The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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July 22, 2015

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, July 22, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notices, humor from Korean business daily and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

P.S.: 1. To see the desired site, press down the Control key and click the blue URL of the media.

2. If received by a person other than the intended recipient, please kindly convey the mail to His/Her Excellency.


The Korea Post notice:

Why is a genuine wild ginseng 10,000 times the price of a regular 6-year-old ginseng?

Find out during the tour of Hamyang, home of genuine Sansam (wild ginseng)!

Genuine Sansam is believed in Korea to have many times the medicinal efficacy of the regular ginseng, and especially to increase man’s potency of men and woman’s capacity.

This is why the price of real wild ginseng is very, very high, and even today a 100-year-old Sansam sells for tens of millions of Won while a six-year-old top-quality ginseng of the same size is available for mere several thousand Won a root at ordinary market.

According to the Academy of Korean Studies, Simmani (the wild ginseng hunter) enters the intractable mountains difficult of access by ordinary people for discovering wild ginseng from Cheoseo (end of summer [August 23 this year]) to Ipdong (beginning of winter [November 8]) and before they do this they avoid many things to keep themselves clean so that they do not ‘offend the Mountain God.’

Genuine wild ginseng is found growing only at a special spot deep in the intractable mountainous terrain denying access to man, where the humus soil is made with fallen leaves accumulated for hundreds of years and humidity is maintained at an optimal level for the rare medicinal plant in spite of the worst dry season.

Due to such particular surroundings, the wild ginseng is known to have a special medicinal efficacy good for many diseases?such as loss of energy, weak brain functions, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, diseases of the heart, and various other adult diseases.

Sansam is also known to be effective in reducing the ill effects of menopausal symptoms, mental stress, anemia, ageing of the eyes, metabolism, strengthening of the immunity system, controlling the growth of cancerous cells and lowering the sugar level of the blood. The Saponin content in Sansam is believed to keep the Cholesterol at an optimal level and help the creation of clean blood--thus helping the prevention of hypertension. The Malton content in in the genuine wild ginseng is known to be good for recovery from fatigue and prevention of the ageing of the body.

A very rare opportunity for the Excellencies to learn the truth about genuine wild ginseng:

The Korea Post is organizing a tour of the Hamyang County for the ambassadors and spouses in a one-night-two day program to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Hamyang International Wild Ginseng Festival on Thursday 30th-Friday 31st, July 2015. KTX VIP Train will be used.

Excellencies might not wish to miss this rare opportunity as it has come for the first time in 12 years.

For more details and photos, please visit  /news/view.html?section=161&category=181&no=1004.


Today’s humor:

Hankuk Kyungje

Tardy Woman

One Sunday morning the woman was surprised to receive a phone call from her minister.

He said that he had just been in a minor car accident and asked if she could inform the congregation he’d be unable to conduct services that day.

The woman was flattered that out of the entire congregation, she was the one he had called - until the minister went on to say that she was always the last one to arrive at church, he knew she would be the only one he could still reach at home.



Justice Ministry Seeks to Eliminate Statue of Limitations for Murder

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BOK Governor: Drop in Tourism Likely to Lower Economic Growth

US Army Chief Nominee: US Should Verifiably End N. Korean Nuclear Program

PM Vows to Set up Task Force Teams to Fight Corruption

Rival Parties Condemn Japan's Dokdo Claim

N. Korea Distinguishes Itself from Iran

S. Korea's Public Fund Coverage of Medical Expenses near Bottom of OECD

S. Korean Airlines to Resume Most Flights to China, Japan Early August

Pyongyang Rejects Proposals for Dialogue by Seoul

N. Korean Workers to be Given Existing Minimum Salary for 4th Month

N. Korea Reports 99.97% Turnout in Local Elections

S. Korean Lawmakers Discuss Rajin-Khasan Project with Russian Railways Chief

China Wants Abe Statement to Include Words "Colonialism, Aggression, Apology"

Justice Ministry Seeks to Eliminate Statue of Limitations for Murder

End of MERS Will be Declared Per WHO Standards

Survey: 4 out of 10 S. Koreans Plan to Vacation in Early August

June Tourism Drops 41% Amid MERS Outbreak

German Diplomat in N. Korea Among Passengers

Seoul Returns Silla period Buddha Statue to

Location Tracking Device for Dementia Patients to be Developed

Agricultural Ministry to Lift Ban on Livestock Movement

Typhoon Nangka to Affect Korean Peninsula Friday

Korean Ex-FIFA Vice President Considering Run for Football President

Choi Woon-jeong Wins First LPGA Victory

Nexen Slugger Hits 30 Homers for 4th Straight Year


Yonhap (

BOK governor voices concern on MERS-hit tourism industry

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Jeju Air posts record H1 operating profit

Jeju Air Co., South Korea's top budget carrier, estimated Wednesday its first-half operating income skyrocketed to an all-time high, fueled by a jump in both domestic and international air traffic.

