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The Korean daily media headlines and humorApril 4, 2016

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, April 4, 2016


Your Excellency:

Here areThe Korea Postnoticesanda roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media of Korea today:


Lee Kyung-sik


Korea Post Media

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The Korea Post National Assembly election forecast update

Prospective election estimates: Saenuri 83 seats, Minjoo 35, Democrats 20, Justice Party 2

As of 1330 hours yesterday, it seems the ruling Saenuri Party is strong in 83 constituencies, Moon Jae-in's No. 1 opposition Minjoo Party 35 electoral districts, AhnCheol-soo's Democratic Party in 20 districts and progressive Justice Party of Ms. Shin San-jong in two districts.

Of course, the popularity rating will fluctuate continuously until the D Day on April 13th, a little over a week away.

Make your own guess or forecast to be shared with other Excellencies and Korean-international friends. Send it to edt@koreapost.com or to my Katalk.


Invitation to the DagjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival (UNSESCO Cultural Heritage)

Your Excellency:

The scheduled visit to the Hyundai Steel during Tour of the DangjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival has been replaced with a tour of the JW Pharmaceutical Corporation nearby due to the emergency schedule change of Hyundai Steel. The JW Pharmaceutical Corporation (http://www.jw-pharma.co.kr/pharma/en/intro/pharma.) is one of the jJ is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Korea and the tour would be as important as to Hyundai. Furthermore, many Excellencies have already visited Hyundai and this time the change might not be that amiss due to the importance of the pharmaceutical company.

The countdown has begun and now there are only three days to the important Tour of Dangjin and the CW Pharmaceutical Company for the Excellencies and Madams. See what CW Pharma and Dangjin have for the promotion of prosperity of your country through economic-industrial-tourism cooperation!

1. Meet, have luncheon with the CEO and leaders of CW Pharmaceutical, explore business opportunities with your country.

2. Have hands-on experience in the 600-year-old traditional Korean game of Tug-of-War.

3. It is UNESCO Culutural Heritage.

A partial view of the JW Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Dangjin plant facilities of JW Pham.

 I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that Mayor Kim Hong-jang of the Dangin City cordially invites Your Excellency and Madam to theDangjinGijisi Tug-of-War Festival (UNESCO Cultural Heritage) on Friday April 8, 2016.The Korea Post organizes the tour at the invitation of Mayor Kim, which also includes a visit to the famed Hyundai Steel Mill.


Here is the interesting schedule:

0820 hours Friday April 8, 2016: Meet at Grqand Hyatt Seoul(near Water Fountain).

0830-1100 hours: Move by Limousine Bus to Dangjin by picturesque West Coast Expressway, visiting the Hyundai Steel Plant on the way to Dangjin.

1100-1140 hours: Visit the Gijisi Tug-of-War Museum.

1200-1340 hours: Luncheon at the Dangjin Buffet Restaurant hosted by Major and Mrs. Kim Hong-jang of the Dangjin City with the Management of the JW PharmaceuticalCompany and tour the JW Pharma facilities.

1400-1420 hours: Wear traditional Korean costumes of the King, General and Court ladies.

1430-1640 hours: Have hands-on experience in various local cultural events, including participation in the Gijisi Tug-of-War and Rice wine- and Sake-making.

1700-1830 hours: Move back to  Seoul arriving at Grand Hayatt Seoul by 6:30 p.m.

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


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Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman of The Korea Post


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