Celebrating the spirit of being a fan

August 16, 2019 08:57 am

Most K-pop fans can perhaps relate to people calling them obsessive and labeling them as hormonal teenagers who just like (K-pop) idols because they are good to look at. Often times, the media also ends up labeling K-pop enthusiasts as crazy followers.

Korean food cooking contest held

June 1, 2019 09:43 am

KATHMANDU, June 1: A confident Gyanendra KC, chef and owner of a Korean eatery at Thamel, jokingly gave himself a 10/10 for his efforts in a casual conversation with the event emcee, before officially being pronounced the winner of the “1st Korean Food Cooking Contest in Nepal” held Friday at Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur.

Food you will love

May 17, 2019 11:17 am

Given the growing fascination of the Korean culture among Nepalis it’s no surprise that Korean restaurants these days get a lot of visitors. If the aisles of supermarket stores packed with ramen and other instant Korean snacks are any indication, Korean food is the new ‘it’. Hangkook Sarang in Naxal, Kathmandu, is catering to this Korean food loving crowd and how

Lessons from K-fashion

May 10, 2019 10:04 am

The key to fashion is balance. And nowadays it looks like no one can pull of fashion better than the Koreans. Thanks to the Hallyu wave that paved the way for Korean fashion and K-pop to spread all over the world, there is no dearth of fashion inspiration online.

Korean culinary exploration

December 7, 2018 09:26 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: K-pop is taking over the world. It has been for quite some time now. But its popularity has also led to a curiosity about the Korean culture. Termed as the “Hallyu Wave”, the Korean culture is gaining a strong foothold in various regions of the world. Furthermore, dramas, travel vlogs, and pop culture have hugely contributed to its rising popularity. And since food is such an integral part of any culture, there’s also an increase in the demand for Korean food. In Nepal too, every store these days seems to stack up Korean instant noodles (known as ramen) and it isn’t long before they need to restock them again.

WASHINGTON DC, July 27: North Korea on Friday handed over the remains of some U.S. soldiers who died during the 1950-53 Korean War, giving new momentum to a diplomatic detente that had shown signs of stalling in recent weeks.

Hundreds of Mexican football fans partied outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday to thank the Asian country for its victory over Germany, which guaranteed the national team a spot in the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

KATHMANDU, June 12: American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have signed a joint document promising a "complete denuclearization in the Korean peninsula" at Capella Hotel in Singapore on Tuesday, reported BBC.

SINGAPORE, June 11: U.S. and North Korean officials were in talks in Singapore on Monday in a late bid to narrow differences before their leaders hold an unprecedented summit meeting aimed at finding ways to end a nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

KATHMANDU, Jun 5: Syria's President Bashar-al-Assad is set to visit Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, according to Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the country's ruling party.

WASHINGTON, June 2: U.S. President Donald Trump, in a complete reversal, said on Friday he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore in the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over eliminating Pyonyang’s nuclear arms program.

SEOUL, May 26: South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to discuss Kim’s possible upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South said, the second inter-Korean summit in as many months.

2018 Korean Culture Week kicks in

May 26, 2018 06:42 am

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea saw the opening ceremony of Korean Culture Week on Friday at Heritage Garden. The event witnessed by a multitude of Korean expats and Nepali youths aimed at enhancing the social ties between both the countries.

WASHINGTON, May 24: President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement from North Korea.

WONSAN, May 23: A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

Nepalis laud Korean peace deal

May 11, 2018 07:51 am

KATHMANDU, May 11: Top politicians, diplomats and social activists have lauded the recent historic peace deal signed between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea as part of efforts made to end the decades-long war between the two countries.

KATHMANDU, May 5: Eleven North Korean nationals, who were working illegally in Kathmandu, have been arrested from Durbar Marg today.

GOYANG, April 27: With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon to cross briefly back into the north with him before they returned to the southern side.

WASHINGTON, April 18: CIA director Mike Pompeo travelled to Pyongyang for a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report.

SEOUL, April 16: Korean Air Lines’ labour unions called for the youngest daughter of its chairman, a sister of the infamous ‘nut rage’ heiress, to step down from management after her alleged abusive behaviour against an advertising agency official caused public outrage.

TOKYO April 6:  Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached last year amid a sensational corruption scandal, was found guilty Friday of charges including bribery, coercion and abuse of power.  She was sentenced to 24 years in prison, tantamount to a life sentence for the 66-year-old.

STOCKHOLM, Mar 15: North Korea’s foreign minister is due to visit Sweden Thursday, a surprise move that could be a first step toward a meeting in the Scandinavian country between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

SEOUL, Mar 6: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had an "openhearted talk" in Pyongyang with envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North said Tuesday.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea,  Feb 25: A North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrived in South Korea to attend Sunday’s closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and hold meetings with top South Korean officials.

