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A young novice monk prays after having his head shaved by Buddhist monks during a ceremony entitled 'Children Becoming Buddhist Monks', at the Jogye temple in Seoul on May 11, 2015.  Following the ceremony the children stay at the temple where they are taught about Buddhism, for two weeks, until Buddha's birthday on May 25

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A young novice monk prays after having his head shaved by Buddhist monks during a ceremony entitled ‘Children Becoming Buddhist Monks’, at the Jogye temple in Seoul on Monday

Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces demonstrate their skills how to fight back knife-wielding attackers during a martial arts demonstration for Children's Day at the War Museum in Seoul, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. May 5 is celebrated as Children's Day, a national holiday, in South Korea

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Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces unit demonstrate their skills in fighting back knife-wielding attackers during a martial arts demonstration for Children’s Day at the War Museum in Seoul on Tuesday

A relative of the victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on April 17, 2015. Dozens of people continued their protests overnight after thousands of mourners rallied to mark the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives.

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A relative of the victims of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on Friday

A worker attaches the name tag of a Buddhist who made donation to a lantern, for upcoming celebration of Buddha's birthday on May 25 at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

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A worker attaches the name tag of a Buddhist who made a donation to a lantern, for upcoming celebration of Buddha’s birthday in May at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday

A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of US Ambassador to Seoul Mark Lippert, during a rally in Seoul on March 6, 2015. South Korea has reacted with shock and a little shame to a violent knife attack on Lippert that jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

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A monk prays before anti-North Korea activists holding placards in support of Mark Lippert, US Ambassador to Seoul, during a rally in Seoul. South Korea has reacted with shock after Mr Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant. The attack has jarred harshly with the image of a largely safe, well-ordered society.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the pairs short program in the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

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Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the pairs short programme in the ISU Four Continents figure skating championships in Seoul, South Korea

South Korean firefighters wearing protective gear take care of  a mock victim during an exercise against a possible terrorist attack in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean firefighters wearing protective gear take care of a mock victim during an exercise against a possible terrorist attack in Seoul, South Korea.

n a photo taken on January 15,...TOPSHOTS In a photo taken on January 15, 2015 a skateboarder passes alongside the Han river at dusk in Seoul. South Korea's central bank slashed its 2015 economic growth forecast and kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low amid growing concerns of deflation. AFP PHOTO / Ed JonesED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

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A skateboarder passes alongside the Han river at dusk in Seoul. South Korea‘s central bank slashed its 2015 economic growth forecast and kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low amid growing concerns of deflation. 

A dog owner sprays hairspray on her poodle backstage at a dog show in Seoul. Some 2000 dogs took part in the three-day show organised by the Korea Kennel Federation which was celebrating its 58th anniversary. Dog ownership in South Korea is a growing industry widely reported to have passed 10 million in 2013, with private expenditure on pet supplies increasing some 14 percent per year since 2000, according to a report by the Nonghyup Economic Research Institute.

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A dog owner prepares her poodle backstage at a dog show in Seoul. Some 2,000 dogs took part in the three-day show organised by the Korea Kennel Federation which was celebrating its 58th anniversary

South Korean special police officers descend the stairs from subway station during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian or UFG in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean special police officers enter a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual joint military operation between South Korea and the US

Pope Francis arrives to attend a welcomi...Pope Francis arrives to attend a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on August 14, 2014. Pope Francis arrived in Seoul looking to fuel a new era of Catholic growth in Asia -- a mission fraught with complex political challenges but huge potential rewards. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Kim Hong-JiKim Hong-Ji/AFP/Getty Images

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Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea

Children play in a fountain to beat the heat in central Seoul on August 1, 2014.  South Korea's state weather agency issued a heat wave warning for Seoul for the first time this year, advising people to stay indoors. Heat wave warnings are issued when the daytime high is expected to stay above 35 C (95F) for two or more consecutive days, according to state media.

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Children play in a fountain to beat the heat in central Seoul on Friday. South Korea’s state weather agency issued a heat wave warning for Seoul for the first time this year, advising people to stay indoors, as temperatures are expected to exceed 35 celsius

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A woman weeps in front of the gravestone of her relative who died during the 1950-53 Korean War on South Korea’s Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea

A member of the US 8th Army recieves assistance

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A member of the US 8th Army recieves assistance from his teammates following his bout in a Combatives tournament at the Yongsan garrison US army base in Seoul on Monday

A worker attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul April 4, 2014. Buddha's birthday falls on May 6 in South Korea.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A man attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha, at Jogye temple in Seoul. Buddha’s birthday falls on May 6 this year for countries in east Asia, except Japan. 

Kindergartners drink waters near a poster to mark the World Water Day, which falls on March 22, on Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 20, 2014.

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Kindergartners drink waters near a poster to mark the World Water Day, which falls on March 22, on Cheonggye Stream in Seoul, South Korea.

New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong...New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-je/Pool (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: MILITARY)

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New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 officers from the army, navy, air force and marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul 

Relatives of victims who were killed when a resort building collapsed, comfort each other at a group memorial altar in Gyeongju...Relatives of victims who were killed when a resort building collapsed, comfort each other at a group memorial altar in Gyeongju, about 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Seou February 18, 2014.  Ten people attending a welcoming party for new university students were killed when a building at a South Korean mountain resort collapsed late on Monday, emergency officials said, trapping dozens in snow and rubble for several hours. About 560 students had gathered in the auditorium of the golf resort in the mountains in the city of Gyeongju, around 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Seoul. Heavy snow had built up on the roof of the prefabricated building, causing it to collapse, fire department officials said.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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Relatives of victims who were killed when a resort building collapsed comfort each other in Gyeongju, southeast of Seoul. Ten people attending a welcoming party for new university students were killed when a building at a mountain resort collapsed on Monday, emergency officials said, trapping dozens in snow and rubble for several hours.

A general view shows the Gangnam area (t...A general view shows the Gangnam area (top) and Han river (C) within the city skyline of Seoul at dusk on February 4, 2014. With a population of some 25 million people, the metropolitan area of Seoul is one of the largest in the world.

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Seoul at dusk on Tuesday, with the Han river flowing through the centre. The metropolitan area of the capital of South Korea is one of the largest in the world, with a population of some 25m people. 

Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on January 27, 2014. South Korea's economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed January 23.

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Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on Monday. South Korea’s economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed.