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Korean culture and history

15 AUGUST 2019

South Korea Independence Day: Do you know Yoon Hyung Sook?

11 APRIL 2019

Korea’s Shanghai gov’t was born 100 years ago

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the establishment of Korea’s provisional government in Shanghai on April 11, 1919, following the March 1 Independence Movement, the peaceful, nationwide demonstrations which proclaimed the country’s independence from Japanese colonial rule. The provisional government of the Republic of Korea, established as a democratic republic, lasted until Korea’s liberation after World War II. In a three-part series, the Korea JoongAng Daily will reflect through the eyes of scholars 100 years later and the media of the time on the significance of the provisional government in shaping a modern Korea

6 APRIL 2019

Battle for Seoul: How MacArthur Fought Back In a Bloody Battle During the Korean War

Following the American landing at Inchon in September 1950, General Douglas MacArthur’s X Corps in Seoul confronted Communist forces

5 MARCH 2019

Emperor Gojong’s death leads to independence movement
On Jan. 21, 1919, a cold Tuesday morning, rumors spread quickly through the streets of Seoul that ex-Emperor Gojong had died at dawn. His death came as a complete surprise because he had been in relatively good health. Many did not believe it was true and there were conflicting reports

23 FEBRUARY 2019

North Korea’s forgotten fighters in Vietnam

Pyongyang sent about 80 fighter pilots to support North Vietnam during the war between 1966 and 1969, when American bombers were pounding the north as part of the Rolling Thunder campaign


Godfather of Korean film Shin Sung-il dies of lung cancer

Widely regarded as the “godfather” of Korea film, he was considered a legendary figure in the Korean film industry as he witnessed the rise of the industry and played a key role in it. He also served as a national legislator in the early 2000s, in his efforts to support the Korean movie industry

18 AUGUST 2018

Non-Korean fought for Korean independence

Korea’s Gwangbokjeol Liberation Day (광복절) on Aug. 15 can be literally translated as “the day we won back the light.” It is a very meaningful day for Koreans everywhere, as it’s the day that the country had its sovereign power restored, which imperial Japan had taken away in 1910

9 AUGUST 2018

The Long Road to the Korean War Armistice

Russian warship Dmitrii Donskoi, sunk in 1905, found off South Korean island with ‘$180 billion worth of gold’ onboard

A salvage company has located the remains of a Russian warship lost during the the Russo-Japanese War. The battle-damaged cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi was scuttled off the coast of Korea in 1905, reportedly carrying a cargo of gold worth an estimated $130 billion in today’s dollars. An international consortium of companies plans to salvage the gold



Korean history and culture

19 FEBRUARY 2018

How a plot to kill Kim Il Sung ended in mutiny and murder

They were supposed to be a top-secret assassination squad tasked with attacking the residence of North Korea’s then-leader Kim Il Sung. But South Korea’s “Unit 684,” created in 1968 following a brazen attack by North Korea on Seoul’s presidential compound, proved anything but


North Korea cables reveal East Germany’s deep-rooted suspicion of Kim regime

North Korea and communist East Germany cooperated plenty during the Cold War. But almost from the off, GDR officials could smell something rotten in Pyongyang. Their once-secret observations are now freely available

1 JANUARY 2018

Korean War, a ‘Forgotten’ Conflict That Shaped the Modern World

The Korean War has been called “the Forgotten War” in the United States, where coverage of the 1950s conflict was censored and its memory decades later is often overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War

31 JANUARY 2017

Korean troops’ killings in Vietnam still unresolved

According to a Vietnamese military report published in the 1980s, South Korean soldiers killed about 5,000 Vietnamese civilians. Some researchers speculate the number could be as high as 9,000

31 JANUARY 2017

Rewriting history? South Korea unveils controversial state history textbooks

South Korea’s government on Tuesday unveiled the final version of state-issued school history textbooks despite criticism that they are a throwback to the country’s authoritarian past