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December 11, 2013

The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Good morning, Excellency!
Here are The Korea Post news, African proverbs, humor from Korean-language economic dailies, and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:
Lee Kyung-sik
Korea Post Media

The Korea Post news

Invitaion to Medical Award Presrntation & Dinner

This is a rather very short notice but as I considered that it pays to know a good doctor, better still, the president of a good hospital, I am forwarding this inviataion to Your Excellency any way just in case Your Excellency does not have a priory appointment and would wish to attend the above Ceremony. This is only for the Excellencies and no Spouses.

The leading Korean-language business daily, Hankuk Kyungju, and its sister TV, WAU TV, host a reception following the presentation ceremony of Awards to presidents of prestigious hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in Korea.

It would provide Your Excellency with a rare occasion to meet with the leading hospital presidents in person. The details are as follows:

Venue: Grand Ballroom 103, COEX Conventional Center, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Time/Date: 6:20 p.m. Friday December 13, 2013

Schedule of Event:-
6:20-6:30 p.m.: Coffee/tea for VIP guests
6:30-7:35 p.m.: Congratulatory remarks, presentation ceremony of awards to the presidents of the hospitals and pharmaceutical companies
7:35-8:35 p.m.: Dinner amidst music.

'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.

Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the Ambassadors and families to attend of Festival on Thursday January 17, 2014 and The Korea Post is transmitting the Invitation of Mayor Chung to the Excellencies with a detailed schedule of the Festival. (Further details and photos are toward the end of this Headlines.)

Who said Hwacheon offers only ice-fishing? You can land mountain trouts also from the water standing on the river bank (top left). Koreans, expats, young and old, all enjoy various events of the Festival.

At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel

KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed World Vision

Children’s Choir of Korea

The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.
(See invitation and full details of the Concert at the end of this Article.)

 ▲Famed Sunmyung-hoe World Vision Children’s Choi of Korea presenting a performance overseas. They are presenting a year-end pre-Sentation at the Korea United Pharma Cultural Center in Gangnam behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Thursday 26 Dec. 2013 where

Ambassadors and Madams are invited. (Individual invitation to the Excellencies have already been faxed and email, but in case of our Transmission failures, please call 2298-1740/2 for re-transmission of the Invitation.)

Dr. Sang-Ki Hahn's African wise-sayings:

Monkey de work baboon de chop.
- A African proverb

While elephants fight, only grasses suffer.
- A African proverb
(This is something like a Korean proverb: When the whales fight with each other, it is the shrimps that get their backs destroyed.)

When lions have gone, hyenas dance.
-A Kenyan proverb
(This, too, is similar to a Korean wise-saying: When tigers are gone, the hares are the king.)
Humor from Korean-language economic dailies this morning:

Seoul Kyungje

There was this bonehead in a row boat in the middle of the desert rowing this boat.
In the middle of this desert there was a road. A man was driving down the road and saw the bonehead; he stopped his car got out and yelled, "You're the shame to all of our species!! If I could swim, I'd go out there and kick your ass!!!"

Hankuk Kyungje
Grandma's Breasts
She was a 90-year-old woman who was very despondent over the recent death of her husband.
The old widow decided that she would just kill herself and join him in death. Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out her husband’s old army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the heart.
Not wanting to miss this vital organ and become a vegetable, she called her doctor to inquire as to exactly where the heart would be.
“On a woman,” the doctor said, “your heart would be just below your left breast.”
Later that night, she was admitted to the hospital with a bullet wound to her left knee.
Pres. Park Responds to Opp. Lawmakers' Critical Remarks
President Park Geun-hye has responded to opposition lawmakers’ remarks calling for her to step down and alluding to the potential she could be assassinated. 

S. Korea to Build 3 More Aegis Destroyers
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has approved a plan to build three more Aegis destroyers to complement the three it already has.

No Signs Jang Song-thaek Physically Hurt: S. Korean Gov't
The government says it has not detected any signs Kim Jong-un’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, has been physically hurt since being purged from power.

Ruling Party Aims to Disqualify Lawmakers for Remarks Against Pres.
The ruling Saenuri Party has filed a motion to disqualify two opposition lawmakers for demanding the president step down and alluding to the potential she could be assassinated.

