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Seoul Int’l Book Fair embraces world of books
Jun 19, 2014
Korea’s largest book festival, the Seoul International Book Fair 2014, kicked off its five-day schedule on June 18. A total of 369 publishers from 23 countries will participate in this year’s fair, with the theme of, “See the world through books, envision the future with books.” ...

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Daehangno reaches out to non-Korean speakers
Jun 19, 2014
Daehangno, or "University Street," is one of the most popular districts in Seoul, especially among young students and promising thespians. The neighborhood is home to many small theaters, where viewers can enjoy novel, creative shows and incredible acting from the talented cast, ...

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
Jun 18, 2014
*This is the fourth part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Shaping the Pottery An expert potter, a daejang in Korean, is one who can shape the raw clay. A master potter makes the bottom of the urn first. This process is called the mulrek...

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Landscapes through literature, painting
Jun 17, 2014
Natural beauty has always been a source of inspiration. From the ancient past until today, the passion and effort put into translating an artist's impression of nature have been expressed in a wide range of art forms, from the tangible, like poems and literature, through to the i...

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All-out effort in the heart of Russia to promote Korea
Jun 17, 2014
Since 2010, there has been a constant rise in the number of Russian tourists flying to Korea. The figure in 2013 has grown five percent to 175,000, compared with the previous year. Amid the vigorous flow between Korea and Russia of both the arts and tourists, at their summit in N...

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Korea wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale
Jun 13, 2014
Korea has won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, part of the Biennale di Venezia that opened in the northern Italian city on June 7. This is the first time for the country to win the honored Golden Lion at the bienna...

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Korea.net's list of must-see films: Joint Security Area
Jun 12, 2014
J.S.A. : Joint Security Area (2000) Directed by Park Chan-wookA shot reverberates across the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom in the dark dawn of October 28. Swiss Lieutenant Sophie Jang, played by Lee Young-ae, is dispatched to Korea from the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commis...

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Korean novels in English: Yi Mun-yol’s ‘The Golden Phoe...
Jun 11, 2014
The English version of Yi Mun-yol’s short story “The Golden Phoenix” It’s safe to say that the influence novelist Yi Mun-yol has had on Korean literature could not be more far-reaching. The writer joins the ranks of the few novelists who have had many of their works translated an...

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Evolution of libraries highlights values of books
Jun 11, 2014
Libraries are in transformation. From a library open around the clock to one specialized in travel books, new types of libraries are opening up across Korea.The Forest of Wisdom library, which will open in Paju, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), on June 19, and the Hyundai Card Tr...

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Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
Jun 10, 2014
*This is the third part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Steps to making traditional Korean pottery Usually, the kiln will be fired for two to three days, or about 45 hours. For the first 15 hours, the fire slowly heats up the kiln and dries...