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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...

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Asian Youth Camp unites teenagers from around the globe
Aug 20, 2014
A group of students from 24 Asian nations recently gathered in Korea to attend a summer camp and to learn more about each other's countries. The Youth Camp for Asia's Future 2014 event was hosted by the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family, and took place over two weeks from ...

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Bucheon comic festival reaches out to world
Aug 19, 2014
Comic books and graphic novels are a medium for international communication, according to the 17th Bucheon International Comics Festival (http://bicofeng.com). The festival was held over five days from August 13 to August 17 in the city just west of Seoul. This year's festival ex...

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Masks & the Mask Dance
Aug 19, 2014
*This is the first part in our series, “Masks & the Mask Dance” published in partnership with the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage Masks & the Mask Dance Masks, the so-called, "other face of humanity," turn the human being into another character, ve...

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Dangun, Father of Korea: Korea’s foundation tale lends ...
Aug 14, 2014
Although the modern Republic of Korea is young, ancient Korean history stretches back more than 4,000 years to include centuries of warring kingdoms, oscillating political borders, and countless dynasties. In the beginning there was Joseon, the first Korean kingdom, and the first...

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Medal winners at the International Congress of Mathemat...
Aug 14, 2014
The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) opened in Seoul on August 13 with a ceremony for the Fields Medal, known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics." Honors went to: Artur Avila, a 35-year-old mathematician and a senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific ...

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Seoul hosts world's largest math conference
Aug 14, 2014
“Without mathematics, there would not have been any digital theory to pave the way for the information and communications revolution, and there would not be any computer graphics that make it possible to create movies and animated films in which we now all revel. Using mathematic...