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 on Tuesday
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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.
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.
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. 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) look at each other as they ride on an escalator in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday
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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” 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 Monday
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
An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government’s push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media
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
People release yellow balloons during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea‘s Sewol ferry disaster. The southern island of Jindo is the closest landfall to the site where the Sewol sank.
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 photographer takes pictures of South Korean army soldiers involved in a US/South Korea live-fire military exercise at a training field in Pocheon, south of the demilitarized zone
A new South Korean military officer runs into an echelon as they attend a joint commissioning ceremony for 6,478 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong on Thursday
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.