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  1. 한국의 승승리가 유명한 것에서 악명 높은 것으로 바뀌었을까요?
  2. Do you know what tetraphobia means? It means ‘fear of four’ in Greek: a combination of the Greek words tetra (the number 4) and phobia (fear). You might be shocked to find that tetraphobia is fairly common throughout the many Asian countries such as, China Japan, and Korea. As some believe the number 13 has the unlucky connotation in the western cultures, many have 미신 (superstitions) about the number 4 in 한국 (South Korea). 4자 기피 [sa-jja-gi-pi] – tetraphobia: fear of the number four 13 층 [sip-sam-cheung] – 13th floor 호텔 엘리베이터 [ho-tel-el-li-be-ee-tuh] – hotel elevator 12층 [sip-ee-cheung] – 12th floor 14 층 [sip-sa-cheung] – 14th floor 미신 [mi-shin] – superstition 한국 [han-gook] – South Korea Why do Korean people have 4자 기피 (tetraphobia) As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, many Asian countries, including South Korea, consider the number 4 as unlucky. The reason for 4자 기피 (tetraphobia) is because ‘사 (the number 4 in Sino-Korean)’ and the Sino-Korean word for ‘사 (death)’ are homophones. 사 [sa] – ‘the number 4’ in Sino-Korean 사 [sa] – Sino-Korean word for ‘death’ Whether you are living or traveling in South Korea, you will notice 4자 기피 (tetraphobia) is permeated in many dimensions of the South Korean culture. Especially many elevators in the South Korean 병원 (hospitals) do not have the 4th floor; or the English letter ‘F’ represents the 4th floor in the buildings. People also avoid giving four blocks of gifts for celebratory occasions, such as 결혼 (weddings), 생일 (birthdays), and 집들이 (housewarmings) 파티 (parties). I remember how shocked my Korean friend was when she saw a license plate number with 4444 in the U.S. 병원 [byeong-won] – hospital 결혼 [gyeol-hon] – wedding 생일 [sang-il] – birthday 집들이 [jip-deul-ee]– housewarming 파티 [pa-tee] – party The reason for Korean people’s 4자 기피 (tetraphobia) might sound irrational to your ears, however, it will be helpful for you to understand why there are no 4th floors in certain buildings in South Korea, and why people avoid giving gifts in a group of fours in many occasions. Since many Korean people consider the number 4 is associated with misfortunes or death, understanding this aspect of the Korean culture might help you to avoid possible cultural sensitivity. 감사합니다!
  3. Lee Jae-rock, a South Korean pastor and leader of Manmin Central Church, is sentenced to 15 years in prison over 42 counts of sexual harassment and sexual assault against eight of his followers. According to the Seoul Central District Court, the victims could not resist his advances "due to their absolute faith in the infallibility of the accused."
  4. Not exactly sure what it is... but it looks good ;-)
  5. Hyperloop Technologies Transportation (HTT) has forged a deal to make a near-supersonic train in South Korea. The train would go from Seoul to Busan, a roughly 200 mile expedition. South Korean officials have previously stated that their goal is to have a Hyperloop that goes about 620 mph, making the 200 mile journey between the cities last for about 20 minutes. To put it in an American perspective, the Hyperloop being discussed in South Korea could take someone from Los Angeles to San Francisco — an over 380 mile journey — in roughly half an hour, which would knock more than 5 hours off the current commute time. Hyperloop uses magnetic levitation in low-pressure tubes to transport people and goods at bullet-like speeds. Elon Musk first floated the Hyperloop idea in 2013, although he has no stake in HTT or its primary competitor, Hyperloop One. HTT made the deal with South Korea’s department of technological innovation and infrastructure, along with the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building (KICT) and Hanyang University. It will include licensing and research development of the tube infrastructure and safety platform, a full-scale test track, and access to HTT’s levitation, propulsion, and battery technology as well as passenger experience designs, according to CNBC. In terms of the finances and timeline, CEO Dirk Ahlborn doesn’t seem too rushed to throw down any numbers. “We haven’t defined the specifics yet. We are in the process of knowledge sharing. We had first talks about the different areas of co-development. It’s not set in stone yet,” Ahlborn told CNBC in a phone interview. Whether it be above-ground transportation like Hyperloop or underground tubes like Musk’s Boring Co., this all seems to indicate that tubular transportation is the wave of the future. “Tube travel changes the way people live and move, it has the opportunity to unite people,” said Tai Sik Lee, KICT President, according to New Atlas. “The Republic of Korea continues its tradition of technological advancement and innovation by bringing this technology to life, the government has allocated the necessary resources, we finalized our preliminary research and now are getting ready to implement.” Source
  6. President Trump Prepares To Send B1 And B52 Nuclear Bombers To South Korea! World News
  7. The United States and South Korea held a Combined Amphibious Exercise in Pohang on Saturday. Approximately 12,200 US military personnel and 4,500 South Koreans took part in the exercise, which formed part of annual joint military drills by Seoul and Washington.

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