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Stories from people who fell in love with Korea
Dec 29, 2014
A group of Korea fans recently gathered in Seoul from around the globe to show their passion and love for Korea. They are the winners of the "Fall in Love With Korea" contest, the 2014 Global Contents Annual Event jointly run by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS),...

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‘Ode to My Father’ portrays Korea's recent past
Dec 26, 2014
The film “Ode to My Father” is warming hearts across society these days, especially as we approach the year end. The movie takes place in Korea from the 1950s to the 1980s. As of December 24, eight days after its first screening, it has recorded more than 2.3 million ticket sales...

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Korean film via stamps -- 'The Coachman'
Dec 26, 2014
The second sheet of Korean film stamps issued by Korea Post in 2008 contains four representative films from after liberation, from 1945 through to the 1960s. This single sheet of stamps includes "Mother and the Guest" (1961), "The Seaside Village" (1965), "The Coachman" (1961) an...

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Restored mural suggests 1,300 years of ties between Gog...
Dec 26, 2014
Samarkand is a city in Uzbekistan, in Central Asia. Geographically located at the midpoint along the Silk Road, between Asia and Europe, the city enjoyed many years of prosperity during ancient times. The city was the then capital of the Sogdian Kingdom where people from the East...

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Korean literature in English: 'Woman on the Terrace'
Dec 24, 2014
A woman on the terrace caught the poet’s attention. The woman is, “smoking a cigarette, holding it between long-nailed fingers, her eyes sunken.”The poet portrays the loneliness, the ups and downs and the emptiness of her character, while saying, “I’d never met her before but she...

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Masks & the Mask Dance
Dec 23, 2014
This is the fifth part in our series, “Masks & the Mask Dance” published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural HeritageThe Haeseo Mask Dance: the mask dances from Hwanghae Province - the Bongsan Mask Dance - the Gangnyeong Mask Dance - the Eunyul Mas...

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New Year's Eve concerts on the way
Dec 22, 2014
New Year's Eve concerts in Seoul and Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), will mark the end of the year and greet the coming year. Various repertoires and programs, from opera arias and symphonies to traditional Korean music and fireworks, will add the fun when greeting the ...

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Hanji traditional paper beloved around the world
Dec 22, 2014
There’s a saying that silk lasts for only 500 years, whereas traditional mulberry paper, Hanji, can survive for a thousand years (견오백지천년, 絹五百紙天年). Seoul recently played host to a seminar aimed at shedding new light on the excellence of the traditional paper, as well as to gather ...

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Two year-end movies to warm your heart
Dec 19, 2014
The year end is just around the corner. Two recently released heart-wrenching movies are being recommended for the season. The two movies share one thing in common. They are both documentaries based on the daily lives of real people. The first is "My Love, Don't Cross That River,...

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Joseon royal food returns to Seoul
Dec 18, 2014
Royal Joseon cuisine. as seen in the hit soap opera "Jewel in the Palace," has now made a comeback in Seoul. An event to bring back the original form of Korean cuisine and cooking as enjoyed in the royal Joseon palaces, and aimed at developing various new menu items based on the ...