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Seoul mayor in apparent suicide after #MeToo allegations

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:59 PM

(UPDATED) He won 3 elections while promoting gender and social equality

PARK WON-SOON. In this file photo taken on May 26, 2014 Seoul mayoral candidate Park Won-Soon attends an interview with AFP in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea sees biggest jump in virus cases in 7 weeks

May 27, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Officials announce 40 new cases – taking its total to 11,265 – with most new infections from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area. This is the largest increase since 53 infections were announced on April 8.

In a photo taken on May 24, 2020, a couple wearing matching clothes sit before the city skyline and Han river in Seoul. Ed JONES / AFP

North Korea's Kim 'alive and well' – Seoul

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The adviser says that Kim has been staying in Wonsan – a resort town in the country's east – since April 13, adding: 'No suspicious movements have so far been detected'

File photo from AFP

China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:53 AM

None of the 3 people with fevers have any history of travel to Wuhan

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

The ARMYs' dream home in Seoul

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:06 PM

That RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook had visited the House of BTS themselves makes the experience more exciting for their fans, collectively known as ARMY. The pop-up store is open until January 5, 2020.

Photo by Nikko Dizon/Rappler

Fun and action at Michael Bay's 6 Underground world premier

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Lead star Ryan Reynolds says the Netflix film is “the most Michael Bay movie in the history of Michael Bay”

Japan and South Korea trade tit-for-tat export blows

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's move comes with the countries mired in a long-running dispute over the use of forced labor during World War II

NO ABE. South Korean protestors hold placards reading 'No Abe!' during a rally against Japan's decision to remove South Korea from a so-called white list of favoured export partners, in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on August 2, 2019.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Apr 05, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Fanned by strong winds it quickly spread through the mountainous area, incinerating 400 homes and 500 hectares of land, says the government

Firefighters try to put out a fire from smouldering debris after a forest fire hit the area in Donghae on April 5, 2019. - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea on April 5, as authorities declared a rare national emergency, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. (Photo by YONHAP / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

Seoul police launch probe into prostitution claims involving Big Bang’s Seungri

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:45 PM

YG Entertainment denies the claims

SEUNGRI. The Big Bang singer faces claims that he is involved in procuring prostitutes for business investors. Photo from

Doggy diplomacy: South Korea unveils newborn Northern pups

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:36 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife displays his litter of new Pungsan puppies, whelped by one of the dogs given to them by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

DOGGY DIPLOMACY. This handout provided by the South Korean presidential Blue House and taken on November 25, 2018 shows 6 puppies born from a Pungsan-breed dog, gifted to South Korea's president Moon jae-in by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at his residence in Seoul. Handout/The Blue House/AFP

AirAsia to launch Clark-Seoul flights

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The new route from the Clark International Airport to South Korea will begin on January 19, 2019

INTERNATIONAL. AirAsia now flies thrice a week to Taipei, Taiwan from Clark International Airport. File photo by KD Suarez/Rappler

Two Koreas agree to remove some border guard posts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military

PANMUNJEOM. File photo shows a North Korean soldier (left) looking at the south side as a South Korean soldier stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. urged to move towards formally ending Korean War

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North's demands for a declaration the Korean War is over

Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

South Korea shelves it plan to open a liaison office in the north after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel his trip to Pyongyang

This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on May 26 inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang. handout / The Blue House / AFP

Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Table tennis has long had an unusual impact in foreign affairs, most notably in the 'ping-pong diplomacy' of the 1970s between China and the US.

AS ONE. File photo shows Pyon Song Gyong of North Korea serving during a match of the Pyongyang Open annual International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) match in Pyongyang. Photo by  Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of U.S. summit

May 24, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Pyongyang announced its plan to 'completely' dismantle the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, inviting some foreign journalists to witness the destruction

MEDIA WITNESSES. This picture taken on May 23, 2018 and released by South Korean news agency News1 via Dong-A Ilbo shows South Korean journalists arriving at North Korea's Kalma airport in Wonsan. Photo by News1 / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Ryan Reynolds visits Seoul for 'Deadpool 2'

May 03, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The actor takes selfies with his Korean fans and signs their Deadpool masks too!


Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

Seoul seizes Panama vessel for alleged North Korea ties – report

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The Panama-flagged ship suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea is the second such seizure to be reported in days

Seoul patrol: 9 awesome attractions in South Korea's capital

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Thanks to the tons of sights and activities for the eager tourist, you'll never be bored in Seoul

South Korea court rejects Park's evidence on disaster mystery

Jan 10, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Park s lawyers say that she had felt unwell on the morning of the disaster and stayed at her residence instead of her office

An empty court is seen before the first hearing arguments for South Korea's President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul on January 3, 2017. Kim Hong-Ji/AFP

South Korea protesters demand president's removal, ferry salvage

Jan 07, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Park was impeached by parliament last month over an influence peddling scandal and the Constitutional Court now has to decide whether to confirm the impeachment

RESIGN NOW. Protesters carry portraits of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye during a protest demanding the impeached President resign immediately in Seoul on January 7, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protestors returned to the streets of Seoul on January 7, demanding impeached President Park Geun-Hye's immediate removal and the salvaging of a sunken ferry which left more than 300 dead. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Massive protest heaps pressure on S. Korea president

Nov 12, 2016 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED Police put the turnout at 260 000 while organizers said one million people took to the streets for what was the third in a series of weekly mass protests

OUST. Up to one million people were expected to take to the streets of Seoul on November 12 to demand the resignation of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye, in one of the largest anti-government protests in decades. Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP

How to travel cheap in Seoul, South Korea

Apr 04, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Enjoy the beauty of Seoul – and minimize your travel expenses too

2015 travel bucket list

Jan 29, 2015 - 10:28 PM

A new year presents new adventures Here’s a list of 5 places worth traveling to this 2015

Japan official heads to Seoul for 'comfort women' talks

Apr 16, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Relations between Tokyo and Seoul are at their lowest in years and is in part linked to disputes about Japan s use of sex slaves in wartime brothels

APOLOGY? Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese foreign ministry's Asia and Oceania affairs bureau, is expected to tell his South Korean counterpart that Tokyo is mulling an offer of an official apology and money for the women, Kyodo News said, citing an unnamed government official.

S Korea proposes ministerial dialogue with North

Jun 06, 2013 - 6:53 PM

The South s unification minister Ryoo Kihl Jae calls for dialogue on June 12 in Seoul

N. Korea moves second missile to coast

Apr 05, 2013 - 5:22 PM

It marks the latest incremental move by North Korea

Finding my Seoul

Feb 07, 2013 - 7:10 PM

What s winter in Korea like? Victoria Herrera tells us

SISTER, SISTER. Rappler writer Victoria Herrera (right) with sister and Status magazine editor in chief Rosario Herrera. All photos by Victoria Herrera

Park Yoo Chun returns in new Koreanovela

Jan 05, 2013 - 10:50 AM

The star of Secret Love: Sungkyunkwan Scandal is back with a TV rom com

BACK FOR MORE. Park Yoo Chun (left) is set to captivate hearts once again in 'Rooftop Prince'

Renault-Nissan to invest US$160-M in Korea unit

Jul 22, 2012 - 2:33 PM

The partnership that began in 1999 continues to benefit each brand


Pet hotel thrives as Koreans seek canine companions

Jul 08, 2012 - 1:02 PM

Checking into one of Seoul s newest luxury clinics just because your companion needs a shower may seem extravagant but Cho Hang Min said he had no other choice

THEY ALSO DESERVE PAMPERING. Pet hotels are a booming business even in the United States. Screen grab from YouTube

Obama: unclear who is running North Korea

Mar 25, 2012 - 10:54 PM

US President Barack Obama describes North Korea as a nation in a time warp