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Royal letters reveal ancient use of Hangeul
Nov 21, 2014
A collection of letters handwritten in Hangeul by the future King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800) when he was still a young child has recently been unveiled. Jeongjo was the eldest grandson to the then reigning King Yeongjo (r. 1724-1776) when the letters were written. The National Hangeu...


Normandy landscapes to be spotlighted in Seoul
Nov 20, 2014
Paintings that portray the nature and scenery of Normandy, the coastal region of northwestern France, will be brought together in Seoul. The “Landscape Paintings: Monet, Corot, Turner, Boudin, Courbet” exhibition, set to open at the Seoul Arts Center in southern Seoul on November...


Korean poetry translated into English
Nov 20, 2014
Until the early 20th century, many Korean aristocrats often wrote poetry in classical Chinese characters, including many sijo, a standardized form of poetry. Chinese versification was regarded as an important discipline for Confucian scholars and it was a channel of communication...

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Award-winning local liquors: unpasteurized rice beer
Nov 20, 2014
There is a wider range of Korean liquors than commonly assumed. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has recently given awards to 32 traditional alcoholic beverages including various types of rice beer (makegeolli), medicinal wine (yakju), refined rice beer (cheon...


Two tenors leave fans in pleasant agony
Nov 20, 2014
Classical music lovers are standing at the crossroads where they have to choose which concert to go to, choosing between two great tenors who are about to hold simultaneous concerts here in Seoul. One of the two world-class tenors is Jose Carreras, who will perform at the Sejong ...


'Eugene Onegin' comes to the stage
Nov 19, 2014
Tchaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin" will be staged in the form of a concert. Singers will present the famous arias intermixed with limited acting in their performance at the Seoul Arts Center on December 6, giving the audience an opportunity to focus on the music. The opera "Euge...

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Korea via stamps : 'The Ownerless Ferryboat' fate unrav...
Nov 19, 2014
'The Ownerless Ferryboat' (1932) is directed by Lee Gyu-hwan and produced by Yooshin Kinema.'The Ownerless Ferryboat'The protagonist, Soosam, had to leave his hometown for Seoul. He led a hard life as a rickshaw driver. One day, when his wife had to be admitted to the hospital du...


Be one with literature at a Hanok library on Inwangsan ...
Nov 18, 2014
On November 18, the Chungwoon Literature Library wraps up its final preparations for its grand opening on November 19.A Hanok library has been recently built on the slopes of Inwangsan Mountain. The library, located in Chungwoon-dong just northwest of Gyeongbokgung Palace, ne...


Korea-France Year celebration looks for talent
Nov 18, 2014
Seoul and Paris are now gearing up for the "Year of Korea-France Bilateral Exchanges" that will span 2015 and 2016. On November 17, a contest, the first of its kind, was held in Korea to find performers and artists who want to participate in the upcoming events in France to celeb...


Tenor Lim Hyung-joo hosts celebratory concert
Nov 18, 2014
Tenor Lim Hyung-joo will host the "Finally & New Start" concert on November 26, the government's officially-declared "culture day" for the month, at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul. His fifth album, "Finally," was launched in December 2013, his...