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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.

Members of a South Korean Air Force honor guard throw their guns in the air during a press day of an air show as part of the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition which will be held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, at Cheongju International Airport in Cheongju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.  (AP Photo/c)

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Members of a South Korean airforce honour guard throw their guns in the air at a publicity day air show at Cheongju International Airport, south of Seoul, for the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition, which will be held from October 25 to November 3 

Parachuting practice for Armed Forces Day...epa03884368 A photo taken from the ground in southern Seoul shows parachuters practicing for a show on Armed Forces Day, 26 September 2013. The government designated 01 October as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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Parachuters in southern Seoul practising for a show on Armed Forces Day. The government designated October 1 as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported. 

A confucian scholar waits for graduation ceremony at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. The school was founded in 1398 and considered as the oldest school in East Asia.

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A confucian scholar waits for graduation ceremony at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. The school was founded in 1398 and is considered the oldest school in East Asia

A diver performs with sardines as part of summer vacation events at an Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

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A diver performs with sardines as part of summer holiday events at Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea.

People play in the mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, about 190 km (118 miles) southwest of Seoul, July 19, 2013. About 2 to 3 million domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual mud festival, according to the festival organisers.

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People play in the mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, about 190 km southwest of Seoul. About 2m-3m domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual festival.