CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2006 |
Angelenos who would like to revitalize the Los Angeles River might want to visit the Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul. The clean waterway flows placidly through the busy commercial heart of this city of 10 million, tucked between towering skyscrapers and bordered by lush grasses, walkways and artwork. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited the Cheonggyecheon (pronounced Chong-ee-chon) on Monday, his first morning in South Korea and the midpoint of a 16-day trade mission through East Asia.
September 11, 2005 |
On hazy days, this city looks like nothing as much as a bowl of poured concrete topped by a noxious yellow cloud. The surrounding mountainsides have been blasted away to build grim slabs of high-rise apartments with the names of the conglomerates Samsung or Hyundai stamped on the sides. After being destroyed during the 1950-53 Korean War, Seoul was slapped back together in the 1960s and 1970s. The mantra was, do it fast, do it cheap.
October 10, 2004 |
Nightlife here doesn't always involve pie-eyed businessmen belting out "My Way" in a karaoke bar. In the northeast section of Seoul, an area dominated by four large universities, the nighttime crowds are younger, hipper and more international. Yonsei University, known for its international studies program, and Hongik University, with its liberal, chic art students, mean Seoulites here are more accustomed to foreigners carousing among them.
July 9, 2004 |
The traffic is notorious. The air is toxic. Real estate prices are among the most ridiculously inflated in the world. Residents and visitors alike can recite a long litany of complaints about Seoul, a city of 10 million that is as sprawling as Los Angeles and as congested in areas as Mexico City. So the South Korean government has come up with a novel solution: move. This week, an evaluation committee designated a patch of land 70 miles to the south as the likely future capital of South Korea.
September 16, 2002 |
Three U.S. soldiers were assaulted on a Seoul subway over the weekend, and one was briefly abducted by South Korean university students on their way to an anti-American demonstration, the U.S. military reported Sunday. The U.S. Embassy here lodged an immediate protest with the South Korean government over the incident and the way it was handled by local police. There were sharply conflicting versions of who was at fault in what apparently started as a brawl on the subway.
June 14, 2001 |
Several thousand nurses and other workers walked off their jobs at eight hospitals Wednesday, joining a strike by South Korean airline, chemical and metal workers. As the new workers joined the strike, however, 1,600 pilots at Korean Air ended their two-day walkout. The nation's other airline, Asiana, remained strikebound. The workers were protesting President Kim Dae Jung's corporate reform programs, which workers blame for causing mass layoffs. The government called the strikes illegal.