmin Card, Lotte Card and NH NongHyup Card ㅡ are facing strong sanctions from regulators over the leak ...   
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Dong A (http://english.donga.com)

Korean heritage foundation sets to restore Laotian relics
The temple where this reporter arrived after a two-hour drive from Pakse was in worst situation, in stark contrast to fine weather. Except for several stylobates and pillars, the temple looked just like piles of stones....

N. Korea invests US$ 15 mln in overseas construction project
A general view of Grand Panorama Museum (top) that has been constructed in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which is home to the Angkor Wat relics, and exhibits are on display in the museum. The North will reportedly donate the...

Two American rappers filmed a music video in North Korea
Two American rappers filmed a music video in North Korea. The rappers known as Pacman and Peso, not yet household names in hip-hop, posted Tuesday a music video titled "Escape to North Korea" on YouTube. Running 1.48...

Woman CEO at Hanjin calls on women to work with confidence
"Don`t complain about unfairness. Just say `we can do it` with confidence." Cho Mo-ran, CEO of Hanjin International Japan, said so during an interview with the Dong-A Ilbo at the headquarters of Korean Air in downtown...

Princess movies
Bechdel Test was created by an American cartoonist Alison Bechdel to calculate the number of male-oriented movies made in the 1980s. The test is a means of evaluating gender bias in a movie. The movie can pass...

Better care called for men in uniforms

Girl statue in Glendale boycotted by Japan

Spain's princess charged with tax fraud, money-laundering
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Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

Many Highly Educated Women Stay at Home
The proportion of Korean women who go to university is among the highest in the world, but only 53.5 percent have jobs. That is way far short of the OECD average of 57.2 percent. Some 90,559 married women with master's degrees or PhDs are do not work.

70% of Elderly Don't Want to Live with Their Children
Seven out of 10 elderly Koreans do not wish to live with their children, and a growing number are paying their own way without relying on their offspring. This reflects a trend whereby more elderly Koreans remain socially active.

Plan Early to Avoid Worst Travel Months
At the start of a new year, people are busy thinking of ways to stick to their resolutions and planning the best time to take a break from their routine life and work. A recent survey suggests it would be better to avoid early May, September and October.

Forbes Hails Gamer Lee Jae-dong as New Industry Star
Professional gamer Lee Jae-dong has been included in Forbes' annual list of the top 30 up-and-coming stars under the age of 30 in the video game industry. The U.S. business...

China Sets Clean Air Targets
After a year of record high pollution that has won Beijing unwanted international acclaim and domestic disdain, China has set ambitious clean air targets and ordered cities to cut...

Number of Nuclear Capable Countries Drops

Alibaba to Set Up Mobile Gaming Platform in China

White House, Republicans Speak Out on Gates Memoir

UN: Destruction of Syria's Chemical Weapons Moving Ahead 
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Hankyoreh (http://english.hani.co.kr)

“Textbook war” ending in miserable defeat for conservatives
The few schools that selected distorted Korean history textbooks now dropping them under citizen pressure
A decade-long battle by right wingers over history textbooks is being thwarted by sensible citizens, with a less than 1% selection rate for a Korean history textbook developed by conservative scholars and published by Kyohak.
The so-called “textbook wars” are shaping into a miserable defeat for conservatives. The battle started in 2003 when the publishing company Kumsung’s contemporary Korean history textbook was labeled “leftist”.

Report: fewer low-income households breaking out of poverty
The “have-nots” are finding it more difficult to escape poverty with each passing year, research findings show.
Statistics suggest that class mobility is becoming a distant dream, with poverty becoming entrenched as irregular workers lack full-time work opportunities and low-income families find it impossible to escape the debt trap.

Survey: half of married folks say it’s their kids that keep them going
According to a the 6th survey on attitudes toward South Korea’s low birth-rate carried out by Planned Population Federation of Korea in 2013 and released on Jan. 7, 48.2% of 926 married men and women around South Korea said that it was their children that gave them strength and helped them make it through the past year. 48.9% of men responded this way, along with 50.6% of women with jobs and 45.6% of women who are full-time homemakers.

Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee rejects his brother’s reconciliation proposal
In the legal battle over the Samsung inheritance, Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee rejected an overture for reconciliation from Lee Maeng-hee, his older brother and former chairman of Cheil Fertilizer.
On Jan. 7, in a hearing for the appeal being tried by the 14th civil division of the Seoul High Court (Judge Yun Jun presiding), Yun Jae-yun, the lawyer representing Lee Kun-hee, said, “After carefully reviewing the proposal, we have decided not to accept the proposal for reconciliation.”

N. Korean refugee accused of spying brings charges against investigators
After being found not guilty of espionage by a district court, Yoo Woo-sung pressed charges against the investigators in his case on Jan. 7, accusing the prosecutors and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) of concealing and fabricating evidence in order to frame him as a spy. A North Korean refugee, Yoo formerly worked as a public servant for the city of Seoul.
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Joong Ang (conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)

Top envoys unite against North, but not Japan
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held their first talks of the new year in Washington on Tuesday and showed a united front on North Korea, agreeing to deal staunchly with any provocations or attacks by Pyongyang and to intensify their consultations…

Kim Kyong-hui in coma, says intelligence source
WASHINGTON - Kim Kyong-hui, aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and wife of the purged and executed Jang Song-thaek, is in a vegetative state…

Flaws in system for dementia patients exposed
The tragedy in the family of Leeteuk, a member of idol band Super Junior whose father allegedly killed his own aged and infirm parents before taking his own life…

Medical sector divides lawmakers
The Democratic Party yesterday set up a special committee to deter what it considers the government’s move to commercialize the medical services sector…

U.S. statue digs up lingering wartime dispute
For Kim Bok-dong, 89, the statue’s unveiling had tremendous significance, and it took an emotional toll. The bronze monument showed the likeness of a young girl in traditional Korean attire…

Ministry criticizes opponents of Kyohak book
The Ministry of Education said yesterday that the schools that dropped their initial plans to use a history textbook by Kyohak Publishing Company did…

North Korea to conduct parliamentary elections
North Koreans will hold elections for the country’s rubber stamp parliament in March, the first such polls under Kim Jong-un’s leadership…

Rodman trashes Bae in interview in Pyongyang
American basketball star Dennis Rodman defended his latest visit to North Korea in an interview with broadcaster CNN on Tuesday, saying it would help…

New app ensures a safe drive home
In a bid to enhance safety, the Seoul city government has launched a new service that allows taxi passengers to send information through their smartphones…

Samsung serves up its Chef Collection
Christopher Kostow, left, and Michel Troisgros, both famous chefs, prepare delicacies using Samsung Electronics’ Chef Collection appliances at ARIA Convention Center…

Data stolen from more than 100M cardholders
The Changwon District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday indicted a Korea Credit Bureau employee for selling personal information belonging to more than 100 million customers…

Brokerages’ rosy outlook unbelievable
One of my favorite fables that I heard as a kid is about the boy who cried wolf. It’s so true that the lesson could be applied to every aspect of our lives…
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Edaily (http://eng.edaily.co.kr/Stock/)

[US the closing price]The U.S. Dow Jones Index, -68.20p(-0.41%) slightly down.
The U.S. Dow Jones Index Closing (At 2014.01.08) The Dow closed at 16,462.74p, slightly down -68.20p(-0.4...

[Table]Exchange Rate Quotation
This is Exchange rate Quotation offered by Korea Exchange Bank. [table] Exchange Rate Quotation Offered by KEB ...

[Table]Exchange Rate Currency Crossrate
2014.01.09 08:10(Korean time), this is Currency Crossrate of major 12 countries. [table] FX Cross Currency ...

