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Usu (우수, 雨水)
Feb 19, 2016
Today is Usu (우수, 雨水), "The First Rainfall of the Year," so the worst of winter has now passed and we can begin to emerge from our winter hibernations across the northern hemisphere. Usu, Feb. 19, marks the beginning of the second of 24 solar terms of the year. Ipchun on ...


Korea - My Second Homeland
Feb 18, 2016
It all started three years ago when I went to the United Sates on a cultural exchange program. I was placed in Minnesota, a state known for its 10,000 lakes. During the six-month exchange program, I made millions of memories. I met friends from all around the world, but my best f...


Winter music festival hits slopes of Pyeongchang
Feb 18, 2016
Jazz vocalist Youn Sun Nah (left) and guitarist Ulf Wakenius open the 2016 PyeongChang Winter Music Festival. In anticipation of the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, a special winter music festival will start this year along the snow-covered slopes of Pyeongchang. ...

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Enjoy the royal palaces at night
Feb 17, 2016
An evening journey around the Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Palace allows you to appreciate it from all angles, as it's reflected in the pond under the moonlight. Evenings at Seoul's royal palaces are soon to grow longer. Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeon...


New comic takes us back to streets of Joseon
Feb 17, 2016
'The Mogul Merchant,' a new online comic book created by the Cultural Heritage Administration, is released on Feb. 17. The 14-part series will be published serially online every Wednesday. Part one of "The Mogul Merchant" (물상객주, 物商客主), a new online comic book that explore...


Visiting the Seoul Art Museum
Feb 17, 2016
Front of the Hangaram Art Museum and the Hangaram Design Museum. Today I visited the Hangaram Art Museum and the Hangaram Design Museum. One of them has an Impressionist exhibition and exhibits abstract works. In 1874, the first Impressionist exhibition was held and faced a l...


Digital masterpieces return to Seoul
Feb 16, 2016
A digital copy of 'Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom Land' ('몽유도원도') painted in 1447 by An Gyeon is on display at the Korea University Museum. "Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom Land" ("몽유도원도") is a painting showing a dream about paradise that Prince Anpyeong (1418-14...


Kolcsey Ferenc
Feb 15, 2016
Kolcsey Ferenc. This year, we celebrated the 225th anniversary of his birthday. Who is he? What was his role in Hungarian history? I chose him as a good portrait because he wrote our national anthem. He was also a poet, a politician, a language reformer and a member of the Hu...


Korean recipes: Yakgwa deep-fried honey cookies
Feb 08, 2016
Yakgwa are cookies that can also be medicine, and the snack has one of the longest histories in Korean cuisine. The snack originated during the era of Korea's three kingdoms, roughly 57 B.C. to A.D. 668. According to "The Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms" (Samguk Yusa...

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Book Review: "At Least We Can Apologize" (2009) by Lee ...
Feb 08, 2016
"He choked me so hard while thinking of you that from now on things should be okay." Try to wrap your mind around that sentence. Who's choking who? Who's apologizing to whom, and for what? Between who should things be OK? Insanity is the only refuge for the sane in an insane E...