An upcoming visit by the top U.S. diplomat and defense chief to Seoul this week is a sign that the Joe Biden administration “wants to repair the relationship with its most important allies,” said Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council.
People walk to work in downtown Seoul on Wednesday morning without their umbrellas, as a prolonged rainy season showed a momentary lull.
Due to exceptionally heavy rain this year, retailers saw sales surge for seasonal products such as boots, raincoats and umbrellas.
As the rainy season this year goes on longer than usual, sales of wet weather products like dehumidifiers and car windshield wipers have shot up. Sales of air conditioners shrunk.
Visitors take photos at a road decorated with umbrellas next to Mallipo Beach in Taean County, South Chungcheong, on Wednesday night, after the road was designated as a pedestrian zone until July 30.
Umbrellas were originally intended for blocking the sun especially when taking into consideration the many artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and China, which show that people used parasols to cover themselves from the sun.