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The Tale of Chunhyang: true love conquers all in this f...
Jan 19, 2015
The Chunhyangjeon is one of Korea’s most iconic stories. Although its author and date of composition are unknown, it most likely originated as a work of pansori, a form of musical storytelling involving song and percussion, and was later adapted into prose during the reign of eit...


'Ode to My Father' catches attention of US media
Jan 16, 2015
The film "Ode to My Father" has stirred interest among U.S. media outlets. The film is about a boy who grows up and then grows old living through Korea's turbulent modern history. He is also the eldest son and keeps a lifetime promise to his father he made when the family fled so...


Movie buddies come together for special festival
Jan 16, 2015
A special film festival kicked off at the Seoul Art Cinema in Jongno-gu, downtown Seoul, on January 15, bringing together movie lovers to build a network with each other and to freely talk about their favorite movies. It’s the 2015 Cinematheque Friends Film Festival, an event tha...

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Korean Literature in English : 'Inside Cloud Cuckoo Lan...
Jan 16, 2015
'Inside Cloud Cuckoo Land - The Voice of Korea' by Lee InsooManuscripts containing the thoughts and soul of a deceased father were retrieved from a family's long-cherished possessions and have been published as a book. "Inside Cloud Cuckoo Land - The Voice of Korea" can be divid...


Daegu orchestra brings bounty of classical music
Jan 16, 2015
The Daegu Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble representing the city of Daegu in Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province), will offer its music lovers a series of concerts -- as many as ten -- this year. Bulgaria-born conductor Julian Kovatchev has led the orchestra for two years....


Ancient diary brings to light final days of Joseon king
Jan 15, 2015
Out of the many records found in the "Ilseongnok" (日省錄), the daily records kept of the monarchy and the king’s acts at court which span from 1752 through to 1910, accounts of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800), the 22nd ruler of Joseon (1392-1910), have recently been translated from anc...

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Korean film via stamps -- 'Never Ever Forget Me'
Jan 14, 2015
'Never Ever Forget Me' (1976) is directed by Mun Yeo-song and produced by Dong A Exports. (image: Korea Post)High school was one of the key themes of Korean movies in the 1970s. The film "Never Ever Forget Me" (1976) paints an innocent love story between teenagers with the backd...


Seoul in festive mood with classical music
Jan 14, 2015
Seoul and Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province) will play host to a special classical music festival starting on January 15 to please the ears of classical music lovers for half a month. The Seoul International Music Festival, kicking off under the title of “Harmony & Innovati...


'Secret Garden' becomes first Korean soap opera aired i...
Jan 13, 2015
A Korean soap opera has started airing in Argentina, a country located on the opposite side of the earth. The drama is 2011's "Secret Garden," a hit TV show featuring actor Hyun Bin and actress Ha Ji-won. The first episode of the soap opera, which has been dubbed into Spanish, we...


Beauty of Joseon palaces unfolds at night
Jan 13, 2015
The Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces will be open at night for six days in February, allowing visitors to appreciate the nocturnal beauty of two of Joseon's (1392-1910) royal palaces for the first time this year. The winter night opening for Gyeongbokgung is scheduled be...