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Traditional patterns made available in modern designs
Jan 02, 2014
Since the ancient Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.- A.D. 668) through to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), there have been certain roof tile and brick patterns that Koreans used in their architecture when building palaces or temples. The size, shape and pattern details were transform...

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Joseon royal tombs open to public
Dec 30, 2013
Across the capital city of Seoul, we can find as many as 42 royal tombs, sites that are both mysterious and historic. It is at these Joseon royal tombs that the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) are laying in peace.Some of these historic sites will be open to the...

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Year of the horse seen through Korean tradition
Dec 30, 2013
Horses and humans have shared joy and sorrow for many years. Ever since people tamed the wild animal and trained and used them for transportation, they have become attached to each other. When horses were used as a means of transportation, they were important assets managed by th...

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Korea's inbound tourists hit 12 million
Dec 30, 2013
The number of overseas tourists who visit Korea has exceeded 12 million for the first time. A special event was held to mark the arrival of the 12 millionth tourist to visit Korea in 2013 at Jeju International Airport on December 27. Vice Minister Cho Hyun-jae of the Ministry of ...

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Korean literature receives international recognition
Dec 27, 2013
Two works of Korean literature were recently included on a list of notable translations this year, as selected by a well-known U.S. literature monthly. World Literature Today (WLT) announced a list of “75 Notable Translations 2013” in its December edition which includes translati...

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New Sejong Institutes open in Malaysia, the Philippines...
Dec 27, 2013
Three Asian countries-- Malaysia, the Philippines and Tajikistan-- will host new branches of the King Sejong Institute, a center that offers locals the opportunity to explore Hangeul, the Korean alphabet, and Korean culture more broadly. The new institutes are set to open in...

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Korean literature in English #2
Dec 26, 2013
The Library of Korean Literature series is a collection of ten Korean novels published in English last October in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea)The second novel in the ten-volume series is “One Spoon on This Earth” by author Hyun Ki-you...

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Alcohol in Korean life [3]
Dec 24, 2013
This is the third part of our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see the previous parts. Sul designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Heritage Sul has always been considered as an indispensable element to show reverence to God, to serve the elderly and to condu...

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Tanzanian school libraries open with Korean aid
Dec 24, 2013
Two Tanzanian primary schools opened new libraries on December 11 thanks to Korean funding. The Mzimuni Primary School and the Kigogo Primary School are both located in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.Both libraries are part of the “Thank You Small Library” (TYSL) project sup...

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Korean moviegoers set new record
Dec 23, 2013
The number of moviegoers in Korea exceeded 200 million for the first time in 2013. By midnight on December 18, the number of tickets sold stood at 204,009,513, the Korean Film Council announced the following day. This is a drastic increase from the 146 million tickets sold in 201...