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This file illustration photo, provided by Norwegian energy giant Statoil, shows one of its oil rigs, in the North Sea, pictured on October 18, 2011. South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said on Tuesday it had secured a 1.9 trillion won ($1.8 billion) order to build a fixed platform for Statoil.

S.Korea’s Daewoo wins $1.8 bln order from Norway

AFP – South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering said on Tuesday it had secured a 1.9 trillion won ($1.8 billion) order to build a fixed platform for Norway’s Statoil ASA. Daewoo said it would complete the 31,000-ton offshore platform for the production of oil or gas by the end of 2016. The platform capable of … Read more

Explore the pagodas and temples of South Korea.

Kids’ Activities in South Korea

by Roxana Wells The Republic of Korea, also called South Korea, is a small peninsula between mainland China and the islands of Japan. Its climate is similar to that of the northeastern United States, with sticky hot summers and snowy winters. With the 13th-largest economy in the world, Korea is a well-developed country. High speed … Read more

Japan’s next prime minister, Shinzo Abe, spoke to reporters this week at Parliament in Tokyo (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

Tensions Between Japan and South Korea Complicate Picture for U.S.

Japan and South Korea, the United States’ two closest Asian allies, this week both elected conservative, pro-American leaders, but the countries are hamstrung by history.

South Korean gymnast Yang Hak-seon performs a routine en route to the gold medal in men's vault at the London Olympics. (Yonhap file photo)

S. Korea’s performance at London Olympics voted top sports news of 2012

SEOUL, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s record-setting performance at the London Olympics was voted the top sports news of the year 2012, a poll of local media by Yonhap News Agency showed Monday, as other Olympic-related topics dominated the list. In the survey of 50 South Korean newspapers and broadcasters, South Korea’s fifth-place finish … Read more

Tourists and monks meditate at Mihwangsa temple south of Seoul. Picture: AFP/Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism

Temple stays in South Korea toughen tourists

As a paying guest at Mihwangsa, there’s no need to book a morning wake-up call. It’s provided well before sunrise, at 4 am to be precise… and it isn’t optional. Instead of a phone call – none of the rooms have phones – guests are roused by a monk walking past their rooms, knocking on … Read more