Korean trekker missing in Gorkha

February 18, 2018 02:45 am

GORKHA, Feb 18: A Korean tourist trekking to Mt Manaslu has gone missing since Friday.

The North Korean Olympic Team reportedly refused to accept the Samsung Galaxy phones that were offered to all the participants at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

SEOUL, Feb 8: South Korea’s president plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and other senior North Korean officials when they visit the South this week for the Winter Olympics, his spokesman said Thursday.

SEOUL, Feb 8: South Korea’s president plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and other senior North Korean officials when they visit the South this week for the Winter Olympics, his spokesman said Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Embassy of Republic of Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a project titled “Integrated Rural Development of Nepal through Strengthening Research and Development Capacity of Kathmandu University.” The MoU was signed by Finance Secretary Shankar Prasad Adhikari and South Korean envoy to Nepal, Park Young-sik at the ministry on Tuesday.

SEOUL, Jan 26: A fire in a South Korean hospital killed 31 people and injured more than 70, a fire station official said on Friday, with eight of those injured listed as being in critical condition.

PYONGYANG, Jan 22:  Just a few years ago, she was reportedly executed by a North Korean firing squad. Now, Pyongyang’s top pop diva is a senior ruling party official and a surprise headliner in the run-up to the South Korean Winter Olympics.

KAPILVASTU,Jan 21: As many as 430 Buddhists, who came here from South Korea, paid visit to the Buddha's land at ancient Kapilvastu and offered collective prayers for the global peace.

My Korean Experience

January 20, 2018 10:14 am

If you had asked me where I wanted to study for my Masters a few years ago, I would have listed the universities from United States, Australia and Europe like the majority of Nepali students simply because of extra opportunities and post-academic factors. Yet, here I am in a university in South Korea.

North Korean defector numbers slump

January 11, 2018 00:01 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 11:  North Korean defector numbers slump.

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec 21: A fire broke out Thursday at an eight-story building in the central South Korean city of Jecheon, killing 28 people and injuring 26 others, officials said.

SEOUL, Dec 4: The United States and South Korea went ahead with large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, a move North Korea had said would push the Korean peninsula to “the brink of nuclear war”, ignoring calls from Russia and China to call them off.

SEOUL, South Korea, Oct 16:  South Korean and U.S. troops began five days of naval drills on Monday after North Korea renewed its threat to fire missiles near the American territory of Guam.

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON, Sept 24: North Korea said on Saturday targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr. Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

BEIJING/SEOUL, Sept 23: China’s earthquake administration said on Saturday it had detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea that was a “suspected explosion”, raising fears the isolated state had conducted another nuclear bomb test weeks after its last one.

The United States could use its Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) system – designed to intercept incoming warheads in space – if threatened by a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). South Korea is expecting North Korea to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on September 9, according to the country’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.

SEOUL, September 5: With Seoul expecting another North Korean missile test, South Korean warships on Tuesday conducted live-fire exercises at sea, a second-straight day of military swagger from a nation still rattled by the North’s biggest-ever nuclear test.

SEOUL, September 2: U.S. President Donald Trump agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to revise a joint treaty capping the development of the South’s ballistic missiles, Moon’s office said on Saturday, amid a standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests.

SEOUL, August 21: U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

SEOUL, August 15: Even as North Korea presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” both Koreas and the United States signaled their willingness to avert a deepening crisis Tuesday, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations.

SEOUL, July 30: The United States flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force after recent North Korean missile tests, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, July 25: As many as 12,108 candidates have passed the Korean Language Test (KLT) held under Employment Permit System (EPS) for jobs in Korea for the year 2018.

HAMHUNG, North Korea, July 24:  In the 10 years he has been digging up ordnance from the Korean War, Maj. Jong Il Hyon has lost five colleagues to explosions. He carries a lighter one gave him before he died. He also bears a scar on his left cheek from a bomb disposal mission gone wrong.

The Korean wave

July 7, 2017 09:46 am

What started with a few television series and movies quickly became a sensation. Many youngsters these days can understand at least a few words and phrases of Korean, know what Korean food tastes like, and style themselves after Korean stars. K-pop, a music genre originating in South Korea characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements, has today become a subculture among teenagers and young adults. The Week’s Ashma Chhetri talked to some K-pop enthusiasts to find out what it is about the Korean culture that fascinates them so much.

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to confront North Korea "very strongly" following its latest missile test and urged nations to show Pyongyang that there would be consequences for its weapons program.

69,000 sat for Korean language test

June 12, 2017 03:45 am

KATHMANDU, June 11: Around 69,000 Nepali youths have appeared in the Korean Language test this year in pursuit to secure jobs through widely acclaimed Employment Permit System (EPS) of the South Korean government.