South Korea opens prison for foreign convicts

The prison offers Western food and satellite TV programmes in English, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.

The number of foreigners in South Korean jails has more than doubled in the past four years to about 1,500.

The prison's director said the inmates would still be able to pursue the "Korean dream" that had led them to the country in the first place. The prison is about 100km (62 miles) south of the capital, Seoul, in Cheonan.

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