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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...

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Ancient tomb site added to Korea’s UNESCO Tentative Lis...
Dec 23, 2013
A series of ancient Korean tombs from the Gaya Kingdom (42-562) have been included on Korea’s Tentative List at UNESCO and might be considered for inclusion on the U.N. body’s World Heritage List.In western Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province), at the southern central tip...

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Two classical stars unveil new album
Dec 20, 2013
One of the world's most acclaimed conductors, Myung-Whun Chung, has released his long-awaited new album "Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9" in collaboration with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. This is his second Beethoven recording released with the German classical record label Deut...

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Analog cable TV subscribers can now watch HD broadcasts
Dec 19, 2013
Millions of analog cable TV subscribers will soon be able to watch high-definition (HD) broadcasts. The government will allow cable television stations to transmit their programs under the 8VSB standard, the modulation method used for broadcasting ATSC digital television. This wi...

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Nah Youn-sun to jazz up Seoul for four days
Dec 19, 2013
“At the upcoming Seoul concerts I’d like to spin a yarn of all the experiences I’ve gone through over the years.” So said jazz star Nah Youn-sun, whose deep and alluring voice has captured many hearts across Europe, as she described the upcoming “Youn Sun Nah’s Winter Jazz” conce...