S. Korea's Trade Surplus Tops $80Bln in ICT
South Korea's trade surplus in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector has hit a high of 81-point-nine billion U.S. dollars this year.

Korean Shares Fall amid Concerns of US Stiumlus Drawdown
Korean shares have closed lower amid concerns of the U.S. pulling back its stimulus measures.
Yonhap (
S. Korea's jobless rate drops in Nov. with job creation picking up
South Korea's jobless rate slightly dropped in November from a month earlier as job creation picked up speed, raising hopes that labor market conditions are improving, a government report showed Wednesday.

Korea's import prices fall for 15th month in Nov.
South Korea's import prices declined for the 15th straight month in November as oil prices fell and the local currency gained against the U.S. dollar, the central bank said Wednesday.

Hearing on Asiana crash rescheduled due to snowstorm
An investigative hearing on the cause of an Asiana Airlines passenger jet crash in late July has been rescheduled to open on Wednesday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

S. Korea, U.S. hold talks on alliance issues
A senior South Korean defense official will visit here this week to discuss pending alliance issues, a diplomatic source said Tuesday.
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One found dead after rescue attempt near Jeju

26 percent of divorces involve elderly couples

Ministry approves eight new history textbooks

Ministry unveils steps to improve fine dust forecast

Assembly OKs property tax cut bill

Seoul okays plan for three more Aegis destroyers
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North Korea may revert to brinkmanship
The public removal of his powerful uncle, Jang Song-thaek, won’t be the last purge by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, experts said Tuesday.

Rape occurs due to lenient punishment
Rape occurs due to the lenient punishment for the convicted rapists, survey showed Tuesday.

President chides 2 lawmakers  
President Park Geun-hye scolded two defiant opposition lawmakers at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday. 

Contender calls Shinhan chief selection 'biased' 
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Navy to get 3 more Aegis destroyers  
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11 more reactors to be built as planned 
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Assembly passes bills for property tax cuts  
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'Gentleman' tops K-pop YouTube chart 
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Same-sex couple seeks to gain legal status  
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Starbucks' expansion to be curbed 
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More divorce among the elderly leads to more remarriage
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Pres. Park: N. Korean reign of terror adds anxiety in inter-Korean ties
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China chases Korea in semiconductor and display
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A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Monday said the ouster and arrest of Jang Song-taek is "an internal affair." Beijing "hopes that the North will achieve national stability, economic development and happiness for its people," Hong Lei told reporters.

Jang Song-taek Crony 'Defects to China'
A senior North Korean official who oversaw eminence grise Jang Song-taek’s and leader Kim Jong-un's private coffers is believed to have fled to China. The official is rumored to have fled North Korea in September or October for reasons that remain unclear. It is unknown whether he sought asylum in China or is heading elsewhere.

N.Korea 'Forced American to Read Confession'
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Uruguay Set to Legalize Marijuana Trade
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Miley Cyrus Named MTV's Best Artist of 2013
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Weapons Watchdog Receives Nobel Peace Prize
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U.S. Ends Its Ownership Stake in General Motors
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World Leaders Pay Tribute to Mandela
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The reasons behind Jang Song-thaek’s ouster
Kim Jong-un’s uncle may have been ousted to further consolidate Kim’s power base
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“A written decision was adopted that relieved Mr. Jang of all duties and titles and expelled him from the party,” the announcement said.

With concerns over conflict, new ADIZ to take effect Dec. 15
The new South Korean air defense identification zone (KADIZ) - which has been expanded to include Ieo Island, which is administered by South Korea, and the Korean territories of Hong Island and Mara Island - will take effect on Dec. 15. While experts concede that Seoul’s decision to expand its ADIZ was a natural decision for a sovereign state, they have expressed concerns over possible conflict in the airspace above Ieo Island, where the ADIZs of South Korea, China, and Japan overlap.

Opposition politician says Pres. Park could be assassinated
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The reasons behind Jang Song-thaek’s ouster
Kim Jong-un’s uncle may have been ousted to further consolidate Kim’s power base
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'One of Seven Wonders of Winter' for a 22-day run

Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival opens Jan. 4

Named one of the 'even Wonders of Winter' by CNN and Lonely Planet, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival is probably the most famous winter event in Korea. During the month of January every year, more than 1,000,000 people swarm Hwacheon in Gangwon province hoping to catch mountain trout bare-hand or ice fishing.(Mayor Chung Gap-cheol invites the ambassadors and families to attend the Festival on Friday 17, 2014.)

