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Korean film via stamps -- ‘Chilsu and Mansu'
Jan 29, 2015
'Chilsu and Mansu' (1988) is directed by Park Kwang-su and is produced by Yun Bang Films. (image: Korea Post) In November 1988 when the movie "Chilsu and Mansu" premiered, Seoul had just successfully hosted the Summer Olympics for the first time and its spirit still hung in the a...


Hands-on traditional arts & crafts at national museum
Jan 29, 2015
There were classes held recently at the National Museum of Korea to help people learn about traditional arts and crafts. The museum offers calligraphy and mother-of-pearl classes, and ceramics and seal- or name stamp-making classes. Some 180 non-Korean residents and international...


President emphasizes cultural content
Jan 29, 2015
President Park Geun-hye has emphasized again the importance of well-made cultural content in contributing to communication between the generations and in promoting social integrity. On January 28, the first “Cultural Wednesday” of 2015, President Park watched the movie “Ode to My...

150129_korea_film_thb2.jpg's list of must-see films: Heavenly Homecoming...
Jan 29, 2015
Heavenly Homecoming to Stars (1974) Directed by Lee Chang-ho GyeongAh, played by actress An In-suk, was bright and simple. She was dumped by her boyfriend and became the second wife of Lee ManJun, played by Yun Il-bong. Lee had driven his former wife to death because of his del...


Traditions of Ryukyu Kingdom come to life in Seoul
Jan 28, 2015
The Ryukyu Kingdom (琉球) was an independent kingdom that ruled over the Ryukyu Islands from 1429 until 1879. Today, it is Okinawa Prefecture, the southernmost corner of Japan. Seoul recently played host to a series of special events that shone a light on the traditions of the anci...


Exhibits trace history of Gyeongsang
Jan 27, 2015
Two interesting exhibitions are underway in Gyeongsang-do (North and South Gyeongsang Provinces). The first is the “Dalseong, Matrix of Daegu” exhibit that has been going on at the Daegu National Museum. The exhibition focuses on the history of Dalseong-gun (Dalseong County) in c...


Sheffield, England, catches Korean sounds
Jan 26, 2015
The love of traditional Korean music has spread to Sheffield, England. Lately, interest in South Korea has been very high among students at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. In England, only three universities offer Korean as a major, and the University of ...


Taking part in jogakbo, group sewing at the table
Jan 26, 2015
Have you ever tried jogakbo? It is a style of traditional Korean patchwork quilting. I recently had a go when I attended a late night event being held at the the Victoria & Albert Museum last year. You can read the full article here.Here is my slightly exaggerated experience ...


Millet's paintings of ordinary farmers come to Seoul
Jan 21, 2015
In a departure from focusing on mythology and Christianity, the main subjects of Western art after the Renaissance, French painter Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) portrayed real life, particularly the everyday life of farmers. Millet, a 19th century Realist painter, led to the b...


Chungju reaffirmed as center of ancient Korea
Jan 21, 2015
Chungju has once again been confirmed as an ancient historical city. Researchers recently excavated some 19 bronze artifacts from a Wooden chamber tomb with a stone mound (積石木棺墓), in Hoam-dong, Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do, including seven Korean Bronze Age swords (細形銅劍), one bronz...