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Masks & the Mask Dance
Dec 02, 2014
*This is the fourth part in our series, “Masks & the Mask Dance” published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage Mask dances performed in an open field (yaryu) • The Suyeong Open Field Dance • The Dongrae Open Field Dance The open ...


Learn the island's history at the Jeju National Museum
Dec 02, 2014
The creation of Jeju Island, which constitutes the only special self-governing province in Korea, is based on the Myth of the Samseong (삼성, 三姓), the three demi-gods. The three demi-gods -- Yangeulna (양을나, 良乙那), Goeulna (고을나, 高乙那) and Bueulna (부을라, 夫乙那) -- were known to have appea...


Expats play music of Korea: ‘Gugak is wonderful’
Dec 02, 2014
Gugak, the broad range of traditional Korean music, is not something that, any more, is solely enjoyed by Korean ears. It is a style of classical music that can now be enjoyed and played by those with different nationalities and from different cultures. Approximately 60 visitors ...


Classical music to close out 2014
Dec 01, 2014
The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will present a series of year-end classical music concerts throughout the month. The “Classic Renaissance” show will kick off the month-long series at the St. Mary & Nicholas Seoul Anglican Cathedral in central Seoul on December 4. The opening...


Sumi Jo performs in Ottawa with heartfelt thanks
Dec 01, 2014
Soprano Sumi Jo (center) poses for a photo with baritone Jean-Francois Lapointe (left) and conductor Jean-Michel Malouf of the Orchestra de Chambre I Musici de Montreal during a concert on November 26 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada.My hometown is on the southern wa...

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'Nongak' added to UNESCO list
Nov 28, 2014
Exuberant sounds, dizzily swinging heads and colorful parades are a common scene associated with nongak, a form of traditional farmers' music that has now to be inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. At the recent ninth meeti...


Pianist Paik Kun Woo to perform with Bremen orchestra
Nov 27, 2014
Pianist Paik Kun Woo  and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, led by conductor Paavo Järvi, will present the essence of German classical music at the Seoul Arts Center on December 2 where they will play Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major. The piece is one of Br...


Best of ASEAN festivals to be held on summit sidelines
Nov 26, 2014
A wide variety of cultural offerings related to ASEAN countries will take place at many venues across the country in celebration of the 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit scheduled for December 11 and 12. The ASEAN-Korea Center, an inter-governmental organizati...


Mado 1 launched 800 years after sinking
Nov 26, 2014
An ancient cargo ship sank after it was launched from Mado Island off the west coast of Korea some 800 years ago during Goryeo times (918-1392). The cargo ship was full of goods to trade, including pieces of blue celadon and food to be sent to those in power. The ship, the Mado 1...


Korean literature in English: Windflower
Nov 26, 2014
A poet keeps her eyes on a windflower as it bends its back near a grave. “Intimate with those in despair, grown old,” says the poet, while portraying the purple breath of the flower with the words, “Windflower into your purple the sun reclines.” The cover of 'Windflower,' a ...