Trip to South Korea

Trip to South Korea

While neighboring North Korea falls into headlines around the world with threats and demands, South Koreans are ready for possible dangers, but largely continue to lead their daily lives. The war, which stopped in 1953, gives echoes today, including the continued presence of US military forces near the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas. South Korea quickly became a country of digital nation, urban residents with the rapid introduction of new technologies. The metropolis of Seoul now has about 11 million people - more than 20% of the inhabitants of the whole country. All of them live in one dense, expanded city in high-rise apartments, shaman shrines and stately palaces. This issue contains photos from South Korea.

1. A South Korean Buddhist hanging colorful lanterns to celebrate the upcoming Buddha’s birthday at the Chogye temple on May 3, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Buddha was born about 2557 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha’s official birthday is celebrated in South Korea on the full moon in May, which falls on May 17 of this year. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
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2. Part of Gangnam district in Seoul, 2 October 2012.Gangnam is the most prestigious area in the capital of South Korea. It is known as Seoul "Beverly Hills", and its streets are dotted with designer brand shops and trendy bars and restaurants. The South Korean singer Psy, known for his hit "Gangnam Style", grew up in the area. (Reuters / Lee Jae-Won)
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3. A man crosses the stream under the lanterns in honor of Buddha’s birthday on May 17, in Seoul. (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man)
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4. More than two thousand housewives make kimchi to donate to the poor in front of the mayor’s office in Seoul on November 15, 2012. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables, which are usually mixed with chili and eaten with rice or served as a side dish to the main meal. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
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5. Saleswoman reading at a kiosk in the city center of Seoul, April 24, 2013 (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)
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6. During counter-terrorism exercises and in support of public safety, South Korean soldiers take their positions when a person shoots them on an iPad at a subway station in Seoul, April 15, 2013 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
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7. Civilians, as well as military personnel and emergency services participate in an exercise on modeling a chemical attack at a metro station on May 8, 2013 in Seoul. The United States, Japan and South Korea remain on alert, despite reports that neighboring North Korea has removed many ballistic missiles from the spaceport. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
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eight.Emergency personnel put on protective clothing while participating in a chemical incident simulation exercise on April 16, 2013 in Seoul. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
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9. A couple is photographed at Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional village in Seoul, June 5, 2012 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
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10. A dancer suspended in the air using a crane performs during sunset in a park in Goyang, north of Seoul, May 4, 2013 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
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11. A man rotates fire during the “Jwibulnoli”, South Korean folk games on the Khan River on February 23, 2012 in Seoul. The event is held as part of Daeboreum, the Korean holiday, which is celebrated on the first full moon of the lunar new year. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
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12. South Korean rapper Psy performs during the "Happening" concert in Seoul, April 13, 2013. Psy recently released a new single, hoping to repeat the success of "Gangnam Style", which made him the biggest star. (Reuters / Lee Jae-Won)
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13. British veterans line up at the ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the 29th brigade during the battle on the Imjin River, at the Gloucester Memorial, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas on April 23, 2013. The Ministry of Defense of South Korea organized this event in memory of those foreign soldiers who fought in the Korean War.(AP Photo / Kin Cheung)
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14. South Korean adolescents participate in military exercises during a command course at a military base, on August 4, 2011 in Seoul. About 1,000 civilian volunteers, including middle and high school students, took part in a four-day special intensity curriculum to develop their spiritual and physical strength. Reviews of private schools in South Korea are good. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
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15. Air batteries anti-aircraft artillery of the US Army Patriot, at the US airbase Osan, south of Seoul, April 5, 2013. North Korea deployed its two medium-range missiles on mobile launchers and hid them on the Pacific coast Japan and the United States, according to South Korean media. (Reuters / Lee Jae-Won)
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16. Buddhists with lanterns in their hands walk around a giant lantern depicting the national treasure “Seokgatap”, which is a traditional Buddhist pagoda, during the lighting ceremony in the city center of Seoul, April 23, 2013 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
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17. A boy gropes his head after he was shaved during the ceremony before the upcoming Buddha’s birthday, in the Jogi temple in Seoul, May 3, 2013.Ten children entered the temple to experience life with the monks for 16 days before the birth of the Buddha. (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon)
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18. The seller sits in his shop near the church in Seoul, April 19, 2013 (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)
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19. A woman sits in a cafe when a man passes by in the center of Seoul, April 24, 2013 (AP Photo / Kin Cheung)
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20. South Korean marines and their American colleagues from the 3rd Navy expeditionary forces of the 1st Battalion Kanejo Bay, Hawaii, are engaged in a snow-covered field during the February joint military exercises in Pyeongchang, east of Seoul, on February 7, 2013. More than 400 marines from the two countries participated in joint winter exercises, which were first held in South Korea.

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