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Seoul Traditional Temple Week welcomes visitors to temp...
Oct 06, 2014
This October, people will have the opportunity to appreciate many aspects of traditional Buddhism in Korea. The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism will jointly host the Seoul Traditional Temple Week over three days from October 10 to 12. Seo...


K Festival brings culture and passion to Incheon
Oct 06, 2014
The K Festival, a series of K-pop concerts, brought some excitement to Moonlight Park in the Songdo International Business District in Incheon on October 3 and 4. The Hallyu festival was organized by the Incheon Development & Tourism Corporation featured fashion shows, film s...


National Hangeul Museum opens to promote Korean alphabe...
Oct 06, 2014
October 9 marks Hangeul Day, the day Korea celebrates the invention and proclamation of the Korean alphabet, Hangeul, in 1446 by King Sejong the Great (r. 1418-1450). For the upcoming Hangeul Day, which marks the 568th anniversary of the promulgation of the script, the National H...


Joseon era porcelain emanates azure beauty
Oct 06, 2014
Blue and white porcelain adorned with cobalt-colored glazes started to be mass-produced during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The artistic ability then spread to Korea, Japan and even reached as far as Europe. In the early 15th century, artists of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) br...

141002_korean_film_thb2.jpg's list of must-see films: Deep Blue Night
Oct 02, 2014
Deep Blue Night (1985) Directed by Bae Chang-ho Paek Hobin, played by Ahn Sung-ki, is an illegal immigrant in the U.S. He is determined to do anything for money, in order to bring his pregnant wife from Korea to the U.S. In San Diego, however, he is dating a Ms. Han, p...


Classical music romanticizes autumn nights
Oct 02, 2014
A classical music feast featuring Mozart, Shubert, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Elgar has kicked off to welcome October's autumn nights. The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will present a series of special classical music concerts throughout the month. The Seoul Philharmonic Orc...


Repository of national intangible heritage opens in Jeo...
Oct 02, 2014
The world's only repository complex for a nation's intangible cultural heritage has been born.The National Intangible Heritage Center (NITH) in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do (North Jeolla Province), has recently opened its doors. It is at the forefront of inheriting and managing for the f...

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Childhood reminiscences via old stamps - Part 1
Oct 02, 2014
In 1969 and 1970, Korea Post printed a series of stamps featuring five traditional children's folktales. Kids today may read fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen, or even tales from the brothers Grimm. Some just read the reinvented Disney stories and some may just know cartoons,...


Cultural exchanges bring Korea, Japan closer
Oct 02, 2014
On September 27, a range of harmonious sounds played on traditional drums rang out across the streets in the heart of Tokyo. The beats were emanating from both Korean and Japanese traditional drums being played at the “Korea-Japan Festival 2014 in Tokyo,” running from Septem...

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A geek's all-inclusive observations on Korea
Oct 02, 2014
  The cover of 'A Geek in Korea - Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool' (image courtesy of Tuttle Publishing) Daniel Tudor, the author of “Korea: The Impossible Country," has come back to the world of publishing with a new book entitled "A Geek in Korea -- Discoverin...