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Directors see opportunity in Chinese film market
Jul 28, 2014
The film industry here is getting increasingly involved in making Chinese movies. Kwak Jae-yong, director of 2001's smash hit romantic comedy "My Sassy Girl," has just completed two more films in China, a romantic comedy titled "My Girlfriend is Sick"/ "我的早更女," a project that's c...

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Traditional markets are window into the lifestyle of th...
Jul 28, 2014
Koreans use the expression saram naemse, “the smell of the people,” to express the feeling of being surrounded by humanity. This sense of being together as one with a crowd, even in the absence of a relationship between each individual, is an important part of Korean culture. Whe...

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The Fairy and the Woodcutter: tragic love, Korean-style
Jul 25, 2014
The Fairy and the Woodcutter is one of the most popular of all Korean folktales. Almost all children in Korea grow up reading a version of this love story. The story has three well-known versions that differ mainly in plot length. The following is a synopsis of the full version o...

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South, North joint excavation re-starts in Kaesong
Jul 25, 2014
The two Koreas have agreed to revive efforts at discovering historical artifacts remaining at Manwoldae, the site of the official royal palace of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Manwoldae is located in the ancient capital city of Kaesong (Gaeseong), North Hwanghae Province, jus...

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Beat the heat with summer concerts
Jul 24, 2014
Ozzy Osbourne. Queen. Lady Gaga. Richie Sambora. Maroon 5.These are just some of the world-class musicians who will head to Korea this summer. Large-scale concerts this season will feature popular musicians from both Korea and abroad, covering various genres from rock 'n' roll an...

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Learn about Korea through postage stamps
Jul 23, 2014
The Korea-Made Character Series is a set of specially designed postage stamps printed yearly since 2011 by the national postal service, Korea Post. So far, this series has printed stamps featuring popular Korean cartoon characters like Pororo, Pucca, Robocar Poli & Larva. The...

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Meet comic book, cartoon characters at SICAF 2014
Jul 23, 2014
Myeong-dong in central Seoul has been transformed into a world of exciting and funny comic book and cartoon characters from around the world. The 18th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF2014) kicked-off on July 22. The area around Myeong-dong and Namsan Mo...

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Korean literature in English: Cho Se-hui’s ‘The Dwarf’
Jul 22, 2014
Cho Se-hui’s “The Dwarf” is now published in English, reaching a wider, global readership. There is an author who wanted to speak for the most vulnerable members of society. Writer Cho Se-hui has been credited for bringing to light discrimination and the gap existing between the ...

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Three classical musicians to perform Mozart in Italy
Jul 21, 2014
Classical music will ring through a Catholic church nestled along the coast city of Forli, in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. The music will be created by the hands of three musicians flying in from Korea: conductor Lee Young-chil and flutists Yoon Hyun-im and Yun Ji-hae. The tri...

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'42nd Street' brings home Broadway beats
Jul 18, 2014
A splendid display of tap dancing to lively rhythms was visible on stage at the Seoul Arts Center on July 8. The vast array of cast members was showing off its tap dancing prowess during the opening night performance of the musical "42nd Street." The curtain was raise...