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Tales of Korean life win Colombian book prize
Feb 26, 2016
Andres Felipe Solano, writer and instructor at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, wins the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana award for his 2015 novel 'Corea: apuntes desde la cuerda floja.' The book is based on the author's experiences living in Korea. ...

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Book review: 'Who Ate Up All the Shinga?" by Park Wan-s...
Feb 26, 2016
Reach out your arm. Stretch it as far as you can. Then plunge deep, deep into the plush velvet pocket of your psyche. Reach down as far as you can go, stretching and striving to touch the smallest bit at the very bottom of your memory, where your personality and psyche sit quietl...

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Explore Joseon palaces at a glance
Feb 25, 2016
"Palaces In My Hand" is a new mobile app that serves as an integrated information source and tour guide for the four major palaces -- Gyeongbokgung, Changdeokgung, Deoksugung and Changgyeonggung -- and the Jongmyo Shrine. Through the app, users can download guides at each heritag...

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Korean craftworks spotlighted in Munich
Feb 24, 2016
The Bavarian National Museum in Munich, Germany, launched a special exhibition on Feb. 20 offering a rare glimpse at sets of craftworks created by Korean artists. The Korean Craft & Design in Munich 2016 show, currently underway at the museum until March 28, was made...

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Wonderful Korea
Feb 23, 2016
Around the world, there are many towers that rise from the landscape as a symbol. For instance, if one goes to Paris, they will obviously visit the Eiffel Tower because the tower itself represents the city. Similarly, Big Ben is equal to London. In Hungary, we have a mountain cal...

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Author Han Kang and her works spotlighted in English
Feb 23, 2016
The Guardian published an interview with author Han Kang earlier this month. As the novel 'Human Acts' was published in January in the U.K., the author Han Kang has been gaining more and more attention from British media. "One of South Korea's best kept secrets," said T...

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Jamsil's Hidden Treasure: Semaul Traditional Market
Feb 22, 2016
When you think of Jamsil, I bet these are some of the things that come to mind: Lotte World, the 123-story tower beside it, the gargantuan Lotte World Mall, the Olympic Park, the baseball stadium and Seokchon Lake. However, do you know that somewhere within the very mod...

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Royal relics emerge from museum storage
Feb 22, 2016
The four boxes that held the royal seal of Heungseon Daewongun, plus the seal itself, are collectively known as the ogae sabibin (오개삽입인, 五個揷入印). They're intricately formed so that they cover and keep each of the smaller boxes, according to size. Each side of the boxes is carved w...

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Korean language wave hits Havana
Feb 19, 2016
Despite there being no official diplomatic ties between Korea and Cuba, a Korean speech contest took place in Havana for the first time on Feb. 12. A Korean speech contest was held for the first time in Cuba on Feb. 12. The event, where participants had to answer the questio...

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A Filipina’s Korean beauty haul
Feb 19, 2016
Korean beauty products have taken over the world and have found their way to the Philippine shores. Filipinos are crazy about Korean beauty products that are formulated perfectly for Asian skin. Korean skincare and makeup innovations truly address the needs of Asians, for their h...