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.
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 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.
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 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 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
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. The school was founded in 1398 and is considered the oldest school in East Asia
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 southwest of Seoul. About 2m-3m domestic and international tourists visit the beach during the annual festival.
A fishmonger yawns as she stands at her stall in the Noryangjin Wholesale Fish Market in Seoul early on Thursday. Established in 1927, the markets runs 24 hours a day and is the largest in Seoul.
Umbrellas are displayed in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. The display is meant to symbolise the protective role of Seoul public officials towards the country’s citizens.
South Korean soldiers participate in an anti-terror drill ahead of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which starts from the end of June, in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea. The drills were held against possible terrorist attacks following the Boston Marathon bombings.
Protesters at an anti-North Korea rally denounce the cancellation of North and South Korea’s talks in downtown Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday.
A man wearing a traditional Korean Hanbok costume adjusts his gat, a hat, while waiting for a group photo to be taken after a Coming of Age Day ceremony at Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul on Monday. The ceremony marks the entrance of boys and girls into adulthood at the age of 19, and reminds them of their individual responsibilities as young men and women.
Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul on Friday. Buddha’s birthday falls on Friday in South Korea.
A member of the military forces in South Korea takes part in training on how to deal with a possible biochemical terrorist attack in Seoul, the country’s capital city, undisturbed by members of the public casually walking by
A South Korean worker attaches a name card with a wish by Buddhist followers to a lotus lantern at Chogye Temple ahead of Buddha’s birthday in central Seoul.
Children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony at a Chogye temple on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. The children will stay at the temple for 14 days to learn about Buddhism. Buddha was born about 2,557 years ago and his official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which falls on May 17 this year.