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Korea.net's list of must-see films: The Ball Shot by a ...
Dec 12, 2014
The Ball Shot by a Midget (1981)Directed by Lee Won-se Kim Bul-yi is a dwarf. He was making a living by playing the trumpet in local theaters and in the circus. With modernization, however, the theaters and circus stages were torn down. Kim lost his job and ended up working at ...

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Two sopranos to sing the nights away at winter concerts
Dec 12, 2014
The sopranos Shin Youngok and Jo Sumi will perform at a series of winter concerts this season. They will cover songs in a variety of genres, ranging from famous songs from movie soundtracks to folk songs and opera arias. Shin will perform at the Seoul Arts Center on December 17 a...

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‘Korea, ASEAN are old friends willing to help each othe...
Dec 12, 2014
The last leg of the first day's schedule at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit that kicked off in Busan on December 11 was a welcome dinner held at the BEXCO convention center in Busan. The formal banquet brought together the different cultures and leaders from 11 A...

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Lee Young-chil conducts Beethoven in Bulgaria
Dec 11, 2014
Lee Young-chil conducts the orchestra. Conductor Lee Young-chil has made his appearance on the European stage.On December 10, the conductor raised his baton in front of the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Pazardzhik, a city in southern Bulgaria. For the show, he led the orchestr...

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Korean, French art centers join forces on design
Dec 09, 2014
The Institute of Asian Cultural Development, part of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Le Consortium, a Dijon-based modern arts center in France, have decided to cooperate on the design of the Asian Culture Complex, a multipurpose arts center slated to open ...

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Ritual for gods of earth, harvest to be revived
Dec 09, 2014
King Taejo (r. 1392-1398), the first of the Joseon kings, upon founding the new dynasty ordered built two sacred buildings on either side of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main hall where kings carried out political affairs. There was the Jongmyo Shrine to the east and the Sajikdan Al...

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Pompeii comes to life after 2,000 years
Dec 08, 2014
The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79, covered Pompeii and the residents who could not escape with an almost 4-meter thick pile of ash. In the first century, the Roman Empire city was a port city near Naples with 20,000 people. However, after the volcanic erupt...

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Ryukyu Kingdom special exhibition opens
Dec 08, 2014
In November 1500, the ancient kingdom of Yuguguk (유구국, 琉球國), a chain of islands located far to the south and east of the Korean Peninsula, dispatched an envoy to the Joseon court. The envoy delivered a message to the Korean monarch. It reads: "King Sangjin of the Jungsanwang ...

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Young artists from around the world gather in Seoul
Dec 08, 2014
The passion of young, promising artists from around the world will be on display at a festival in Seoul. At the World Cultures 2014 celebration, scheduled to take place from December 10 to 14, people can appreciate art programs recommended by six cultural centers from Germany, th...

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Int'l scholars find traces of Hangeul
Dec 08, 2014
An international academic conference was held on December 5 at the National Hangeul Museum where they discussed literature and texts written in the Korean script that exist outside Korea, and ways to manage and preserve them. In celebration of this year's opening of the Natio...