IKEA Opening Pulls Crowds Despite Freezing Weather
Shoppers braved freezing temperatures on Thursday to form a 200 m queue to the entrance of Korea's first IKEA furniture store. Traffic near the KTX station in Gwangmyeong south of Seoul came to a grinding halt in front of the sprawling store. >> Full Text

Korea Hopeful of Forging Diplomatic Ties with Cuba
The U.S. and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic relations after 53 years of hostility, spurring hopes that Seoul can also soon establish proper ties with the Caribbean nation. South Korea is one of only three countries yet to forge diplomatic ties with Cuba besides the U.S. and Israel. >> Full Text
SME Staff Earn 60% of Wages at Big Conglomerates
The annual salaries of staff in small and medium-sized companies stands at only 60 percent of what workers in major business conglomerates make, according to a survey of 1,500 companies by the Korea CXO Research Institute on Thursday. >> Full Text

Girls have fun sledding at the Han River Park in Ttukseom, Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

Volunteers pack boxes of gifts for charity ChildFund Korea in Busan on Thursday.

Cha Ye-ryun and Yoo Ji-tae pose at a press preview of their new film in Seoul on Thursday.

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