China spurns Japan's concern over South China Sea

China rejected fresh concerns raised by Japan over its reclamation projects in the South China Sea, insisting that such actions are within the scope of its sovereignty.

N. Korea upgrades long-range missile launch facility

North Korea has almost completed modifications to its long-range rocket launch facility near the border with China, government sources here said Wednesday.

Finance minister urges quick passage of extra budget

South Korea's finance minister called on lawmakers Wednesday to pass an extra budget quickly to help cushion the fallout of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and economic uncertainties.

Seoul OKs civic group's NK visit for talks on joint annive..

N. Korea upgrades long-range missile launch facil..

N. Korea erects extended long-range missile launch ..

U.S. nuclear envoy to visit S. Korea, China, Japan

S. Korea's terms of trade rises in June

Park vows to support local startups' entry into China

Asset managers increase foreign stock investments in H1

Seoul shares down 1.06 pct in late-morning trade

Jeju Air posts record H1 operating profit

Court sides with conscription agency in golfer's draft row

'Veteran' director: Justice will prevail

Girls' Generation launches reality show

U.S. Women's Open champ enjoying near perfect season

Ex-FIFA VP sets sights on top position


The Korea Times (

North Korea erects new missile launch pad

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Chung Mong-joon to run for top FIFA job 

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Spy agency hit for sloppy reaction 

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Woori Bank stake to be sold in blocks 

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200 students to speak out for victims of sexual slavery 

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Mud festival organizer ordered to compensate for photo use 

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W10 mil. reward offered for information on robbery suspect 

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POSCO shelves Orissa project 

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The Korea Herald (

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Ki Sung-yueng, Son Heung-min as promising Korean soccer players 

New year’s wishes change over time 

Samsung’s mobile phone beats Apple to top ACSI 

Actor Lee Jung-jae reported to be in a relationship with Daesang heiress 

N. Korean leader shows willingness to hold inter-Korean summit 

U.S. military base in Yongsan bans civilian drones, model aircrafts 

Japanese police on 14-year manhunt for cruel murderer


Chosun Ilbo (

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Japan Keeps Pushing Dokdo Land Grab Ambitions

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N. Korean Hackers Get Access to 'Unbeatable' Tools

Shanghai to Stop Tourists Getting Korean Driving Licenses

Most People to Take Vacation in Early August

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Korean Delegation Departs to Los Angeles for Special Olympics

How to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay During the Summer Months


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The Korea Post notices:

Proudly introduce the traditional foods of your country:

I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that The Korea Post is publishing a Special Report in all its five media units (two in Korean and three in English) to introduce the regular food table of each country.

This is in preparation for the Grand Exhibition of Food Tables of the World to be shown to over half a million people expected to visit the 2015 Namyangju Slow Life Planet Festival on October 8-17, 2015.

Please email to a copy of the regular Food Table of your country for publication in The Korea Post and also at the Exhibition Center of the 2015 Namyangju Festival for a duration of 10 days.

In Korea, the table normally consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of guk (watery soup), a bowl of Jjigae (stew), a dish of roast fish, a dish of Namul (seasonal greens) and a number of other dishes (small pancakes, steamed eggs, fried bean curds, jelly, etc.). The number of bowls and dishes differ depending on the financial status of the family and on the different occasions. On such festive occasions as Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) and Chuseok (Autumn Full Moon Festival), the number of foods and variety are much larger than at normal time, and each has a specific food item that must not be left out, eg., Ddeokguk (rice cake soup) on the New Year’s Day and Songpyeon (stuffed small rice cake in a half-moon shape. (Please call 010-5201-1740 for further details.)

Send your news releases and feedback:

Send the Embassy news releases to for publication by all its five media units, including one Korean ( and one English ( Internet dailies, which are updated real-time. (Call 010-5201-1740 for further details.)

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