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New Year's Eve concerts on the way
Dec 22, 2014
New Year's Eve concerts in Seoul and Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), will mark the end of the year and greet the coming year. Various repertoires and programs, from opera arias and symphonies to traditional Korean music and fireworks, will add the fun when greeting the ...

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Hanji traditional paper beloved around the world
Dec 22, 2014
There’s a saying that silk lasts for only 500 years, whereas traditional mulberry paper, Hanji, can survive for a thousand years (견오백지천년, 絹五百紙天年). Seoul recently played host to a seminar aimed at shedding new light on the excellence of the traditional paper, as well as to gather ...

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Two year-end movies to warm your heart
Dec 19, 2014
The year end is just around the corner. Two recently released heart-wrenching movies are being recommended for the season. The two movies share one thing in common, that both are documentaries based on the daily lives of real people. The first is "My Love, Don't Cross That River,...

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Joseon royal food returns to Seoul
Dec 18, 2014
Royal Joseon cuisine. as seen in the hit soap opera "Jewel in the Palace," has now made a comeback in Seoul. An event to bring back the original form of Korean cuisine and cooking as enjoyed in the royal Joseon palaces, and aimed at developing various new menu items based on the ...

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Three ballet theaters welcome X-mas with ‘Nutcracker’
Dec 17, 2014
Three versions of “The Nutcracker” are coming soon to the stage. Each ballet production has, at first glance, some similarities, but upon closer inspection are subtly different. With Christmas just around the corner, three ballet companies -- the Korean National Ballet, Universal...

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Korean film via stamps -- 'The Seaside Village'
Dec 17, 2014
First printed in 2008, the second series of Korean film stamps produced by Korea Post contains films from after liberation, from 1945 through to the 1960s. Representative films include "Mother and the Guest," "The Seaside Village," "The Coachman" and "The Wedding Day." Continuing...

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Korean history comes together in Chungju
Dec 17, 2014
The city of Chungju is located in Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province), in the heart of the Korean Peninsula. It's a city with a population of just over 200,000 and a long history, sitting in the heart of the Jungwon region. With the Hangang River and its southern tribu...

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Singer Lee Jin-ah keeps dream alive
Dec 16, 2014
As soon as it's released, her new songs will top most domestic music charts. We're not talking about another idol band, pre-programmed to be famous with a wide fan base. This is the story of Lee Jin-ah, a competitor in season four of the television talent show competition "K-Pop ...

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Korean Peninsula was ‘a land of leopards’
Dec 16, 2014
One may think of tigers as the fiercest animal that ever lived on the Korean Peninsula. There was, however, another species of large cat that was just as fierce as tigers, and even outnumbered them. They were leopards. In Joseon times (1392-1910), the number of leopards was large...

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Korean voices left behind in Berlin from World War I
Dec 16, 2014
“Why am I here?... How did I end up being here, here that I would want to go back, crying?” A mournful voice rang out across the Goethe-Institut in Seoul on December 13. The owner of the voice turned out to be an ethnic Korean prisoner of war, Kang Gawriel, who fought on the Russ...