1.4 million persons reportedly visited Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival last year having their fill of the joys of the winter--ice-fishing mountain trouts and treating their eyes to the colorful lanterns of the angels at the Seondeung Candle Light Festival that takes place in the night.

Who said Hwacheon offers only ice-fishing? You can land mountain trouts also from the water standing on the river bank (top left). Koreans, expats, young and old, all enjoy various events of the Festival.

Left: Visitors pass through the colorfully lit ice tunnel. Right: You can also enjoy a 'sky ride' down the river.

Nestled between the town of Hwacheon and the mountains, the Hwacheon River is not only covered by a thick layer of ice, but also by thousands of festival participants.

The Hwacheon Mountain Trout Ice Festival will be taking place in Hwacheon County in Gangwon-do province on Jan. 4-26, 2014. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.

Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. Along with fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that usually take 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.

A foreign visitor said: “Unlike some Korean festivals I have been to, there is a lot to do at this festival. You can ride an ATV or go kart on the ice, go sledding, ice skating, push a metal cart on the ice, or do some regular reel fishing.”

The events that are most popular are ice fishing and bare-handed fishing. For the ice fishing, you are provided with a hole in the ice and a bag for putting your catch for 10,000 won of which you get 10,000-won Love Gift, money you can spend around the festival grounds on food and souvenirs. “If you aren’t Korean, make sure to head to the foreigner only section. It is not only less crowded, but there is English-speaking help and you are given a free fishing pole,” said the foreign visitor.

When you get on the ice, pick a hole, let out enough line to get your lure to the bottom of the river. Then, quickly flick your wrist upwards and let it float back to the bottom. Some persistence is required, he stressed.

Hwacheon is considered a “clean region” where mountain trouts and otters live. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is opened in every January under the slogan of “Unfrozen Hearts, Unforgettable Memories” at Hwacheon that has geographical features of the fastest ice freezing in the country because of cold valley wind and clean water.

This is a unique theme experience festival full with good shows and 40 or about various experience programs, such as ice sledding, snow sledding, snow sculpture and ice soccer, Sancheoneo experience programs combined with the image of Hwacheon that has clean natural environment with the first grade clean water in Bukhangang (river) for catching Sancheoneo by hand, Sancheoneo fishing on the ice to catch the fish easily and enjoy the fishing by everybody, breaking the ice with 40cm thickness and above and looking at Sancheoneo in the deep water for your exciting play available for experiencing at Hwacheon only and heart-warm memory in winter.

Winter Sancheoneo! Sancheoneo Fishing! To mention about ice fishing, you need to catch at least one Sancheoneo. It is an elegant fish underneath ice out of comparison to the other fishes due to moderate size and beautiful shape.

Sancheoneo is hard to catch as it is rare but everyone can catch one or two Sancheoneo at Hwacheon with somewhat good luck and knack since 32 or 3 tons of fresh Sancheoneo are being put just under the fishing place every day for visitors for Sancheoneo festival. It is just the reason why a child or young girl without fishing experience is indulged in Sancheoneo ice fishing. K

At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel

KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed

World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea

The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.

The repertoire consists of three parts, which include:

Part I:
Han-River Taryung (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
This is an arrangement of Korean folk song 'Han River Taryung' and winner of '2013 Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival' in Folk song category. Using Korean traditional musical techniques and colors, it demonstrates the beauty and prosperity of Han river. Also fan dance emphasizes its beauty.

Surround A-Ri-Rang (arr. Lee, Sun Taek)
One of most famous Korean folk song in Korea would be 'Arirang', and this piece is an arrangement with this song in unique way. Divided into three groups, it starts with echoes and developed more dramatically. The final climax with Arirang is a breathtaking moment in this piece.

Gagopa (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
Originally composed by Kim Dong Jin, this famous Korean Art Song is re-arranged to emphasize its beauty. Longing for homeland and old friends, lyrical melody line shows the emotion of sadness and also happiness.

Part II:
Gloria (A. Vivaldi)
This is the first piece from 'Gloria' by baroque composer A. Vivaldi.

Laudate Dominum (W. A. Mozart)
This solemn and holy with full of beauty piece is composed by one of the most famous composer W.A. Mozart. Pure melody line and beautiful harmony fills the air as the song of angels.

As dew in Aprile, This little (B. Britten)
(from 'A Ceremony of Carols')
This two songs are from 'A Ceremony of Carols' by British composer B. Britten. It sings that Jesus was born in mother's womb and came to earth to win a battle with Satan. Rhythmic variety and repetitive pattern emphases the meaning of this carol.

Part III:
When I Sing (B. Henderson)
"When you feel blue or depressed, sing a song, then you will feel much better and be happy"
Bright melody and joyful rhythm makes our face smile.

Champs-Elys?es (M. Wilsh, M. Deighan)
Composed by Mike Wilsh and Mike Deighan, this chanson sings the beauty and free-and-easiness of Champ-elysees avenue in Paris. Many pop singers have sung this chansons and it is arranged for choral to sing in choir.

OST Medley (arr. Shin, Sang Woo)
Moon River / Over the Rainbow / Under the Sea / Sing / I Have a Dream
Moon River, Over the Rainbow, Under the Sea, Sing, I have a dream. These are most famous O.S.T. to all. Pianist and composer Shin Sang Woo, who perform in various fields, arrange this piece and he will play piano today.

Blessing (arr. Lee, Hyun Chul)
Famous CCM Artist Twila Paris composed this blessing based on Moses final blessing in Numbers 6 in the bible. Simple, but sincere melody fills with love and blessing.

About the World Vision Korea Children’s Choir
Throughout its 53-year history, various professional musicians in Korea and around the world compliment the Children’s Choir, praising the Choir as “Echoes of the Heaven.” The Choir’s achievement and quality have been proven by thousands of successful worldwide concerts.

World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea (led by Artistic Director Kim Hee-Churl) has been bringing messages of hope and love to children around the world since 1960.

After the Korean War (1950-3), the World Vision Children’s Choir brought aid from foreign sponsors to the orphans and war widows of Korea. Founded by Rev. Dr. Bob Pierce, the Children’s Choir was formed by those helped by the World Vision.

Their mission was to sing on hope and love through God, and to seek more sponsorship. After winning the highest award at the prestigious 'Let the Peoples Sing' competition organized by the BBC of the United Kingdom in 1978, the World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea has gained international fame.

For the past 53 years, the Choir has sun to give hope and love to the helpless and voiceless children in Korea and around the world.

The Choir also performed for combined traditions and fresh ideas to create the best choral music that the Choir is proud as it plays a role model in sharing peace, hope, and love.

About the Artistic Director Kim Hee-Churl
Hee Churl Kim studied choral conducting under worldly renowned conductor Hak Won Yoon in Chung-Ang University. In Georgia State University, he studied with Dr. John Heberlen, who was the president of ACDA. In 1993, Mr. Kim conducted Vancouver Chamber Choir in Eric Ericson Master Class as a representative of Asia in World Choral Symposium held in Canada. From 1995 to 1997, he joined Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to sing with Robert Show, who was one of the best choral conductors in the world. He conducted Atlanta Korean Children's Choir and Atlanta Master Chorale, and he served as a president of Atlanta Korean Musician Association. From 1994 to 1997, while he was a visiting professor of Georgia Theological Seminary, he had served as a coordinator in 'Music and Worship Conference’ held by PCUSA. After returning to Korea in 1997, he had conducted many choirs, such as, World Vision Korea Children's Choir, Gwang-Myung City Women's Chorale, and Sung-Nam City Teacher's Choir. He also taught in Chung-Ang University. He also served as a board member of the Korean Church Music Association. Currently, he is the conductor of Gwacheon City Women's Choir, which is the only professional women's choir in Korea, had concert tours in Manila, Philippine by invitation of Philippine Madrigal Singers in 2004. Also, the choir was invited from Vancouver to celebrate the Winter Olympic Games in 2009. In 2004, he became an Artistic Director and Administrative Director of World Vision Korea Children's Choir. In 2009, he made a film called 'You and You' with World Vision Korea Children's Choir under director Je Hyun Park, who is one of the famous movie directors in Korea. As an artistic director, he has been hosting International Children's Choir Festival every three years by inviting the most prestige choirs from all around the world to help poor and devastated children in the world. As an opening concert of 2007 ICCF, he conducted a contemporary piece 'Gana and Dara' composed by In Sun Cho, worldly renown contemporary composer who served as a professor in Chung-Ang University. Mr. Kim made several CDs and DVDs, such as, 'Blessings', Songs of Love', 'Winter Sonata', and etc.


