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Be a hero at the Trickeye Museum
Apr 04, 2014
A medieval knight comes out from the frame and holds his lance at head height, aiming at his target. A giant, scary fish opens its maw as wide as it can, to swallow everything in sight. People have angelic wings sprouting from their back and look like they've descended from the s...


Reading on the rise: FT
Apr 04, 2014
“Thanks to encouragement by teachers and the government, the habit of reading is on the increase in South Korea.” The Financial Times (FT), a British daily, reported that a variety of efforts by the Korean government have brought kids closer to books in its March 28 article, “How...


Retrospective on Iranian artist Shirin Neshat
Apr 03, 2014
“The reason why I’ve been inspired by Muslim women lies in the courage they’ve shown in standing up for their rights against all odds, and breaking down conventional rules. They’ve tried to make their existence and struggles noticed.” Neshat’s 1999 work, “Rapture,” is one of...


'The Elixir of Love' hits Seoul stage in joint Korea-It...
Apr 03, 2014
The comic opera "The Elixir of Love" will be appearing on stage in Seoul, produced hand-in-hand by Korean and Italian opera companies. It will be a new opportunity for Seoul classical music aficionados to once again show their love for Italian music, which always ranks high on li...


Pop duo TVXQ hosts fan train trip
Apr 02, 2014
Pop duo TVXQ made headlines recently when they hosted a train trip for their fans.On March 24, U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin travelled along in the "TVXQ Train," specially designed for the day, from Seoul all the way to Gokseong, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), and back, en...


Gat, traditional headgear in Korea [9]
Apr 01, 2014
*This is the ninth part in our series, “Gat, traditional headgear in Korea.” The designation and transmission of gannil 3. The ipja-jangs An ipja-jang is an artisan who assembles the two parts of the hat, the crown and the brim. This craftsman completes the gat by repeate...


Two beloved plays hit forty years on stage
Apr 01, 2014
Two stage masterpieces that brought about a theatrical upheaval when they touched Korean shores four decades ago have just begun their 2014 run. Coming back to the stage are “Equus” and “Offending the Audience.” The two plays, premiered in 1975 and 1978, respectively, have enjoye...


K-Pop collaboration newest trend in pop world
Apr 01, 2014
All music that originates in Korea and that gains popularity overseas is broadly defined as "K-Pop." This umbrella term was first introduced only in the late 1990s. Up until that time, "popular music" was associated with any music that came from the U.S. or Japan. Largely influen...


Popular soap 'Daejanggeum' returns to air after 11 year...
Mar 31, 2014
The soap opera "Daejanggeum," or, "Jewel in the Palace," is based on the life of Janggeum, a chef-turned-physician who served the royal family in the 16th century during the heart of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The drama was hugely popular in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan a...


DMZ to become symbol of peace: President
Mar 28, 2014
President Park Geun-hye visited the Berlin Wall on March 27, a symbol of Germany’s unification and freedom. Looking at the wall's paintings while walking 20 meters along the East Side Gallery, President Park said, “I have a vision of Korea’s demilitarized zone (DMZ) becoming a sy...