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'City of Light' shines with food, arts festival
Oct 20, 2014
A college press corps covering the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism poses with a smile on their faces on October 17 as the Gwangjang Festival is underway at the May 18 Democracy Square to mark the “Month of Culture” in Gwangju, Jeollanam-do.Gwangju, Jeollanam-do (South Jeo...

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National Museum of Korea unveils new acquisitions
Oct 20, 2014
The drapes of Buddha’s robes are expressed beautifully and delicately. Though partly rusty, the aura is carved with vine leaves and the edge is shaped into a flame pattern. Accessorized with jewels, the gilt-bronze Buddha has all three requisite elements: the full body of the fig...

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Music Review- Two young pianists electrify Seoul with B...
Oct 20, 2014
A supernova of the 19th century music world, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a prominent pianist more than a composer. Each time he took to the stage, great numbers of fans swarmed him and threw flowers at his piano, so much so that at times it seemed as if it was raining flowers. L...

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Denim jeans seen as art
Oct 17, 2014
A visitor looks around the special exhibition “Jeans” at the National Folk Museum of Korea.Denim jeans have many characteristics. They are regarded as comfort clothes, a symbol of youth culture and sometimes freedom or a special faith. The National Folk Museum of Korea has been h...

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Italy considers using mulberry paper to restore old doc...
Oct 16, 2014
A symposium was recently held in Rome to discuss whether Hanji, traditional mulberry paper, can be used to restore ancient Italian documents. At the conference on Hanji and the restoration of cultural heritage items on October 15, a researcher from the Natural Research Institute ...

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'Piano poet' to collaborate with KBS Symphony Orchestra
Oct 16, 2014
The Vietnamese born "piano poet" Dang Thai Son (Ðặng Thái Son, 鄧泰山) is about to give a concert in Korea. This October 23, he will meet his Korean fans at the Seoul Arts Center as part of the KBS Symphony Orchestra's 687th Subscription Concert, "Virtuoso Series Ⅴ." The performanc...

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K-pop's past, present and future stars, all in one plac...
Oct 16, 2014
  The cover of Mark James Russell's new book 'K-Pop Now! - The Korean Music Revolution' (image courtesy of Tuttle Publishing) The U.S. based Tuttle Publishing, which specializes in books about Asia, has newly released  "K-Pop Now! - The Korean Music Revolution," a ...

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A peek into the hip-hop music scene of Korea
Oct 15, 2014
One night in Hongdae, this writer found herself magnetized by a young crowd huddled around two guys who were spitting out rhymes along with some beats. The playground felt like it had transformed into a small club, with people raising their hands up and bobbing their heads to the...

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Korean literature in English: ‘Everlasting Empire’
Oct 15, 2014
Yi In-hwa’s full-length novel “Everlasting Empire” revolves around a suspicious murder that occurred at the royal palace at dawn on January 19, 1800, during late Joseon times. Yi In-hwa’s 1993 novel “Everlasting Empire” is now published in English for a wider audience. In th...

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Red bean traces found to be oldest in Northeast Asia
Oct 15, 2014
Recently discovered traces of red bean have been found to be some of the oldest such archeological samples in Northeast Asia.After analyzing earthenware excavated in Osan-ri, Yangyang County, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), researchers realized that the traces date back to the Neo...