A worker dressed in white protective gear disinfects as a precaution against the coronavirus at a café in Goyang, South Korea, Aug. 25, 2020.  

To quell COVID-19 outbreak, South Korea bans seating at big cafés

Cafés in downtown Seoul are nearly empty during lunch hour as businesses typically filled with office workers dropping in for a cup of their favorite brew go takeout-only because of the pandemic.

Korea's Godfather of Rock Shin Joong-hyun got his start as a teenage guitarist at the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul. Now the US military base is closing.

The US military’s Yongsan Garrison leaves a mixed legacy in Seoul

Sook Ei and George Lampman met at the US embassy in Seoul in the months before the start of the Korean War.

They got married in Seoul and a week later, China invaded

North Korea missile test

North Korea successfully launched a second ICBM

A new multiple launch rocket system is test fired in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 4, 2016.

Some Americans are panicking about North Korea. Here’s why South Koreans aren’t.

Layne Fostervold and his mother, Kim Sook-nyeon. Fostervold was adopted by an American family when he was about 2 years old. His mother never stopped wondering what happened to him.

A Korean adoptee meets his birth mother and winds up moving in with her


International adoption rules don’t make it easy for adoptees and their biological families to search for one another. But many Korean adoptees are going abroad to find their birth families and build new ties.

When money’s tight, the $6 latte is one of the first things to go for South Koreans

South Koreans have been consuming high-end coffee drinks like crazy, until recently. Now an economic slump is pushing against the lattes.

South Koreans worry they’re headed for U.S.-style debt bubble

South Koreans are spending money with reckless abandon, taking out loans and maxing out credit cards to pay their bills. They’re doing it, usually, in hopes of improving their socioeconomic status, but economists say they may be banking on an unsteady foundation.

South Korea Investigates Possible Cyberattack

Global Politics

Computer networks at two major South Korean banks and 3 broadcasters crashed Wednesday, prompting speculation of a cyberattack by North Korea. But South Korean authorities say there’s no conclusive evidence yet to determine who is responsible.

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Bridge Signs Used in South Korea Anti-Suicide Efforts

Global Politics

The South Korean government has put up motivational signs on a bridge that attracts would-be jumpers to address the issue of high suicide rate in the country.