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Zookeepers dressed in Santa Claus costumes feed penguins during a Christmas event as part of a promotional event for the upcoming Christmas at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-Man)

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Zookeepers dressed in Santa Claus costumes feed penguins during a Christmas event as part of a promotion for the upcoming Christmas at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea today

South Korean workers are seen from a crane as they work on the 123rd floor during the framing completion ceremony of the 'Lotte World Tower' in Seoul, South Kora, on Tuesday. The building's exterior was completed in a final height of 550 meters, and 123 floors

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South Korean workers are seen from a crane as they work on the 123rd floor during the framing completion ceremony of the ‘Lotte World Tower’ in Seoul, South Kora, on Tuesday. The building’s exterior was completed in a final height of 550 meters, and 123 floors

Soldiers from South Korea (L) and the US (R) gesture as they set up a floating bridge during a US-South Korea joint river crossing exercise

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Soldiers from South Korea (L) and the US (R) gesture as they set up a floating bridge during a US-South Korea joint river crossing exercise in the border county of Yeoncheon, northeast of Seoul

The South Korean Air Force Black Eagles aerobatic team perform during a media preview day of the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition at a military air base in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on October 19, 2015. The exhibition will run from October 20 to 25 with 386 companies from 32 countries involved.

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The South Korean Air Force Black Eagles aerobatic team perform during a media preview day of the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition at a military air base in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on Monday

Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces demonstrate their martial arts skills during a rehearsal for the 67th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong , South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. South Korea will celebrate the 67th Armed Forces Day on Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces demonstrate their martial arts skills, during a rehearsal for the 67th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the Gyeryong military headquarters in Gyeryong , South Korea.

Visitors walk under umbrellas on display over Cheonggye stream during a campaign to raise donations to help underprivileged children in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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Visitors walk under umbrellas on display over Cheonggye stream in Seoul, during a campaign to raise donations to help underprivileged children.

South Korean prostitutes hide their identities as they participate in a rally against anti-sex law in Seoul, South Korea. The government began enforcing new laws eleven years ago to target human traffickers, pimps and prostitutes.  Nearly seven years after tough laws began driving thousands of South Korean prostitutes out of business, sex workers of the red-light districts are fighting back, spurred by what they say is an unprecedented campaign of police harassment.

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South Korean prostitutes hide their identities as they participate in a rally against anti-sex law in Seoul, South Korea. The government began enforcing new laws eleven years ago to target human traffickers, pimps and prostitutes. Nearly seven years after tough laws began driving thousands of South Korean prostitutes out of business, sex workers of the red-light districts are fighting back, spurred by what they say is an unprecedented campaign of police harassment.

A South Korean armed policeman wears a gas mask during an anti-terror drill on the sidelines of South Korea-US joint military exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, at a subway station in Seoul on August 19, 2015. Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops on August 17 began a military exercise simulating an all-out North Korean attack, as Pyongyang matched Seoul in resuming a loudspeaker propaganda campaign across their heavily-fortified border

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A South Korean armed policeman wears a gas mask during an anti-terror drill on the sidelines of South Korea-US joint military exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, at a subway station in Seoul on Wednesday

A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, August 11, 2015. South Korea's military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation.

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A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea today. South Korea’s military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation

A girl swims to escape a heat in front of a large cutout that raises awareness on water shortage, at the Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. A heat wave warning was issued in Seoul as temperatures soared above 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Farenheit).

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A girl swims to escape a heat in front of a large cutout that raises awareness on water shortage, at the Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday

A watch and clock vendor sits in his shop in Seoul, South Korea.

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A watch and clock vendor sits in his shop in Seoul, South Korea. 

A diver performs with sardines as part of the summer events at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. The aquarium features 40,000 sea creatures from over 600 different species.

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A diver performs with sardines as part of the summer events at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. The aquarium features 40,000 sea creatures from over 600 different species.

A US soldier wears a gas mask during a competition to test individual skills at a US Army base in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on July 8, 2015. The goal of the competition is to foster esprit de corps across the units participating and to continue to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance.

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A US soldier wears a gas mask during a competition to test individual skills at a US Army base in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on Wednesday. The goal of the competition is to foster esprit de corps across the units participating and to continue to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance

Police officers wearing masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are reflected on windows in Seoul, South Korea.

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Police officers wearing masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are reflected on windows in Seoul, South Korea. 

South Korean workers wearing pr...TOPSHOTS South Korean workers wearing protective gear fumigate a theater at the Sejong Culture Center in Seoul on June 16, 2015. South Korea on June 16 reported three more fatalities from MERS, taking the country's death toll from the outbreak to 19 as four new cases were confirmed, the health ministry said.     AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JEJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

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South Korean workers wearing protective gear fumigate a theatre at the Sejong Culture Center in Seoul. South Korea fatalities from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome continue to rise. 

Two women wearing face masks walk on a street in the popular Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul on June 15, 2015. South Korea reported on June 15, two more deaths and five new cases in the growing outbreak of MERS which has placed more than 5,200 people under quarantine and sparked widespread

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Two women wearing face masks walk on a street in the popular Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. South Korea reported on Monday, two more deaths and five new cases in the growing outbreak of MERS which has placed more than 5,200 people under quarantine

A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) looks at each other as they ride on an escalator in Seoul

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A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) look at each other as they ride on an escalator in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday

 Elementary school students wear masks as a precaution against the MERS virus as they wait for a lesson to start at Midong Elementary School on June 9, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has reported eight deaths related to the virus with 2,500 people quarantined and 1,800 schools closed as of June 9, 2015

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Elementary school students wear masks as a precaution against the MERS virus as they wait for a lesson to start at Midong Elementary School on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea

Chinese tourists wearing face masks pose for a "selfie" photograph at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. South Korea reported its sixth death from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), with the total number of cases rising to 87, including the first teenager to be infected with the virus

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Chinese tourists wearing face masks pose for a “selfie” at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. South Korea reported its sixth death from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), with the total number of cases rising to 87, including the first teenager to be infected with the virus

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