November 27, 2013

Invitation to Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert

I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that Chairman Dr. and Mrs. Kang Duk-young of Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. cordially invite Your Excellency and Madam, together with other Ambassadors and Madams, to a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert presented by the famed World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea at the Culture Foundation Building of the United Pharma in Seoul at 6:30 p.m. Thursday December 26, 2013. The repertoire includes a Christmas Carol by the famed World Vision Sunmyung-hoe Children’s Choir. The details are as follows:

Venue: Concert Hall of the Culture Foundation of the United Pharma Co., 616-12 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 3 blocks southward from the Grand Hannam Bridge (behind Ritz Carlton Hotel).

Time/Date: 6:30 p.m. Thursday December 26, 2013

Schedule of Event:-

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Dinner hosted by Chairman and Mrs. Kang at the Banquet Hall.
7:30-7:40 p.m.: View exhibits at the Art Gallery and Handicraft Exhibition Hall
7:40-9:00 p.m.: Grand Year-end Concert

Part I:
‘Han River Taryung,’ winner of 2013 Andre O. Veneration International Choral Festival (arr. Lee Hyun-Chul); ‘Surround Arirang’ (arr. Lee Sun-Taek); ‘Gagopa--Yearning for Home’ (arr. Lee Hyun-Chul).
Part II: ‘Gloriva’ (A. Vivaldi); ‘audate Dominum’ (W.A. Mozart); As dew in Aprile, this little babe’ (B. Britten).
Part III: ‘When I Sing’ (B. Henderson), ‘ Hamps-Elysees (M. Wilsh, M. Deighan); ‘OST Medely’ (arr. Shin Sang-woo); and ‘Blessing’ (arr. Lee Hyun-Chul)).

Elder sister of famed ROK Army Lt. Cho Chang-Ho

Late Madam Cho Chang-soo decorated with

Order of Cultural Merit, Okgwan

The government of the Republic of Korea has decided to posthumously honour the late former Curator Madam Cho Chang-soo (1925-2009) of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in the United States with an Order of Cultural Merit, Okgwan. Madam Cho dedicated her entire life to the introduction of Korean history and culture to the general public in the US, thus promoting the American people’s understanding of the Korean history and culture. The presentation ceremony will take place at the National Palace Museum on Dec. 10, 2013.

Madam Cho also made great efforts for the return of Eobo (Official Seal) of Emperor Gojong and Emperor Sunjong of the Joseon Dynasty and a total of 93 other Korean cultural treasures and properties to Korea?through fund-raising and donations.

The late Madam Cho Chang-soo (left) and her son, General Manager Eric Swanson of Millennium Seoul Hilton

The late Madam Cho is the mother of General Manager Eric Swanson of the Millennium Seoul Hilton. She is also the elder sister of the widely known late Lieutenant Cho Chang-Ho who succeeded in escaping North Korea and returning to Seoul after 43 years of captivity in North Korea where he got silicosis from forced labor in coal mine pits where he had been sent because of his repeated attempts of escape to the South after his captivity during the Korean.

        ▲Madam Cho at her university graduation ceremony

Madam Cho studied at the universities in Japan and the US and worked as a curator at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum for 44 years from 1965 to 2009--playing an important role in various areas, including exhibitions, research work, publication and education. In 2007, she even succeeded in establishing a Korea Hall at the Smithsonian Museum.

    ▲Madam Cho (seated at center) with fellow workers at the Smithsonian Institute

There are a number of other recipients of the Cultural Orders, who include Director Lee Kang-bak of Gangneung Institute (Order of Cultural Merit, Eungwan) and Professor Yoon Sae-young of Korea University (Order of Cultural Merit, Bogwan).

 ▲The late Lt. Cho Chang-Ho.

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