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Playwright Lee Gun-sam in English
May 30, 2014
Why do theatergoers go and see plays on the stage? It’s quite possibly because live actors and actresses provide something unique and delightful that only theater can offer. Lee Gun-sam (1929-2003) has long been regarded as standing out among other playwrights, even posthumously,...


Expats join cross-cultural experience
May 30, 2014
A fresh opportunity to explore the humanities and to visit historical sites across Korea will be offered to non-Korean speakers starting next month. Starting in June and running through to the end of the year, a variety of cultural programs have been prepared by the Korean Cu...


Actress Song Hye-kyo stars in Chinese star-studded film
May 28, 2014
“I was really eager to work with John Woo and with Chinese stars.”That’s what actress Song Hye-kyo had to say about appearing in the Hong Kong director’s upcoming newest film, “The Crossing.”The movie features a star-studded cast, bringing together the nation’s most celebrated st...


Le Clezio says 'Korean literature full of imagination'
May 28, 2014
The French novelist Jean Marie Gustave Le Clezio, who won a Nobel Prize in literature in 2008, has strongly recommended Korean literature. Le Clezio wrote a two-page book review, titled "Hâtez-vous de les lire," or, "Hurry up and read these," in the French newspaper Le Figaro on ...

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Korean, Asian art in Vienna
May 27, 2014
On a large sheet of white paper lies a monk from the seventh century Tang Dynasty, not budging at all, as a series of spiders crawls around and toward him. This is a scene from “The Monk from the Tang Dynasty,” a play co-produced by the Asian Arts Theatre, part of the Asian Cultu...


Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea
May 27, 2014
*This is the second part in our series, “Onggi, traditional earthenware vessel in Korea.” Korean cuisine and traditional pottery Across East Asia and elsewhere in the world, most families' main staple is rice, and in Korea it's joined with the triumvirate of the Korean ki...

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Two Russian piano virtuosos come to Korea
May 26, 2014
Two Russian piano virtuosos are ready to meet Korean audiences: Vladimir Ashkenazy and Mikhail Pletnev. Ashkenazy, whose music was a dominant influence in the late 20th century, has come back three years after he held a recital accompanied by his son Vovka Ashkenazy back in 2011....


Three Korean films highlighted at Cannes
May 26, 2014
Three Korean films were under the spotlight at the 67th Cannes Film Festival that ended on May 25. Theater seats during these films' screenings were all taken, and the audience and critics alike gave a standing ovation to all of them. The three films are director July Jung's "A G...


Korean Cinema: The Fatal Encounter
May 20, 2014
On April 30, a movie was released that pivots around the life of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800), the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Its English title is "The Fatal Encounter," or "Yeokrin" in Korean, meaning, "the king's wrath." The title comes from a legend that says...


Past and present, as seen by Australian missionaries
May 20, 2014
Images of early modern Korea recorded by Australian missionaries during the late 19th century, alongside photos of modern Korea, will be on display at the "Korea: Then and Now" photograph exhibition in Sydney, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Korea-Australia diploma...