Ariane 5 lifts off with Japanese and South Korean satellites aboard | AFP

An Ariane 5 rocket lifts off to launch two Japanese and South Korean telecommunications satellites from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana. IMAGES

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Bong Joon-ho arrives home

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho – the man behind Oscar-winning movie “Parasite” – returns home to cheering at Incheon Airport where he held a brief press conference. (Feb. 17)

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Bong Joon-ho celebrates Oscar win at Governors Ball

At the Governors Ball, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho celebrates his historic Oscar wins for social thriller “Parasite,” which picked up numerous awards, including best picture. (Feb. 10)

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‘Parasite’ director talks film’s success on Oscars red carpet | AFP

Director Bong Joon-ho expresses disbelief about the success of his film “Parasite” on the red carpet at the Oscars, saying “I think I need time to process what’s happened.” The South Korean film is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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18 S.Korean evacuees hospitalised after returning from Wuhan | AFP

A total of 18 South Korean evacuees who arrived from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been hospitalised after showing symptoms, Seoul’s health authorities said Friday, as concerns mount about a wider outbreak of the SARS-like virus.

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Rescuers intensify search for missing S. Korea, Nepal trekkers | AFP

Rescuers intensify an increasingly desperate hunt for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas as a guide tells how he saw people carried off by the snow.

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Machine prints temporary tattoos from smartphone

At the annual CES gadget expo in Las Vegas, a South Korean company unveiled a printing machine that can be used to print instant, safe temporary tattoos. (Jan. 9)

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Hyundai to make flying cars for Uber air taxis | AFP

South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai unveils a new “flying car” in partnership with Uber during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Stockshots of the vehicle, which resembles a helicopter combined with a giant drone

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Korean firm has high-tech way to stop stinky shoes

Stinky gym shoes could be a thing of the past with a high-tech solution developed by a South Korean startup on display at the CES electronics show in Las Vegas this week. Shoeblast uses UV light and a dehumidifier to disinfect funky shoes. (Jan. 8)

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ShowBiz Minute: Sulli, Parton, Box Office

South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at home; Dolly Parton celebrates 50 years as Grand Ole Opry member; “Joker” tops U.S. box office for second week running. (Oct. 14)

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South Korea: emergency services clear landslide in Busan | AFP

South Korean rescue personnel search for missing people at the scene of a landslide after Typhoon Mitag passed through Busan. One local resident says he cannot explain his feelings in words after surviving the landslide.

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Huge tanker blast sparks fire in South Korea | AFP

A huge blast on an oil tanker in a South Korean port has sparked a raging fire that then spread to a nearby vessel, leaving 18 people injured, authorities say.

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Alternate lives: Korean orphans’ quests for answers | AFP

Abandoned by his mother, Jo was taken into South Korea’s orphanage system but never chosen by a new family. He spent the rest of his childhood in what he describes as brutal and rigidly hierarchical institutions. Now he and other South Korean orphans are telling their stories in a short film by a South Korean adoptee himself, on display as an art exhibit in Seoul.

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Two dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim meet | AFP

Two people died and 16 were injured, including an Olympic gold medallist taking part in swimming’s world championship, after a balcony collapsed under the weight of party-goers at a South Korean nightclub, local police said Saturday.

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S. Korean man kills himself as dispute with Japan escalates | AFP

A South Korean man has died after setting himself on fire in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, police say, amid an ongoing trade and diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan.

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Shiori Ito on speaking about sexual assault in Japan: ‘I felt lonely’

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito and South Korean prosecutor Seo Ji-hyun discuss the impact #MeToo had in their countries while they were battling sexual assault and harassment cases. (July 17)

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Kim Yoon-seok on his directorial debut, drama ‘Another Child’

South Korean actor and director Kim Yoon-seok talks about his directorial debut, ‘Another Child,’ at the New York Asian Film Festival (13 July).

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South Korea dog meat protesters hounded by farmers | AFP

South Korean dog farmers defiantly gobble down canine meat at a counter-protest to an animal rights demonstration in Seoul.

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South Korea’s Moon welcomes Trump with banquet

US President Donald Trump was welcomed to South Korea by its president and one of its biggest K-pop boy bands on Saturday. Trump met with President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House, where the South Korean leader has his offices and home. (June 29)

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Russia’s Lavrov meets with South Korea’s Kang Kyung-wha | AFP

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with his South Korean couterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Moscow. IMAGES of the meeting

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