Private Banking Spreading in N.Korea
Private banks are sprouting up in North Korea, even offering automatic teller machines in Pyongyang, according to a source. The source, who travels frequently to and from Pyongyang, said money-lenders who have grown rich are opening small banks. >> Full Text

Young People Pawn Electronics to Raise Cash
Young Koreans are hocking their IT products in order to make ends meet, but instead of heading to traditional pawn shops they go to businesses that specialize in smartphones, laptops and digital cameras. >> Full Text

State History Textbooks to Counter 'Leftwing' Trend in Schools
The government on Monday said it wants to reintroduce official history textbooks for middle and high schools by 2017 to counter what it claims is leftwing content in current privately published textbooks. >> Full Text

People enjoy pampas grass at Haneul Park in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

Senior high schoolers receive bouquets to mark 30 days until the annual college entrance exam at a school in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis

Actress Uhm Ji-won poses at a preview of her new film "The Phone" in Seoul on Monday.

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