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Rachel Ahn, who goes by "Aebong-ee," is among the top 100 most-watched mukbang stars in South Korea. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

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Language instructor Soh Bor-am teaches eight Mandarin classes a day, as Chinese tourism to South Korea swells. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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A Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

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U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert waves as he leaves a hospital in Seoul, where he recovered from being attacked by a knife-wielding South Korean nationalist. Kyodo /Landov hide caption

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Cho Hyun-ah (center) leaves for a detention facility today following a court order. Cho served as head of in-flight service for Korean Airlines until earlier this month. Her conduct aboard an aircraft over a packet of improperly served macadamia nuts led to her resignation. She is accused of violating South Korea's aviation safety laws. Kim Hong-ji /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman and CEO, has apologized and resigned from a position at the airline after a backlash over her kicking a steward off a recent flight. Cho was angered by the presentation of macadamia nuts. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Sewol ferry crew members, whose identities are obscured in this photo at the request of the court, attend verdict proceedings in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday. Ferry captain Lee Joon-Seok was sentenced to 36 years in jail. Getty Images hide caption

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North Korea's National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Hwang Pyong So, middle, waves as the country's athletes march at the end of the Asian Games. He's flanked by Workers Party Secretary Choe Ryong Hae, right, and South Korea's Kim Kwan-jin, left, national security adviser to South Korea's president. Dita Alangkara/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis shakes hands with upon his Thursdayarrival in Seoul. The Pontiff arrived in South Korea on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century. During his five-day visit, Francis plans to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage a vibrant and growing local church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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