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Arirang echoes across Cheong Wa Dae
Oct 28, 2013
From traditional to modern, assorted interpretations and rearranged versions of Arirang resonated across Cheong Wa Dae on October 27. Arirang is a famous Korean folk song enlisted on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2012. The melodies of Arirang enchanted the audie...

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Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung’s bow strokes strike chord in...
Oct 28, 2013
Sounds created by a Korean violin virtuoso resonated across Beijing on October 18.World-renowned violinist Kyung-Wha Chung mesmerized classical music aficionados in the Chinese capital during the first leg of her Chinese tour, held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts o...

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UNESCO likely to list kimchi as cultural heritage item
Oct 25, 2013
Kimchi and kimchi-making culture is likely to be listed by UNESCO as one of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage items, it was announced on October 23. According to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), a subsidiary body of the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Committee has re...

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Korea, Venezuela come together through music
Oct 24, 2013
Korean and Venezuelan adolescents who have had their hope restored through music held a concert together in Seoul on October 20. On a special stage at Deoksugung Palace, 200 members of Korea’s Orchestra of Dream and Venezuela’s Youth Orchestra of Caracas performed Tchaikovsky’s 1...

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Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum
Oct 23, 2013
Integrating both traditional and contemporary elements, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s (MMCA) new Seoul branch will open November 13. The new MMCA, Seoul, branch is intended to be a large, modern museum in downtown Seoul where admirers can go to see contempo...

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Simcheong demonstrates beauty of filial piety
Oct 23, 2013
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an elderly Korean woman who had survived both Japanese occupation and the Korean War (1950-1953). Her story, like many from her generation, was a familiar one. While her relatives and neighbors had been taken away by the war, she remai...

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K-Pop World Festival unites global fans
Oct 22, 2013
After months of singing and dancing, and after much pain and some tears, the K-Pop World Festival 2013 came to an end on October 20.The third annual global pop competition saw much more heated competition this year, with a total of 15 groups taking to the stage in the final round...

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Paintings from Joseon realist age come to light
Oct 21, 2013
There is one museum in Seoul these days that always seems to have a mass of visitors. The Gansong Art Museum has an endless line of people stretching out the doors, all eager to see a special exhibition that’s currently running there. The museum has been holding its annual autumn...

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‘Three Colors of Korea’ competition nears deadline
Oct 21, 2013
The first installation of the documentary series, “The Three Colors of Korea,” jointly produced by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) and KBS World, aired September 28 and has gained popularity from across the globe. A special online promotion campaign has been de...

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Concerts show harmony of Korean, Indian music
Oct 17, 2013
Korean traditional gukak melodies and Indian pop music wafted through the air of three Indian cities this October. “Falling in Love with Korean Music” ran in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai from October 11 to 15 to mark the 40th year of Korea-India diplomatic ties. The concerts fea...