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Meet the Joseon royal guards
Oct 07, 2013
The announcement came down from upon high that a royal command had been issued. There came the tolling of the Cheobjong bell, notifying the guards that the king was approaching Gwanghwamun Gate to conduct an official inspection. The bell echoed around Gyeongbokgung Palace and acr...

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Wagner’s final opera ‘Parsifal’ premiered in Korea
Oct 04, 2013
The last completed opera left to us by the King of Music Drama Richard Wagner (1813-1883), Parsifal, was performed for the first time in Korea at the Seoul Arts Center (SAC) on October 1. The Korea National Opera showcased the masterpiece for the first time ever on Korean soil, c...

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Community-friendly Buk Seoul Museum of Art
Oct 04, 2013
If you take a walk through Deungnamu Park in Junggye-dong, Nowon District, in northeastern Seoul, you will come across a small hill. Climbing the stairs to the top of the hill, you will find that you are standing on the roof of a museum. What is unique about the Buk Seoul Museum ...

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October, Month of Culture: full of arts & cultural even...
Oct 04, 2013
“Cultural enrichment” has been proclaimed as one of the four policy priority areas of Park Geun-hye’s administration. The cultural enrichment initiative aims to raise the level of happiness of individual citizens by offering them the chance to become a producer and a consumer of ...

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‘Three Colors of Korea’ to focus on the diversity of Ha...
Oct 01, 2013
A new documentary series aimed at introducing the world to Korean culture is predicted to reach 52 million households across 89 nations. The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), and KBS World, a broadcaster, hav...

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Share wisdom of Goryeo ancients at Tripitaka Koreana Fe...
Oct 01, 2013
Korea’s national treasure No.32, the Tripitaka Koreana, or Palman Daejanggyeong, dates back to 1236 during the later years of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) . This collection of ancient Buddhist scriptures-- 1,512 engraved texts carved across 81,258 individual wooden blocks--...

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Musical instruments return home after 120 years
Oct 01, 2013
In 1893, ten musicians from Korea navigated to the United States on a special mission of King Gojong (1852-1919), the 26th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They played the music of Joseon and received the spotlight in the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition where 37 coun...

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Enjoy street performances with Hi Seoul Festival 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Downtown Seoul will transform into a festival stage from October 2 to 6 with the 11th Hi Seoul Festival 2013. The festival will take place at Seoul, Cheonggye, and Gwanghwamun squares under the theme “Let’s play on the streets,” offering a total of 162 street performances through...

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President visits Busan International Film Festival venu...
Sep 30, 2013
President Park Geun-hye visited Busan Cinema Center, the venue for the upcoming Busan Film Festival, where she gave encouragement to film industry workers on September 27. At Busan Cinema Center, President Park promised the Korean government’s support for future development of th...

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Korea-Japan Festival travels to 21st century
Sep 26, 2013
The Korea-Japan Festival took place in Tokyo on September 21 and 22. From second left: Japanese First Lady Akie Abe, Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee, Japanese Princess Takamado, and Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida make a giant bowl of bibimbap (p...