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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Korean film festival wows Italian fans
Mar 27, 2014
A Korean film festival in the heart of the Renaissance has gathered much interest in Florence, Italy. The 12th Florence Korea Film Fest is the first of many events taking place in Italy throughout the year in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the Korea-Italy diplomatic re...

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Arirang thrills NY audiences
Mar 27, 2014
The tune of Arirang, a traditional Korean folk song, echoed across New York City on March 18.An Arirang-themed festival, “Arirang, Knocking on the Heart of America!,” took place in the multi-cultural city, a global project marking not only the first anniversary of the folk song’s...

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Finding happiness in Korea
Mar 27, 2014
Whenever news from North Korea makes headlines, the world is hit by a certain nervousness. Especially for those with an interest in Korea, they contact friends and acquaintances via landline or the Internet each time North Korea news breaks, with worries about peace on the Korean...

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National Museum of Korea unveils new Asian relics
Mar 26, 2014
The permanent exhibit at the National Museum of Korea (NMK) displays not only Korean relics but also has a collection of East Asian heritage items. Established in 2005, the Asian Arts Section offers visitors a chance to learn about the culture and history of neighboring Asian cou...

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Hanbok festival ushers in spring in Insadong
Mar 25, 2014
The pedestrian-filled streets of Insadong, a hot spot for Seoul's tourists where they can see many aspects of traditional Korean culture, were colored with the myriad rainbows of hanbok on March 22. The beautiful, warm weather on Saturday made the perfect setting for a festival u...