[Closed] Domestic rate of return of final bid closed. 3-year government bond down -1bp.
This is the rate of return of final bid. Quoted by Korea Financial Investment Association, domestic rate of return of final bid of 3-year government bond recorded at 2.86%, down (-1bp) from yesterday. ...
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Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)

CES 2014: S. Korea electronics under attack from Japan, China
During the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) 2013, which was held in Germany in September 2013, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics were the only players that showcased the ‘curved’ TVs featuring a curved display.Back then, South Korea’s two electronics behemoths boasted such leading-edge technology. Three months later on January 7 (local time), however, the Japanese and Chinese players all nipped at their lead by debuting their own curved TV..

Samsung’s Q4 earnings shock triggers a spate of corporate earnings forecast downgrades
In the aftermath of Samsung Electronics’ anemic earnings for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2013, brokerages are revising down earnings estimates and target prices of major listed companies for this year one after another.

CES 2014: S. Korea electronics under attack from Japan, China
During the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) 2013, which was held in Germany in September 2013, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics were the only players that showcased the ‘curved’ TVs featuring a curved display.

S. Korea per-capita income likely topped $25,000 for the first time
South Korea’s per-capita income surpassed $25,000 for the first time. Even after reflecting changes in standards for national accounts and the won’s appreciatiation, the Bank of Korea (BOK) is assured that the 2013 per-capita income would reach over $25,000.

KORAIL to participate in Rajin-Hassan railway project
Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) is set to lay the foundation stone for “Eurasia Initiative” championed by President Park Geun-hye by investing in the government-proposed project to link North Korea’s Rajin Port and Russia’s Hassan.

Gov’t to review capital region regulations from scratch
The South Korean government plans to review measures to streamline business regulations, including those related to the capital region, environment and holding company, in order to encourage investment.

Shilla DFS wrests concession at Singapore Changi Airport
South Korea’s leading duty free shop operator Shilla Duty Free Shop (DFS) won a duty free shop contract from Singapore-based Changi Airport, one of the world’s top three international airports. As Shilla obtains rights to run shops at the airport, which generated around 330 billion won ($309 million) in sales in 2012, this will set the stage for reshaping the world’s duty free industry landscape.


One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.
(Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the ambassadors and families to attend the Festival on Friday 17, 2014.)

▲'Ice breaker'

▲Left: Amb. Murad Ali of Pakistan 'shakes hands with' former Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo who had visited the Peace Dam and Peace Bell. Right: Visiting foreign VIP guests do the same with one of the Nobel prize winners who had visited the venue.

▲Ambassadors and madams toll the Peace Bell in supplication for the peace of the world.

From left: Ambassadors Andonov of Bulgaria and Ali Nafti of Tunisia. novelist Lee Oisoo, Minister Counsellor Branko Marjanac of Serbia, Chairman Lee KS of The Korea Post, Mrs. Lee KS, Prof. Suh Bo-Hyuk of Seoul National University and Prof. Lee Na-mi of Myongji University in Seoul.

1.4 million persons reportedly visited Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival last year having their fill of the joys of the winter--ice-fishing mountain trouts and treating their eyes to the colorful lanterns of the angels at the Seondeung Candle Light Festival that takes place in the night.

Who said Hwacheon offers only ice-fishing? You can land mountain trouts also from the water standing on the river bank (top left). Koreans, expats, young and old, all enjoy various events of the Festival.

Left: Visitors pass through the colorfully lit ice tunnel. Right: You can also enjoy a 'sky ride' down the river.

The 2014 Mountain Trout Festival and Winter Ice-Snow Fantasia (one of the 'Seven Winter Wonders of the World') start on Jan. 4, 2014 at the Hwacheon County of Gangwon Province some 79.3 miles northeast of Seoul.

So called by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival this year is expected to draw an estimated 1.5 million Korean and internatioal visitors.

Recently designated by the Central Government bas the 'Best Festival of the Republic of Korea,' the Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival offers visitors a rare chance of catching mountain trouts through ice holes and bare-hand.

This year, the organizers expected that the 'fishermen' from around the world, as well as from within Korea, will be able to catch many more trouts than in any previous year as the river is literally 'full of trouts.'

