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Pennames reveal hidden sides to Joseon scholars
Feb 15, 2017
Seoul’s Gwanak-gu District provides lectures on a range of liberal art subjects, such as history, library science, mythology, travel and movies, with the goal of enriching the lives of its residents. Han Jeong Joo, a historian, a scholar of Korean classics and the author of m...


Gwanak district's 'Little Libraries' spotlighted in Jap...
Feb 15, 2017
The Little Libraries (작은 도서관), a knowledge-sharing project run by the Gwanak-gu District, gets spotlighted in Japan. A book introducing the project is published in Korean, traditional Chinese and Japanese. A network of libraries run by Seoul's Gwanak-gu District has been dra...


British plays screened in Seoul
Feb 15, 2017
Two plays that had been staged at the Royal National Theatre are now set to be screened in Seoul. The two are “Jane Eyre” and “Frankenstein,” two of the most acclaimed plays that the British theater has ever hosted. The National Theater of Korea will project live recordings ...


Wild ginseng hunters in a modern world
Feb 14, 2017
The National Folk Museum of Korea published on Feb. 8 an article about the wild herb collectors of Gangwon-do Province. The photo shows a simmani, a gatherer of wild ginseng and other herbs, as he performs a rite for the mountain god. Before ascending a mountain, they perform r...


Daeboreum, time to wish upon a full moon
Feb 13, 2017
On the day of Jeongwol Daeboreum (정월대보름), the first full moon of the lunar new year, a jubilant child receives a packet of bureom, an assortment of nuts, at the National Folk Museum on Feb. 11. "May your ears be sharp and your eyes clear!" On the day of Jeongwol Daeboreum (...


10 Korean dishes loved in Madrid
Feb 10, 2017
The 15th Madrid Fusion food festival, organized by the Municipal Palacio de Congress, was held from Jan. 23 to 25, one of the most prestigious international food events in the world. In Madrid this year, 167 exhibitors from the food service industry showcased their representative...

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The Library of Musical Instruments
Feb 10, 2017
In “Glass Shield,” the fifth story in Kim Junghyuk’s collection, The Library of Musical Instruments, two bumbling, unemployed twenty-seven-year-old man-children rebrand themselves as performance artists. After a disastrous job interview, during which they attempt and fail to unta...


The name of respect: Korea and Egypt
Feb 10, 2017
Respect is one of the most important traits in a person. It implies that one is valuable and worthy of dealing with as a dignified individual. In other words, it is the bridge of accomplishing and preserving relationships. Showing respect or politeness circuitously requires it to...


Korean recipes: Braised beef in soy sauce (쇠고기장조림)
Feb 09, 2017
While food-themed TV shows, covering everything from eating and broadcasting to cooking competitions, are more and more popular these days, many people miss home cooking and their mother’s recipes. It doesn't have to be a secret recipe that has been passed down from generatio...

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Korean Buddhist monk Haemin's bestseller published in U...
Feb 08, 2017
South Korean Buddhist monk Haemin's best-selling essay was published in English on Tuesday by an American publisher. "The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down" is the English version of the Korean book of the same title, which was published in January 2012 and has become a...