Chuseok exodus in full swing as highways clog with traffic

Traffic surged on South Korea's expressways nationwide Sunday, the second day of the five-day traditional holiday of Chuseok.

Hundreds of thousands of cars left Seoul and nearby Gyeonggi Province and bus terminals, train stations and airports were crowded with people heading to their hometowns, according to the Korea Expressway Corp.

Around 3.86 million vehicles were on the roads across the country on Sunday, with 470,000 leaving Seoul for other parts of the country, the agency said.

Koreas march together at opening ceremony

South and North Korea marched together at the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday, marking the second time in six months that the two were united behind one flag at an international sporting competition.

South Korean female basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean football player Ju Kyong-chol together carried the Korean Unification Flag -- a blue Korean Peninsula again a white background -- during the Parade of Athletes at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium.

SsangYong locks in November launch in Australia

SsangYong will rise from the ashes in November 2018, confirming an Australian launch lineup that will cross dual-cab ute plus small, medium and large SUV divides.

The South Korean brand has been absent from local shores for the past two years, when third-party importer Ateco Automotive handled the operations.

Australia marks the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

Australia including its Korean community held a commemorative ceremony around the nation on 27 July to mark the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

The commemoration at the Australian National Korean War Memorial was attended by the Minister for Veterans Affairs Darren Chester, Korean Ambassador to Australia Lee Baek-soon and Korean war veterans.

Korea ramps up initiatives on cross-cultural partnerships

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced on July 19 that 63 young professionals from 28 countries, including Georgia, the Philippines and Cuba, will participate in the government's Cultural Partnership Initiative Project (CPI), a global platform for cross-cultural exchanges and one of the ministry's main official development assistance (ODA) programs. 

Strathfield Council passes by-laws to restrict foreign text on shopfronts in ‘Little Korea’

Strathfield Council has passed by-laws to restrict the foreign text on shopfronts in Strathfield and Homebush areas.

The new rules limit the size of foreign text and require it to be no larger than their English equivalent on shopfronts.

Strathfield councillor Matthew Blackmore said the measures were intended to “set a standard in the presentation of signs in shops” and “improve our commercial streetscapes.”

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