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Masks & the Mask Dance
Aug 26, 2014
*This is the second part in our series, “Masks & the Mask Dance” published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage Different kinds of masks and their characteristics Masks of all kinds can be found in every part of the world, but Korean...

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Korea Expo showcases cultural elements in Brazil
Aug 25, 2014
Elements of Korean culture captured the heart of Brazil and other parts of Latin America, which are located at the opposite end of the earth. The 2014 Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo, held at the World Trade Center in São Paulo, Brazil, between August 13 and 15, introduced s...

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Admiral Yi Sun-sin fever sweeps North America
Aug 25, 2014
The smash hit “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” a movie that has been watched by more than 15 million people in less than one month since its opening on July 30, has struck a chord with moviegoers across North America. The official English-language poster of the film “The Adm...

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Outdoor activities, a booming culture in Korea
Aug 22, 2014
Many Koreans enjoy hiking or mountain climbing. For them, it is not just a hobby, but a pursuit related to culture. The reasons behind their love for mountains are partly due to the effect on mental discipline and physical training. It is also because of the introduction of the f...

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Arts unite Asia into one
Aug 22, 2014
The “Asian Arts Space Network (AASN)” project, which got underway on August 21 in the emerging culture hub of Gwangju in Korea, acts as a place that makes “exchanges of culture and arts” between Asian countries happen. Administered by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and To...

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Smart matches between mathematicians and Go-players
Aug 21, 2014
Recently, mathematicians competed in Go matches against professional Go players. On August 19, a total of 25 mathematicians gathered in Seoul from nine countries -- Korea, China, Japan, U.S., Australia, Israel, Germany, UK and Macedonia -- to play simultaneous matches against...

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Follow the Makgeolli Wanderers into charms of tradition
Aug 21, 2014
Early last week, on August 11, a talking concert staged by the “Makgeolli Wanderers” (unofficial translation) took place in Namdaemun Market. Professor Seo Kyoung-duk of Sungshin Women’s University and comedian Jeong Jun-ha were the hosts. Finding a bowl of makgeolli in the hand...

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Korean poetry in English: Chong Hyon-jong’s “The Dream ...
Aug 21, 2014
Kissing the sunlight flowing on its leaves A tree dreams of Sun’s powerCaressing its cheeks against the rain spattering on its bodyThe tree dreams loudly of Rain’s bloodWith the green power of the Wind blowing on its boughsThe tree hears the sound of its own life shaking.- Poet C...

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Libraries offer special lectures on humanities
Aug 21, 2014
Steve Jobs, world literature, pansori (narrative singing), effective communication for child-rearing methods. These are some of the topics in a series of lecture programs to be offered by libraries. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will host a special program titled “H...

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More than just a bird
Aug 21, 2014
The swallow has been a friend of humankind since the dawn of our species. They’ve eaten unwanted insects, inspired inventors and engineers, and moved the hearts of writers and poets. Given their close relationship with humankind, it’s unsurprising that they’ve found themselves th...