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Lunar New Year festivities across the country
Jan 29, 2014
People put on their hanbok, traditional Korean attire, decorated with gold-gilded patterns in various shapes and sizes. Some of them prepare the table of food for the charye, the ancestral rite, and give bows to their ancestors. Others perform sebae, a deep bow to the elderly, an...

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Last Wednesdays to bring you rich and varied cultural a...
Jan 28, 2014
A wide variety of cultural facilities and programs have just become more accessible to the public. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment have jointly proclaimed the last Wednesday of every month to be “Culture...

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Hanbok embodies age-old philosophies
Jan 28, 2014
There is perhaps no other artifact that captures the richness of Korean cultural heritage as well as Korean traditional attire, known as hanbok. While the origins of hanbok can be traced back millennia to the ethnic origins of the Korean people, historical records in the form of ...

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Korean family-themed films reach global audience
Jan 27, 2014
Eight Korean family-themed movies are now available across more than 110 countries in eight languages, including simplified Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) on Janua...

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Foreign stars on the rise
Jan 24, 2014
Not that long ago, one could only see a few foreigners in Korean movies or TV shows. Now, however, befitting the modernized world created by economic development and globalization, more and more non-Korean talent of diverse nationalities is appearing in the domestic motion pictur...

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Harvard publishes early Korean history series
Jan 22, 2014
Two English books on early Korean history were published by Harvard University on January 7. Titled “New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryo” and “The Han Commanderies in Early Korean History,” the two books are the fifth and sixth parts of a series published by...

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Film archive selects top 3 films of the past century
Jan 22, 2014
The concept of film is presumed to have been first introduced to Korea in 1901. It was American photographer and traveler Burton Holmes (1870-1958) who first brought a movie to Korea and introduced King Gojong (r. 1863-1907) to the pleasures of film for the first time. After that...

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Korean culture makes headlines worldwide
Jan 21, 2014
The year 2013 saw a continued rise in news stories spotlighting hallyu, also known as “the Korean Wave,” in media outlets worldwide. According to the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), the number of foreign ...

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Alcohol in Korean Life [7]
Jan 21, 2014
This is the seventh part in our series, “Alcohol in Korean life.” Click here to see previous posts. Sul and Customs Seasonal Customs The Korean people have long enjoyed festivals and celebrations tied to the seasonal changes throughout the year. People would give thanks to the de...

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President begins Swiss visit with cultural events
Jan 20, 2014
President Park Geun-hye began her state visit to Switzerland with a series of cultural events, visiting an art exhibition and attending a performance. President Park, who has now become the first Korean head of state to visit the country, visited a special exhibition on Paul Klee...