The organizers also have a special VIP package which offers the important Korean and international visitors with an opportunity to rice an 'Ice Breaker' steel boat from the town of Hwacheon to the famous Peace Dam cutting through the thick-frozen surface of the scenic Paroho Lake.

The VIP guests are also offered an opportunity to toll the Peace Bell of the World, shake hands with the Nobel Laurates (former President Mikhail Gorbachev of Russia, the late former President Kim Dae-jung, Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala, Jose Ramos Horta of Indonesia,  Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, Dalai Lama of Tibet, Elizateth Willians of the United Kingdom, Desmond Mpilo Tutu of Soouth Africa, and the noted figures of many other countries of the world), and a visit to the 'Water Museum of the Republic of Korea managed by K-Water.

They are also invited to toll the Peace Bell of the World which was made with the expended bullets and shells donated by many countries of the world where there have been conflicts as a token of expression of hopes for peace in the world.

Nestled between the town of Hwacheon and the mountains, the Hwacheon River is not only covered by a thick layer of ice, but also by thousands of festival participants.

The Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival will be taking place in Hwacheon County in Gangwon-do province on Jan. 4-26, 2014. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.

Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. Along with fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that usually take 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.

A foreign visitor said: “Unlike some Korean festivals I have been to, there is a lot to do at this festival. You can ride an ATV or go kart on the ice, go sledding, ice skating, push a metal cart on the ice, or do some regular reel fishing.”

The events that are most popular are ice fishing and bare-handed fishing. For the ice fishing, you are provided with a hole in the ice and a bag for putting your catch for 10,000 won of which you get 10,000-won Love Gift, money you can spend around the festival grounds on food and souvenirs. “If you aren’t Korean, make sure to head to the foreigner only section. It is not only less crowded, but there is English-speaking help and you are given a free fishing pole,” said the foreign visitor.

When you get on the ice, pick a hole, let out enough line to get your lure to the bottom of the river. Then, quickly flick your wrist upwards and let it float back to the bottom. Some persistence is required, he stressed.

Hwacheon is considered a “clean region” where mountain trouts and otters live. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is opened in every January under the slogan of “Unfrozen Hearts, Unforgettable Memories” at Hwacheon that has geographical features of the fastest ice freezing in the country because of cold valley wind and clean water.

This is a unique theme experience festival full with good shows and 40 or about various experience programs, such as ice sledding, snow sledding, snow sculpture and ice soccer, Sancheoneo experience programs combined with the image of Hwacheon that has clean natural environment with the first grade clean water in Bukhangang (river) for catching Sancheoneo by hand, Sancheoneo fishing on the ice to catch the fish easily and enjoy the fishing by everybody, breaking the ice with 40cm thickness and above and looking at Sancheoneo in the deep water for your exciting play available for experiencing at Hwacheon only and heart-warm memory in winter.

Winter Sancheoneo! Sancheoneo Fishing! To mention about ice fishing, you need to catch at least one Sancheoneo. It is an elegant fish underneath ice out of comparison to the other fishes due to moderate size and beautiful shape.

Sancheoneo is hard to catch as it is rare but everyone can catch one or two Sancheoneo at Hwacheon with somewhat good luck and knack since 32 or 3 tons of fresh Sancheoneo are being put just under the fishing place every day for visitors for Sancheoneo festival. It is just the reason why a child or young girl without fishing experience is indulged in Sancheoneo ice fishing.

A recent poster introducing some of the events at the Hwacheon Mountain Trout
Festival on January 4-26, 2014. Ambassadors and senior diplomats are invited with
Their spouses and families to attend the Festival on Thursday January 17, 2014.
Individual invitation has already been transmitted to the Ambassadors and the senior
Diplomats.
In the event of our transmission failure, please contact Ms. Kim Jeong-mi

At Tel 2298-1740/2, 010-3388-1682 or edt@koreapost.com. English-speaking callers
Please call David Chung at the same number and email address.
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